Wayanad Tourism
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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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Sandra Santhosh c
  • Sandra Santhosh c
  • 1 Review

"Great visit; mesmerizing natural beauty" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks 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
  • Viswanath
  • Lives in Washim
  • 3 Reviews

"Amazing hustle free experience" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks 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" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks 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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Anand Ramachandran
  • Anand Ramachandran
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 6 Reviews

"One of Kerala's most amazing place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Wayanad is a very much on the border between Kerala and Tamilnadu, and provides many venues worth visiting. You need at least 3 days to cover most of the sight seeing places and relax as well. Weather is important to consider for timing your trip as it could make or mar your experience. There are various kinds of places with Wayanad right from the Wild life sanctuary to caves, lakes, waterfalls, temples and greenery everywhere.
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Desikan Narayanan
  • Desikan Narayanan
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  • Lives in Salem
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  • 17 Reviews

"Heavenly place in the world" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Wayanad is the place where you feel like wild. We went to the wild life sanctuary located there and stayed one night there. Please check the availability of sanctuary since they will close it if heavy rainfall. We saw elephants and deer on the way to Wayanad and took some decent snaps. But the advise is not to get down from you vehicle when elephants are moving. Wayand has one small market so you can do small shopping sort of thing if you planed to stay one night there.
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Prasad Np
  • Prasad Np
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  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 26 photos
  • 13 Reviews

"Trip to Wayanad" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Wayanad is a memorable destination throughout the year. It really blooms in the rainy season and it was very enjoyable. We should have enough gears to protect from the rain. Blooms Green Farm has taken care of all our comforts by providing class accommodation, Food and excellent service. The whole team of Blooms deserve a great appreciation. Overall experience was excellent and we are looking forward to explore more of Wayanad in the recent times to come.
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Nandita Venkatesh
  • Nandita Venkatesh
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 11 Reviews

"Awesome Wayanad!" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Lovely experience!! We drove down to Wayanad from Bangalore, via Mysore, Bandipur Forest, Sultan bateri and Kalpetta. There was lush greenery all around. We reached Wayanad in the evening and it had started raining!! We stayed at a hotel in Vythiri area very close to the Lakkidi Vista point.. We visited Banasura dam, Soochipara falls, Edakkal caves, Kanthanpara falls, Pookat lake, Muthanga forest. Its nature at its very best! The highlight of the trip was the location of our hotel Greeshmam, on a hilltop. The clouds would gather at our balcony, pour down as rain for 2-5 minutes, everything would clear up and sky would look bright again, only for the next 10 minutes or so till the entire process just repeated! The location and our overall experience of the trip compensated our "Not so good" experience at the resort.
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Ayesha Sultana
  • Ayesha Sultana
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews

"Overall great, definitely worth trying"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
We didn't step out as we went there to relax. Fried fish and local Kerala meals at the mess are great. Try any mess and you will be overjoyed. However be careful as it can seem pricey for the food you eat. We went for the safari which was a total waste, i would advise people not to go on the safari and waste time.It was not worth the wait in the queue. We saw no animals and it was not adventurous either. We just relaxed most of the time, going out is not ideal if you are there for a day or two. choose this to relax and laze around. Preferably travel by car and drive on your own. buses are expensive and not convenient .
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Annu M'nisha
  • Annu M'nisha
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Beautiful place with many sightseeing"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Wayanad is a beautiful place with many sightseeing places and tourist spots, Edakkal caves are one of the famous one which is a natural attraction. Kuruvadweep is an island kind of place where the spot has a long walking distance with a bamboo trees on either sides and a small water place to have fun. Soochipara falls is also another attraction, the fall is small. Wayanad also has many hotels to stay. Sulthanbettery is a town where many hotels, restaurants are found, this is a busy place and all the shopping centers are found. Chembra peak an interesting place to go, this place is very high and gives a wonderful experience. muthanga forest has a wildlife sanctuary, safari experience is good. Lake pookat is also a good attractive place. A lot of tea estates on the way gives a good refreshments.
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Raman Singh
  • Raman Singh
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"A beautiful destination"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Fantastic holiday destination for both families and friends. Lots of good places to visit like Meenmutty Falls, Tiger Cave and Kuruva Island. Climate adds up as it is very pleasant. Do get your own vehicles because places are at distance from one another. Else you can hire a jeep for roaming around. Bikes r not available for rent. Let it be a romantic trip with your mate or a fun with your friends, Wayanad makes it complete.
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