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Wayanad just like other districts in India is a blessing to the country. This opulent serene destination caves a way into your heart taking you on a trek filled with peace. Take a look at this immaculate place, and find out if it’s going to be your next vacation spot.

About Wayanad 

Wayanad

Wayanad is a rural district in Kerala state, southwest India, which was formed on 1st November 1980. It is set high on the Western Ghats with altitudes ranging from 700 to 2100 meters. 

The district is blessed with rich water resources. Agriculture is the backbone of the economy of the district with its chief crops being – Coffee, tea, cocoa, pepper, plantain, vanilla, rice, coconut, cardamom, tea, ginger, etc.

Chetti is an unclassified Southern Dravidian language of India spoken by the Chetti community in the Wayanad district of Kerala, India. Kannada is the closest major language. 

This place has become a tourist spot due to its fuzzy environment and pre-historic memories. In the Ambukuthi Hills to the south, Edakkal Caves contain ancient rock carvings, some dating back to the Neolithic age.

How To Reach Wayanad?

We got you covered on your blissful journey. Any doubts? Check below all the possible routes as per your convenience.

  • By Road: 

A wide network of roads provide access to Wayanad from different parts of Kerala as well as Karnataka. Visitors can board KSRTC buses that run up to Kozhikode at frequent intervals from nearby cities like Bangalore, Mysore, Kochi, Chennai and Trivandrum. Buses are also available.

  • By Train:

There is no direct rail connection here. Visitors can take a train till Kozhikode, the nearest railway station. Quite a number of trains connect Kozhikode with major towns and cities on a regular basis. After getting down at the station, taxis or buses can be boarded for further direct travel 

  • By Flight:

The Karipur international airport at Kozhikode is the only airport situated here. It is located at a distance of 100 km from the city. The airport has access to many international and domestic flights. Tourists from Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai along with Oman, Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi can reach Wayanad easily.

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Wayanad Tourist Places

Here is a list of some of the most serene places you can visit. In its own powerful and mystical colour it somehow paints your memories with colours of astonishment.

1. Vythiri Village

Vythiri is a small town and tourist destination in the Indian state of Kerala. The Vythiri resort comes with its own 5-star hotel with an accommodation of 200 guests at great prices.

2. Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary 

Located 20 km east of Mananthavady on the Kodagu Road, this Sanctuary gives an opportunity to view the animals and birds in their Natural Habitat.

One gets to see herds of elephants, guars, deer, monkeys, tigers, leopards, bears and many species of reptiles, fishes, butterflies and birds including vultures. 

Visiting Hours:- 07:00 – 10:00 hrs.& 14:00 – 17:00 hrs.

3. Meenmutty Falls 

Meenmutty Falls is located 29 km from Kalpetta in Wayanad District which is a three-tiered waterfall with a height of 300 metres. It is also close by the Bansura Sagar Dam. 

Entry Fees: 

INR 30 per person for Adults
INR 15 per person for Children
INR 60 per person for Foreign Tourists
INR 75 for Still Camera

4. Bansura Sagar Dam 

Banasura Sagar Dam, which impounds the Kara Manathodu tributary of the Kabini River, is part of the Indian Banasura Sagar. One must visit this dam for its mystical view and is the only Earth Dam in India.

5. Chembra Peak

Chembra Peak is one of the highest peaks in the Western Ghats and the highest peak in Wayanad hills, at 2,100 m above sea level. Chembra is located near the town of Meppadi and is 8 km south of Kalpetta.

This peak is blanketed with lush green beauty and a view that leaves you relaxing throughout. One can visit this place throughout the year, but avoid monsoons as it could be slippery.

6. Edakkal Caves

Edakkal Caves also Edakal, are two natural caves at Edakkal, around 120 km south-west of Mysuru, in Wayanad district. These caves once were a camping shelter to the Neolithic Age which contain engravings that have been decorated over the time.

8. Thirunelli Temple

Thirunelli Temple is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Maha Vishnu on the side of Brahmagiri hill in Kerala, near the border with Karnataka state.

The temple is at an altitude of about 900m in the north is a valley surrounded by mountains and beautiful forests. This temple has a very spiritual vibe with an everlasting peace within your heart. 

8. 900 Kandi

Nestled deep in the forests of Wayanad, is this beauty. it is located near Meppadi. It is one of the main attractions of this place with its peace, calm and breathtaking surrounding.

This is a place where wild forests, forests, jungle chains, and the sounds of the jacket are still standing. It is a forest of the wild where sound runs dry.

Cuisine and Food of Wayanad, Kerela – Where and what to eat? 

The hill resorts in the city of serving excellent delicious dishes to their clients. The common food here is known to be the typical south Indian foods. There are varieties of vegetarian foods and non-vegetarian foods served in the city

Rasam, Sambhar, Moru Koottan and Poricha Koottu are some of the most delicious dishes to be eaten along with rice. For those vegans preferring pure vegetarian food, there is Pulissery, Stew, Avial and Thoran.

Wayanad Hunger Pit Stops:

1. 1980s A nostalgic Restaurant (Kalpetta) 

A typical restaurant taking you back to the olden days, where they serve Malabari Food with great ambience and you can tune into, with their 80s music.

2. Jubilee Restaurant (Sultan Bathery)

Specializing in North Indian food for those who miss the Flavours of the North 

3. Udupi Pure Vegetarian Restaurant (Kalpetta)

For the vegetarians, this place fits perfectly as per your hunger pangs.

4. CG Ala – The Coffee Grove (Vythiri)

Casual restaurant on a coffee and pepper plantation. 

Best Time to Visit Wayanad

Best time to visit is between November to March and from July to September (monsoon season). April, May, June is usually hot and is a low season for tourism. 

Wayanad is well known for its greenery, hills and beautiful tea gardens, Coffee states and treehouses. Wayanad is Home of Nature, making it a pristine land for travellers. Wayanad has everything that an adventurer seeks.

Key Information About Wayanad, Kerela:

  • Wayanad, the place is said to be the safest destination for female travellers in Kerala. Hence it is perfectly safe for lone travellers.
  • Walking shoes/flip-flops are a must as this place is full of peaks, forests and dams. 
  • Don’t forget your Mosquito repellent before you visit this place. 

Unknown Facts About Wayanad

  • The only earth dam, Bansura Sagar Dam which is the largest in India, and second-largest in Asia is situated in Mananthavady about 12 kilometres from Kalpetta 
  • Wayanad is a name coined from two Malayalam words ‘Vayal’ and ‘Nadu’ which mean ‘paddy field’ and ‘country land’ respectively.
  • The only pine forest of Kerala is Chandanathope at Mananthavady in Wayanad district.
  • Due to its pleasant climate and picturesque views, it is often referred to as the Ooty of Kerala.
  • Various evidence like edicts and caves at Ampukuthimala point to the fact that the Wayanad region existed since the beginning of the New Age Civilization.

FAQs About Wayanad:

1.) Pocket-friendly Zostel in Wayanad?

Ans:     Zostel Wayanad

Location – Fathima Farms Ltd., Chembra Estate, Meppadi P.O Wayanad district, 673577 Kalpetta, India)

Review score – 8.9/10

Rates – Ranges from Rs.1,500- Rs.2,500 per night

Check-in –  12:00 – 23:30 

Check-out – Until 10:00 hours

2.) Which is the quickest route from Mysore to Wayanad?

Ans: The driving distance between Mysore and Wayanad is 118 km, while the aerial distance is 87 km. There is 1 direct bus which belongs to Kallada Travels etc. The minimum time a bus takes to reach is 1h 30m.  The cheapest way to reach Wayanad from Mysore takes you 1h 30m, which is to take Kallada Travels from Mysore to Wayanad.

1.By Train: No direct train is available. Best to take a train with train number 56214 from Mysore to Nanjangud then take a taxi from Nanjangud to Wayanad.

Duration: 3 h 48 m  Fare: Rs.1673

2.By Bus: Direct bus between Mysore and Wayanad is available. Best to take Kallada Travels from Mysore to Wayanad

Duration: 1 h 30 m  Fare: Rs.475

3.) How is Wayanad in August?

Ans: Rainy season starts normally in June every year and in August, mostly it will be rainy. 

4.) Best Places to visit in Wayanad? 

Ans:  We recommend checking up on these Wayanad tourist places: Banasura Dam, Lakkidi View Point, Edakkal Caves, Pookode Lake, Neelimala, Pakshipathalam, Thirunelli Temple, and Chembra Peak. Your resort can also suggest nearby spots.

5.) Is it worth Staying in Club Mahindra compared to the other hotels?

Ans: We recommend booking the Vythiri village-based Club Mahindra Resort. It is a 5-star property with spacious rooms and state-of-the-art amenities. You can also explore the many ancient monuments and the charming village in the resort’s vicinity.

6.) What are some of the special items to buy in Wayanad?

Ans: Wayanad spices are famous. One should not miss the black pepper on their visit back.

7.) How do I get from Pookode lake to Bansura Dam?

Ans: Distance – 58 min (27.5 km) via Vythiri -Tharuvana Rd

Bus – Direct Buses are available from Pookode Lake.

8.) Is cgh earth closer to the top tourist spots?

Ans: Wayanad Wild is a vacation on its own. It may be a little distant from the tourist spots but this vacation resort comes with its own luxurious features and earthly environment.  

9.) Which is better- Coorg or Wayanad? 

Ans: Both Coorg and Wayanad have their own perks ranging from waterfalls, treks, peaks to lakes, forests, ancient caves. Hardly any difference can be noticed between them apart from subtle differences. For example, Wayanad has more to offer in terms of sightseeing and eating out. Meanwhile, Coorg has its own coffee and spice plantations. It all depends on what you wish to see and do on your holiday.

Also Read: UNESCO World Heritage Sites In India (Updated 2020)

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By Abhishek Saraswat

Abhishek (@himalayan_gypsy) is a travel photographer and blogger known as Himalayan Gypsy over the internet. Academically from an engineering background and born the Himalayan valley of Dehradun, he found himself in love with nature and ever since he has been on a journey to travel India and showcase the beauty of the country through his pictures, motivating and encouraging people on the go to feel the same and also take responsibilities to conserve our rich heritage, culture and environment. He is a Certified Digital Marketer and a Travel Influencer who is efficient to create visually appealing content for Travel Brands, Property Owners, Cafes and other Product Shoots. He also specializes in running Facebook & Instagram Ad Campaigns for Brand Awareness, Brand Promotion and Online Reputation Management.

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