Wayanad


Exploring and staying in Wayanad


Known as the land of paddy fields, Wayanad is one of the 14 districts of Kerala that is not less than a paradise. Perched at an altitude of 700 meters above sea level, Wayanad is famous for its picturesque location and an exotic variety of flora and fauna. The district took birth 38 years ago, and is home to a population of 1.5 million. With some of the Best tourist places In Wayanad, one can’t help but get driven towards the beauty and solitude that the district of Wayanad has to offer.


How to reach Wayanad:

If you are taking the flight, then the nearest airport would be the Calicut airport, which is around 97 km. Kozhikode is the nearest railway station if you are travelling via rail. Feel free to take a road trip as the district of Wayanad is connected to all major cities in Kerala.


Best time to visit Wayanad:

Wayanad is a place that can be enjoyed throughout the year, due to a pleasant weather. The peak season in Wayanad starts from October and continues till late February, attracting large number of tourists from all over the world. If you wish to experience the welcoming rains, then you can head to Wayanad during monsoons, which is a whole new experience altogether.


Wayanad tourism places to see:


WAYANAD WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

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Timings: 7:00 am- 10:00 am, 3:00 pm- 4:30 pm

Entry fee: INR 10 (adults), INR 5 (children)

A vital part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the richest parts of South India in terms of bio-diversity. Sharing boundaries with the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Nagarhole National Park and Bandipur Tiger Reserve, the Wildlife Sanctuary is home to a diverse variety of flora and fauna. Across the thick deciduous and semi-evergreen forests lies the protected area for tigers, elephants, sloth bears and the king cobra, among the 44 species of protected animals.  

      

EDAKKAL CAVES

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Timings: 8:00 am- 4:00 pm (except Mondays)

Entry fee: INR 10 per person

Located 25 km away from the Wayanad district, the Edakkal caves are a set of natural caves standing tall at the Western Ghats. Perched at an altitude of 1200 m above the sea level, these caves are known for their Stone Age carvings and ancient paintings, and are one of the best places to visit in Wayanad. The legendary mythical history of the caves attracts large number of archeologists and art enthusiasts every year. You can take a 45 min trek up to the caves to witness the remains of the oldest from of ancient settlements.


LAKKIDI VIEWPOINT

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Timings: Open 24 hours

Entry fee: NA

Visit the Lakkidi view point to witness a stunning view of the majestic mountains gracing Wayanad. Known as the gateway of Wayanad, Lakkidi is located at an altitude of 700 m above the sea level and is an ideal spot for adventure seekers as well as those looking for some solitude. Enjoy the adrenaline rush as you cross those narrow hairpin curves to reach the top. Visit early in the morning or in the evening to witness a spectacular sunrise and sunset.


THIRUNELLI TEMPLE

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Timings: 5:00 am- 12 noon, 5:30 pm- 8:00 pm

Entry fee: none

Known as Kashi of the south, the Thirunelli temple has a history dating back to 3000 years. Located near the Brahmagiri hill, this pristine temple exhibits beauty in its architecture. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, and has hundred of tourists visit it every year, in search of blessings, tranquility and a hearty experience.


SOOCHIPARA WATERFALLS

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Timings: Open 24 hours

Entry fee: None

Located in Vellarimala, the Soochipara Waterfall is a sight to behold. Pretty as a picture, this waterfall is a 20 minute drive from Meppadi and is ideal for nature lovers, adventure enthusiasts and tranquil seekers. Enter the ice cold water to experience rafting, bathing and other adventurous activities. You can also visit a couple of tree houses to experience a beautiful view of the Western Ghats.


VARAMBETTA MOSQUE

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Timings: Open 24 hours

Entry fee: none

Located 15 km away from Kalpetta, the Varambetta mosque has roots dating back to three centuries. Every year, apart from Muslims, a lot other tourists also visit the mosque to experience peace and quietude. Oldest in the whole of Wayanad, this mosque is one of the best places to visit near Wayanad. An annual festival lifts up the atmosphere of the mosque, when the crowd is all lively.

In addition to all these destinations, you can also head to aspecial backwater cruise in the mesmerizing waterways of Wayanad. So book the best Kerala backwaters tour packages to spend some quality time with your loved ones.


Restaurants in Wayanad:

Visit the jubilee restaurant, one of the most popular in town to try a variety of dishes. From local favourites to north Indian delicacies, this place has everything. Head to the Clayhut restaurant, a classic representation of the tradition of Kerala. Serving the best of local cuisine, this restaurant is a must visit. Do not forget to visit the Royal Hotpan, a multi cuisine restaurant, offering delicacies pertaining to the south Indian, north Indian, and Chinese flavours. With plenty of options for vegetarians and non-vegetarians, you can have some finger licking dishes at affordable rates.

If you are planning to take a trip to Kerala, then your trip is incomplete without visiting Wayanad. So it is time that you pack your bags and head to experience beauty in its purest form. So pick the best Kerala tour packages for family to be able to discover the surprises that Wayanad has in store for you. 

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