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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Arj un Yokzz

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"A place close to nature and wildlife" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week 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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Sharath

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  • 3 Reviews
  •  21 helpful votes
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"A good place to relax and have fun" new review

  • 3/7
  • Posted 3 weeks 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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"An amazing place to unwind" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
A great place to be amidst nature and good road makes it wonderful to ride around. Weather was hot and humid but the surrounding was wonderful. Not much crowded by. Most of the sites have to be trekked to view. The lake is beautiful and full of flora and fauna.
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Akshay M

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"Great experience to walk through the dense forest of wayanad" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
This destination is a fairyland for those who love nature and wildlife.This heavenly beauty of the wildness and forest blows your mind.It is most suited for those who loves adventurous journeys. It is different from other places in a way the offerings that wayanad provides you.

Places to visit are

Pookode lake gives you a great experience of boating along with the site of wild animals drinking water from lake.
Eddakal cave provides a good trekking option into the world of rocks, caves and historic carvings and manuscripts.
Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctury
Bhanasagara Dam
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Jayachandiran

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  • 3 Reviews
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"Masti bari Wayanad"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Best place for a pligimage wild and remote tourist spot which will never hurt your wallet. You can get both expensive and cheap food and shelter. Good people and very soothing climate as per me we should visit such places once in a year to relive all our stess and tension only problem which I faced there we couldn't find a amusing place for our kids to enjoy. Still they were happy with the purchaces we made from ghandhi gram honey, sweetgooseberry and bamboorice.
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"Fantastic Experience"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
The entry to God's own country as you come from Karnataka side. Lush greenery and mist welcomed us even in the month of March. Wayanad, unlike any other town, is name of a region comprising of Kalpetta, Sulthan Bathery, Mananthwadi, Meenmutty and various other small towns. So Plan your stay according the sites you intend to visit

The Toursit spots are spread across the Towns and involves quite some walking/trekking except for very few places. Coffee and tea plantations thrive together indicating the border relation of Karnataka and Kerala. Well connected by the National Highway, regular transport facilities available across the region.
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Senthilnathan Ch

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"Overall, it is a good experience"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It is ver good experience. Everyone should visit atleast once. Trekking is tough but our Group made it to top. Kerala is clean. But its very sunny. Go in winter time. So that it will be easy for trekking. You can Enjoy the nature of kerala. Chembra peak is the best in Wayanad.
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Rishiraj lahiri

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"Perfect for a quiet & serene couple outing"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Beautiful lakes, wonderful roads snaking down the hills, great pollution free air. Things you would like when you plan a quite long weekend away from the rush life of Bangalore. Must visit after the Monsoons. You must have at least two days to visit the entire area.
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"Kerala's nature in a single spot"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Wayanad is a beautiful place consisting the beauty of whole Kerala itself. It's a forestry area where people with many many types of rituals and cultures are found. It is one of undeveloped district of the north Kerala. But still it's something to be enjoyed. These mountain areas are altered naturally for the tourists but can still smell the evergreen beauty perfectly. I greatly recommend these places for those who search for peace and relaxation at mountain tops.
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"Good place surrounded by forests"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The place is too good cause it is surrounded with forests and food is also good. The climate is minimum 15 degrees and maximum 29 degrees and you will get the hand crafted thing and you can bargain too.
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