Wayanad Tourism

Wayanad Tourism

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Wayanad Info

  • State: Kerala
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • Altitude: 2100 m
  • Pincode: 670001
  • District: Wayanad
  • Language: Malayalam
  • STD code: 04936
  • Weather: Summer 20 to 36°C, Winter 10 to 31°C

History of Wayanad

Plantations, forests, and wildlife are what come to mind when Wayanad is mentioned. Situated in the midst of the Western Ghats, it has a pleasant climate all year round. The history of Wayanad is thought to date back to the New Stone Age. Documented evidence, however, is available only from the 18th century onward. The region was under the rule of the Pazhassi Rajas, Hyder Ali, Tipu Sultan, and the British at various times. In 1980, it was made an independent district of Kerala.

People and Culture of Wayanad

The indigenous people of Wayanad are tribals or Adivasis. Adiyars, Paniyas, Kurumas, Kattunaikars, and Kadans are the main tribes though there are many others too. There are many tribal healers who are experts in herbal medicine with people from various parts of the country and abroad seeking their assistance in treatment of diseases such as diabetes and even cancer.

Onam, Maha Shivaratri, Ashtami Rohini, Vishu, Christmas, Easter, and Bakrid are some of the festivals celebrated by the locals. Arts, crafts, dance, and music are all a part of these festivities. The months from February to May are when most of the folk performances, which are among Wayanad attractions, take place.

Things To Do in Wayanad

Of the many things to do in Wayanad, a trip to Banasura Sagar Dam is a must. Considered India’s biggest earth dam and the second largest in Asia, it is one the popular picnic spots in Wayanad. Carvings from the Neolithic and Mesolithic Ages can be found at the Edakkal Caves which are a favourite with trekkers too. Trekking and mountain climbing to the summit of Chembra Peak are some other activities pursued by visitors on sightseeing in Wayanad.

The Soochipara Waterfalls, Pookat Lake, Kuruva Dweep, and Lakkidi are some other places to visit in Wayanad. Besides seeing Wayanad tourist places, many come here on religious tourism. Thirunelli Temple, Korome Mosque, Pallikunnu Church, Jain temples of Sulthan Battery, and Glass Temple of Kootamunda are just some of the other places to see in Wayanad.

Food and Shopping in Wayanad

The food in Wayanad is predominantly Kerala cuisine though restaurant menus offer a variety of other Indian and international cuisines. Visitors on a trip to Wayanad might like to get a taste of some local dishes such as Malabar parathas, fish curry cooked in clay pots served with steaming rice, the Nadan chicken curry with some Appams, or a vegetarian Sadhya or traditional feasts served on plantain leaves.

Handicrafts made of bamboo, jute, coconut shells, and cane, spices like pepper and cardamom, and coffee are some of the things visitors on Wayanad sightseeing trips take home. Make sure to take a break from the list of Wayanad places to visit to do some shopping.

Accommodation in Wayanad

If you are wondering about how to reach Wayanad, there are plenty of options available. The nearest railway station and airport are located at Kozhikode which is at a distance of about 110 kms. Kozhikode is well-connected to different parts of the country with regular trains and flights. Buses and cabs are the common mode of transport for tourists arriving from other cities on a Wayanad tour. The hotels in Wayanad range from the luxurious to the modest with offerings ranging from tree houses to eco dwellings and homestays.

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Wayanad Traveller Reviews

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Mohan Poduval

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  • 140 photos
  • 34 Reviews
  •  15 helpful votes
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"Heaven on earth" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
There are many places for one to visit depending on the time available but since it take 3 to 4 hrs to cover one place, the maximum places one can visit is only two. Planning is important.

From trekking to the caves of Decal and to having a dip in Soochipara waterfalls are a few to name. Relax and enjoy.
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Pallavoor Subramanian

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  • Pallavoor Subramanian
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  •  56 helpful votes
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"Awesome place to unwind and be one among nature" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
IT is close to two years since we visited the place. But the memory of having spent a wonderful holiday in peace lingers on. If there is any paradise on earth this is it. There is no need to look beyond to explore nature at its best. The State of Kerala possesses many such wonders and this must rate as one among the top.
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Anju premanand sontakke

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  • Anju premanand sontakke
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  • 2 Reviews
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"Wayanad - A vision"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I had heard about Kerala.. Had read many articles.. But visiting this place gave me a different vision to look at nature. It's not only the destination but the journey was amazing.. Would be revisiting with my family. The lake, the mountain, the rain forest, elephant with calf in forest, and the most imp part resort with the same environment brought me joy and happiness.
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Ajay kumar s

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  • Ajay kumar s
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  •  3 helpful votes
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"Cool place to relax on a vacation"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It is a cool place to relax and rejuvenate our body mind and soul. Excellent choice of place for a vacation. More close to nature and wildlife. The climatic conditions during monsoon time makes us feel like as if we are in heaven. The rains and winds from the western that's gives us the most wonderful experience. And needless to say while we are in Kerala ., god's own country, the nature would be at its best. Greenish everywhere. On the whole it is a memorable place for a vacation.
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Ramkumar Viswanath

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  • Ramkumar Viswanath
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 3 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  8535 readers

"Wayanad is overrated"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Wayanad in May is definitely overrated, the humidity and heat is bad. There is nothing different from regular hill stations, a few spots of scenic beauty a lake a waterfall a dam so on nothing to rave. Munnar is infinitely a better option in May, the only redeeming factor is Wayanad is still not commercially exploited like Ooty or Mahabaleshwar in Maharashtra.
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  • Gopakumar
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
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"Great tourist place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
We visited wayanad with my family in April. It was hot, less water in the lakes and water falls were closed due to summer season. Visited only few places like karekkad lake, pookot lake, banasura dam, edakkal cave, kuruva island. Thirunelli temple, view point, worth to visit but at right time.
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Sai Venkitesh

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  • Sai Venkitesh
  • Lives in Allahabad
  • 2 Reviews
  •  9 helpful votes
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"Wonderland of beautiful kerala"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 2, 2016
We visited Wayanad during 2016 April 9 - 12. This is a place full of forest and wild animals. We went to Meenmutty waterfalls even though water level is low we had a good trekking experience. Edakkal Caves which is really wonderful place to visit. Don't miss to visit there. We can see ancient times letters and pictures in this cave. It is nature's gift for wayanad. Banasura Sagar Dam is one of the best dam made of soil in Asia and now solar energy is producing there. Muthanga, THOLPETTY Wild life sanctuaries are there but they are closed because of heavy summer drought and fire. We also visit Kuruva island there we can walk through the banks of river Kabini and can see different types of trees. During our journey through the forest we saw elephants, deers in forest. We had a nice and wonderful tour to Wayanad.
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Pritvi Kanchi

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  • Pritvi Kanchi
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 128 Reviews
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"A trip to beautiful Wayanad"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Apr 19, 2016
I had been to Wayanad by road in February 2016. The Wayanad district came into being on 1st November, 1980 comprising the three taluks of Vythiri, Mananthavady and Sulthan Bathery. The places of interest around Wayanad include Chembra peak, Lakkidi, Muthanga wildlife sanctuary and the Banasura sagar dam. Chembra peak is the highest hill in Wayanad and trekking is a risky adventure here to the top of the mountain. Lakkidi is located 58 kilometers north-east of Kozhikode and very near to Vythiri. Muthanga wildlife sanctuary is located 16 kilometers east of Sultan Battery and is very close to the Kerala-karnataka border. The Banasura Sagar Dam is located close to the Banasura hills and is the largest earth dam in India.
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Kamal raj

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  • Kamal raj
  • 2 Reviews
  •  8 helpful votes
  •  50687 readers

"Really, a good place to spend your leisure time"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Apr 14, 2016
I went to Wayanad for my honeymoon in March. At that time of the year most of the places are closed due to summer season. Visited only few places. Nice place to visit at right time. Enquire about the season first to avoid getting disappointed. Really, a good place to spend your leisure time.
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Tinu Dalal

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  • Tinu Dalal
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  •  13 helpful votes
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"Over Rated Holiday Destination"

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted Mar 30, 2016
Well well, first things first. I had heard a lot about this place, being an ideal holiday destination, but didn't quite meet my expectations. It's all about the Journey and not the destination- literally holds true for this place. We drove all the way from Bangalore to Wayanad, which is approx 280 kms drive. And the drive, without any doubt was the best part of the holiday. The highway is well maintained and surrounded by lush green landscapes, and forests on the either side of the road. Once you cross the forest, you will be taken up by surprise by the sunflower fields on either sides. We stopped just next to the fields and clicked lot of photographs.

It took us about 5-6 hrs to reach Wayanad, and the fact that it was nothing like a hill station disappointed us. The weather was far from being a hill station weather, to be frank it was damn hot, and so we decided to take some rest and spend time in the resort itself. Next day we started early with visiting the coffee estates which I would say was some respite to us. Next we decided to head to the Soochipara Fall. You have to walk about 2Kms from the parking place, to reach the falls, and after covering all that distance you are just allowed to look at the waterfall from a distance, ofcourse due to the safety concerns. There are some lake's as well, but for that you need to trek another 2-3 kms and we were not in a mood for trekking another 2kms since it was already evening, and so we decided to head back to our resort and spend some time in the pool. Next day we started our journey back to Bangalore.

May be you can explore the city during Nov-Feb as the weather would be better during these months, but still I won't recommend it at all.
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