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"Nature's Abode"

Wayanad Tourism

Nestled in the Western Ghats of Kerala, Wayanad in Kerala is famous for its spice plantations and wildlife. Situated at an altitude ranging from 700 to 2100 meters above sea level, this picturesque region is blessed with verdant forests, mist-covered hills, and glistening waterfalls, making it a haven for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts alike. With its name derived from 'Vayal Nadu,' meaning 'Land of Paddy Fields,' Wayanad boasts fertile valleys and terraced fields that contribute to its thriving agricultural economy. 

Wayanad is best known for the wildlife reserves. Home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, including rare species like the Indian bison, elephants, and leopards, the region is a biodiversity hotspot, offering ample opportunities for wildlife enthusiasts and nature photographers to explore its natural treasures. Wayanad wildlife reserve is an integral part of the Nilgiri biosphere reserve peacefully located amidst the serene hills of Western Ghats. Nature lovers can explore the serene beauty of Soochipara and Meenmutty waterfalls, cascading amidst lush greenery, or embark on wildlife safaris in the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary to spot elusive species like the Malabar Giant Squirrel and the Royal Bengal Tiger.

Wayanad's cultural heritage is as rich as its natural beauty, with traces of ancient civilizations dating back to the Neolithic Age. The region is dotted with archaeological sites, ancient temples, and tribal villages, providing insights into its fascinating history and vibrant cultural tapestry. Visitors can immerse themselves in the local way of life by interacting with indigenous tribes like the Paniyas, Kurichiyas, and Kurumas, known for their unique traditions, art forms, and hospitality. Popular attractions include the Thirunelli Temple, an ancient shrine nestled amidst the Brahmagiri Hills, and the Banasura Sagar Dam, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.

The allure of Wayanad extends beyond its scenic landscapes and cultural heritage, offering a plethora of recreational activities and attractions for travelers to indulge in.
Trekking enthusiasts can embark on exhilarating trails through the dense forests of Chembra Peak, Pakshipathalam, and Edakkal Caves famous for its ancient petroglyphs and rock formations, while adventure seekers can enjoy thrilling experiences like bamboo rafting on the Kabini River or zip-lining amidst the treetops of Wayanad's adventure parks.

In addition to its natural and cultural attractions, Wayanad is renowned for its thriving spice plantations, tea estates, and coffee farms, where visitors can embark on guided tours to learn about the cultivation and processing of various spices and crops. The region's culinary scene is equally enticing, with traditional Kerala cuisine featuring flavorsome dishes like Malabar biryani, appam with stew, and fish curry, providing a delightful gastronomic journey for food lovers exploring Wayanad's culinary delights.

Wayanad is a perfect weekend idea from the cities of South India. If taking a road trip from Bangalore, you will drive through three national parks: Nagarhole, Bandipur and Mudumalai. The best time to visit Wayanad is during the winter months from October to March, when the weather is pleasant for outdoor activities and sightseeing.

Must Know Before You Travel to Wayanad

  • Bandipur Crossing: Vehicles are not allowed  from 9 PM to 6 AM on the stretch between Bandipur National Park while driving from Bangalore. Ensure you cross Bandipur before 9 PM to avoid the night-time ban.
  • Pre-Booking Activities: Pre-book safaris and adventure activities like trekking in places such as Chembra Peak.
  • Seasonal Accessibility: The monsoon season (June to September) can affect travel plans due to heavy rainfall. Best time to visit is from October to May.
  • Transport Options: Public transport within Wayanad can be limited. Renting a car or hiring a taxi is recommended for ease of travel.
  • Cash Dependency: ATMs can be scarce in some parts of Wayanad. Carry sufficient cash in Indian Rupees.
  • Local Language: English is generally understood, but learning basic Malayalam phrases or using a translation app can be helpful.
  • Health and Safety: Be prepared for leech-prone areas during treks. Carry salt or anti-leech oil.
  • Multi-Destination Stay: Consider staying in multiple locations like Kalpetta, Sultan Bathery, and Mananthavady to explore different attractions comprehensively.

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Trekking In Wayanad

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 viewpoint famous for the Meenmutty falls.

Location of Wayanad

Part of a forest reserve, Wayanad is located on the border of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The entire region is entirely 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.  

Wildlife In Wayanad

Wayanad is a place with greenery and favourable climate which facilitates the existence of flora and fauna here. This place is a home to Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary which is also the haven of White-rumped Vultures. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, an integral part of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and the protected areas of Nagarhole and Bandipur is one of the residences of Wayanad’s wildlife. Its rich fauna includes animals like jungle and civet cats, panthers, monitor lizards, peacocks, babblers, cuckoos, woodpeckers, wild dogs, tigers, bears, deer and vultures. The green sheet of thick forests with supporting flora proliferates the growth of fauna in that region. Protecting elephants is one of the principal motives of the forest department of Kerala. White-rumped vultures continue to persist in this area. Although, their number keeps on decreasing over the years.

Blue beard bee-eater found in Wayanad is the largest bird eater in the world. These bee-eaters live in low lying forest areas and open hills. There are a total of 24 species of bee-eaters out of which six are found in India.

History Of Wayanad

Wayanad antecedes to Paleolithic civilisation which is approximately 800 years old. Also, Edakkal caves in the district constitute 6000 years-old engravings from Neolithic civilisations. In addition to this, there is archaeological evidence which proves that forests of Wayanad are inhabited for more than 3000 years. Wayanad was ruled by rulers of several dynasties like the Kutumbiyas, Kadambas, Hoysalas, Vijayanagara empire etc. Amongst all the important Rajas, Pazhassi Raja of ancient Kottayam was the most powerful ruler of Wayanad. He lost his kingdom to Tipu Sultan. During the rule of Tipu Sultan, the place flourished and grew. However, it did not last long as the British East India Company was mushrooming their control across the country. In the year 1799, the British took over Wayanad and encouraged wealthy crop production. Therefore, over the years, tea, coffee and spices were cultivated on the fertile soils of Wayanad. At the time of colonial rule, a lot of infrastructural development took place in Wayanad. Earlier, Wayanad was a part of both Kerala and Karnataka. Hence, a significant percentage of the population speaks Kannada. However, the principal languages spoken are Malayalam and English. Later in November 1980, it was declared as the 12th district of Kerala formed out of land cravings of Kannur and Kozhikode. From ancient times, the place is famous for its natural beauty, rich flora and fauna and picturesque views.

Suggested Itinerary for Wayanad

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.

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FAQs on Wayanad

What are the places near Wayanad?

The top places near to Wayanad are Ooty which is 73 km from Wayanad, Nagarhole which is located 37 km from Wayanad, Coorg which is located 88 km from Wayanad, Kalpetta which is located 14 km from Wayanad, Vythiri which is located 18 km from Wayanad

What are the things to do in Wayanad?

The top things to do in Wayanad are Banasura Sagar Dam, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Chembra Peak, Edakkal Caves, Stay in a Treehouse, Soochipara Falls. You can see all the places to visit in Wayanad here

What is the best way to reach Wayanad?

Kozhikode has the nearest airport and railhead 90 kms away. Good roadways also allow for a long drive or a bus trip from Kozhikode or a any other South Indian city. Numerous taxis take off the travel anxiety.
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What is the local food in Wayanad?

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.
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What is the best time to visit Wayanad?

The temperature in Wayanad remains more or less constant throughout the year, but the best time to visit Wayanad is between October and May. These months covers the winter and the beginning of the summer season. During the monsoons, the hill station receives the right amount of rainfall and the wet and humid weather might not be something tourists would be crazy for. So it is not always recommended except for those who wouldn't mind the rains only to be amidst the beautiful hill station covered with a green carpet of dense trees.
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Who should visit Wayanad?

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.

What is not so good about Wayanad?

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.

What is famous about Wayanad?

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.

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Q. Brozzz...there is bungee jumping here....?


6 years ago
Adventure activities like Bungee Jumping, Parasailing and much more are provided by Adventure companies in Wayanad.
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Q. I have heard Wayanad is very beautiful. Which season should I go in to have the best experience?

Sravan Samudrala

6 years ago
Wayanad is a perfect tour at any time of the year. But taking our convenience into consideration, monsoon season will be best with not too sunny and without much rainfall. So September to February wi (Read More)ll be convenient time to visit Wayanad. If possible plan for a road trip to maximise your fun. :)
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cibi vijay

3 years ago
Wayanad is a Beautiful Place for tripping and sightseeing! Lovely place to spend time together with family. It is a must go place in Kerala!

Anjali Vij

5 years ago
Situated amongst sky-scrapping hills, Wayanad is a must visit for any mountain lover. I visited Wayanad in the month of March when the weather was extremely pleasant. The place favours those who want (Read More) to unwind and just enjoy the landscape after a taxing week. My friends and I decided to do night camping at Black Eagles Camp which I would recommend to all and sundry. As hills have very limited offerings for tourist attractions, the point of visiting Wayanad rests in enjoying nature in the from of morning treks, afternoon souvenir shopping, and evening bonfires. One can also undertake activities like bamboo rafting and zip lining, which even though are not the best out there, prove a fun way to spend time with your dear ones.

Lohith Kankanawad

on Kuruva Dweep 6 years ago
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 i (Read More)s very tasty and affordable. Try out river fish and don't miss bamboo rice payasam...
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