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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Kamal Nath

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"Wayanad, beauty & nature" new review

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
It's a good place to be in. Good experience with nature. We can explore the beauty of nature. Its a good place and have lots to see but the main problem of Wayanad is that the main spots are placed here and there so it would take time to see the whole.
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Harshan Cm

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  • Lives in Kozhikode
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"Most beautiful and calm place I had visited" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Wayanad one of the most beautiful and calm place I had visited. I visited Wayanad more than ten times, every time it gives new experience and happiness. The ride through Thamarassery pass and hill view was mind blowing one. My last visit was 4th January with friends in motorcycle. Chembra peaks and edakkal caves are my favorite places in Wayanad and that cool climate and "churam" view at night is most beautiful. Tracking and sightseeing are major attractions there. About food start with Thamarassery pass small tea shop, having black tea at cool evening with spicy eggs fry. Then Wayanad special bamboo rice and spicy curries. I suggested Wayanad best place for weakened destinations for families and groups and also single Ride.
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Chaithanya Can

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"Excellent place to hangout!" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Wayanad is such a beautiful place. Try to hangout with a bunch of close friends. You will cherish this place for a long time especially when you try to catch up a resort. Try not to go in holiday seasons, only then you can enjoy the beauty even more.
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Rubal Arora

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"God's own country no doubt" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Wayanad is one of the most beautiful hill stations I've seen in a long time. It has it all from wildlife to waterfalls to treks and not to miss the beautiful Eddakal caves. I stayed in Kalpetta as it's closer to the sightseeing places and that's what people recommended :P.

It's better to take your own vehicle since the places to visit are quite far away from each other and the taxi would cost you around 1900 for one day (100km). Taking your own vehicle is far more comfortable and you'll be able to see more of Wayanad. Another thing to keep in mind is that almost all places close at 5 in the evening and there's not much to do in the city after that. So plan your trip accordingly.

Take along your sports shoes. Most of the places would require you to walk at least 1. 5km or so. Wind cheaters would certainly be helpful in the mornings and evenings. Places not to be missed are, Eddakal caves, Soochipara waterfalls, Chembra peak, Banasura dam.
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"Beautiful country side- Wayanad"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Our drive and stay was excellent. Excellent pleasant weather in September. But rained on and off. Stay at silver woods resort was good at Banasura dam. We took our car till wherever we could to Chembura. We trekked a little till the visitors point. Which was refreshing with a 2 year old, we couldn't manage to trek till the peak. So we missed seeing the heart lake.

Nevertheless the entire region around the chembura peak is beautiful and lush green. With all the rians, it made the place feel so mystical. Sunny sometimes, misty sometimes and rainy sometimes and always accompanied by cool breeze. I think September was a good time to visit.
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Chen_lko Happy

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"Wayanad-Heaven on Earth"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Its a must visit extended-weekend destination. A perfect place to relax in the nature's lap. Surrounded by hills and covered with tea/coffee plantation, its scenic. Its is as beautiful as in the photographs & pictures or rather more than that. The best time to visit is December as it is cooler. Preferably checkout into a resort if travelling with your family rather than a hotel. Although there are a few nice tourist spots, but they are scattered and you waste too much time travelling so you must select the tourist spots beforehand and then decide where to stay.

Must see places are Banasura Sagar Dam and Muthanga wild life sanctuary. If you have the fitness and inclination to trek, only then visit Eddakkal caves and Soochpara falls. Must go in for speedboat ride in Banasura Sagar Dam. But start early for all tourist spots esp Banasura Sagar or else you will miss the boat ride there as they have limited boats. Please carry caps and umbrellas. It gets v hot and sunny during the day. Light woollen clothes may be required in the mornings and evenings in Dec.

Not many options for vegetarian people but for the meat eaters, there are lots. And do not forget to wear sneakers or sports shoes. A complete no to sandals and chappals as you need to walk a lot.
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"Kuruvadweep, nice place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Kuruvadweep is a lovely natures beauty in Wayanad. Very good for all peoples like family or friends or couples. Great atmosphere. Feels very refreshed. It is also good for school or college tour. Care must be taken. Also enquire about the seasonal opening at Wayanad tourism.
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"A secret paradise-Wayanad"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Wayanad, what a place! We visited it last weekend and we had a road trip to be specific a bike trip from Bangalore. GPS shows you it's 6 hours or something but believe me it's more than 6 hours from Bangalore. But the road is just amazing. If you take a Mysore road, then that will be d best 2 hours of that journey, but to enter Wayanad, a road goes through Nagarhole tiger reserve and that's where the real adventure starts. There are good amount of chances that you might see wild elephants and other animals, so prepare yourselves for it. It's their area so you have to behave responsible. Wayanad weather is just amazing and perfect in winters, in the afternoon it can get a little sunny but that's OK. Food wise, there is beef everywhere and if you are a meat lover then its a treat for you. Don't stay at a hotel please, there are ample number of home stays available which will give you the authentic feel of Wayanad in terms of language, food, culture etc. People there are friendly, try to go there with your Malayali friend and your life will be sorted.

There are some popular tourist destinations like waterfalls and cave and all but those are filled with typical tourists so better avoid them, take a car and go into the forest area, be careful and follow jungle rules as Wayanad is a human animal conflict area, animals don't like humans and vice a versa but you will enjoy there the most. Go visit places where people are growing coffee, pepper and other vegetables and fruits, it will be a different experience for you. Agriculture and organic products is a trend there, see if you can pick up any! Enjoy!
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Saneesh S kalathara

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"Beautiful mountain view"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
This was my first time visiting Wayanad. This place absolutely blown my mind. If you see adventure fun and joy this is the place you should come. I came here with my friends it was a college trip. It was on summer season. The place which attracted me most was the Edakkal caves. The view from the mountain is also beautiful.
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"Must visit place for a holiday"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Very good location for the hotel, can see Wayanad city downhill. View of morning mist is breathtaking, trek to the hill top which is within the hotel premises is also good. Hotel staff was also very helpful and caring. Travelling from Mumbai to Wayanad was excellent.
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