Replete with enchanting waterfalls, historical caves, comfortable resorts and home stays, this popular town is famous for its spice plantations and wildlife.
Among the prettiest areas of Kerala, Wayanad has a multitude of options for its visitors. Part of a forest reserve, Wayanad is located on the border of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The entire region is completely green with hilly ranges and wildlife including Tholpetty in the North, Muthanga in the east bordering with Tamil Nadu, Kalpetta in the south, Mananthvadi in the north-west and Sultan Bathery (Sultan Battery) in the east. Walking through the sprawling spice plantations, taking that trek into the pre-historic caves and experiencing a resort holiday are one of the many thing you can do to get a taste of Wayanad. A great place to spot wild elephants, cool breeze, beautiful scenery, Wayanad is guaranteed to please your travel senses. Overall, a perfect weekend idea from cities of South India.
Adventure activities at Soochipara Falls
June - January
Wayanad Flower Show
December - January
Wayanad wildlife sanctuary houses a huge variety of flora and fauna. The weather remains pleasant throughout the year. Wayanad offers a lot of easy-graded treks.
Wayanad does not have its own airport or railway station and the nearest major airport and railway station is located approximately 100 km away from Wayanad, which makes this place a bit difficult to access.
Wayanad is a perfect getaway for nature and wildlife lovers. It is also considered as a weekend getaway from the nearby cities such as Bangalore, Munnar, and Coimbatore. Wayanad is also an ideal destination for family trips.
A blend of influences from Arab, Brahmin, Zamorin, and Chirakkal food cultures makes Wayanad a flavorsome hot-pot. The North of Wayanad is also popular for its Konkani fares. Some of the must try dishes here are Dum Biryani, Malabar paratha, Pathiri or rice bread, and ghee and saffron rice. You will also find popular items such as Ghee Roast Dosa, Appams and Idlis as well as Toddy, a locally fermented alcohol beverage made from palm tree and coconut palms.
Pick homestays and resorts for a comfortable night-cap, and a luxurious in-house frolic.
Autos and taxis are the best way to travel. The hotels and resorts also arrange for car rentals complete with guide and maps.
Day 1: Arrive at Calicut International Airport or Nilambur railway station. Leave for Wayanad in a private taxi. Arrive at Wayanad. Check-in at the hotel. Overnight stay.
Day 2: Breakfast at the hotel. Leave for the local sightseeing in Wayanad. Visit Wayanad wildlife reserve, sprawled over an area of 344 square km. Wayanad is a home to a rich variety of flora and fauna including Asian elephants, leopards, bears, monkey, guars, fishes, butterflies etc. Back to hotel in the evening. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 3: Leave hotel early in the morning after breakfast. Trek to Chembra Peak- A short trek to the highest peak of Wayanad at an elevation of 2,100 m. The main attraction of this trek is the famous 'hridhayathadakam' lake- a heart shaped lake which never dries. Later go for a tea plantation tour in the tea gardens of Wayanad. Back to hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 4: Trek to the Neelimala view point, famous for the Meenmutty waterfalls. The trek is famous for offering the beauty of the massive coffee and tea plantations of Wayanad along with the beauty of hills of Western Ghats. Later, visit the ancient Edakkal caves. The 8,000 years old caves hold a great value in the Hindu mythology. Back to Hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 5: Check-out from the hotel after breakfast. Reach the airport or railway station in a private taxi.
If you haven?t seen Wayanad through the eyes of a trekker, then take this, you have missed it all. Wayanad not only houses the wildlife reserve but the jaw-dropping sceneries of the Western Ghats and the lush green forests are equally delightful to watch. The most sought-after trek in Wayanad is the trek to Chembra Peak, which houses a natural heart shaped lake, 'hridhayathadakam'. Further, treks to Lakkidi viewpoint, also known as Getaway to Wayanad, the ancient Edakkal caves, and Neelimala view point famous for the Meenmutty falls.
Wayanad is best known for the wildlife reserves- Wayanad wildlife reserve which is a home to an exquisite variety of flora and fauna. Wayanad wildlife reserve is an integral part of the Nilgiri biosphere reserve peacefully located amidst the serene hills of Western Ghats. Wayanad homes a huge variety of wildlife, amongst them elephants, leopards, and bears remain the eye-candy for the wildlife seekers. Watch out for the in numerous birds filling the environment with their chirping and the reptiles and insects in every nook and corner of the sanctuary.
Chembra Peak is one of the good destination for photographers ,road to peak is one hell.Not at all preferred for bikers .And worst part is its timings neither you can see sunrise nor sunset.You can enjoy the walk through plantations to reach out peak point..
Kuruva dweep is best for family outing there is nothing much interesting since it takes your whole day event.If you love playing in water go for it.Entry fees 80 Rs for adults.Food in nearby hotels is very tasty and affordable. Try out river fish and don't miss bamboo rice payasam...
They say you need to drive deep to see the actual nature that's what it is.Well maintained ,less dangerous and actually it's easy to stand below waterfalls and experience the peace...No doubt you need lot of energy when you are coming back from that place..It will take half a day of your plan.Make sure you keep it for noon.
Edakkal caves is my all time fav.Its little hectic since you need to walk/climb around 600-700 m from parking area to ticket counter.So keep your energy high and keep it for early morning after heavy breakfast.Don't forget to enjoy while climbing because its not about destination but its all about how u reach it.
Hills,Dead ends,Hair pin curves,Peak points,Forest ride,Plantations,Waterfalls, Caves,Islands,History above all Nature at reachable hand is what Wayanad is all about.I prefer it to be one of the best biker destination when you think of Kerala ..
I didn't like the caves so much honestly, but the resorts in Wayanad are pretty good. Go there when you're looking to relax at a resort.
By Pallavi Siddhanta
I have heard Wayanad is very beautiful. Which season should I go in to have the best experience?