Wayanad Tourism

Wayanad Tourism

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Wayanad, its difficult for me to describe, How BEAUTIFUL this place is. I visited Wayanad couple of month back, end of October. I think that's a good time to go. This time rainy season gets over, fresh green hills and all the rivers, waterfalls and lakes are full with water.
Wayand - is among one of the favourite location of tourists in Western Ghats. This may be due to the fact that its well connected with roads and has couple of Airports near by Kozhikode and Bangalore (this is actually+250km but for people travelling from North India this may be preferred).
Do you love driving on terrain? Then this is the place. Amazing place for road trip, every turn brings a new landscape. I did a bike trip to this place and it was one of the most amazing bike trip ever. You can never get bored on the ride as you will pass by beautiful tea gardens, view of hills covered with Mist and everything you expect in a hill station. This is not cold hill station, just a thin jacket can protect you, that too it will be required in night.
Enough of background.

Places of interest are :
1. Waterfalls :
- Soochipara Falls : Must visit waterfall, you can get inside the fall and play.
- Meenmutty Falls : There are two falls with this name, one which is the main fall of Wayanad is closed due to some reason but another Meenmutty Falls is near Banasura Dam, you can play here also.
2. Banasura Sagar Dam : Don't consider this as just another dam, it has got breathtaking views and they give speed boat ride there which in wonderful.
3. Pookode Lake : Its a small lake surrounded hills, and you have boating facilities.
4. Chembra Peak : If you are trekking lover, you will are going to love trekking to this peak.
5. Edakkal Caves : These are historic Caves, but don't have high hopes or something great, but you can visit to see that life existed 5000 years back.
6. Sunrise Valley : Generally, you wouldn't see many reviews about this place, but trust me you must visit this place. Its not a huge place, 25 people together can make this look over crowded. But the views it has got are killer, you could see water streams coming down the hills from all the hills surrounding this valley.
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Wayanad Traveller Reviews

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Gopa Kumar
  • Gopa Kumar
  • Lives in Thiruvananthapuram
  • 2 photos
  • 2 Reviews

"Amazing" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted Today
Wayanad is one of the districts of Kerala state in India. I visited Pookode lake and did boating there. The lake was surrounded by natural forest. I saw wild squirrels and monkeys near the lake while boating. Soochipara waterfalls was another attraction. That was also inside the forest. Edakkal caves was a historical place related to the Great Pazhassi Raja and freedom fight so it is a must visit. Thirunelli is very attractive for watching elephants. Be alert anytime, day or night, they may attack.
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  • Vishnu
  • 3 Reviews

"A calm and relaxing place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
The best destination to have a calm and relaxing trip. Especially for people who love nature. All the places in the district are a must visit place. You will get all type of local foods, coffee powders, tea and all kind of spices here. Make sure you stay there for a couple of days. It was awesome.
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Sachendra Yadav
  • Sachendra Yadav
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 4 Reviews

"Mesmerizing place"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
This is one of the best destinations in South India. An excellent place for trekking, I strongly recommend going to the heart lake. It's a 4 hour hike up an incline but totally worth it, you register at the forest office and they assign you a guide. There is nothing to eat or drink on the top so make sure you take water and snacks along.
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  • Amith
  • 3 Reviews

"Cool place to relax"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
My purpose of visit was to just relax without touring. We stayed at a resort over a weekend. This was in the middle of summer so we're expecting hot weather but to our luck it rained both the nights and it kept the place really cool. Food is pretty average overall, wish there were more pure vegetarian or authentic Kerala dishes available. At least there should have been more pizza places as a last resort. But Wayanad is surly a nice place to explore and have fun!
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  • A S
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 451 Reviews

"Beautiful Kerala"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
I have always been a huge fan of Kerala and its landscaping. We drove to this place from Bangalore. It is a heavenly beauty surrounded by lush green hills. Weather was pretty pleasant and lovely. Kuruva Island on the Kabini River is very beautiful dense evergreen jungles you will find varied species of flora and fauna. We did some great trekking in the region you will find some uncommon breeds of birds and breathtaking views. We also did white water rafting and other water sports. Trust me most of the resort properties over here are damn good but pretty expensive.
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Nishitha K n
  • Nishitha K n
  • Lives in Mysore
  • 523 Reviews

"Wonderful hill station"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Wayanad is a very good hill station in south India. Its one of the famous hill station in Kerala. It is filled with greenery and hills. Rainy season is the best time to visit Wayanad. Safari in Wayanad is a must for all. Over all the place is really good!
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  • Karthiki
  • 3 Reviews

"New Year Eve Trip to Wayanad"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Apr 8, 2014
Wayanad is a perfect weekend spot. I visited on Dec 2013 and I was there in Kalpette. Was there for only 2 days. It is a hill station, but not very cold. Recommended places include Kuruva island, Banasur Dam, Edkal Caves. It was a relaxed trip, the roads are very good.
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  • Avik
  • 3 Reviews

"Nice place for weekends!"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Apr 7, 2014
We travelled as a group. We were three married couples; and we were all batch mates from college. As, we were friends for such a long time we had a very good time together. Thankfully for us the weather was pretty good and we had no problems whatsoever.
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Sindhuja Suyambu
  • Sindhuja Suyambu
  • Lives in Delhi
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  • 106 Reviews

"Nice hill station but not very cold!"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Mar 27, 2014
Wayanad is a perfect weekend spot. I visited in May 2013 since I was there in Kozhikode but I was there only for a day. It is a hill station, but not very cold. Recommended places include Kuruva island, Pookode lake, Dam. Kuruva island is the best place there for whole family enjoyment. Dam has a small kids play area. Recommended to carry food items. The travel between each places was more.
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Sowmya Shanmugam
  • Sowmya Shanmugam
  • Beachbum
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 9 Reviews

"Wayanad is beautiful and green but not all around the year"

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted Mar 21, 2014
Wayanad is beautiful and green but not all around the year. Sometimes it is very sunny there. The Meenmutty falls is ravishing. It can be dangerous so always get down into the water with a tourist guide. The trek down to the falls will give you some breathtaking views.
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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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