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

History of Wayanad

Plantations, forests, and wildlife are what come to mind when Wayanad is mentioned. Situated in the midst of the Western Ghats, it has a pleasant climate all year round. The history of Wayanad is thought to date back to the New Stone Age. Documented evidence, however, is available only from the 18th century onward. The region was under the rule of the Pazhassi Rajas, Hyder Ali, Tipu Sultan, and the British at various times. In 1980, it was made an independent district of Kerala.

People and Culture of Wayanad

The indigenous people of Wayanad are tribals or Adivasis. Adiyars, Paniyas, Kurumas, Kattunaikars, and Kadans are the main tribes though there are many others too. There are many tribal healers who are experts in herbal medicine with people from various parts of the country and abroad seeking their assistance in treatment of diseases such as diabetes and even cancer.

Onam, Maha Shivaratri, Ashtami Rohini, Vishu, Christmas, Easter, and Bakrid are some of the festivals celebrated by the locals. Arts, crafts, dance, and music are all a part of these festivities. The months from February to May are when most of the folk performances, which are among Wayanad attractions, take place.

Things To Do in Wayanad

Of the many things to do in Wayanad, a trip to Banasura Sagar Dam is a must. Considered India’s biggest earth dam and the second largest in Asia, it is one the popular picnic spots in Wayanad. Carvings from the Neolithic and Mesolithic Ages can be found at the Edakkal Caves which are a favourite with trekkers too. Trekking and mountain climbing to the summit of Chembra Peak are some other activities pursued by visitors on sightseeing in Wayanad.

The Soochipara Waterfalls, Pookat Lake, Kuruva Dweep, and Lakkidi are some other places to visit in Wayanad. Besides seeing Wayanad tourist places, many come here on religious tourism. Thirunelli Temple, Korome Mosque, Pallikunnu Church, Jain temples of Sulthan Battery, and Glass Temple of Kootamunda are just some of the other places to see in Wayanad.

Food and Shopping in Wayanad

The food in Wayanad is predominantly Kerala cuisine though restaurant menus offer a variety of other Indian and international cuisines. Visitors on a trip to Wayanad might like to get a taste of some local dishes such as Malabar parathas, fish curry cooked in clay pots served with steaming rice, the Nadan chicken curry with some Appams, or a vegetarian Sadhya or traditional feasts served on plantain leaves.

Handicrafts made of bamboo, jute, coconut shells, and cane, spices like pepper and cardamom, and coffee are some of the things visitors on Wayanad sightseeing trips take home. Make sure to take a break from the list of Wayanad places to visit to do some shopping.

Accommodation in Wayanad

If you are wondering about how to reach Wayanad, there are plenty of options available. The nearest railway station and airport are located at Kozhikode which is at a distance of about 110 kms. Kozhikode is well-connected to different parts of the country with regular trains and flights. Buses and cabs are the common mode of transport for tourists arriving from other cities on a Wayanad tour. The hotels in Wayanad range from the luxurious to the modest with offerings ranging from tree houses to eco dwellings and homestays.



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Suraj Sabat

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  • Suraj Sabat
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 77 photos
  • 28 Reviews
  •  22 helpful votes
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"Visit to Tip of Deccan Plateau" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
The roads around this place are beautiful which helps mesmerizing your journey. You can visit couple of waterfalls and banasura dam. The climate here is really good through out the year. You can find Bandipur National Park road beautiful if you ride early morning.
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Jaideep Ray

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  • Jaideep Ray
  • Lives in Delhi
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  • 12 Reviews
  •  12 helpful votes
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"Must Visit in Winters"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
This destination is a must visit for people who love greenery. Tea plantations all around the place and no pollution with cool breeze. This place is very special as we can visit all types of places like lake, peak, waterfalls, specially wildlife enthusiasts can enjoy Tholpetty wildlife or Nagarhole tiger reserve which is nearby. There are temples and an island etc. People should not miss Chembra peak, Soochipara waterfalls, Alkali caves, Banasura dam, Kuruva island, Lakkidi view point.
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Himabindu

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  • Himabindu
  • Lives in Bengalooru
  • 2 Reviews
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"Amazing place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Amazing place however need to be fit to climb all the places and trekking spots.

A good place for weekend getaways with family and friends. Cost wise the place is very affordable and food is amazing. I think 3 days will be ideal to cover all the places to its full detail.

Shopping for spices, essentials oils, chocolates, coconut fiber handicrafts are available. Even if you drive there in your own vehicle, it's better to hire a local cab and driver for sightseeing to save time as the distance between places is more.
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Krishna murthi

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  • Krishna murthi
  • Lives in Delhi
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"Good Location for 2-3 days Travel"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
We started with Karlad Lake, pedal boating was good experience, next we visited Banasura Sagar Dam having good location view, next visited to Meenmutty waterfalls and some view point and then travelled to Pookode Lake where not got boating experience because of they not allowed my child to accompany as she is 11 years of age and waste of time visiting this lake.
Next day we went to Alkali Caves and Museum good place to visit.
Next visited Neelimala view point as guided by taxi guide and sheer waste of money where we have paid Rs. 500 for Jeep for 2 KM travel and because of mist not able to see anything.
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Ganesh gupta

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"Very lovely place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It was really a wonderful trip for us. We were 6people group, travelled from Bangalore to Wayanad via Mysore. First thing we did while going we had thata idly in bedadi. We started early in morning from Bangalore. Bcuz of that it was pleasant breakfast. Then we went to Wayanad there while we crossed the checkpost of bandipur, we started seeing wild animals like elephant, deer, and wild bisons. But before entering checkpost v saw peacock, etc .., we went to muthanga national park and santury. Where we went inside forest in jeep. It was like a safari. And animals in there was were nice watch in their natural environment and in their wild life. For jeep v have take ticket it was rs110 per person. And then we entered sultan battery we had our lunch in welton hotel, nice place to have food in Wayanad very reasonable pricing of food ., parota and briyani was so good ., then we left to alkali caves it was 1 1/2 km walk but very heritage. Where you can find sculpture on the stone. Very good view from caves. Near the entrance we can find small handcraft shops where v can buy them for our needs. Then we went to sunbird resort for our stay. After check-in we went to swimming pool for a luring. Then v came to room then to campfire and then for a dinner we went to cafe nosh near to the resort. Then came back and slept in the villa. Then next day morning we went to banasura dam by 8:30 were we went to fast drive boat ., horse ridding etc wonderful experience the view from the dam was awesome. And it was good bcuz we walked all the way in the dam, there you may find jeeps and tempo traveller where they take 10per person to drop in and out. Entrance ticket was 30per head. There we had pickled mango, pineapple, apple, guava, carrots, beetroot etc ., then v left to karlad adventure camp, must go to this for adventure activity ., like kayaking, zip lining, It was wonderful for adventure lovers and nice place ., 230for 2people for kayaking, and 290for a person Zip Lining. Then v came to pokkat lake we had our breakfast in the resort ., and then to the calicut highway view point had a fantastic view of guard section road, and mountain range ., then v started back to room while we were coming back v had food(lunch) in hotel Paradise it was nice place to have food ., then v took some rest in the room and went for a campfire had played anthakshari, dance, music etc ., then to the same cafe nosh for dinner ., reasonable pricing for food. Next day we went to soochiparai water falls we left early morning by 6 from room v reached by 8. It was a walk come trek 1-1. 5km. Where we had Bath in the falls and scenic was good and wonderful taste of water and nice place to take Bath ., then v came to parking where we found place where we had masala noodles and egg omlet and fresh fish fry ., very cheap and delicious food ., v had puttu kadala curry etc ,. Some of the Kerala special food, then we started towards Bangalore ., nice and memorial trip we had all kinds of experiences ., adventures, wild life, romantic, are relaxed, mountain, wild life etc ., we missed cheambeparai peak we heard it'll be good but tiring trek. 4km walk for one way ., but v can able to see heart lake and scenic ll be good it seems ., but time didn't permit for us ., if you guys get time then that ll be good place to go for a trek and enjoy the beauty of nature. ;)
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Rajesh murali

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  • Rajesh murali
  • 9 Reviews
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"A Must Visit Destination"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Wayanad is a must visit destination for first timers. One should plan properly to cover all tourist attractions which are spread around the district. One can expect a heavy rush during festival season. You must obtain information from reliable sources about some destinations which are closed temporarily. Booking of stay in advance will help you in relaxed enjoyment.
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Muhammad faisal e v

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  • Muhammad faisal e v
  • 2 Reviews
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"Dream trip to Wayanad"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It was a wonderful trip. Very beautiful green places everywhere. Banasura dam, muthanga wild life and vythiri (view point) is very much attracted. Soochippara waterfalls also very nice. But this winter season also not that much cold in the wheather .. Feeling hot in the day time. Over all satisfied very much enjoyed ..
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Jovin M

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  • Jovin M
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Nice and cool"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Wayanad district is in the southern tip of the Deccan Plateau. Part of theWestern Ghats is in the district. In the centre of the district hills are lower in height while the northern area has high hills. Eastern area is flat and open. And a very nice place fr photography.
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Jovin M

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"Chilllinggg"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Nice place .. Ver coool and butifl place. Morningits like dews in air .. And butiful and calm wind ... Eyes and all getting child over there ... Very calm place were can stay and give all tension and feel freee. A nice place for photography. And night drives also
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Maneesh nair

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  • Maneesh nair
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Excellent place for mountains, tea estates, waterfalls"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Why travel to Wayanad - Nature unlimited, mountains, river, waterfalls, lake, wildlife, heritage places.

Must visit - Muthanga wildlife sanctuary, Alkali caves, Banasura Sagar dam, Soojipara Waterfalls, if you are going back to Kerala - take the longer route to increase the chances of catching up with wildlife - Muthanga -> Gundlupet -> Bandipur -> Mudumalai -> Gudalur -> Nilambur.
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