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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Renuka
  • Renuka
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 2 Reviews

"Overall, a wonderful place to visit" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
If you're looking for weekend getaway from bangalore wayanad is ideal about 6 hrs drive from bangalore tucked away in the land of spices ideal tourist spot with rivers waterfalls caves and forest. Must if you're looking for weekend getaway from bangalore wayanad is ideal About 6 hrs drive from bangalore tucked away in the land of spices ideal tourist spot with rivers waterfalls caves and forest. Must see places are edakkal caves, kuruvadweep and chembra peak.

The moment you enter wayanad you can see the cleanliness and people are friendly. As for the negative if you're vegetarian food can be problem. Also if you are roti eater have to settle for frozen parathas heated up even in hotels. Even rice eater please ask for white rice otherwise you will be served boiled rice may not suit everyone's palate. Breakfast is usually idiappam, appam with stew or kadalai delicious in all places. Overall a wonderful place to visit and destress
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Basil Mathai
  • Basil Mathai
  • 1 Review

"The most beautiful place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Wayanad is the most beautiful place which I have ever seen in my life there are many many beautiful places such as CHEMBRA PEAK, EDAKKAL CAVE, KURUVA DWEEP POOKOT LAKE etc. We were really happy to visit that place again and the climate around there was simply great. There are thousands of tourists coming to Wayanad both Indian and foreigners. The hotels and food around there is awesome. And it's a best place for trucking and good place for an explorer.
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Niky narayan Vaigankar
  • Niky narayan Vaigankar
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 4 Reviews

"Fab stay at Waynad" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Within one day we could comfortably visit Banasura Dam in the morning, Kuruva islands in afternoon(with a perfect home lunch by Umesh) and Thirunelli temple in the evening. Really relaxing and a very serene place to be at! Suggest not to try out fish here at wayanad. Fish menu is really excellent at coastal kerala. Just come here for relaxing and enjoying the beauty of the place.
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Ratnamala Nair
  • Ratnamala Nair
  • Lives in Pune
  • 12 Reviews

"Enjoyable, relaxing, It is a must visit place"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
The weather of Wayanad is superb. Except for the summer months April, May - I understand it is worth travelling this wonderful place anytime during the year. I enjoyed the weather. Do carry warm clothes during the winters. As the weather is very supportive - you can visit any tourist during any time of the day. You do not feel the heat at all. Also I noticed all restaurants serve tasty food and the people are very simple and friendly, which makes the visit to Wayanad more enjoyable.
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Siva Ram
  • Siva Ram
  • 1 Review

"A beautiful place"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Wayanad located at Kerala is a beautiful place where the nature is directly speaking with me. To get a mind relax, its a good place to visit. Near by wayanad there are some waterfalls are also there, that also very good. There is a park, which is maintained good and so many tourists are also visiting that place. Thus overall its a very good experience.
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Vinodh Raj
  • Vinodh Raj
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 7 Reviews

"A good place for a couple to visit"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Weather and green all around to feel your inner peace. Best season is January to March for couples to enjoy this place. Must visit place is Banasura Dam. Cambra Peak is the place which shouldn't be missed at all. Local food is not good as they are prepared by coconut oil and not the place for shopping.
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Ayaz hyder
  • Ayaz hyder
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 3 Reviews

"Visit if you love peaceful location"

  • 4/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Visit if you love peaceful location, good scenic beauty. Location of the resort is perfect for a relaxing weekend. Not sure about the places for visit around. Didn't find them very interesting. Most of the time I spent in resort. There indoor games unit, swimming pool etc. are open 24/7. Hence you are never forced to stay within the room. Great hospitable staff as well. Quite a cold place.
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Faisel M
  • Faisel M
  • Lives in Kozhikode
  • 1 Review

"A good place with natural beauty all around"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months 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"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months 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"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 months 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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