Wayanad Tourism

Wayanad Tourism

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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Wayanad Traveller Reviews

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Faisel M
  • Faisel M
  • Lives in Kozhikode
  • 1 Review

"A good place with natural beauty all around" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Wayanad is the cool and calm beautiful place in western ghats. It is the place with so many tourist destinations. The greenery of wayanad is very attractive. The chembra peak in wayanad is good for adventure and trekking, the soochipara waterfalls, meenmutty and kanthanpara are very beautiful places.
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Divya j
  • Divya j
  • Lives in Agartala
  • 7 Reviews

"One of my favourite spots of relaxation" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
A very good place for relaxation. A must visit places depends on the viewer's choice and moods. Yet it has within itself all places suiting for all kinds of people, from the young to the elders. Local foods usually cover the flavouring south indian spicy serve and the malay cuisine. The best enjoy of climate through the travel was the one which kept me busy all the time. But inside it is nice to travel by car. I am even planning to visit the same place once again if chance permits. I would be glad about the second visit.
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Sanmathy Raj
  • Sanmathy Raj
  • Lives in Kalpetta
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  • 2 Reviews

"Best weekend destination after Ooty" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Wayanad is a clean, green, hilly, spicy district of Kerala. It is one of the most seek destination by domestic as well as international travelers.
Even Though, the place doesn't offer same cool weather which it was offering before 10-15 years, we must thank the nature for offering such a wonderful scenery around the area. Amid the flock of man made concrete structures, there lies still the greenery which can fill some breeze and happiness to the mind of any nature lover. The flourishing of tourism sector helped for the development of the region. But indeed it adversely affected some areas like Vythiri, Lakkidi, Payyampally, Tholpetty, Muthanga etc by building new resorts, hotels, serviced villas etc. by disturbing nature. Overall the wildness and calm atmosphere is not yet lost from Wayanad and we must keep it going on and on for the next generation.
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Harshit Gupta
  • Harshit Gupta
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review

"An awesome hangout with nature" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Best to drive down from Bangalore via mysore-hunsur road, the drive through the highways and forests is mesmerizing. Especially while you are between Bandipur and Moolhole national park.

Easy to spot herds of deer and elephant groups during the drive. A must visit during afternoons and especially if the weather is bright and sunny, you will enjoy the location most.

Upon reaching Wayanad, head further ahead instead of staying in the city. You would find a place known as the hill district club, located in a serene location, fully private 4 acre property with club house, swimming pool and loads of nature trails.

While at Wayanad, visit the Phantom rock for a nice view and track. On way, you could loo at edakkal caves and the elephant safari.

There are many lakes and dams in the area. Must take a two day trip and chill out in the lap of nature.

Soak in nature and you would feel super refreshed.
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  • Jaideep
  • Lives in Adilabad
  • 5 Reviews

"Good place with nice waterfall" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Very good site for visiting. Edakkal caves and waterfalls are the best. The resort is also very beautiful. You get a good water fall view from the room. There are lots of tea estates. The road journey from Ooty to Wayanad is exceptionally great. Horse riding and boating can be enjoyed on the way.
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  • Rajesh
  • Lives in Warangal
  • 7 Reviews

"It was really nature’s paradise" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It was a wonderful trip with 4-5 colleagues with their families. Kids really enjoyed the entire Trip. The hotel was excellent. It was really nature’s paradise. A nice place to spend. Wonderful time to relax ourselves from busy schedule. If get a chance would like to visit frequently.
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Nutan Surya
  • Nutan Surya
  • 4 Reviews

"The place to relax away from the crowd"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Very good place for relaxing for a few days away from the crowd cities. Has eight to ten awesome sightseeing places like waterfalls, caves and plane green fields. The food here is prepared using coconut oil. If you are not used to it, tell them before hand to prepare with some other oil. Do not visit the place in rainy season.
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Sandra Santhosh c
  • Sandra Santhosh c
  • 1 Review

"Great visit; mesmerizing natural beauty"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
There are no enough words to describe Wayanad. It’s truly the Gods own place with its mesmerizing natural beauty. I really loved the place. The Soochipara Waterfalls, Kuruva Islands, Chempara etc. are some must go spots of the place. The view from the mountain tops tends to steel our breath away. It’s a life time experience. :)
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  • Viswanath
  • Lives in Washim
  • 3 Reviews

"Amazing hustle free experience"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Wayanad is the place where you feel like you are in a different place altogether calm place away from the city's hustle. Since it was a honeymoon trip we did not go out sightseeing much but there are good places to visit around.
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Namrta Kothari
  • Namrta Kothari
  • Lives in Surat
  • 8 Reviews

"Nature gives a gift"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Wayanad is situated in Kerala near to Calicut. Where the weather plays the magic, with almost breeze time with night rains. There are many places one has to visit like Edakkal caves where there are special stone age rock carvings and kuruva island river where boating and trekking is famous for and ambukuthi malai which is high top in Wayanad where natures best photo shoots are possible. You have many low rates cottages which provides nice foods. With many small falls, Wayanad is truly gods gift. Booking a travel package would be better to avoid high fares charged by tourist agents.
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