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Wayanad Travel Guide


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Wayanad At a Glance
  • Average Climate:21 °C - 29 °C
  • Best Time to Visit:Throughout the Year
  • STD Code:04935

Introduction

Located at an altitude of about 2100 meters above sea level, Wayanad is a picturesque hill station and an ideal place for nature admirers, adventure enthusiasts, wildlife buffs, and mountain lovers. Wayanad is also known as "Land of Paddy Fields", which is a blissful district in God’s Own Country. The unique attraction of the hill station is the ‘Neelakurinji’ vivid blue flowers which bloom once in 12 years. Surrounded by the lush greenery of the Western Ghats, waterfalls, lakes, caves, trekking trails, this hill station allows tourists to enjoy a peaceful escape away from the bustling city life.

If you are outlining a holiday at the hill station, make a tour plan to Wayanad. A trip to Wayanad offers a great opportunity to admire its beauty and along with several recreational activities such as cycling tour, hiking, camping, and trekking. It presents picturesque beauty added with wildlife reserves - Wayanad wildlife reserve, which is home to an impeccable species of flora and fauna.

Why visit Wayanad?

If you want to enjoy an adventurous as well as peaceful vacation amidst greenery, then you must visit this town in Kerala. Apart from its lush green surrounding, and breathtaking views of the rolling meadows, Wayanad is renowned for its various camping sites, trekking trails, beautiful waterfalls, prehistoric caves, bird watching sites that attract thousands of tourists to experience its best.

Places to visit in Wayanad

The elegant regions of Wayanad offer many things to explore. Plan a tour and visit attractions in Wayanad like the prehistoric Edakkal Cave, Banasura Sagar Dam, Kuruva Island, Pookode Lake, Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, Thirunelli Temple, Lakkidi, Soochippara waterfalls, and much more.

Things to do in Wayanad

Though Wayanad is known for its myriad list of activities and things to do, there are loads of unique experiences in Wayanad. Cave camping at various surreal sites, exploring the Edakkal Caves, Trek to Neelimala View Point, Wildlife Safari at Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary, Trek to Chembra Peak, are some of the popular adventurous activities among the tourists. Apart from all, you can take a lavish spa treatment under the green environment, streams and cascades.

Best time to visit Wayanad

The best time to visit this beautiful hill station is between the start of winter till pre-monsoon. The temperature in Wayanad keeps changing, more or less constant throughout the year. Winter is a great time to indulge in various adventure activities. This season also attracts honeymooners and young couples. The weather remains pleasant during this season, where the days are calm and the nights are cold. 

How to reach Wayanad

To reach Wayanad, you can take a flight to Calicut International Airport, the nearest airport to Wayanad. It is located about 65 km away from Wayanad. From here, you can hire a taxi to reach the hill station. Wayanad has no railway station, so if you plan a trip to Wayanad via rail, then Kozhikode Junction is the nearest railway station to Wayanad, located about 77 km away. Wayanad can also be reached by bus/car as it is well connected with cities like Mysore, Bangalore, and Mangalore. Visitors can also book KSRTC transports that regularly ply to Kozhikode from nearby areas like Bangalore, Mysore, Kochi, Chennai, and Trivandrum.

How to get around Wayanad

Buses are the easiest and cheapest mode of getting around Wayanad. For traveling a longer distance, many local bus services are available. You can hire a taxi and easily roam around the city. Auto rickshaws are the most affordable means of transport in Wayanad and are easily available also.

Accommodation in Wayanad

There are plenty of options to enjoy a peaceful stay in Wayanad. From luxurious resorts to budget-friendly stays, there is no dearth accommodation in Wayanad. LakeRose Wayanad Resort, Sterling Wayanad, LakeRose Wayanad Resort, Vythiri Village Resort, Mount Xanadu Resort, and Pugmarks Jungle Lodge are some of the popular resorts among travelers for staying in Wayanad. 

Where to eat in Wayanad

The restaurants in Wayanad serve an array of local delicacies. You can easily find several excellent eateries around this beautiful town. To relish varieties of cuisines, you also can visit the in-house ding outlets of the popular hotels. Some of the popular places to dine in Wayanad are Wilton Restaurant, the 1980's A Nostalgic Restaurant, Jubilee Restaurant, Udupi Restaurant, Walnut Cake, and The Bungalow Restaurant.

Shopping in Wayanad

Apart from its lush green scenery and wildlife, Wayanad is well-known for its cool shops and bazaars where you can buy a variety of products such as handicrafts, spices, and herbs. You can also find shopping malls and shopping centers to buy branded products. Do not forget to buy honey as in Wayanad the taste of honey is unique. Some of the popular sites in Wayanad  are Trident Arcade, The Focus Mall, Santhi Pappadam, and Aiswarya Shopping Complex.