Nestled on the fringe of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, Wayanad in Kerala is best known for the wildlife reserves. Replete with waterfalls, historical caves, comfortable resorts and homestays, the spice plantations in Wayanad offers a splash of nature’s abundance. The place is home to a wide variety of wildlife like elephants, leopards and bears. Wayanad also serves as the perfect weekend getaway from the southern states of India. One of the best things about Wayanad is that the entire region is covered with greenery. Wayanad is one of the best places to spot wild elephants, whilst enjoying the cool wind, and beautiful landscape.
Wayanad is blessed with some of the interesting attractions, popular among tourists.
Located near Meppadi, Chembra Peak is one of the popular tourist attractions of Wayanad. It is the tallest peak in the region. To climb up Chembra Peak is an exhausting experience, as each stage unfolds great expanses. You will also be pampered with a magnificent view as you reach the top. Going up and coming down the peak would take a full day. Camping at the top is definitely an unforgettable experience.
Another popular attraction here is Neelimala, which is located in the southeastern part of Wayanad. This place is also approachable from Kalpetta as well as Sulthan Bathery. This place is a delight for the trekkers, as there are several trekking routes available for the tourists to explore. The view of the Meenmutty Falls and the valley in the foreground is breathtaking.
Wayanad Adventure Camp
This popular adventure sport destination is located on the shores of the Karland Lake. One can enjoy great activities including, Kayaking, rock climbing, paintball, archery, boating and land zorbing. It also has the longest zip-line across a lake in South India.
Kuruva Island, also known as Kuruwa Dweep, is another popular attraction in Wayanad. The island is renowned for its calm and soothing surroundings, and has a vast array of rare flora and fauna. There are several bamboo walkways and bridges to help visitors travel through the forests during the rainy season.
Chethalayam Falls is another popular attraction here that attracts visitors. Although small in size, the falls and the adjoining areas are ideal place for trekking and a favorite haunt for bird watchers.
Priyadarshini Tea Environ
A tea estate, tea factory, tea museum, forest reserve and a tourist resort, the Priyadarshini Tea Environ is a multi-purpose attraction. This all in one place is an ideal spot for casual vacation, and is fully manned by the tribal youth selected from the community and trained in community tourism. One can also enjoy various activities like trekking, camping, and mountain biking and nature walks.
Edakkal Caves are among the oldest human settlements ever discovered. Inside the caves are pictorial drawings and engravings that indicate the presence of ancient human settlements in the region. The name Edakkal itself means “a stone in between”. Ever since their discovery in 1895, the caves have been a source of awe and wonder for tourists and historians alike.
Best time to Visit
The best season or time to visit Wayanad is from October to May. This is a good time for sightseeing, wildlife tours, trekking and other outdoor activities. The rainy season that lasts from June to September is a great time for nature lovers as Wayanad covers itself with greenery. Summers from March to May are hot yet lovely with the cool wind from the close-by timberland zone. The highest temperature comes up to 36 °C.
How to reach
By Air - The Karipur international Airport at Kozhikode is the only airport in Wayanad. The airport has access to international as well as domestic flights. Tourists from Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai can easily reach Wayanad.
By Rail – The nearest railway station to Wayanad is the Kozhikode Railway Station. Well connected train services are offered to Trivandrum, Kochi, Chennai and Bangaluru.
By Road – Wayanad has a good network of KSRTC buses to the nearby cities. There are super fast buses running between Wayanad and Bangaluru, Trivandrum, Mangalore and Kochi.
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