Here are the top 34 tourist attractions to see in Wayanad:

1. Banasura Dam

Must visit 4.3 /5 View 10+ photos

16 km
from city center
1 out of 34
places to visit in Wayanad

Lying in the lap of the Banasura hills in the Wayanad district is the picturesque Banasura Sagar dam. Banasura Dam is the largest earthen dam in the country and the second-largest in Asia. The view of the sprawling reservoir from the top of the dam is breathtaking. Adventures like speed boating are readily available, and a trek up to the Banasura Peak is filled with streams, diverse flora, fauna, lush tropical green and majestic waterfalls. An earthen dam, also known as an embankment dam is created by placing mounds of clay, sand, rock or soil. The view of Banasura Lake from the top of the hill is mesmerising.

2. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

Must visit 4.2 /5 View 5+ photos

21 km
from city center
2 out of 34
places to visit in Wayanad

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Kerala and comprises of rare as well as endangered species of both flora and fauna. It is surrounded by the protected areas of Mudumalai in Tamil Nadu as well as Nagarhole and Bandipur in Karnataka. Founded in the year 1973, the wildlife sanctuary is an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve which was the first biosphere out of the 14 present in India. The sanctuary is spread over an area of 345 square km and comprises of two parts namely Upper Wayanad and Lower Wayanad. Eucalyptus, as well as bamboo trees, are grown in the region.

3. Edakkal Caves

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18 km
from city center
3 out of 34
places to visit in Wayanad

Famous for its exquisite rock and wall carvings, this pre-historic Edakkal Caves measures 96 ft long and 22 ft wide. You need to trek for one and half hour to hit the cave entrance, and another 45 minutes to reach the mouth of the cave. Boating cost: Pedal boat (Rs 30/2 people, Rs 50/4 people), Row boat (Rs 50/4 people) and Kayaking (Rs 100/30 minutes)

4. Chembra Peak

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17 km
from city center
4 out of 34
places to visit in Wayanad

With a height 2100 m, the Chembara peak is an attractive destination for Campers and Mountaineers. Many guided expeditions are conducted to the tallest summit of Wayanad.

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5. Stay in a Treehouse

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places to visit in Wayanad

One of the best things to do in Kerala is to stay in a treehouse. And there is no better place in the state than Wayanad. You can find several packages in the city where you can stay in the pretty wooden house and as part of the package, you can also enjoy a bonfire and indulge in activities like rock climbing, rappelling, nature walks etc.

6. Soochipara Falls

Must visit 4.2 /5

23 km
from city center
6 out of 34
places to visit in Wayanad

Soochipara Falls is a three-tiered waterfall, which cascades at its best between the months of June and January. The site is also popular with rock climbers apart from picnickers.

7. Vythiri

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places to visit in Wayanad

Vythiri is a small town located in the Wayanad district, surrounded by lush rainforest. It is known for its spice plantations and indigenous tribal communities. It is a tourist favourite for adventure sports, trekking, and relaxing amidst the serene beauty of the town. Vythiri receives the highest rainfall in the district and is recorded as receiving the second-highest amount of rain in the world. The months of June-September receive the highest rainfalls. Because of its height, at 700 meters above sea level, this is one of the colder regions in Wayanad and is an all-weather destination. Vythiri houses the Pookot lake; wherein one can enjoy a relaxing boat ride and kayaking. Trekking a tourist favourite till the top of Lakkidi, a village 5 kms from Vythiri, from where one can enjoy the breathtakingly stunning view of the valley below.

8. Kuruva Dweep

Must visit 3.5 /5

13 km
from city center
8 out of 34
places to visit in Wayanad

Situated on the tributaries of river Kabani is the Kuruva Island surrounded by a picturesque view of enchanting evergreen forests. The site is popular among those seeking a quiet get-away from the hustle bustle of the cities.

9. Sulthan Bathery

Must visit 4.2 /5

18 km
from city center
9 out of 34
places to visit in Wayanad

Once known as an important strategic location in the Malabar region, Sulthan Bathery is now the largest town in Wayanad district which is known for its tourism and commercial activities. The main attractions for the tourists are the pre-historic caves, jungle trails, sparkling streams and rivers and lush greenery of the undulating hills, along with many options to explore the city and its surroundings.

10. Pookode Lake

3.6 /5

20 km
from city center
10 out of 34
places to visit in Wayanad

Lying just 3 km south of Vythiri is a natural fresh water lake unspoiled by human habitation and activities. The Pookode lake tourist resort is famous for its aquarium and green house. Visitors can enjoy a boat ride in its calm waters. Kayaking in the lake is another sought after activity.

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11. Kanthanpara Waterfall

22 km
from city center
11 out of 34
places to visit in Wayanad

Located in between two lush green tea estates, Kanthanpara Waterfall is a mesmerizing attraction. The walking trails leading up to the waterfall are perfect for nature walks and the picturesque location makes it ideal for camping. The beauty of the attraction is irresistible and offers a quick escape from the busy lifestyle.

12. Chain Tree

3.2 /5

23 km
from city center
12 out of 34
places to visit in Wayanad

Chain Tree is a popular Ficus, which has many myths associated with it. According to one of the legends, the road up was built by a foreign engineer but the route was given to him by a local tribal youth who was shot to death by the engineer.

13. Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary

29 km
from city center
13 out of 34
places to visit in Wayanad

Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary is a nature loverês and bird watcherês paradise. They have a stunning population of birds thriving in the natural habitat preserved within the sanctuary. The sanctuary is a favourite amongst campers as well. Some rare species of birds and plants are also found here. Other than the well preserved natural terrain of the sanctuary, there are also some rock cut caves that one can explore.

14. Thirunelli Temple

25 km
from city center
14 out of 34
places to visit in Wayanad

Thirunelli Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, is an ancient temple which was once an important pilgrimage located in the valley. The name is derived from Amla tree and is associated with a legend that states Lord Brahma had identified the idol of Lord Vishnu under an Amla tree when he was passing by. An architectural marvel, the temple has been mentioned in several Hindu Scripture.

15. Lakkidi Viewpoint

23 km
from city center
15 out of 34
places to visit in Wayanad

Lakkidi Viewpoint is a high altitude point to get a breathtaking view of the city. The region mostly stays misty and offers a beautiful view of the hairpin turns down the hill. The thrill of driving up to the point is an experience in itself.

16. Banasura Hill

20 km
from city center
16 out of 34
places to visit in Wayanad

One of the tallest mountains in the region, Banasura Hill is a part of the Western Ghats of India having an altitude of over 2000 metres. The hill has a wide variety of flora and fauna and offers a beautiful atmosphere for nature walks and trekking. The Kurichiya tribe, a tribe expert in bow and arrow, have their settlements at the foothills.

17. Neelimala Viewpoint

24 km
from city center
17 out of 34
places to visit in Wayanad

Neelimala Viewpoint offers a stunning view of the lush green natural vegetation and the breathtaking Meenmutti waterfalls. The serene atmosphere and the sounds of the birds chirping amidst the whispering leaves will put one at ease instantly. Trekking through the exciting misty trails and soaking in the fresh air to reach the point is a famous activity here.

18. Wayanad Heritage Museum

16 km
from city center
18 out of 34
places to visit in Wayanad

Wayanad Heritage Museum, also known as the Ambalavayal Heritage Museum, is an archaeological museum that has an impressive collection of artefacts belonging to the tribes of the region. It has an intriguing collection of artefacts belonging to the 2nd century that are tagged as rare. Some of these artefacts have been dated back to the Neolithic era and include regular daily items, decorative items, terracotta figurines, memorial stones, etc. This archaeological museum is divided into four sections namely: Devasmruthi, Gothrasmruthi, Veerasmruthi and Jeevenasmruthi. Each block houses various items that display the simplicity and intelligence and the rustic way of the living of the bygone era. From stones of primitive wars and tiger hunts to admiring stone idols of 12th to 16th century and belongings of Wayanad tribe, the museum brings alive the past of our country in a very special way.

19. Chethalayam Waterfalls

18 km
from city center
19 out of 34
places to visit in Wayanad

Situated in Wayanad, Chethalayam Waterfalls is a seasonal waterfall in Kerala. Cascading down a height, the mesmerising waterfalls is also a popular bird watching spot. You can also spot spotted deer, sambar, gaur, elephants and sloth bear etc.

20. Palchuram Waterfalls

25 km
from city center
20 out of 34
places to visit in Wayanad

Palchuram Waterfalls is a slightly unexplored yet beautiful waterfalls situated bwteen Wayanad and Kunnur in Kerala. Falling down a height of 300 metres, the waterfalls has four tiers of silvery cascading water.

21. Poopoli Wayanad Flower Show

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places to visit in Wayanad

Poopoli National Agrifest and Wayanad Flower Show at Ambalavayal in Kerala is held every year in January and marks the beginning of the new year. It is the biggest flower show in Kerala and is a venue for showing and exploring the latest trends and techniques in horticulture and floriculture. The Wayanad Flower Show is a beautiful exhibition of stunning flowers, with as many as 100 stalls a year. Vertical gardens and a variety of flowers are the highlights of this festival, and apart from that, the flower show is an avenue for adventurous sports and delicacies.

22. Meenmutty

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places to visit in Wayanad

Located 29 km away from Kalpetta in Wayanad district, Meenmutty waterfalls is considered as one of the largest waterfalls in Kalpetta region and second largest in Kerala. It is also one of the most thrilling and beautiful natural attraction in Wayanad. Nestled away in the lap of a jungle trek, the cascading waterfall Meenmutty makes up for a dazzling view. The frothy water of this mighty waterfall flow in three tiers and is located near the Neyyar Reservoir area. The experience of climbing through the rocks to reach this enchanting destination is one of a kind and makes this place a popular tourist location.

23. Karapuzha Dam

23 out of 34
places to visit in Wayanad

The Karapuzha Reservoir is the largest of its kind in India. This earth dam is built across the Karapuzha river and stands tall at 28 meters along a length of 625 meters. This whopping reservoir attracts tourists all year round, especially for a fun boating experience amidst the calm waters of the dam. Despite its initial purpose of irrigation, the dam, because of it's fresh foliage, attracts birds and bird-watchers. The landscaped gardens make for an enjoyable picnic spot with family or friends, and a small children's park is built to cater to kids’ needs. While there is no entry fee to access this mighty dam, it is advisable to visit between the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This all-weather destination is best enjoyed with loved ones and a picnic basket.

24. Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary

24 out of 34
places to visit in Wayanad

The Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary is the second largest animal sanctuary in Kerala. It houses Kerala’s indigenous flora and fauna, and also some endangered animal and plant species. Spread over 344 sq. km., this beautiful reserve is a part of the larger Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. The elephant is a particular attraction of this Sanctuary, and the site is a declared project Elephant site. Apart from elephants, the sanctuary is home to the tiger, Indian bison, a variety of deers, panther, wild boar, sloth bear, the Malabar giant squirrel, and others. The sanctuary also is home to 59 species of fish and 30 species of amphibians. While the sanctuary is an all year round treat, the best time to visit is from December to May, when rainfall is decidedly lower. The Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary is also a haven to a variety of endangered vultures. There is an entry fee of ₹10-20 at the Wildlife Sanctuary, and fee for vehicles as well, but there is enough parking space for private vehicles. It is advised to take a guide to understand better and spot the different animal species, and a safari is the surest way to go around the sanctuary. The visiting hours are from 7 am to 5 pm, as authorities advise retreating before it gets dark. The distance of the Sanctuary from Sultan Bathery is a mere 16 kms, and people from all over Kerala and even Karnataka come to visit this magnificent Sanctuary.

25. Thirunelly Temple

25 out of 34
places to visit in Wayanad

The Thirunelli Temple is an ancient temple dedicated to the Lord Maha Vishnu. It is located in the Wayanad district of Kerala and is surrounded by pleasing hills and lush green forests. It stands at the height of 900 meters, overlooking the mountainous landscape and thick forests, nestled on one side of the Brahmagiri hills, at the Karnataka border. The Thirunelly Temple is also known as the Sahyamala Kshetram and Kashi of the South. Nelli translates to gooseberry. It is believed that the idol was Lord Vishnu was first found resting on a gooseberry tree before the temple was built. Scriptures have been found that indicate that Thirunelly was an important centre of pilgrimage during the rule of the Chera king, Bhaskara Ravi Varma.

26. Valliyoorkavu Bhagavathy Temple

26 out of 34
places to visit in Wayanad

Valliyoorkavu Bhagavathi Temple is a temple with Goddess Durga as its presiding deity in three forms namely: Vana Durga, Bhadrakali, and Jala Durga. Situated about 24 kms from Kalpetta nearby Mananthavady, the temple was built in the 14th century. The main attraction of the temple is a 15-day festival held in February, March and April and this is the best time to visit. There is no entry fee to the temple and it's open from 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM everyday.

27. Pallikunnu Church

27 out of 34
places to visit in Wayanad

One of the most popular and sought after pilgrimage centre in north Kerala, Pallikkunnu Church is also referred to as 'Our Lady of Lourdes'. Situated about 19 km away from Kalpetta, this Latin Catholic Church was conceived by a famous priest Fr.Jefreno in the year 1908. The Church is a Latin-catholic church and an important religious centre for Christians in Northern Kerala. A significant event of the year is Pallikunnu Church festival, which goes on for about 16-days. Festival is from 2nd February to 19th February, 10th and 11th day as being one of the most important ones. People from all around Kerala, visit the festival because of its grand celebration. The most exciting feature of the church is that it has several rituals and practices parallel to Hindu Temples. Best time to visit Church is in February, during the Pallikunnu Church Festival. There is no entry fee, and the church is open from 7 AM to 7 PM for visitors.

28. Kalpetta

28 out of 34
places to visit in Wayanad

Surrounded by mystic hills and dense tea plantations, Kalpetta is a charming town in the Wayanad district of Kerala. The town is filled with fantastic tea and coffee houses, where you can go and have some of the best early morning breakfasts. Kalpetta is 13 km away from Wayanad, at an altitude of 780m above sea level. It is famous for its fantastic location since the place is surrounded by the famous sightseeing places and nature outings like Chembra Peak, Meenmutty Falls, and Pookode Lake. Perfect for a charming retreat with your partner, the town has some of the most amazing hotels and resorts for a delightful honeymoon. While visiting here, you can try some of the delicious local dishes in one of many legendary restaurants in the town. There are many tribal souvenirs available all around the town at a very cheap rate for you to buy. With some of the best natural outings combined with the rustic charm present all around the town, Kalpetta should be on your list while visiting Kerala for your next trip.

29. Puliyarmala Jain Temple

29 out of 34
places to visit in Wayanad

Puliyarmala Jain Temple is dedicated to Ananthanatha Swami who was a Tirthankar; this temple is also known as ”Anantnath Swami Temple”. It is one of the oldest temple in Kerala, built in the 13th century and depicts the mastery of Jain architectures. The temple is located in Puliyarmala in the district of Wayanad in Kerala. Tipu Sultan stored his ammunition inside the premises of the building; thus it is also known as “Tipu Fort”.
Influence of Dravidian style painting is all over the temple; the beautiful carvings are on the doors and stupa of the temple. Interior of the temple is peaceful and smoothly imprinted. It also has the largest brass idol in the premises and a carved statue of Lord Mahavir at the front door. You can reach Puliyarmala Jain temple which is at a distance of 6km from Kalpetta, by catching a local bus or taxi from Kalpetta.

30. Koottamundu Glass Temple

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places to visit in Wayanad

An important pilgrimage for Jains, Koottamunu Glass Temple was created to honor the famous Jain saint Parshawanatha Swami. Situated 22 km from Kalpetta on the hill side Vellarimala, devotees come here to pay their respect and meditate. The interior of the temple is quite tantalizing decorated with mirrors reflecting the image of the idols inside the main temple. A perfect getaway from all the usual sightseeing in Wayanad, this temple is located in the hills of Vellarimala. The Glass temple truly showcase its name since it is filled with thousands of Glass mirrors, and is perfect for an awe-inspiring experience. It is a photographer delight since the temple is beautiful and unique in its own sense, nestled in the green hills it is a delight for nature lover as well. There is no entry fee to enter into the premises, to give you a delightful experience. Located 20 km away from the Kalpetta, you can reach here via local taxi or cabs. The best time to visit here is from October to May.

31. Varambetta Mosque

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places to visit in Wayanad

Varambetta Mosque is one of the oldest architecture in the district of Wayanad. About 300 years old, the mosque is situated at a distance of 15 km from Kalpetta. The whole complex is neat, and well maintained, for the people who visit here. It is one of the most important Muslim religious centres in Wayanad, with Maithali Palli and Juma Masjid being close to it. This place is open for all the visitors irrelevant of their caste, religion or ethnicity. It was built in remembrance of a Sufi saint. There is an annual festival which is held in the mosque in March where people all over the Wayanad come and participate irrespective of their faith.

32. Thrissilery Shiva Temple

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places to visit in Wayanad

The Thrissilery Shiva Temple in Wayanad is a famous pilgrimage destination of Kerala. Dedicated to Lord Shiva the temple is visited along with the Lord Vishnu Temple at Thirunelli 19km away. It is believed that the ancestral rituals at Thirunelli remain incomplete until one pays a visit to the Thrissilery Temple. The temple is also home to the shrine of Jala Durga installed, according to legend by Parasurama himself. It is located on the water tank that originates from the Papanasini River. The tank has never dried up till date.

33. Seetha Devi Temple

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places to visit in Wayanad

Located in Pulpally in Wayanad district of Kerala, the Seetha Devi temple is unique because it is the only temple in the state that worships the children of Sita, Lava and Khusha. The main deity of the temple is Goddess Sita, and the legends of Ramayana are closely related to the temple and its shrine. The temple pond is one of the largest, and according to legend, this is also the same spot where Sita disappeared into the earth.

34. E3 Theme Park

22 km
from city center
34 out of 34
places to visit in Wayanad

Located in Vellamunda near Wayanad in the state of Kerala, E3 Theme Pass is one of the country’s best Multi Recreational Theme Parks. Boasting of a variety of fun and exciting activities, the park’s best includes Magnetic Free Fall, Moss Garden, 12D Theatre and a huge Kid’s Park etc. Besides, the premises are enveloped in lush green environment making it all the more appealing, not just for the kids but for the adults alike. In addition to that, you can also try your hand at adventure activities like rope course, rifle shooting, archery, rappelling, rock climbing etc.

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