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  • Beach resorts in Kerala are top-most catchy staycations, throughout the year. God’s own country has besotted the place generously with coconut groves, plantations, beaches, back water, mountains and much more to explore and indulge. The palm-lined beaches have been a prime attraction for tourists worldwide.

    Watching the sunset, gazing at the ocean waves while sipping your favourite drink, kids splashing in the water, catching up on an unfinished book, it could all happen in one of the beach resorts.Out of the several beach resorts in Kerala, choose any that suits your persona and your holiday plan.

    A nature lover, a diehard romantic, a beach bum, adventure seeker, searching for opulence and grandeur or just an arm chair traveller it is all here in for you to explore. Most of the resorts have multi cuisine restaurant along with local gourmet food to tingle the taste buds. From affordable beach houses to ultimate luxe, it is all out there for you to choose from. Book your tickets, pack your bags and get going.


    Here are some of the best beach resorts in Kerala:

  • 01Marari Beach Resort, Mararikulam

    Marari Beach Resort, Mararikulam
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    Marari beach is one of the most sought after resorts in Kerala due to its exotic locale. This 30 acre property has been dedicated to the fisher folk of that region, the luxury huts are a simple yet an abode for pleasure. The sprawling property has extremely serene lily ponds amidst coconut groves, fruit orchard, organic garden and a beachfront which is inviting for guests every age at any time of the day.

    With no access to TV, the resort prefers their guests spending time bonding with each other while the restaurant pampers you with lip-smacking local delicacies.

    Location: 
    Marari Beach, S.L. Puram, Mararikulam P.O., Alappuzha, Kerala 688549

    Amenities and Activities:
    Restaurant serving regional cuisine, sun deck, tennis court, outdoor pool and bike on rent.

    Price:
    Rs.16,000/- to Rs.43,000/- per night.

  • 02Vivanta by Taj, Bekal

    Vivanta by Taj, Bekal
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    This property is best defined as comfort and elegance redefined in the lap of nature. This 5-star luxury beach resort has villas inspired by the design of Ketuvallam houseboats. Chitra Pothi, Kerala’s traditional palm leaf drawings on Tussar silk adorn the walls. The Kappil beach shorelines adorn the resort with breathtaking landscapes as you walk down the beach.

    Jiva, the internationally renowned spa indulges in ayurvedic massages and treatments to rejuvenate your body and mind. Backwater flowing through the property amidst lush greenery gives you abundant options for birding, carry your camera along to capture the best moments.

    Location:
     Kappil Beach, Thekkekara, Bekal, Kerala 671319

    Amenities and Activities:
    Spa, archery, yoga and fitness centre.

    Price:
    Rs.12,000/- to Rs.32,000/- per night.

  • 03Poovar Island Resort, Kovalam

    Poovar Island Resort, Kovalam
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    Poovar Island resort has one of the best scenic locations in Kerala with backwater flowing by, the Western ghats on one side and the Arabian sea on the fringes. This property offers the best of all the worlds. Early birds can enjoy the sunrise walking down the pristine golden sands and breathe in the serenity and freshness around. 

    You may choose to stay either at a floating cottage or a land cottage to spend a few days amidst mother nature and revive your senses. Enjoy the benefits of traditional native medicines at the Poovar Ayurveda centre, a world class Ayurveda village with a herbarium offering long term treatment.

    Location:
     K.P. VII/911, Pozhiyoor, Kerala 695513.

    Amenities and Activities:
    Spa, fitness centre, bar, hot tub, and outdoor pool.

    Price:
    Rs.5,000/- to Rs.15,000/- per night.

  • 04Clafouti Heritage Beach Resorts, Varkala

    Clafouti Heritage Beach Resorts, Varkala
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    This beach resort in Kerala is on Varkala beach, one of the hotspots for tourists with a traditional Kerala décor with wooden cottages strategically located amidst the coconut groves and the beach. The breathtaking grandeur of this place has the best of amenities for comfort with a simple and graceful approach.

    You may choose from a host of options available to stay, a sea view vintage villa, a honeymoon sea view villa or a heritage villa. The in-house restaurant will spoil you for choices with mouth-watering local fares and gourmet international cuisine.

    Location:
     North Cliff, Varkala, Kerala 695141

    Amenities and Activities
    : Spa, bar, hot tub and restaurant.

    Price:
    Rs.2000/- to Rs.10,000/- per night.

  • 05Kannur Beach House, Kannur

    Kannur Beach House, Kannur
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    This beach house on the Malabar Coast of Kerala gives you unhindered view of the Malabar coastline as well as access to the river that runs along the property. You may choose to spend the day rowing your own boat and explore the backwaters or soak the sun while you plod yourself lazily on the sandy private beach of the property.

    They also assist their guests in accessing houseboats and visiting St. Angelo’s fort, Handloom weaving centre, Theyyam and Kalari performance in and around Kannur. The chef dishes out some piping hot Malabari cuisine straight from the kitchen to your plate to give a feel of God’s own country.

    Location:
     Thottada Beach Rd, Kerala 670007

    Amenities and Activities
    : Spa, bar, hot tub and restaurant.

    Price:
    Rs.2,500/- to Rs.3,500/- per night.

  • 06Sealine Beach Resort, Cherai

    Sealine Beach Resort, Cherai
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    For all the sun and sand lovers, this property on Cherai beach is the ultimate destination. This resort on the Arabian Sea coastline gives an easy and 24X7 access to the beach to enjoy the sea to the fullest. Book a beach facing room to enjoy the waves lapping on the shore, while the kids engage themselves at the garden.

    With a reasonable tariff, this could be one of the best options for a beach resort. The roof-top restaurant serves sumptuous multicuisine delectable food while courteous staff try their best to make your visit a memorable one.

    Location:
     Cherai Beach - Munambam Rd, Cherai, Vypin, Kerala 683514

    Amenities and Activities:
    Restaurant, ayurvedic spa, gym and kid’s play area.

    Price:
    Rs.3000/- to Rs.5000/- per night.

  • 07The Leela Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram

    The Leela Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram
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    India’s only cliff-top beach resort in Kerala, enthuses you with the classic charm of a beach combined with luxury, good food, good living and helpful staff which sounds like a perfect ambience for a holiday. Experience royal living at exquisitely designed luxury suites of the resort which has the ability to transform you to an era bygone.

    The resort has 125 garden/beach view rooms, 49 club rooms and 9 suites with dedicated butler service and exclusive access to amenities. The gold class Ayurvedic spa offers the best spa treatment to soothe your body and mind.

    Location:
     Beach Rd, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695527

    Amenities and Activities
    : Spa, fitness centre, hot tub, outdoor pool.

    Price:
    Rs.10,000/- to Rs.60,000/- per night.

  • 08The Gateway Beach Resort, Varkala

    The Gateway Beach Resort, Varkala
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    This beach resort in Kerala gives you a magnificent view of the Arabian Sea, as the resort is perched amidst the red cliff of a hillock. The aquamarine sea water changes its colour every couple of hours from dawn to dusk. The spacious and bright rooms reflect warmth and elegance as you walk in.

    The swim up bar attracts maximum guests during the summer evenings. Plunge into a pool of warm water with a refreshing drink to rekindle the spirits.

    Location:
     Janardhanapuram, Varkala, Kerala 69514

    Amenities and Activities:
    Swimming pool, badminton court, table tennis, library, ayurveda spa, cars and bikes on rental.

    Price:
     Approximately Rs.10,000/- to Rs.15,000/-  per night.

  • 09Bethsaida Hermitage, Thiruvananthapuram

    Bethsaida Hermitage, Thiruvananthapuram
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    This resort is strategically placed between Kovalam beach, which is just 7 km and the Neyyar Dam’s wildlife sanctuary which is 29 km away. The beauty of this place lies in the simplicity of the landscaping, non-fussy cottages, abundant greenery and simple local cuisine infused with love and care.

    The restaurant uses fresh produce from their organic garden. Bethsaida extends support to the local villagers by educating the children, thus be a part of the noble cause, book your stay here.

    Location: 
    Pulinkudy, Mulloor, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695521

    Amenities and Activities:
    Swimming pool, beauty salon, ayurveda spa, yoga and fitness centre.

    Price:
    Rs.12,000/- to Rs.20,000/- per night.

  • 10Turtle on the Beach, Thiruvananthapuram

    Turtle on the Beach, Thiruvananthapuram
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    This boutique beach resort in Kerala on Kovalam beach is an ideal ground for the modern nomad. The Zen-inspired lounge is a perfect ambience to your ethereal calling. Every room in this resort is sea facing giving you an uninterrupted view of the sea day long.

    The welcome team greets you with fresh green coconut water and wet towels to make you feel at home. Art in various forms greets you to their in house restaurant Catamaran, serving multi-cuisine delicacies. Indulge in a lavish breakfast spread sitting next to the pool and gazing at the ocean with dreamy eyes.

    Location:
     Police Station, VPI/439, ITDC Road Near Kovalam, Kovalam, Kerala 695527

    Amenities and Activities:
    Restaurant, swimming pool, ayurveda spa.

    Price:
    Rs.6,000/- to Rs.15,000/- per night

  • 11Sea Lagoon, Cherai

    Sea Lagoon, Cherai
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    This simple yet exotic beach resort in Kerala is a place, where travellers would love to come back again. With the turbulent waves of the Arabian Sea on one side and the serene backwaters flowing behind, this is an ideal gateway to an indolent holiday. This boutique resort reeks of Kerala’s rich heritage and tradition in the form of the architecture and décor.

    The 35 luxurious theme based rooms make your stay pleasant and cosy with a steady view of the lashing waves on the golden sand. A time when the bright blue sea merges with the clear blue sky in the horizon assures you of the boundlessness of mother nature.

    Location:
     Cherai Beach - Munambam Rd, Cherai, Vypin, Kerala 683514

    Amenities and Activities:
    Swimming pool, bar, fitness centre, ayurveda spa and business centre.

    Price:
    Rs.6,000/- to Rs.15,000/- per night.

  • 12Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra, Kovalam

    Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra, Kovalam
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    This upscale beach resort is the ultimate address for luxury. Situated just a few kilometres from the town of Kovalam and the light house beach, it is an ideal place for a stay along the beach. The resort has splurged in traditional Kerala décor with ancient four poster beds, immaculate wood work, open air bathrooms and Ayurvedic therapies to die for.

    The rock cut infinity pool will attract you to soak in the pristine blue water and forget all the worldly worries.

    Location:
     Po, Pulinkudi Rd, Mullur, Kerala 695521

    Amenities and Activities:
    Restaurant, bar, fitness centre, ayurvedic spa and business centre.

    Price:
    Rs.20,000/- to Rs.40,000/- per night.

  • 13Chera Rocks Beach House, Kannur

    Chera Rocks Beach House, Kannur
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    This secluded beach in North Kerala is 10km away from Kannur and Thalassery. This resort is close to a mussel picking village, thus gorge on to fresh sea-food which is a staple diet for every local here. The shimmering white sand of Kizhunna beach invites you for an early morning stroll where the ocean waves soothe the tired heart.

    Freshly plucked produce from their organic garden is used to prepare flavoursome food which is served with care. The best part of the resort is in sipping tropical wine on a candle lit evening beside the beach.

    Location:
     Kizhunna Para Bus Stop, Thottada Junction, Kannur, Kerala 670101

    Amenities and Activities:
     Restaurant, organic garden, beach access.

    Price:
    Rs.4,000/- to Rs.8,000/- per night.

  • 14Bolgatty Island Resort, Mulavukad

    Bolgatty Island Resort, Mulavukad
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    This beach resort in Kerala is neatly nestled in the bustling Kochi, yet manages to maintain tranquillity with its stunning presence in the Bolgatty Island. Popularly known as a honeymooner’s paradise, this property was built by Dutch traders in 1944 and is enveloped by lush foliage and aquamarine water flowing by.

    The mansion has four palatial rooms offering the best of luxury and comfort to the travellers. There are marina view, lake view and golf course view rooms, each offering a refreshing panorama of nature.

    Location:
     NH966A, Mulavukad, Kochi, Kerala 682504

    Amenities and Activities:
    Golf course, beer parlour, cruising, ayurvedic spa and event centre.

    Price:
    Rs.4,000/- to Rs.16,000/- per night.

  • 15Woodhouse Beach Resort, Varkala

    Woodhouse Beach Resort, Varkala
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    Kerala is known for its impressive ayurvedic treatment. A stay at the Woodhouse beach resort will persuade you of its magical healing powers. This resort on Varkala beach has cosy wooden cottages lined up to offer the best sea view to its guests. To enjoy the sun, sea, sand and an open sky this is one of the best options in Varkala.

    It is walking distance from Papanasham, offering a breathtaking view of the sea while you enjoy your breakfast on the beach.

    Location:
     Thiruvambadi Northcliff, Black Beach, Varkala, Tiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695141

    Amenities and Activities:
     Ayurvedic spa, access to the beach, herbal steam bath and restaurant.

    Price:
    Rs.2000/- to Rs.5,000/- per night.

  • 16Kadaloram Beach Resort, Cherai

    Kadaloram Beach Resort, Cherai
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    This property has been classified as a homestay by the department of tourism in Kerala. Strategically positioned near the Cherai beach close to the fishing villages is an ideal getaway for the nature lover. The scenic view of the Chinese fishing nets dangling mid-air and the sunset at the background could be the idea of the best holiday in Kerala.

    The spacious rooms of the resort have simple lines of architecture which allow the fresh sea breeze to flow in. The cottages have a little seating area outside for one to relax and have a sippa.

    Location:
     Cherai Beach Rd, Cherai, Kochi, Kerala 683514

    Amenities and Activities:
     Restaurant, ayurvedic spa, fitness centre.

    Price:
    Rs.5,000/- per night.

  • 17The Nattika Beach Ayurveda Resort, Thrissur

    The Nattika Beach Ayurveda Resort, Thrissur
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    If you are searching for a beach resort in Kerala which provides awesome ayurvedic therapies, yoga along with good food and comfort, then this is the place to book. This sprawling 16 acres Ayurveda resort is located on Nattika beach with exuberant greenery and dotted with coconut trees.

    There are five categories of Villas to choose from to make yourself snug and at home during your holidays. The therapists at the spa render services par excellence which will transform you to another sphere for the sheer exhilaration.

    Location:
     Nattika, Thrissur, Kerala 680566

    Amenities and Activities:
    Tennis court, outdoor pool, business centre, ayurveda spa and water sports.

    Price:
    Rs.13,000/- to Rs.25,000/- per night.

  • 18The Zuri, Kumarakom

    The Zuri, Kumarakom
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    The Zuri is excellence redefined. The resort is located next on the longest backwaters of Kerala, Vembanad lake. It has an astounding collection of Villas, cottages and luxurious rooms with aesthetic furnishings and décor handpicked with care. The resort has various hues of blue and green where ever your eyes sway.

    Maya, the in-house spa offers soulful Ayurveda therapies which please the body and mind. The fine dine restaurant of Zuri will satiate your quest for local cuisine that specialises in seafood.

    Location:
     V 235 A1 to A54, Karottukayal, Kumarakom, Kerala 686563

    Amenities and Activities:
    Fitness centre, bar, restaurant and hot tub.

    Price:
    Rs.11,000/- to Rs.40,000/- per night.

  • 19Mascot Beach Resort, Kannur

    Mascot Beach Resort, Kannur
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    This resort is situated in Kannur with the Arabian Sea lashing against the shores endlessly. Mascot beach resort has 32 rooms arranged neatly with all the modern amenities that the guest would like to enjoy during a holiday.

    The management has been thoughtful when it comes to food, they have carved two speciality restaurants, one that dishes ethnic Malabari cuisine and the other serves delectable tandoori food. Guests are usually found lazing around the pool gazing at the sea and a book beside to catch up on.

    Location:
     Near Baby Beach Burnasseri, Kannur, Kerala 670013

    Amenities and Activities:
    Restaurant, outdoor pool, fitness centre and spa.

    Price:
    Rs.3,000/- to Rs.5,000/- per night.

  • 20Coconut Bay Beach Resort, Vizhinjam

    This boutique Ayurvedic resort is neatly tucked on the shores of Vizhinjam beach. Health enthusiasts travel all the way to this resort for a holistic reformation at the Ayurvedic spa. Spend a lazy afternoon swinging in the hammock while the ocean waves accompany you with their tranquillity and grace amidst the coconut groves.

    The spacious sea facing villas of this resort are simple yet loaded with all modern amenities. A few temples close by to the resort celebrate their annual festivals from December to February, thus light temple music adds on to the spiritual warmth of this place.

    Location:
     Mulloor P.O, Vizhinjam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695521

    Amenities and Activities:
    Restaurant, ayurveda spa, yoga, snorkelling, fishing, souvenir shop and library.

    Price:
    Rs.5,000/- to Rs.20,000/- per night.

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Chembra Peak

A trekking paradise, Chembra is the highest peak in the Wayanad Hill Range that will take your breath away. Encompassed by verdant greenery of the Western Ghats, Chembra Peak is one of those attractions in Wayanad that one just cannot ignore for its mesmerising views. 

It is where the clouds brush your cheeks and your eyes are greeted with solace of calm and quietness in the midst of nature.

It is known for offering an enchanting vista of the heart-shaped lake also known as the Cupid Lake. It also offers an unparalleled view of Banasura Sagar Dam surrounded by the majestic tea plantations located along the foothills of Chembra Peak.

Height: It is 2,100 metres (6,890 ft) above sea level

Location: Kalpetta, Wayanad

Best Time to visit: The best time to visit is between the months of September and March.

Entry fee: The entry charge for the peak is INR 50/USD 0.77

Timings: Chembra Peak is open to tourists during the day time.

Distance from Wayanad: It is about 40 kilometres away from the bus station in Wayanad.

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Banasura Sagar Dam

One of the most spellbinding places to visit in Wayanad, Banasura Sagar Dam is a picturesque tourist hotspot. Known for being India’s largest earthen dam, it boasts of extensive natural beauty with beautiful flora and fauna, majestic hills and mesmerising waterfalls. The Banasura Sagar is a photographer’s delight and offers the most beautiful views from the top of the hill.

It is also famous among adventure enthusiasts who look forward to thrilling activities like boating, trekking, horse racing and camel rides. For the avid trekkers, Banasura hill peak is hailed as one of the most challenging treks. Along with that Banasura Hill Resort adds to the charm of this place that is known as the only ‘earthen’ resort in the country.

Location: Banasura Sagar Dam, Padinjarathara, Kerala

Best Time to visit: November to May offers the most ideal time to visit Banasura Sagar Dam

Entry fee: INR 10/ USD 0.15 per person

Timings: The opening timings are from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Distance from Wayanad: It is just 2.3 kilometres away from the bus station.

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Kuruva Island

Located in the middle of Kabini river, Kuruva Island is a natural paradise that is replete with diverse flora and fauna in the most beautiful surroundings. It is blessed with evergreen forests all around that makes it a mesmerising picnic spot away from all pollution and noise of the city.

One of the most exciting things about Kuruva Island for tourists is their famous boat rides on bamboo rafts. Trekkers also visit Kuruva Island to explore the pristine environment and witness the most exotic species of plants, animals and birds here.  

The enthralling beauty of this island attracts many people who wish to escape the hustle and bustle of their lives and surround themselves in the serenity of nature.

Location: Kuruvadweep, Kerala

Best Time to visit: Kuruva Island could be visited from October to May

Entry fee: INR 80/ USD 1.23 for Indians and INR 150/USD 2.3 for foreigners

Timings: The visiting hours are from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Mondays are holiday

Distance from Wayanad: It is located 36 kilometres away.

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The Bamboo Factory

If you wish to know how bamboo constitutes an important factor in both the lifestyle and livelihood for the people in Wayanad, then a visit to The Bamboo Factory comes highly recommended. 

This educating and inspiring experience gives a sneak peek into the lives of the locals in Uravu. This place is a great stop to witness the wonder of sustainable tourism and explore the ancient traditions that are still preserved in Wayanad.

The Bamboo Factory stands for uplifting the lives of many rural craftsmen along with offering tourists a unique experience by getting to know how bamboo is converted into your favourite items. Tourists at Bamboo Factory also get a chance to talk to these talented craftsmen and know more from their experiences.

Location: 100 Acres Road Thrikkaipatta, Kerala

Best Time to visit: October to February is the best time to visit here.

Entry fee: The cost to visit here is approximately INR 500/ USD 7.7 per person

Timings: One can visit here between 10 am and 4 pm.

Distance from Wayanad: The distance between the two places is around kilometres.

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Jain Temple, Sulthan Battery

One of the most beautiful heritage sightseeing places in Wayanad, Jain Temple is known for its interesting history. It was built in 13th century A.D. and largely came to prominence when this ancient temple was used by Tipu Sultan to store ammunition. 

The ruins of Jain Temple in Sulthan Battery resonate the vital presence and influence of Jain community in the state of Kerala.

Maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India, the Jain Temple boasts of Vijayanagara style of architecture and has preserved beautiful and intricate carvings on its granite pillars. It is revered as one of the holiest places for the Jains and a festival is celebrated during Mahavir Jayanthi. 

This historically important temple in Kerala is a great visit to appreciate the art and culture of this place.

Location: Jain Temple Rd, Sultan Bathery, Kerala

Best Time to visit: September to March is the best time to visit the temple.

Entry fee: None

Timings: The temple is open for visitors during the day.

Distance from Wayanad: It is around 50 kilometres away from the bus station in Wayanad.

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Pookode Lake

If you’re browsing for the most serene Wayanad tourist places, Pookode Lake should incite your curiosity. Surrounded by the evergreen beauty of Western Ghats and verdant forests, Pookode Lake is a gorgeous freshwater lake. 

One of the most interesting features of this lake is that it virtually appears to be in the shape of India’s physical map. Boasting of picturesque excellence and a mesmerising ambience, this freshwater lake is the initiating point of Panamaram stream in Kerala.

Pookode Lake offers many activities like boating and boasts of a freshwater aquarium, a children’s park and a shopping centre where tourists can empty their pockets on excellent spices and handicrafts. 

Another big attraction of Pookode Lake is the widespread presence of wild animals and birds who can be spotted around the lake.

Location: Pookode Lake, Kunnathidavaka, Kerala

Best Time to visit: August to May are the best months to visit here

Entry fee: INR 10/ USD 0.15 for one person

Timings: The opening hours are from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Distance from Wayanad: Pookode Lake is located 27.3 kilometres from the Bus station in Wayanad

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Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary

Offering an unforgettable experience for wildlife lovers, Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the must-visit places to visit in Wayanad. 

It is famous for harbouring a diverse number of flora and fauna. Taking a wildlife safari is the most thrilling activity that one should undertake at Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary to make their Wayanad vacation memorable.

This natural habitat is a great sightseeing place to spot elephant herds, deer, langurs, panthers, tigers, Indian bison and the rare Slender Loris. Moreover, this wildlife sanctuary offers a wonderful experience for tourists with their tree huts which are open for stay. 

This beautiful attraction allows the tourists to seek some natural solace and take delight in the company of the wonderful wildlife roaming freely in their natural surroundings.

Location: It is located 20 km east of Mananthavady on the Kodagu Road.

Best Time to visit: Winters are the best time to visit Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary

Entry fee: The entry fees is INR 115/ USD 1.77 for Indians. For foreigners, the entry fees is INR 300/ USD 4.62

Timings: The timings are 7:00 am to 10:00 am in the mornings. For the evenings, the timings are from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Distance from Wayanad: The distance between the two places is 45 kilometres.

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Edakkal Caves

Travel back in time to the Stone Age with a visit to Edakkal Caves that are located on the Ambukuthi Hills. Edakkal literally translates to ‘a stone in between’ and this cave and showcases a natural masterpiece. 

It is associated with many myths and considered as one of the most sacred places to visit in Wayanad. Edakkal caves are not actually considered to be caves in a scientific sense yet remain a great piece of archaeological curiosity for tourists. 

These caves are identified as a Neolithic settlement and present the evidence of a pre-historic society of highly civilised people. These caves draw in a number of history buffs and students of archaeology who wish to explore these mysterious caves.

Height: It is located at a height of 1200 metres above sea level on the Ambukuthi Hills.

Location: Wayanad, Nenmeni, Kerala

Entry Fee: INR 15/USD 0.23 per person

Best Time to visit: The most preferred time to visit Edakkal Caves is during the months of December to May.

Timings: The visiting time to Edakkal caves is from morning 9:30 to evening 4:30.

Distance from Wayanad: It is located 48 kilometres from here.

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Lakkidi View Point

Famous for its mesmerising scenery, Lakkidi View Point is known for its nine hairpin caves and offers a resplendent view of the mountains in Wayanad. The whole trip of Lakkidi View Point promises an unforgettable charm of natural beauty that should add to their bucket list of attractions in Wayanad. 

Offering a bird’s eye view of the magnificent surroundings, this place leaves you in search of words to describe the panoramic vista that your eyes behold. It is also a famous picnic spot and often known as the ‘Gateway of Wayanad’. 

Lakkidi is also known for receiving the second highest rainfall in the world and its misty environment makes it an unforgettable tourist place in Wayanad.

Height: It is located at an elevation of 700 metres above sea level.

Location:  Kozhikode-Mysore-Kollegal Highway, Lakkidi, Kerala

Best Time to visit: One should visit Lakkidi View Point at the time of early morning or early evening to get the best views.

Timings: The visiting hours are from 12:00 am to 11:59 pm

Distance from Wayanad: The distance to reach here is approximately 32 kilometres.

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Meenmutty Waterfalls

One of the delightful of Wayanad tourist places, Meenmutty Waterfalls is a three-tiered waterfall that will take your breath away. A scenic trek through the lush green forest from the Wayanad-Ooty Road leads up to this picturesque natural wonder. 

There are separate decks which can be accessed in different ways to view the different tiers of this spectacular waterfall. The roaring waters of Meenmutty Falls are situated in the lush forests that makes it a delight for photographers. 

Tourists can exalt in a magnificent view of Banasura Sagar Dam from the peak of the third tier of this waterfall. With thundering visuals of the scenery, Meenmutty Waterfalls is hailed as one of the most thrilling places for adventure lovers in Wayanad.

Location: Kallar Meenmutty Falls Road, Kallar, Kerala

Best Time to visit: The best time to visit here is from October to May.

Entry fee: The entry fees is INR 30/ USD 0.46 per person

Timings: It is open from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm

Distance from Wayanad: The waterfall is located just 2 kilometres from the bus station.

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Neelimala View Point

Promising one of the most enthralling trekking experiences in Wayanad tourist places, Neelimala View Point is a must visit for adventure aficionados. 

It presents some amazing trails that cross the most picturesque landscape of Western Ghats. Tourists are in for a charming surprise as Neelimala View Point offers gushing streams and verdant valleys on the way up to the hill.

This place is a splendid tourist spot where you can appreciate the company of nature with the misty clouds and its pristine ambience. 

This beauty of this popular trekking and camping site is accentuated by the Meenmutti waterfall that brings out the most wonderful view of the place.

Location: Neelimala Viewpoint, Vaduvanchal, Kerala

Best Time to visit: January to May and September to December is the most preferred time to visit here.

Entry fee: The entry fees here is INR 500/ USD 7.7 for a jeep that could carry 6-7 people

Timings: Tourists could visit Neelimala Viewpoint any time between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm

Distance from Wayanad: It is about 50 kilometres away from the bus station in Wayanad.

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Mudumalai National Park

Gear up to be captivated by the charm of the wild at Mudumalai National Park on your vacation in Wayanad. Located on the beautiful Nilgiri mountain ranges, Mudumalai National Park is known for its natural beauty. 

It is a declared tiger reserve and houses some of the most diverse flora and fauna in the country. The major attractions at Mudumalai National Park are Moyar River, Kallatty Falls, Pykara Lake etc.

For those who seek thrilling experiences in Wayanad, Mudumalai National Park offers memorable wildlife safari through jeep and open van. 

Tourists can also indulge in other activities here like camping, bird watching, village tours or enjoy a unique stay at a tree house in Mudumalai National Park.

Location: NH 67, Gudalur NH 67, Gudalur, Devarshola, Tamil Nadu

Best Time to visit: The most ideal time to visit this park is from February to June.

Entry fee: INR 15/ USD 0.23 per person

Timings: The opening hours for visitors is from 7:00 am to 9:00 am in the morning and from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the evenings.

Distance from Wayanad: The distance between the two places is approximately 90 kilometres.

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Irupu Falls

Escape into the allure of nature and its magnificence with a visit to Irupu Falls. One of the most enchanting places to visit in Wayanad, Irupu Falls is one of the most legendary sightseeing places in Wayanad. 

This spectacular waterfall derives its roots from the legends of Ramayana and also known as Lakshmana Tirtha Falls. This place is known for its serene ambience that showcases the captivating beauty of this glorious cascade from a height of 60 feet. 

Irupu Falls draws in a number of devotees who believe that a dip in its waters cleanses one’s sins and pay respect to the Shiva temple located along the banks of the river.

Location: Irupu Falls, Irupu Falls Rd, Karnataka

Best Time to visit: The months of monsoons are the best time to witness the Irupu Falls at its maximum beauty.

Entry fee: INR 50/ USD 0.77 per person

Timings: The timings at Irupu Falls is from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Distance from Wayanad: It is about 56 kilometres away from the bus station in Wayanad.

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Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary

Away from the hustle and bustle of the cities, the Idukki Wildlife is located in the Thodupuzha and Udumpanchola taluks of Idukki at an altitude of 450 – 750 ft above the sea level.

The sanctuary, flanked on 3 sides by the tranquil waters of Idukki Lake, is housed amidst picturesque settings of tropical evergreen & semi-evergreen forests, meadows, and deciduous trees.
The Wildlife Sanctuary, one of the places to visit in Idukki, houses hordes of wild elephants.

The other species from the animal kingdom include bison, sambar, deer, wild dogs, jungle cats, Malabar Giant Squirrel, wild boars, and tigers. Reptilians such as Cobra, viper, krait, etc will bewilder the visitor, while avian species Malabar grey hornbill, Purple Sunbird, Golden Oriole, and Black bulbul enchant him.

Distance: 
40 km from Thodupuzha, Idukki.

Timings: All day.

Entry fee:
 None.

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Thirunelli Temple

One of the most religious places to visit in Wayanad, Thirunelli Temple is a beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Known as the Kashi of the South, Thirunelli Temple has an interesting legend associated which says that Lord Brahma himself installed the idol of Lord Vishnu here and made this temple. 

Encompassed by the breathtaking beauty of Brahmagiri Hills, this temple is known for its tranquil ambience. Devotees at Thirunelli Temple pay their respects at the holy mountain stream known as Papanasini believed to have medicinal powers where rituals are performed and the sacred rock Pinnappara. 

It is also a popular belief that rituals performed for the dead at this temple attains eternal peace and salvation for the deceased souls.

Location: Thirunelly Temple post, Mananthavady, Kerala

Best Time to visit: One should visit Thirunelli Temple from the month of September to March.

Timings: The temple remains open from 5:30 am to 12 pm and then from 5:30 pm to 8 pm.

Distance from Wayanad: It is 50 kilometres away from the bus station in Wayanad.

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Idukki Arch Dam

The Idukki dam is constructed across the Periyar River, in a valley between the Kuravan and Kurathi hills in Kerala. The awe-inspiring, majestic dam, which stands at 167.68 meters (550 ft), is one of the highest arch dams in Asia. The dam, which is one of the Idukki tourist places, constructed by the Kerala government in 1975 and supports 780 MW hydroelectric power station that draws electricity from this dam.

The sheer magnitude of the structure along with the mountains, verdant vegetation, and 60 sq. km placid lake, which is created by the 3 dams, Idukki dam, Cheruthoni and Kulamavu, captivate the visitors.

Distance:
 33 km from Idukki Dist.

Timings:
Public Holidays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Entry Fees:
 Rs 25 for adults and Rs 5 for children. The tariff for a 15-minute boat ride for 5 persons is Rs. 600.

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