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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Geetha Mohan
  • Geetha Mohan
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 7 Reviews

"God's own place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
After going to Wayanad I realised Kerala is really God's own country. Such an awesome place to relax. It was not the destination which is good, the route itself was like so good. One thing is roads are less wide that it will be difficult for big buses to go when other vehicles comes in front.

Best place for Couples and Friends!! :)
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Anandh Jose
  • Anandh Jose
  • 7 photos
  • 1 Review

"Come, experience the beauty of nature, the serenity of mountain roads" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
The neat and rubberised roads to wayanad (Thamarassery mountain pass, Western ghats) will attract the driver in you. Light rains can be expected,but unexpected heavy showers,like you see in the photo is also common. Too cold outside. Visibility may be affected by the snow and fog and that makes your drive adventurous.

Wayanad, is a place of serene beauty and home to a wide variety of animals. Pookot lake, Edakkal caves are must visits. The most delicious foods are served across all major hotels. Observing the beauty and driving made me crazy/. You are advised to be careful while you move inside the jungle and while you drive through the forests. Don't forget to experience the wide variety of rare fruits that is available only in Wayanad. Handicraft industry is budding here, give it also a try.
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Rajesh kumar ravi
  • Rajesh kumar ravi
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 4 Reviews

"Great place to visit if you like the greenery and hills" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Wayanad is a nice getaway place from Bangalore. The attractions are scattered which means either you need more days or make a choice as to what to see. We decided to spend a day in North Wayanad and visit Thirunelly Temple & Kuruva Dweep. Additionally you can cover south coorg (Iruppu falls). If you plan to visit Edakkal caves it is better to travel vis Sultan Bathery.

If you have less time below attractions are recommended..
Thirunelly Temple - Only for religious people
Iruppu Falls
Kuruva Dweep

Meenmutty Falls near Banasura Dam - There are many falls named meenmutty but this is the one to go where you can climb up the falls. Children below 10 years and senior citizen may find this climb difficult & risky. Forest department has posted few people to assist and they do give good help.

Chembra Peak - The road to peak is very narrow climb for 5 KM. So be prepared.

Edakkal Caves - If you are fond of history, if not can be skipped.
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Charles Santhanaraj
  • Charles Santhanaraj
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  • 17 Reviews

"Not very cool"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
As the predicted weather in mid january was around 15 cel we wee expecting chill weather but were disappointed that it was sunny throughout the day. As always the wayanad greed and lush but one need to be willing long distances as all the places of tourist interest can be reached only by foot and a long walk.

The motor boating in Banasura dam is good provided one need to climb the hill wait for the jeep and again your turn for the boat. Edakkal caves kuruva islands are the eco tourist places and the long walk amidst the nature and ruins are tiring but enjoyable. The Bamboo raft in Kuruva dweep is new experience. The road side delicacies pazham poliche and the salt watered pineapple ,amla and mango are different to daste
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Renuka
  • Renuka
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 2 Reviews

"Overall, a wonderful place to visit"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months 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"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months 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"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months 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 3 months 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 3 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 3 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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