Ideal duration: 5 – 5 days Major Airports: Kozhikode Airport Best time: October to May (Read More)
Wayanad being the most salubrious town of Kerala, as it is encircled with the sublime beauty of verdure the mountainous Western Ghats. Picturesque, serene, absolutely tantalizing scenery of this town drag tourist towards its bewitching nature scenes. Besides, that one can fall for the numerous breathtaking attractions of Wayanad, an ideal destination of Gods own country fills one’s heart with anticipation.
Considered to be one of the hidden gems of India , Wayanad was inhabited by the people around 3000 years back, and till now this town has maintained the lifestyle and the simplicity with the utmost charming sights and culture with it.Wayanad is considered to be settled since New Stone Age civilisation, and one can clearly witness the evidence on the walls of Ampukuthimala caves that has preserved the sagas of civilization through scriptures and carvings. Land of kings and dynasties, it is noted that in ancient times Vedar Rajas ruled Wayanad and lately after them Pazhassi Raja of Kottayam Royal Dynasty took over the rule.
With time passes by Hyder Ali, King of Mysore invaded in Wayanad and left his marks too, and before British rule, Tipu Sultan wined over Wayanad that brings the Kottayam Royal Dynasty back to the city.
Wayanad is well renowned for the ideal destination of Kerala Tourism, a land of plantations of tea and spices, is a must visit for encountering such a sheer beauty that is going to captivate your eyes and heart at the same time!
Wayanad is best visited in the months of October to May; the tourist comes here in a flock in these months. In the midwinters, the temperature the all pleasant and refreshing and is incredible for sightseeing. From March the temperature begins to rise up there but its suitable for travel and trekking as well.
How to reach
By Air- Located at a distance Of 25 km, Kozhikode Airport is the nearest airport to Wayanad, that is well- connected to the all the significant cities Delhi, Mumbai, Goa and Bangalore, etc
By Rail-Kozhikode railway station is the nearest railway station to Wayanad and is located in the south of the Mananchira Square, this station has connecting route to some of these cities; Thiruvananthapuram, Chennai, Mumbai, Goa and Bangalore, etc
By Road- By NH- 17, Kozhikode has a connecting route, to all the beautiful tourist destinations of Kerala.
What you will like
Weather is pleasant throughout all year, and here food drags all the attention of tourist, each and every penny spent on local dishes is worth.
What you might not like
Though it’s quite hard to commute here, your big pinch of money is going to get spent in travelling.
Wayanad is a perfect place for family trips especially for kids, an enchanting flora and fauna is so attractive an refreshing for spending time with your loved ones.
Activities in Wayanad
A town that exhibits rich antiquity and has phenomenal natural charm, since old days. What would you like to do amidst the exhilarating picnic spots, and thrilling trekking routes or exotic spice plantations, sophisticated resorts. No wonder this little hill town is filled with plenty to explore in between the mystical caves and dreamy-streamy valleys, a perfect paradise for nature lovers. One can spot the remarkable flora and fauna, as this place is quite well known for picturesque vantage points and dense forest. And there are some of the exciting alternatives to go to make your trip for amusing.
Trekkers New Home- Avid trekkers, Wayanad has the most enthralling trekking routes to experience, and the best one is the trail leading to Chembra Peak.
Safari’s at Wildlife Sanctuary – Step up to the sanctuaries, Muthana and Tholpetty to discover Kerala’s most fascinating flora and fauna, you are going to spot leopards, Malabar squirrels, elephants and deer.
Learn at Spice Tours– If you haven’t witnessed the greenery of spice plantations, you are going to miss the whole fascinating process of producing and collecting the spices directly from the farms.
Heritage Trails- Wayanad has a unique kind of history and life, and to encounter that spellbinding sites, one has to be actual history freaks from the heart.
Camp out in Wayanad- One of the most beautiful camping destinations in India, Wayanad provides the pleasant weather throughout the year, and welcomes tourist with all the fantastic wildlife zones.
Local Cuisine of Wayanad
Delectable authentic dishes of any place make a whole trip worth! And if you are visiting Wayanad for the first time, you will be highly pleased after trying out some really yummy dishes. With an amalgam of cuisines like Mughlai, Brahmin, Zamorin and Malabar, tourist have numerous options; one must have Nandan Beef, that is prepared with lots of spices and thick gravy, you cannot find another same dish of this savoury taste anywhere else.
Payasam, Karimeen Pollichathu, Nellikka which is a traditional tribal dish here, is simple yet toothsome one, made of gooseberries and honey will linger on your taste buds. Coconut rice, Katthu Soup which has medicinal values, Appam, Fish Moilee are some delectable and succulent dishes you will find only in the streets of Wayanad.
There are plenty of options to taste scrumptious dishes of Wayanad, and its mandatory to have at least one meal at Jubilee restaurant at sultan bathery where you will be served with all kind of recipes from North Indian to all the mouthwatering rice-based cuisines of Kerala.
Another alternative is ClayHut it’s a village restaurant, the alluring interior depicts the traditional roots of Kerala, furnished with bamboo, and captivating art on the walls of the restaurant will take your heart away!
Day 1– If you have reached Kozhikode Airport or Wayanad railway station, you still need a long journey to reach the primary destination. It is advisable to check in your hotel and have rest, by evening you can stroll around local market around your hotel.
Day 2- Keep the second day of your journey for sightseeing, in Wayanad, you can visit the pookot lake, surrounded by serene landscape and hills, you can hire a boat too. After this do check out the Banasura Sagar Dam considered to be the second largest in Asia, explore the dam’s natural beauty.
Day 3- On the third day of your trip, take up a small trek at Chembra Peak, you will get to see a heart-shaped lake, hridaya thadakam that is believed that it never dries up throughout the year. After this you can relax around Soochipara falls that is 200 mt tall, cascading waterfall is so mesmerizing that you cannot take your eyes from there.
Day 4-Pack up your bag and go to Neelimala viewpoint, gaze at the beauty of Meenmutty waterfalls and pick most enthralling trekking route, explore tea and coffee plantations, caves and lush green surroundings.