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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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Anandpdevasia

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  • Anandpdevasia
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  • 2 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
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"Wayanad"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 15, 2017
Its a perfect place to plan vacations in india, in Kerala. We will be back here very soon. Sulthan Bathery is a beautiful and nice place in Wayanad. There are lot of sightseeing spots in Wayanad. We recommend Sulthan Bathery to all who wish to visit Wayanad.
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Imadimmu

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  • Lives in Kannur
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"My kind of heritage"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 11, 2017
Wayanad District is a district in the north-east of Kerala state, India with headquarters at the town of Kalpetta. The district was formed on 1 November 1980. The region was known as Mayakshetra (Maya's land) in the earliest records. Mayakshetra evolved into Mayanad and finally to Wayanad
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Abhishek Anand

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  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Worth a visit"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jan 31, 2017
Key Points:

Trip Cost - Economical, excluding the mode you choose to reach Kozhikode.

Sightseeing - Average (accept 1 which is extraordinary).

Food - Typical mallu food including Fish and Beef & economical.

Stay - Many hotel/resort options available.

Shopping - Nothing.

The trip begins - It was a 1. 5 hrs flight to Kozhikode from Mumbai wch landed at 11 AM.

DAY 1:

Calicut International Airport Map

The journey started from the airport in a car, the weather was hot, although a little greenery along the way but it's more like a developing concrete city. All boards written in english and malayalam language. It also drizzled a bit.

Our first stop was at the foot hill (adivaram) of Wayanad and it took us 1. 5 hrs to reach here. Name of the place was Pull Anjimedu. We had our brunch at a local hotel wch turned out to be the best food joint we discovered, find below pic of the authentic mallu food, we also had 3 varieties of fish, beef and chaas.

The sightseeing had started on our way to hotel and we covered the following places on Day 1:

1. stop was lakkidi view point, nothing new but the road view was good.

2. stop, chain tree - there is a story revolving around it, you won't need more then 5 min to see this.

3. pookot lake - boating, aquarium and fish spa, the most economical fish spa you'll find here only Rs. 50.

We reached out hotel and in the evening went out exploring the street food, we had Beef / Chicken with malabar paratha, the taste was OK.

DAY 2:

Jain Temple Road Map

1. Jain temple - just an archaeologist thing, stupid to include this in your sightseeing, it can be explored during the evening while walking also.

After seeing the temple we left for kuruva island and the route was just superb. Name of the Road was sultan bathery to pulp alley. Amazing one... Its carved between the forest... With lush green trees and plants on both the sides of the road, no traffic and cool breeze, it's a paradise for bikers.

2. kuruva island - the most idiotic thing to see and do here. It is nothing like island, do this only if you have nothing to do. It was so disappointing that I don't have a good pic to share.

After our first day of sight seeing and kuruva island we were really disappointed with what Wayanad had to offer us, until we changed the normal sight seeing plan and asked the driver to take us Erika caves and that was the second best decision we tuk.

3. alkali caves, the second best things to do in Wayanad, it's a 340 steep climb but the view at the top is worth it. It drizzled while we trekked up so we got an awesome view.

4. was Wayanad heritage museum & farm, the farm as the name suggests is a BIG garden with variety if flower and birds. Its a good place if you go with kids or want to have a relaxed evening just sitting and doing nothing.

Day 3:

Our last day at Wayanad and the BEST day :) :D

Although it was not part of our itinerary but we made the changes and included this in our itinerary and decided we would do this in the morning and then leave and this decision changed our view from WAYANAD to WAYnotANAD!!

Chembra peak - we all we're very excited about it as we had read about it and it was a trek wch turned out to be the most amazing thing to do in Wayanad... Your Wayanad is not Wayanad if you done this. It's a trek between the mountains wch lead you to the highest but a v small lake in Wayanad and man you gotta be there to experience this.

You have to come in quite a bit in your car/bike or hire a jeep, there is ticket counter, the price is Rs. 700 for 1 to 10 people, so irrespective whether you are single or a group of 10 you'll be charged same, so incase you are less people tag with someone there and share the cost.

You start the trek from a plain land with tea plantation on either side, and then the actual climb begins, with steep steps, slippery rocks, naturally made way because of the river stream coming down from the top hill, a 2. 5 km trek will take you a min of 1. 5 hrs to reach and lot of energy and stamina, you'll probably be tried to the core and would want to give up mid way, but DON'T, because the moment you reach up it gonna be worth every effort you had put in.

The view serene that you don't feel like getting up from there, cool and really fast breeze which has the capacity to take you off your feet if you are standing at the edge and do not have enough weight.

Trekking down won't take you long, prob half an hour or max 45 min.

The trek opens at 7 AM and shuts around 2 PM, and the best time is 7 or max by 8 so that you don't get sun on your face when you reach the peak, we were lucky that it had rained the previous day so or the more green we could see and even more lucky that it don't rain on the day we trekked.

Wayanad is worth only if you do this trek and Erroll caves, it's OK if you skip everything else because nothing more is really worth this.
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Lalit goswami

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"Fantastic Experience (Beautiful Place)"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 18, 2016
This place mananthawavady in Kerala is awesome place need atleast 2-3 days to explore completely. I highly recommend you to please go and visit this place. The road transport and healthy food offered by keralites also added up to your comfort. All places are nearby to each other 20-30 min journey required to switch one to other visiting location. I would like to visit again this place of god.
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Suraj Sabat

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"Visit to Tip of Deccan Plateau"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Nov 13, 2016
The roads around this place are beautiful which helps mesmerizing your journey. You can visit couple of waterfalls and banasura dam. The climate here is really good through out the year. You can find Bandipur National Park road beautiful if you ride early morning.
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Jaideep Ray

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"Must Visit in Winters"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 8, 2016
This destination is a must visit for people who love greenery. Tea plantations all around the place and no pollution with cool breeze. This place is very special as we can visit all types of places like lake, peak, waterfalls, specially wildlife enthusiasts can enjoy Tholpetty wildlife or Nagarhole tiger reserve which is nearby. There are temples and an island etc. People should not miss Chembra peak, Soochipara waterfalls, Alkali caves, Banasura dam, Kuruva island, Lakkidi view point.
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Himabindu

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"Amazing place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 25, 2016
Amazing place however need to be fit to climb all the places and trekking spots.

A good place for weekend getaways with family and friends. Cost wise the place is very affordable and food is amazing. I think 3 days will be ideal to cover all the places to its full detail.

Shopping for spices, essentials oils, chocolates, coconut fiber handicrafts are available. Even if you drive there in your own vehicle, it's better to hire a local cab and driver for sightseeing to save time as the distance between places is more.
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Krishna murthi

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"Good Location for 2-3 days Travel"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Oct 16, 2016
We started with Karlad Lake, pedal boating was good experience, next we visited Banasura Sagar Dam having good location view, next visited to Meenmutty waterfalls and some view point and then travelled to Pookode Lake where not got boating experience because of they not allowed my child to accompany as she is 11 years of age and waste of time visiting this lake.
Next day we went to Alkali Caves and Museum good place to visit.
Next visited Neelimala view point as guided by taxi guide and sheer waste of money where we have paid Rs. 500 for Jeep for 2 KM travel and because of mist not able to see anything.
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Ganesh gupta

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"Very lovely place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 13, 2016
It was really a wonderful trip for us. We were 6people group, travelled from Bangalore to Wayanad via Mysore. First thing we did while going we had thata idly in bedadi. We started early in morning from Bangalore. Bcuz of that it was pleasant breakfast. Then we went to Wayanad there while we crossed the checkpost of bandipur, we started seeing wild animals like elephant, deer, and wild bisons. But before entering checkpost v saw peacock, etc .., we went to muthanga national park and santury. Where we went inside forest in jeep. It was like a safari. And animals in there was were nice watch in their natural environment and in their wild life. For jeep v have take ticket it was rs110 per person. And then we entered sultan battery we had our lunch in welton hotel, nice place to have food in Wayanad very reasonable pricing of food ., parota and briyani was so good ., then we left to alkali caves it was 1 1/2 km walk but very heritage. Where you can find sculpture on the stone. Very good view from caves. Near the entrance we can find small handcraft shops where v can buy them for our needs. Then we went to sunbird resort for our stay. After check-in we went to swimming pool for a luring. Then v came to room then to campfire and then for a dinner we went to cafe nosh near to the resort. Then came back and slept in the villa. Then next day morning we went to banasura dam by 8:30 were we went to fast drive boat ., horse ridding etc wonderful experience the view from the dam was awesome. And it was good bcuz we walked all the way in the dam, there you may find jeeps and tempo traveller where they take 10per person to drop in and out. Entrance ticket was 30per head. There we had pickled mango, pineapple, apple, guava, carrots, beetroot etc ., then v left to karlad adventure camp, must go to this for adventure activity ., like kayaking, zip lining, It was wonderful for adventure lovers and nice place ., 230for 2people for kayaking, and 290for a person Zip Lining. Then v came to pokkat lake we had our breakfast in the resort ., and then to the calicut highway view point had a fantastic view of guard section road, and mountain range ., then v started back to room while we were coming back v had food(lunch) in hotel Paradise it was nice place to have food ., then v took some rest in the room and went for a campfire had played anthakshari, dance, music etc ., then to the same cafe nosh for dinner ., reasonable pricing for food. Next day we went to soochiparai water falls we left early morning by 6 from room v reached by 8. It was a walk come trek 1-1. 5km. Where we had Bath in the falls and scenic was good and wonderful taste of water and nice place to take Bath ., then v came to parking where we found place where we had masala noodles and egg omlet and fresh fish fry ., very cheap and delicious food ., v had puttu kadala curry etc ,. Some of the Kerala special food, then we started towards Bangalore ., nice and memorial trip we had all kinds of experiences ., adventures, wild life, romantic, are relaxed, mountain, wild life etc ., we missed cheambeparai peak we heard it'll be good but tiring trek. 4km walk for one way ., but v can able to see heart lake and scenic ll be good it seems ., but time didn't permit for us ., if you guys get time then that ll be good place to go for a trek and enjoy the beauty of nature. ;)
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Rajesh murali

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"A Must Visit Destination"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Oct 12, 2016
Wayanad is a must visit destination for first timers. One should plan properly to cover all tourist attractions which are spread around the district. One can expect a heavy rush during festival season. You must obtain information from reliable sources about some destinations which are closed temporarily. Booking of stay in advance will help you in relaxed enjoyment.
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