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About Wayanad
Known for its soothing temperature all around the year, Wayanad is the ultimate destination to escape the scorching sun of North India. This place doesn’t only offer its cool temperature but along with that, it has untouched woods, misty mountains, and long spread plantations. Often called the spice garden of India, Wayanad is laid with many tourist places and vast orchards of various spices like cardamom, Black pepper, Star Anise, Fenugreek, Black cumin and more. These green orchards of distinct spices give this place a different fragrance which is further enriched with the aroma of coffee plantation, nutrition of organic fruits and vegetables and waving paddy fields.

Having said this much about the greenery in the city, it is understood that it will have numerous wildlife sanctuaries, reserves and national parks protecting the rural life of the forests. Adding to all the natural beauty you have India’s largest earth dam and Asia’s second-largest earth dam, Banasura Sagar Dam in Wayanad. Having mighty mountains, dense woods, and gushing rivers, Wayanad is a hub for trekking, hiking, mountaineering, rock climbing, rappelling, camping, and many more adventurous activities.

You can trek to India’s largest Earth Dam, Banasura Dam or trek to witness the sun setting behind the mountains from Wayanad’s highest peak, Chembra Peak. The list doesn’t end here, you have the chance to explore potentially Neolithic age at Edakkal Caves. You will find some petroglyphs- prehistoric rock carvings used as a communication tool.

Moreover, you will find some amazing examples of ancient architecture and religious beliefs through the monuments like Thirunelli Temple, Karinthandan Temple, Ancient Jain Temple and much more. All these threads weave into an amazing tapestry that will glorify your photo album as well as the album of your life.
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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 and it is one of the famous places to visit in Wayanad in 1 day. It is where the clouds brush your cheeks and your eyes are greeted with solace of calm and quietness in the midst of nature.
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.

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 SanctuaryEntry fee: The entry fees is INR 115/ USD 1.77 for Indians. For foreigners, the entry fees is INR 300/ USD 4.62Timings: 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 pmDistance from Wayanad: The distance between the two places is 45 kilometres.
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 and it is one of the famous places to visit in Wayanad in 1 day.

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 and it is one of the fun places to visit in Wayanad in 1 day.

There are separate decks that 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 making it a delight for photographers.

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is an esteemed natural habitat of many rare and endangered flora and fauna and a wonderful getaway for wildlife lovers. It is one of those rejuvenating retreats where people can appreciate sustainable tourism with a bit of adventure and recreation. The two most important areas in Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is Muthanga and Tholpetty.Offering an excellent opportunity to see the elephant herds, deer, langurs and tigers roam freely in Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is an absolute delight. Tourists here can also indulge in bird watching or undertake trekking in the forest with advance booking. Being a vital part of Nilgiri Biosphere reserve, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is a biodiversity hotspot that one must add to their places to see in Wayanad.Location: Bathery- Puthupally Road, Wayanad District, Sultan Bathery, Kerala Best Time to visit: The months from October to February are considered to be the best time to visit here.Entry fee: INR 10/ USD 0.15 for Indians and INR 100/ USD 1.54 for foreignersTimings: It is open from 7:00 am to 10:00 am and then from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.Distance from Wayanad: It is approximately 60 kilometres away from the bus station in Wayanad.

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Which are the famous places to visit in Wayanad?

1. Edakkal Caves: Famous for its dramatic rock formations and carvings, the Edakkal Caves have been a go to spot for various nature lovers. Reaching here is an adventure in itself as you will have to cross some of the most rocky areas.

These caves stand 1200 metres high above the sea level and rest in the lap of Ambukuthi Hills. If you are an archaeologically curious person then this place will offer you many fascinating pieces like the steep pathways made by the pressure of the waters.

Location: Nenmeni, Kerala 673595.
Entry Fee/Price: INR 15 per person.
Timings: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

2. Banasura Sagar Dam
: Being one of the largest earthen dams in India, the Banasura Sagar Dam is a masterpiece in itself. Famous among the adventure enthusiasts, this dam hosts various activities such as boating, camping and trekking.

In the evening times, the surroundings of this dam get lit up with small food stalls where you can relish upon various local snacks. Apart from the activities, this place is also suitable for small picnics.

Location: Wayanad, Kerala, India.
Entry Fee/Price: INR 10 to INR 15 per person.
Timings: 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM.

3. Chembra Peak:
 Home to a heart shaped lake, this mountain peak is a very famous location among the tourists and locals alike. Located at a height of 2100 metres, this peak is the highest one in Wayanad, thus offering some of the most spectacular panoramic views of the valley.

A go to spot for campers and mountaineers, this peak offers its visitors with serene pathways and some dramatic slopes. While camping here, one can enjoy blissful views of the Nilgiris and the Kozhikode range.

Location: Chembra, Kerala, India.
Entry Fee/Price: INR 100 per person.
Timings: Open 24 hours a day.

4. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary: 
Being the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Kerala, the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is home to various rare species of flora and fauna.

From bird watching to trekking and from wildlife safaris to nature walks, one can enjoy an array of adrenaline rushing activities here. Founded in 1973, this wildlife sanctuary has been housing various species of animals like tigers, elephants, deers and langurs resting in their natural habitat.

Location: Bathery- Puthuppally Road, Sultan Bathery, Kerala 673592.
Entry Fee/Price: INR 150 to INR 300 per person.
Timings: 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM, 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

5. Meenmutty Waterfalls: 
Gushing from a height of 300 metres, this waterfall falls amongst the highest waterfalls of Wayanad. The foamy water falling from such a height creates a very beautiful pool of water which is used by the tourists to enjoy swimming.

Around the waterfall, you can camp as well and can enjoy a delightful night with the sounds of a gushing stream. Being a four tiered waterfall, this location acts as one of the most beautiful backdrops for your memorable pictures.

Location: Kallar Meenmutty Falls Road, Kallar, Kerala 695551.
Entry Fee/Price: INR 500 per person.
Timings: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

6. Kuruvadweep
: This lush green island is located in the middle of Kabini River and lets you enjoy a proper beach like vibes. Apart from being loaded with colourful flora, various activities can be enjoyed here as well.

Having fresh water all around the island, this place is famous for offering bamboo raft rides. Apart from all this, the Kurava Island is conveniently located and is considered to be one of the best locations to enjoy a picnic away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Location: Wayanad, Kerala.

7. Soochipara Falls
: The Soochipara Falls is a seasonal waterfall and its beauty can only be enjoyed around the monsoons. Being a three tiered waterfall, this is a favourite spot of photographers and couples. Cascading from a very high spot, the waterfall creates a small pool below it which is surrounded by big rocks, thus offering locations with perfect backdrops. If you want to enjoy a visit here, then it is advised to plan a trip around the months of July to September.

Location: Vellarimala, Kerala 673577.
Entry Fee/Price: INR 50 per person.
Timings: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

8. Pookode Lake: 
Located around the town of Vythiri, the Pookode Lake is a beautiful waterbody sitting atop hilly areas. Since this water body has very calm waters in it, people can easily enjoy boating here.

The lake is also a famous spot for picnics and people from all over the Visit here to spend a few hours away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Covering an area of 8.5 sectors, this vast lake will provide you with various beautiful sceneries. Overall, if you're looking for a place which is serene as well as quiet then the Pookode Lake is the perfect spot for you.

Location: Kalpetta, Wayanad, Kerala.
Entry Fee/Price: INR 10 to INR 50 per person.
Timings: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

9. Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary: 
If you're looking for a place which houses a wide variety of flora and fauna and offers you a beautiful natural atmosphere to enjoy walking, trekking and safaris then make sure that you visit Tholpetty wildlife Sanctuary.

Housing many rare species of animals like tigers, foxes and leopards, this place lets you see many jungle animals resting in their natural habitats. Adding more fun to your trip, the Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary also lets you avail elephant riding facilities or take a jeep to ride through the thick forest. Here, you will get to experience the beauty of nature and a very calm surroundings away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Location: Tholpetty, Kerala 670646.
Entry Fee/Price: INR 150 to INR 300 per person.
Timings: 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM, 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

10. Neelimala View Point: 
Offering some of the most beautiful sceneries of lush green vegetation, Neelimala View Point let's you enjoy the best serenity from high above. Preached at a height of 1200 metres, this viewpoint lies on Ammukutty Hills and overlooks the breathtaking views of Meenmutty waterfalls.

Apart from being viewpoint, this place is also famous among trekkers and hiking enthusiasts. On your way to the top, you might stumble across various misty trails around which you can soak in the fresh air and enjoy the stunning views around you.

Location: SH29, Tamil Nadu 673581.
Entry Fee/Price: INR 50 per person.

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What are the best things to do in Wayanad?

1. Enjoy Bamboo Rafting at Kuruva Island: Spread over an area of 950 acres of land, the Kuruva Island is a group of three beautiful islands in the middle of the gushing stream of Kabini River. This part of the river is famous for offering bamboo rafting through the mangroves.

Proper gears are provided to everyone who indulges in this activity and specially trained sailors help you traverse through the beautiful waterways. On your way you might enjoy various sceneries of rare species of trees. This place is also famous for being a perfect bird watching spot and many rare words can be seen here resting on the back of trees.

Location: Wayanad, Kerala.

Price: INR 300 per person.

Timings: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

2. Enjoy Boating at Pookode Lake: Being a freshwater lake, the Pookode Lake is frequent and by various nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. Providing you a chance to traverse through its beautiful waters, this lake is a splendid spot to enjoy a session of boating.

On rowing your boat, you will get a chance to spot a wide variety of fishes, lotuses, and various species of water birds. Two types of boating will be available here including a paddle boat and a rowing boat.

Location: Kalpetta, Wayanad, Kerala.

Price: INR 30 for paddle boat and INR 50 for rowing boat.

Timings: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

3. Cycling: Another blissful adventure which can be enjoyed in Wayanad city is taking a bicycle and traversing through the beautiful lanes of the city. On your way you will come across various blissful sceneries of tea plantations, coffee estates and lush green meadows.

Being a refreshing experience, it is advised to take up cycling early in the morning to enjoy dew drops all around. The best area to enjoy this activity is around the tea estates of Nilgiris. You can also visit the areas like Kalpita and Chandel to experience some dramatic terrains and rugged areas.

Location: Kalpetta, Nilgiris, etc.

Price: INR 100 to INR 500 for renting a bicycle.

Timings: 5:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

4. Trek to Chembra Peak: Preached at a height of 6900 feet above the sea level, The Chembra Peak is one of the most famous trekking destinations in Wayanad. The path to the top goes through Meppadi forest department, and one is required to take permission to cross it.

Being a very easy trek, the Chembra Peak can be easily reached within two to three hours. On the top of the peak, you will find a very beautiful heart shaped lake around which you can also choose to camp. From the peak, you can relish upon some of the most scenic and dramatic views of Nilgiris, Malappuram and Kozhikode hills.

Location: Chembra, Kerala, India.

Price: INR 100 to INR 400 per person.

5. Explore Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary: Being a very important part of the Nilgiri biosphere reserve, the Wayanad wildlife sanctuary is home to an array of rare species of animals and birds. Providing you a chance to traverse through its thick forest, this place offers Safari and nature walk facilities.

If lucky enough, you might get a chance to spot various animals and birds and rest in their natural habitat. From Tigers to Panthers and from peacocks to langurs, This world of century houses various regional flora and fauna.

Location: Bathery- Puthuppally Road, Sultan Bathery, Kerala 673592.

Entry Fee/Price: INR 150 to INR 300 per person.

Timings: 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM, 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

6. Visit Banasura Sagar Dam: Having the title of Asia's second largest earthen dam, the Banasura Sagar Dam is a very famous spot among thrill seekers and adventure enthusiasts. To reach this dam, one is required to traverse through various thrilling trails, thus making it a trekkers paradise as well.

The crystal waters of this dam are famous among the people who wish to spend a few hours away from the hustle and bustle of the city. One can also indulge in a session of boating here and enjoy the serenity all around them.

Location: Wayanad, Kerala, India.

Entry Fee/Price: INR 10 to INR 15 per person.

Timings: 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM.

7. Go Caving at Edakkal Caves: Dating back to 6000 BC, these caves are a historical gym and have been attracting loads of history buffs throughout the year. The dramatic terrains of these caves provide the visitors with numerous beautiful backdrops.

Traversing through these caves, you will be crossing the pathways which will be 22 feet wide and 96 feet long. From the inside, you will be crossing various tunnels, walls of which will be covered with stone carvings and colourful paintings.

Location: Nenmeni, Kerala 673595.

Entry Fee/Price: INR 15 per person.

Timings: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

8. Ziplining: Experience the beauty of the Western Ghats from a different perspective and enjoy your way through the forests using a ropeway. The forests of Wayanad are a perfect spot to enjoy this activity and you can enjoy some of the most beautiful sceneries of the waterfalls, local flora and fauna. Also famous in the name of flying fox, this activity will provide you a chance to soar high above the ground and enjoy the much required thrill.

Location: Wayanad, Kerala.

Price: INR 300 to INR 500 per person.

Timings: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

9. Tree House Stay: What can be more thrilling and fun other than enjoying a comfortable stay amidst the best of nature. The tree houses of Wayanad are loaded with all the basic facilities and amenities and make sure that you enjoy numerous adventure activities.

Apart from this, almost all the homestays here are loaded with luxuries like swimming pools, restaurants and much more. A stay in these tree houses provide the tourists with a perfect amalgamation of thrill and fun.

Location: Ooty highway Sultan Bathery, Kerala 673595.

Price: INR 2000 to INR 10,000 per person depending on the stay you choose.

10.Tea Estate Tour: Experience the thrill of traversing through the beautifully manicured tea estates and getting knowledge of every step included in the processing of tea.

Locations like the Rippon Tea Factory and Priyadarshani Tea Environs offer various Tea Estates tours in which you are guided and step by step demonstration will be provided. In addition to all this, you might also be guided towards the tea making process in which you can pluck leaves yourself and prepare tea using ancient methods of grinding.

Location: Wayanad, Kerala.

Price: INR 400 to INR 1000.

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When is the best time to visit Wayanad for a vacation?

Between December to February: Wayanad get extremely cold and temperature drops of up to 10°C can be recorded. Travels who are looking to spend some time camping or are in a look out for a romantic getaway will find this time perfect. 

Between March to May:
Although it's sunny the atmosphere at Wayanad during this time is comfortably pleasant. It is the best time to enjoy activities like trekking and taking soothing dips in waterfalls and lakes across the city. 

Between June to September:
Surprise showers of rain are common around this time and the temperature can drop too. However, tourists can indulge in sightseeing and witness beautiful waterfalls around the city. This season is also preferred by adventurous for trekking and travelling around the jungles of Wayanad.

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How do I reach Wayanad and where it is located?

By Bus: A Lot of Bus services are available from Bangalore to Wayanad. The journey takes close to 10 hours. Your bus journey will commence from Kalasipalayam in Bangalore and will end at Kalpetta from where you'll need to change and take a bus to Wayanad. 

By Road: By road the journey from Bangalore to Wayanad can take up to 7 hours including breaks and pit stops to enjoy the scenic beauty throughout the journey.

By Air: There are no direct flights to Wayanad so, the next best option is to take a flight to the nearest airport, Karipur International Airport. From here there are ample cabs available to Wayanad.

By Train: You won't find any direct trains to Wayanad from Bangalore. However, trains from Bangalore to Nanjangud are available. From here, you can take a cab or local taxi to Wayanad which is about 100 km from Nanjangud. 

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Is it safe to travel to Wayanad?

Traveling to Wayanad is completely safe, whether you are traveling alone, with your partner or with a group of friends. The mountains offer specialized tours, be it a romantic vacation or an adventure weekend.

The roads are smooth and there wouldn’t be any problem reaching the place. All the major sightseeing spots too are well connected and smoothly regularized to make it safe and easy for tourists and travelers.

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Is Wayanad a good weekend getaway option from Bangalore?

Wayanad is one of the most popular weekend destinations from Bangalore. Taking just about 7 hours, it’s an amazing drive.

You can even take an overnight bus and reach Wayanad by the morning. Everything is perfectly cut to make Wayanad a great weekend getaway from Bangalore.

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Is it worth visiting Wayanad for honeymoon?

There are several great destination for honeymoons and romantic getaways near Wayanad. Wayanad is home for several resorts that offer private accommodations in the lap of the hills and it would be just amazing to have your partner by your side. It nature, love and a lot of memories in the making.

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Which are the famous caves in Wayanad?

Yes There are 4 famous caves in Wayanad for experiencing adventure

1. Edakkal Caves, Kalpetta: Found 1200 m above sea level and at a distance of 25 km from Kalpetta, these caves are popular for their ancient design and mini treks. There are also a number of interesting stories attached to the caves that make it even more exciting and mysterious.

2. Edakkal Caves, Sulthan Bathery: An enigma for archeologists, the Edakkal Caves are situated at 4000 ft above sea leave at a peculiar mountain. The only way to reach the cave is through a long trek up the hills. Learning about the history of these caves is also insightful and fun.

3. Thovarimala Ezhuthupara, Sulthan Bathery: An unconventional attraction for many but a delight for nature lovers, these caves are found at the top of a hill, 500 m above the surface. The cave is decorated with various writings and pictures dating back to 8000 BC.

4. Muniyara Wayanad Caves: Enveloped in the scenic beauty of lush green forests of Wayanad, the Muniyara Wayanad caves are acknowledged as the perfect spot for trekking. 

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Which are the best places to stay in Wayanad?

1. Windflower Resort and Spa: With an open air jacuzzi overlooking the green grasslands and a perfect natural environment, this resort is for the ones who want to enjoy a perfect combination of modern luxuries and natural charm. The spa of this resort offers around 20 different kinds of healing massages.

2. Lakerose Wayanad: Offering facilities like an infinity pool, multi cuisine restaurant, views of the Western Ghats and private bars, this resort makes sure that its guests feel pampered. Since the resort is surrounded by the dense forest covers, you can also avail barbeque and bonfire facilities.

3. Vythiri Village: Providing you a chance to experience a stay in private cottages surrounded by lush green woods, this resort is located amidst thick woods and dense forests. Even after staying off the grid, various luxurious amenities like a 12-D cinema, playstation room and multiple swimming pools are also available here.

4. Silverwoods Wayanad: Overlooking the beautiful Banasura Sagar Dam, this property boasts of some of the most exhilarating views of nature. With facilities like a multi cuisine restaurant, a bar and villas with jacuzzi, this resort is the perfect place to escape away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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What is the ideal duration for a holiday in Wayanad?

Though Wayanad is marketed as a weekend getaway, there is a lot to explore and experience. Places like Kuruva Islands itself demand a day trip.

If you are looking for a complete Wayanad package, a weeklong vacation would be a great way to comfortably space your itinerary.

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Can we do Cave Camping in Wayanad?

Cave camping is a truly amazing experience. Being able to gaze at the clear starry sky with complete darkness all around and complimented by the mystical charm of a cave, it cannot get any better.

The caves in Wayanad go back to the Stone Age where you get to see the inscriptions and painting by the early man. Living in a cave that had once been used by early humans is another kind of excitement. The caves are further naturally air conditioned and you would be sheltered from the rain.

It is necessary that you seek the permission of the forest department before setting up a camp. In some cases, you are even allowed to set up a bonfire and spend the night dancing, just like our early ancestors would have spent their nights.

Cave camping in Wayanad is completely organized and you have amenities like guides, night treks, flashlights and welcome drinks. Alcohol and smoking during cave camping is strictly prohibited. 
Popular cave camping sites include:

Edakkal Caves
2. Kothagiri
3. Makkamkunnu

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Which are the famous waterfalls in Wayanad?

1. Soochipara Waterfall: Being one of the most photographed spots in Wayanad, this waterfall offers a beautiful view of the gushing stream from a height of 200 metres. From rafting to swimming, various activities can be done here.

2. Kanthanpara Waterfall: If looking for a place which is secluded away from the city and provides the best possible natural vibes then make sure that you visit here. This waterfall has a soothing ambience and the water here is very much clear.

3. Chethalayam Waterfall: Staying off the track, this waterfall is located deep in the woods. Being a multi tiered waterfall, one can not swim here, however, the views offered here are truly amazing.

4. Meenmutty Waterfalls: A go to spot for locals and tourists alike, this waterfall is famous for the huge pool of water it creates. One can easily swim in its pristine water and enjoy a refreshing day.

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Which are the best treks in Wayanad?

1. Chembra Peak Trek: Taking you towards the heart shaped lake, this one is truly the most beautiful trek one can enjoy in Wayanad. It will take you around 4 hours to cover the distance of 9 KM to the top, and on the way, you might stumble across various scenic news and paved paths.

2. Pakshipathalam Trek: To enjoy this trekking experience, one is required to avail the permission from the District Forest Authority. Covering over a distance of 16 KM, you will have to trek for 8 to 9 hours to finally reach the top.

3. Brahmagiri Peak Trek: Exhibiting some of the best trekking terrains, the way to this peak is loaded with many scenic vistas. Taking around 9 hours to get complete, this trek is not for the beginners.

4. Thusharagiri Falls: Rooted deep within nature, this waterfall is located at a height and to reach here you will have to trek for around 4 to 6 hours. Upon reaching the waterfall, you will be mesmerised by the view of two different streams of a river being added up and creating three beautiful waterfalls and the waterfalls further creating a big pool of water.

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Which are the famous wildlife sanctuaries in Wayanad?

1. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary: The wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is the second largest sanctuary in Kerala and was founded back in 1973. This wildlife sanctuary houses a wide range of animals including tigers, langurs and a big population of deers.

2. Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary: Housing a very big population of elephants and other wildlife like tigers, foxes and leopards, this wildlife sanctuary will let you enjoy some of the most scenic trails. One can also indulge in safari sessions here.

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Can we visit Banasura Sagar Dam? What is special there?

The Banasura Sagar dam is about 27 kilometers from Wayanad and can be easily reached via the Kambalakkad – Padinjarethara Road. The journey takes about an hour. At the Banasura Sagar Dam, you can go for Bamboo Rafting Speed boating or just checking out the natural scenery that makes the only earthen dam of India.

It’s a perfect place for photography. 
Further, several treks start at Banasura Sagar Dam and you can always be a part of an organized group.

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Can we do waterfall trekking in Wayanad? Is it safe to do?

You can go for a waterfall trek across the Meenmutty falls. Also, if you trek in the Kuruvu Islands, it will take you through several small streams and waterfalls. It is completely safe to do a waterfall trek. However, it is advised that you are properly dressed and also have a local guide along.

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Which are some good homestays options in Wayanad?

Homestays in Wayanad are the best options for experiencing the true essence and culture of Kerala. The locals are very accommodating and do the best to host you with a hassle free vacation.

 Vythiri Village Homestay
2. Summer Villa
3. Spice Garden Homestay
4. Enteveedu Homestay
5. Peter’s Hill View Residency
6. Melvin’s Homestay
7. Sundara Mahal Homestay
8. Misty Meadows Homestay
9. Dhanagiri Homestay
10. Annapara Homestay

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Which are some famous tea plantations stays in Wayanad?

There are some famous tea plantation stays in Wayanad:

- Elstone Tea Estate
- Sentinel Rock Estate
- Jessie tea estate
- Achoor estate
- Chundale estate

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Where can we do shopping in Wayanad? Which thing is a must buy in Coorg?

Wayanad is known for its spices, pure honey, coffee, tea, bamboo products and several naturally derived products. The top places to shop include:

Trident Arcade, Sulthan Bathery, Wayanad
2. Dubai Shopping Center, Corporate Hospital, Assumption Junction, Sulthan Bathery
3. Easwaran Namboodiri, near Vivekanand Hospital, Kalpetta Ho
4. Santhi Pappadam, Market Road, Wayanad

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Which all restaurants are must to visit to taste local cuisines of Wayanad?

Check out some of the famous restaurants to visit to taste local cuisines of Wayanad:

1. Jubilee Restaurant
2. Clayhut A Village Restaurant
3. Wilton Hotel and Restaurant
4. Malabar Restaurant
5. The Bungalow
6. Cafe Qatar Restaurant
7. Petals Resorts Wayanad
8. Food Lounge
9. Chaithram Restaurant
10. Wynn Berry

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How to deal with any medical emergency we might face in Wayanad? Are there any good hospital?

There are several hospitals across the Wayanad District. In case of an emergency, the first point of contact would be the doctor on call at your resort. For more serious emergencies, top hospitals nearby include:

Leo Hospital
2. Vinayaka Hospital
3. MES Hospital
4. Jyothi Hospital, Mananthavady
5. Swami Vivekananda Medical Mission Hospital
6. Mayo Hospital
7. Victory Hospital
8. Fatima Mata Mission Hospital
9. Assumption Hospital
9. District Hospital
10. Karuna Hospital, Sultan Bathery

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Is smoking and drinking legal in Wayanad?

There is no such restriction on smoking or drinking in Wayanad. However, it is required that you engage in the same in private compounds. Smoking or drinking in open spaces, sanctuaries or protected sites is a punishable offence.

Can we go for a wildlife safari in Wayanad? Which wildlife sanctuaries are famous for a safari?

Wayanad is situated in the middle of the Western Ghats rainforests. It forms a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and consequently is a great opportunity for wildlife sighting. Several endemic and rare animals, birds and plants inhabit the jungles of Wayanad.

A wildlife safari is a must for any outdoor / wildlife / nature lover. Photographers flock to Wayanad is search for rare fauna all round the year. The top places to go for a wildlife safari include:

Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary
- Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

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What is the distance between Wayanad and Ooty?

Ooty is just about 100 kilometers from Wayanad and can be traveled in 3 hours.

Which trails are famous for cycling in Wayanad?

Cycling is an amazing way to explore the ghats and tea estates of Wayanad. It is recommended that you hire a cycle to check out the rural beauty of the place.If you have been planning for a laid back experience, cycling can be the perfect advice in Wayanad. The best places for cycling in Wayanad include:

Plantation trails
- Chundale
- Soochipara Falls
- Banasura Sagar Dam
- Muthanga
- Kuruva Islands

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Where is Kuruva Island located? What activities we can do there?

Kuruvu Islands is located about 30 kilometers from Wayanad and it would be an amazing experience if you love outdoors. It’s completely different from the experience of the hills. Located along the banks of the Kaveri River, it is an ecosystem of its own and hosts several wild flora and fauna.

It can however be reached by a boat across the river and the journey would take about an hour. 
Top activities to do in Kuruva Islands include:

- Rainforest treks
- Waterfall exploration
- Bird watching / photography
- Cycling

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Can we visit the Bamboo factory in Wayanad? Where is it located?

The most exotic place in the Wayanad district is the Kabani bamboo village in Trikaipetta. It is a beautiful place to visit and hosts the famous Bamboo Factory and you can even learn the way by which they make the products out of the bamboo plants.

It can be beautiful learning experience for both the adults as well as the children. Learn a trick or two about bamboo craft!

What is Phantom Rock? Is it worth visiting?

Phantom Rock will be a risky climb but is totally worth the adventure. It offers an amazing view of the Wayanad landscape and the trek itself is exciting. You will have to take one of the few jungle trails to reach the open space around the Phantom Rock. Climbing it would be a back breaking task, if you are not quite adept to rock climbing.

Where can we get a Kalari massage in Wayanad? How much is the cost of a massage?

An ancient form of Ayurvedic massage, a session would cost you about INR 3000 for a 30-minute session. Top resorts like Vythiri also offer Kalari Massage sessions The top places to get a Kalari Massage in Wayanad include the:

Ayurkendra Herbal Village and
- Kadathanadan Kalari Sangam

Where is Pookode Lake? What all activities we can do there?

The Pookode Lake is about 25 kilometers from Wayanad along the NH 766. It would take about an hour of drive to reach it. The Pookode Lake offers amazing

Cycling trails
- Boating experience
- Photography opportunity
- Bird watching
- Walking trails

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Can we visit Muthanga wildlife sanctuary? What is the cost and timings of safari?

The Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, also a part of the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is a heaven for all wildlife and nature lovers. It is frequented throughout the year by photographers and nature lovers. It’s a rainforest that connects the Bandipur and Nagarhole National Parks. The sanctuary is itself spread across 400 sq km and hosts a lot of endemic flora and fauna.

The most talked about flora include maruthi, rosewood, karimaruthi, vengal and venteak. Top wildlife include the tiger, elephant, jungle cats, leopards, civet cats, wild dogs (dhole), monkeys and more. You will also be able to spot several bird species, including babblers, peacocks, woodpeckers, jungle fowls, owls and more. 

The entry fee to the sanctuary is INR 10.00 for Indians and INR 100.00 for foreigners. For kids below 12 years of age, the entry fee is INR 5.00. 
You will also have to pay a guide fee of INR 100.00. Camera charges are INR 25.00 for a normal still camera.

If you are carrying a professional video camera, the charges would be INR 150.00 per camera. 
The visiting permit inside the sanctuary is for a maximum of 1.5 hours, starting from 7AM in the morning and till 5PM in the evening.

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Any travel tips before visiting Wayanad?

1. The best time to visit and enjoy the secrets of Wayanad is between the months of October and May. Around this time the place is blooming with exotic new tropics and the overall temperature is present.

2. The best route to take from Bangalore to Wayanad is through the roads and the route is encapsulated with lush green trees and various pit stops with scenic landscapes.

3. Waterfalls and lakes in the town are in abundance so remember to carry extra clothes. 

What all should I carry while visiting Wayanad for a vacation?

When visiting Wayanad, it is essential that you carry:

A bag that would be easy to carry on treks
- Water bottle
- Torch / flashlights – it’s a must
- Sleeping bag
- Small sling bag / shoulder bag
- T-shirts
- Jeans / cotton pants / tights
- Sun cap / scarf
- Hiking shoes
- Warm jacket – mornings in Wayanad are cold, regardless of the time of the year
- Vomit bags – hope you won’t need to use them
- Personal medicines
- Mosquito repellants
- Books
- Toiletries
- Sunscreen

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Wayanad Reviews

Reviewed: 21 Aug 2023
Good experience. Whatever promised in itinerary was covered. Good co- ordination by POC Ms Komal & driver Mr Gagan..!!
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Alok Kumar
Reviewed: 18 Sep 2023
This was my first booking through Thrillophilia for Wayanad aka God's own paradise. I was bit anxious at start but Thrillophilia members especially Rahul and Komal Meena made sure all the arrangements were perfectly executed and delivered. The whole trip was planned and only thing that we were worri... Read More
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Subodh Mishra
Reviewed: 19 Oct 2023
Location and resort was awesome.
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Ashwini Singh
Reviewed: 04 Jul 2022
The resort is amazing. We got to know about this resort from youtube while watching one of wayanad vlogs. The moment I explored the resort online, i wanted to be there. So without a delay me and my husband booked the property for 3 nights. View from room is to die for. The weather added the charm by... Read More
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Tejaswi Manukonda
Reviewed: 21 Nov 2022
I have been to Wayanad trip organised by Backpackers United and it was one of my best experiences. Tejas and Goutam have led the trip really well. They have been very energetic throughout the trip and made sure everyone was having their best experiences. Looking forward for another trip with BU.
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Ananya Chatterjee
Reviewed: 11 Jul 2023
Had a fun trip to Wayanad. Food, stay, transport were good. Would like to see slight improvement in a few areas like - more experienced trek leads and safer driving. Overall a nice experience.
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