Wayanad Tourism
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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
Wayanad, which is also known as the ‘green paradise’ lies in between the mountains of the Western Ghats. It is called the ‘green paradise’ because it forms the border of the greener portion of Kerala. It lies at a distance of 76 km from Kozhikode.

Wayanad district is located on the southern tip of the Deccan plateau and in the north-eastern part of Kerala. It is at a short distance from popular tourist destinations like Ooty, Kannur, Bangalore, Mysore and Coorg.

History of Wayanad

Wayanad is spread over an area of 2132 sq km and includes three talukas, namely, Mananthavady, Sulthan Bathery and Vythiri. The headquarters of the district is situated at Kalpetta. Wayanad District was formed on November 1, 1980 as the 12th district. It has been formed from the Kozhikode and Kannur districts. ‘Wayanad’ means 'Land of Paddy Fields'.

Wayanad has a rich history and the hills of Wayanad have several evidences of the New Stone Age civilisation. There are pictures and pictorial writings on the walls of both the caves of Ampukuthimala, which lie between Sulthan Bathery and Ambalavayal, that provide crucial information about the past era and civilisation.

In ancient times, Wayanad was under the rule of the kings of the Veda tribe. Later its control came into the hands of the Pazhassi Rajahs of the Kottayam Royal Dynasty. After becoming the king of Mysore, Hyder Ali invaded this land and brought it under his control. However, it went back to the Kottayam Royal Dynasty during the reign of Tipu Sultan.

Numerous changes were seen in Wayanad, after it came under the British rule. Tea and other cash crops were cultivated in the plateau and roads were also built from Kozhikode and Thalassery, across the risky slopes of Wayanad.

People & Culture in Wayanad

The famous tribal events and folk dance performances by tribes are hosted between February and May. Wayanad celebrates Onam, a famous festival during August- September. Other main festivals celebrated in Wayanad include Maha shivaratri and Vishu.

Things to do in Wayanad

Today Wayanad is a popular tourist destination in Kerala with numerous attractions such as Chembra Peak, Edakkal Cave, Kuruva Island and Lakkidi, which is the highest point in Wayanad.

Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, Pakshipathalam, Pazhassi Raja Tomb, Pookot Lake, Sentinel Rock Waterfalls, Kanthanpara Waterfalls, Soochippara Waterfalls and the Banasura Sagar Dam are other places of interest.

This place is also famous for a number of temples such as Sulthan Bathery Jain Temple, Thirunelli Temple, Valliyoorkavu Temple, Sita Lava-Kusha Temple and Thrissilery Shiva Temple. It also has a popular church known as the Pallikkunnu Church, which is devoted to the Lourdes Matha.

Wayanad has a healthy weather throughout the year, however best time for sightseeing is between October and February. During March to May Wayanad experiences hot but pleasant weather, suitable for exploring the forest area. Tourists who enjoy rains can opt to visit between June and September with the maximum temperature hitting up to 30 °C, accompanied with heavy winds and rain falls.

Food & Shopping in Wayanad

Special cuisines of Wayanad include Poricha kootu, Moru kootan, Avvial, Pal payasam and many more. However, tourists can have customized food as per their needs, such as north Indian, Biryani, purely vegetarian food, Jain cuisine, etc.

Wayanad is well known for the spices of Kerala. Wayanad has shopping centers where tourists can take home the spices of Kerala, different flavours of tea and coffee. Wayanad is famous for crafts made of coconut shells, ivory, canes, wood, Bamboo articles and metals which can be shopped.

Travelling to Wayanad

Wayanad is well connected by road, rail and air. Kozhikode serves as the closest airport and railway station to reach Wayanad, at a distance of 98 km. Wayanad is well connected by roads from Kozhikode, Kannur, Ooty and Mysore. There are regular bus services from major cities like Bangalore, Chennai and Trivandrum up to Kozhikode. From here tourists can hire cabs or board bus to reach their destination.

Travelling within Wayanad

Tourists can hire cabs or auto riskshaws to travel within the city. Cab drivers usually charge per km which is around Rs 7-8 per km. Also, there are numerous of state run government buses to reach different places in the city. For short trips, tourists can hire cycles and roam around the city. Cycles cost around Rs 50 per hour. 

Accommodation Options in Wayanad

Wayanad offers numerous accommodation options suiting the budget of all kinds of travellers. Hotels in Wayanad are located away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. The cottages and bungalows are designed in a traditional style preserving the heritage of Kerala. Tourists can also opt to stay in a tree house for a one of its kind experience.
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Shruthi Prakash

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"Wonderful refreshment" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Great destination. Language and food could be problem for non keralites but manageable. Must visit place for a relaxed long weekend. Nature is awesome, the fresh air will rejuvenate anyone. Edakkal caves, pookot lake and kurwa island are worth visit. Catching up a hot cup of coffee in the morning is bliss.
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"Wayanad is a treat for sore eyes" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Wayanad is waiting to be discovered. Be gentle and treat nature with care when you are there. There are very few such places existing now. Wayanad is a treat for sore eyes. Of course you can see settlers from South Kerala and Calicut have spoiled the beauty by their encroachment.
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"Perfect destination for a re-union with nature" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
As I mentioned in the title, this is a perfect destination to synchronize with nature. There are no words to explain the scenic beauty of Wayanad. The coffee estates, elephants and monkeys in the wild life sanctuary, the scene from the viewpoint in Thamarassery ghat road, etc are only a few. No need of camera as the visuals will last long in our minds.
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Hasbriale Yolasite

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"Nice for a family vacation" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Kerala's northern beauty is Wayanad. Its full of lush greenery surrounded by tea, coffee and spice plantations. There are also a lot of places to explore here while spending a weekend or a week's vacation. Best time to visit is during the winter (mind you it gets really chilly there, so get some warm clothes as well). Best to have your own vehicle to drive around places if you come as a family or a small group. On the whole a must see place and I'm sure it will be a wonderful experience which you may want to repeat sometime again.
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"Wayanad - the nature at its best" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Wayanad is a place above the sea level, it is heighestplace in kerala, its the place where nature at its best. The beauty of nature is the main attraction here. There are so many tourists spots which we shouldn't miss. The way to wayanad itself if enthusiastic. The ghat road with 9 hair pin bends, it is the passion of every driver to drive this road. When you enter wayanad the first place is lakkidi, where the heaviest monsoon in kerala occurs. Lakkidi has another importance here a banyan tree named chain tree which is a myth associated with the history of wayanad, later you reach pookode lake which is a good place to spent your evening with boating and nature beauty. Chembra peek, soochipara waterfalls are some of the other attractions which you shouldn't miss when tour wayanad.
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Sreenivasan

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"Wayanad ! a destination must be on the charts of a nature lover !!"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Wayanad is a beautiful place with excellent landscapes and scenic beauty and it is also a right spot to check with other destinations such as edakkal, banasura dam etc. The place makes you feel relaxed and pleasant with a rural setting. Make sure you carry some good pair of shoes if you opt to visit places like edukkal and banasura dam. Edakkal caves might be a tiresome experience, however, it will make a memory for a life time!
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"Leisure time spent in Wayanad"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
This place is suitable to go with friends as well as family. You will get to see dam, hill, wildlife altogether in this district. Local food is good but should visit a standard restaurant. Being a North-Indian it will be difficult to eat anywhere on your way.

Must experience Banasura dam speed boat ride.
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Santosh Ks

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"Amazing trip with friends at Wayanad"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I had been to Wayanad with friends. It was a 5 day trip. I must say it was amazing.

The nature at its best. Its not very far from Karnataka as well. In our entire group only I knew a bit of Tamil. Most of the people know only Malayalam. But they are very helpful.

The best thing I enjoyed here is the trekking. It was more than 9 km trek. It was very adventurous. In-between to climb, you have to hold a rope and climb. It was very scary but did it with the help of friends. Don't forget to take a DSLR with you!

Some of the must see places are,
Chembra peak
Neelimala
Meenmutty waterfalls
Pakshipathalam
Banasura Sagar Dam

Enjoy your trip and be safe.
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"A place close to nature and wildlife"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It really a wonderful place to hang out with friends, the place is so close to nature, exposing all its wonders before us. Great sights, chilling climatic conditions and wildlife is a real wonder.
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"A good place to relax and have fun"

  • 3/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Not much places to visit if you go to this place with family with small kids. You can enjoy this place if you travel with friends or colleagues. There are some places, where you have to trek & which is not possible if you have small kids. If you want to relax then you can visit this place relax for one or two days.
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