Places To Visit In Wayanad

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1. Banasura Sagar Dam

Banasura Sagar Dam
4.3 /5

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.

2. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
4.2 /5

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.

3. Chembra Peak

Chembra Peak
4.2 /5

17 km
from city center
3 out of 34
Places To Visit in Wayanad

Located close to Meppady and just 8 km south of Kalpetta, stands the highest peak of the Wayanad Hill Range- the Chembra Peak at an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level. The Chembra peak offers a panoramic view of not only the entire Wayanad district but also a large chunk of Kozhikode, Malappuram and Niligiri districts. The peak, its surrounding lush greenery and the famed heart-shaped lake make it a paradise for travellers to explore.

4. Edakkal Caves

Edakkal Caves
4.3 /5

18 km
from city center
4 out of 34
Places To Visit in Wayanad

Famous for its exquisite rock and wall carvings, the pre-historic Edakkal Caves are two naturally occurring alcoves located in the Wayanad district of Kerala. The caves measure at a massive length and width of 96 and 22 feet respectively and lie 1200 metres above the sea level. Owing to its precarious location, one needs to trek for one and half hour (around 4000 ft) to hit the cave entrance, and another 45 minutes to reach the mouth of the cave.

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5. Stay in a Treehouse

Stay in a Treehouse

5 out of 34
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

Soochipara Falls
4.2 /5

23 km
from city center
6 out of 34
Places To Visit in Wayanad

Also known as Sentinel Rock Waterfalls, Soochipara Falls is a three-tiered waterfall situated in Vellarimala, Wayanad. Surrounded by deciduous, evergreen and montane forests, this waterfall is regarded as one of the best waterfalls. The drive from Meppadi to Sentinel Rock Waterfalls provides visitors with scenic views of some of the best tea estates in Wayanad. 

7. Vythiri


7 out of 34
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.

8. Kuruva Dweep

Kuruva Dweep
3.5 /5

13 km
from city center
8 out of 34
Places To Visit in Wayanad

Highlights: Jungle Walk, River Safari

Kuruvadweep is a beautiful little island in River Kabini in the district of Wayanad in Kerala. It is the only island in India that is surrounded by fresh water. The location and the geographical characteristics of the site make Kuruvadweep a sought-after attraction. The mesmerising beauty of the location draws tourists from all over the world, and its landscape makes it a hotspot for nature walks.

9. Sulthan Bathery

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

Pookode Lake
3.6 /5

20 km
from city center
10 out of 34
Places To Visit in Wayanad

Highlights: Boating at Pookode Lake

Pookode Lake is a natural freshwater lake located around 2 km away from Vythiri, snuggled in the evergreen forests and wooded slopes. One of the most pretty lakes in the Wayanad, Pookode Lake is also known as Pookot Lake. The lake, accessible via motorable road is an excellent place for an outing, especially with family and loved ones. Apart from the natural view, people enjoy boating, seeing the freshwater aquarium, shopping for handicrafts and just walking around.

11. Kanthanpara Waterfall

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

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

Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary

29 km
from city center
13 out of 34
Places To Visit in Wayanad

Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary is a nature lover and bird watcher's 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. Lakkidi View Point

Lakkidi View Point

23 km
from city center
14 out of 34
Places To Visit in Wayanad

Lakkidi Viewpoint is a high altitude offering a bird's eye view of the city. Located 32 kilometres from Wayanad, at an elevation of 700 mts, 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. One should visit Lakkidi View Point for sunrise and sunset to get the best views. The viewpoint is also a popular picnic spot which is often referred to as the 'Gateway to Wayanad'.

15. Banasura Hill

Banasura Hill

20 km
from city center
15 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.

16. Neelimala Viewpoint

Neelimala Viewpoint

24 km
from city center
16 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.

17. Wayanad Heritage Museum

Wayanad Heritage Museum

16 km
from city center
17 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.

18. Chethalayam Waterfalls

Chethalayam Waterfalls

18 km
from city center
18 out of 34
Places To Visit in Wayanad

Chethalayam Waterfalls in Wayanad, Kerala, India, is a hidden gem nestled amidst lush greenery and dense forests. Cascading from a height of approximately 170 feet, this breathtaking waterfall offers a serene and tranquil atmosphere for visitors to enjoy. Accessible via a short trek through the scenic wilderness, Chethalayam Waterfalls is a perfect spot for nature lovers seeking solace amidst the beauty of Wayanad. It is also a popular bird watching spot. You can also spot spotted deer, sambar, gaur, elephants and sloth bear etc.

19. Palchuram Waterfalls

Palchuram Waterfalls

25 km
from city center
19 out of 34
Places To Visit in Wayanad

Palchuram Waterfalls, nestled in the scenic landscapes of Wayanad, is a hidden gem awaiting discovery by adventurous travelers. Cascading gracefully from a height of approximately 300 feet, these mesmerizing falls offer a refreshing retreat amidst the tranquil surroundings of lush greenery and pristine wilderness. Accessible via a trek through dense forests, Palchuram Waterfalls promises an enchanting experience for nature enthusiasts and photographers alike.

20. Poopoli Wayanad Flower Show

Poopoli Wayanad Flower Show

20 out of 34
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.

21. 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.

22. Karapuzha Dam

Karapuzha Dam

22 out of 34
Places To Visit in Wayanad

Situated in the thriving Wayanad District of Kerala and present on both sides of the Karapuzha River, Karapuzha Dam is one of the largest earth dams in India. The gushing water, swamped hills, scenic environment, and leafy islands make it a perfect spot for aquatic birds and a charming place for the tourists. Here, the water is 158 feet deep and the dam can be visited during the day preferably because the visibility gets low at dawn.

23. Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary

Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary

23 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.

24. Thirunelly Temple

Thirunelly Temple

24 out of 34
Places To Visit in Wayanad

Highlights: Pancha Theertham

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.

25. Valliyoorkavu Bhagavathy Temple

Valliyoorkavu Bhagavathy Temple

25 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.

26. Pallikunnu Church

Pallikunnu Church

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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.

27. Kalpetta


27 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.

28. Puliyarmala Jain Temple

Puliyarmala Jain Temple

28 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”.

29. Koottamundu Glass Temple

Koottamundu Glass Temple

29 out of 34
Places To Visit in Wayanad

Situated 22 km from Kalpetta on the hill side Vellarimala Koottamunu Glass Temple was created to honor the famous Jain saint Parshawanatha Swami. An important pilgrimage for Jains, 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.

30. Varambetta Mosque

Varambetta Mosque

30 out of 34
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.

31. Thrissilery Shiva Temple

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.

32. Seetha Devi Temple

Seetha Devi Temple

32 out of 34
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.

33. E3 Theme Park

E3 Theme Park

22 km
from city center
33 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.

34. Kurumbalakotta


8 km
from city center
34 out of 34
Places To Visit in Wayanad

Kurumbalakotta, a monolithic hillock in Wayanad district, Kerala, India, rises 3,220 feet above sea level, offering stunning panoramic views of the surrounding scenery. Positioned at the convergence of the Eastern and Western Ghats, it's a popular destination for adventurous trekkers, despite the lack of a defined path, adding an extra thrill to the journey. The best time to experience its mesmerizing beauty is between September and March.

FAQs on Wayanad

What are the top sightseeing places in Wayanad?

The top sightseeing places in Wayanad are Banasura Sagar Dam, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Chembra Peak, Edakkal Caves, Stay in a Treehouse, Soochipara Falls.

How can I commute within Wayanad?

Autos and taxis are the best way to travel. The hotels and resorts also arrange for car rentals complete with guide and maps.
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Can you suggest an 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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