Wayanad, meaning ‘land of paddy fields; is located among the mountains of the Western Ghats in Northern Kerala.

Wayanad - City Guide

One of the last areas of Kerala to be opened up to development, as recently as the mid 20th century this was still a fairly unexplored area. Rapid development in recent decades means it is no longer a ‘lost world’ but there are still many beautiful and secluded spots around Wayanad which will reveal themselves to the patient visitor.

Pockets of Wayanad are still inhabited by the original tribal inhabitants and the region has a greater level of original forest cover than any other part of Kerala. This makes it a haven for wildlife and a great place for trekking.

Situated at Edakkal is a cave system which is home to rock carvings believed to be the oldest in India And dating back around 6,000 years. There are many ancient temples in this area which are slowly being subsumed by the verdant jungle.

The small regional towns of Sultan Bathery and Kalpetta are both fascinating places to walk and explore. Two wildlife sanctuaries - Tholpetty and Wayanad - are accessible by jeep but the dense forest undergrowth makes wildlife sightings somewhat difficult. Treks of anything from a few hours to several days are possible in Wayanad. This area makes a perfect stopping point to break up the journey from Mysore in Karnataka to the coastal plains of northern Kerala below.

Major Attractions:

  • Kuruvadweep
  • Chembra Peak
  • Edakkal Caves
  • Karapuzha Dam
  • Ghat View Point
  • Meenmutty Falls
  • Thirunelli Temple
  • Soochippara Falls
  • Neelimala View Point
  • Banasura Sagar Dam
  • Kanthanpara Waterfalls
  • Puliyarmala Jain Temple
  • Wayanad Heritage Museum
  • Koottamundu Glass Temple
  • Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary

Climatic Condition:

During the summer months of March to May, Wayanad experiences temperatures ranging from 20 degrees Celsius to 35 degrees Celsius. The winter season, from October to February, brings misty and breezy weather with temperatures ranging between 10 degrees Celsius and 24 degrees Celsius. Monsoon season occurs from June to October, characterized by humid weather and temperatures ranging from 17 degrees Celsius to 29 degrees Celsius.

Best Time to Visit:

October to May

How to Reach:

By Air:The nearest airport is Calicut International Airport, located approximately 91.2 Km away from Wayanad. From the airport, Wayanad is easily accessible by road.

By Rail:Wayanad is not directly accessible by rail. The nearest railway station to Wayanad is Calicut Railway Station. Upon arrival at the station, you can avail of taxis or buses to reach Wayanad.

By Road:Wayanad is well-connected by road to major cities and towns in Kerala and neighbouring states. State-run and private buses operate regular services to and from Wayanad.


1.What is Wayanad famous for?

Wayanad is renowned for its lush green landscapes, biodiversity, natural beauty, historical attractions, and unique tribal culture.

2.What are the things to do in Wayanad?

Trek up the Chembra Peak, Explore the Edakkal Caves, Enjoy Bamboo Rafting on Kuruva Island, Spot Wildlife at Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Stay in a treehouse, Pay a visit to the Thirunelli Temple, Marvel at the exhibits of Wayanad Heritage Museum, Visit Banasura Sagar Dam, and Go for a Bicycle tour through its lush forests and endless tea plantations.

3.Is Wayanad worth for a family trip?

Yes, Wayanad is definitely worth a family trip. The district offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, adventure, and cultural experiences that cater to the interests of every family member. From scenic landscapes and wildlife sanctuaries to trekking opportunities, cultural exploration, and serene lakes, Wayanad provides a diverse range of activities for families to enjoy together. The tranquil environment, lush greenery, and the chance to witness indigenous tribal traditions make it an enriching and memorable destination for family vacations.

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