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What You Should Know More About Wayanad

  • Drinking Laws

    According to the drinking laws of Kerala, the minimum age to consume alcohol is 21 years for all types of alcoholic drinks.


  • What you will like there?

    Limited tourists
    A major problem with a lot of holiday destinations is that it gets over-crowded with tourists. But this is not the case in Wayanad. It has a limited number of tourists visiting every year and hence, if you want to get away from crowd and relax yourself, you will indeed like this place.

    Relaxing atmosphere
    A visit to Wayanad is synonym for unwinding your soul completely and leaving yourself to be pampered by the tranquility of nature. You will feel relaxed and rejuvenated like never before when you visit this place and the feeling of peace you get here is totally unforgettable.

    Pollution free environment
    Wayanad is not very urbanized and so, it has got minimum amount of air and noise pollution. You will get to breathe fresh air, gain peace of mind and re-energize yourself in the calm atmosphere. Also, going on adventurous treks will make you attain different heights of sheer tranquility amid enchanting landscape.

    Lush green landscape
    The tea estates, green meadows, spice gardens and dense tree tunnels will give you a picture of nature’s grandeur at is best. You will feel a heavenly pleasure amid this landscape and wouldn’t want to leave Wayanad ever.

    Local Food
    You will get to taste some authentic and traditional dishes from Kerala, mainly made with coconut as a base. The curries, rice and meat dishes here will be a true treat for your tastebuds.

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  • Where is Wayanad located? How far is Wayanad from Bangalore?

    Wayanad is located in the Indian state of Kerala and is about 280 kilometers from Bangalore. Filled with natural heritage and culture the district is well known for outdoor, adventure and cultural experiences. It’s a popular weekend getaway from Bangalore.

  • What are the various ways by which I can reach Wayanad from Bangalore?

    The road distance between Bangalore and Wayanad is 282.7 kilometers via NH 275 and NH 766.

     

    • Direct buses to Wayanad ply from Bangalore. The journey will take about 9 hours. However, the best way to reach Wayanad is driving your own vehicle or hiring a four wheeler. The journey will be very pleasant as you will be traveling across a highly scenic route. The roads in this route are in very good conditions. However, you will always need to be careful when driving through the ghat roads.

     

    • There is no direct train between Bangalore and Wayanad. The closest you can reach Wayanad via train is by taking the Tirupati – Chamrajnagar Express from Banaswadi Station. Your stop will be Nanjangud, 109 kilometers from Wayanad. An alternative train route is reaching Kozhikode Station, which again is about 100 kilometers from Wayanad.
    You can also check out the Bangalore to Wayanad travel guide for detailed information.

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

    The peak season for tourists in Wayanad falls between the months of October and May. This is also the ideal season for sightseeing and wildlife trips. However, some tourists, especially those who are looking for the raw charm of nature, prefer the months between June and September.

     

    However, it is in the winter months that Wayanad gets the maximum amount of tourist footfall. These monsoons are the best time of the year for outdoor activities like hiking and camping.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • I am woman visiting Wayanad alone? Will I be safe?

    Wayanad is a perfect destination to visit even if you are a solo female traveler. While you can always be a part of organized groups, getting around alone too would be pretty smooth and safe, provided that you have done the necessary research.

  • 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.

  • What are the different activities one can do in Wayanad?

    Wayanad has a varied option of activities to suit any age group and all types of tourist. Take your pick and visit Wayanad at its best.

     

    • Trek to the Chembra Peak
    • Take a tour of the Stone Age Edakkal Caves
    • Relax at the Vythiri Village Resort
    • Explore the tea gardens
    • A day trek at the Kuruva Islands
    • A day at the Pookode Lake
    • Wildlife safari at Wayanad Sanctuary
    • Explore the Jain Temple
    • Visit Meenmutty Waterfalls
    • Spiritual awakening at the Thirunelli Temple
    • Visit the Wayanad Heritage Museum
    • Spend an hour at the Lakkidi View Point
    • Boating at Banasura Sagar Dam
    • Birdwatching at Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary
    • Photograph the Neelimala View Point

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • What are some famous tourist attractions in Wayanad?

    • Chembra Peak
    • Edakkal Caves
    • Banasura Sagar Dam, Kalpetta
    • Bamboo Forest, Muthanga
    • Chain Tree, Vythiri
    • Jain Temple, Sulthan Battery
    • Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
    • Kuruva Island
    • Soochipara Falls, Kalpetta
    • Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary
    • The Bamboo Factory, Uravu
    • Pookode Lake, Kalpetta
    • Phantom Rock
    • Meenmutty Waterfalls
    • Lakkidi View Point
    • Thirunelli Temple, Thirunelli
    • Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary
    • Spice Trail of Wayanad

  • What all trekking options we can find in Wayanad? Is it a safe destination for trekkers?

    There are many places and mountains where you can go trekking and hiking. While trekking in Wayanad you can experience treks like Chembra peak, Pakshipathalam, Banasura hill, and also Kattu kunna and Saipu Kunnu.

     

    These trekking sites will give you an amazing experience. The places will bewitch you and leave you completely delighted.  

     

    Wayanad is completely safe for trekkers. However, to ensure that you don’t miss on a trail or are able to stay away from wild animals, howsoever harmless, it is necessary that you are accompanied with a local guide or a forest department personnel.

  • Are there any famous caves in Wayanad?

    • Edakkal Caves, Kalpetta
    • Edakkal Caves, Sulthan Bathery
    • Thovarimala Ezhuthupara, Sulthan Bathery
    • Muniyara Wayanad Caves

     

    The Edakkal Caves is a must visit for its paintings and inscriptions that date back to the Stone Age. You will however need to be careful while exploring the caves as it can get excitingly risky.

  • 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
    • Kothagiri
    • Makkamkunnu

  • 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.

  • Which places are good for camping in Wayanad?

    Popular places for camping in Wayanad include:

    • Pozhuthana
    • Blue Mango, Wayanad Camping
    • The Hill District Club
    • Seagot Banasura Resorts
    • Wayanad Adventure Camp, Karlad Lake
    • Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
    • Lakkidi
    • Edakkal Cave Camping
    • Jungle Retreat Wayanad

  • Which waterfalls are famous in Wayanad?

    Popular waterfalls in Wayanad include:

     

    • Meenmutty Waterfalls
    • Kanthanpara Waterfalls
    • Soochipara Waterfalls
    • Chethalayam Waterfalls

  • 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.

  • Which are some famous resorts to stay in Wayanad?

    There are several resorts in Wayanad that can make your stay comfortable  

    • Oxyfarm Resorts
    • Vythiri Resort
    • Kedara Village Resort
    • Windflower Resort
    • Silverwoods Resort
    • Banasura Hill Resort
    • Blue Ginger Spa Resort
    • Kadavu Resort
    • Seagot Banasura
    • Jungle Retreat
    • Vythiri Village Resort
    • Rain Country Resort
    • Wayanad Cybele Hill Resort
    • Rippon Mount Resorts
    • Green Paradise Resort
    • Emarald Western Ghats Resorts
    • Wayanad Silvergreen Resort
    • Petals Resorts
    • Coffee Country Resorts
    • The Woods Resort
    • Lakkidi Village Resort
    • Upavan Resorts

  • 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
    • Summer Villa
    • Spice Garden Homestay
    • Enteveedu Homestay
    • Peter’s Hill View Residency
    • Melvin’s Homestay
    • Sundara Mahal Homestay
    • Misty Meadows Homestay
    • Dhanagiri Homestay
    • Annapara Homestay
    • Villa Wayanad
    • The Wayanad Gate
    • Meenmutty Heights Homestay
    • Rocky Nest Homestay

  • Which are some famous tea plantations stays in Wayanad?

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

  • 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
    • Dubai Shopping Center, Corporate Hospital, Assumption Junction, Sulthan Bathery
    • Easwaran Namboodiri, near Vivekanand Hospital, Kalpetta Ho
    • Santhi Pappadam, Market Road, Wayanad

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

    • Jubilee Restaurant
    • Clayhut A Village Restaurant
    • Wilton Hotel and Restaurant
    • Malabar Restaurant
    • The Bungalow
    • Cafe Qatar Restaurant
    • Coffee Grove Restaurant and Resorts
    • Green Gates Hotel
    • Petals Resorts Wayanad
    • Food Lounge
    • Chaithram Restaurant
    • Wynn Berry
    • Cafe Mouj Restaurant
    • Hotel 1980’s
    • The Woodlands Hotel
    • Jungle Retreat Wayanad
    • Banasura Hill Resort

  • 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
    • Vinayaka Hospital
    • MES Hospital
    • Jyothi Hospital, Mananthavady
    • Swami Vivekananda Medical Mission Hospital
    • Mayo Hospital
    • Victory Hospital
    • Fatima Mata Mission Hospital
    • Assumption Hospital
    • District Hospital
    • Karuna Hospital, Sultan Bathery

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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!

  • Where can we stay in a tree house in Wayanad? What is the average of cost of stay in tree house in Wayanad?

    In Wayanad you will be able to find many types and varieties of tree houses that not only will provide you comfort but also luxury. Top three tree houses include:

     

    • Green magic Resort
    • Vythiri Resort
    • Tranquil resort

    Each provides you with various packages in an affordable range. The prices for a night at the completely equipped Treehouse range between INR 7000 and INR 20,000. The prices come down during the off season.

  • 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?

    The top places to get a Kalari Massage in Wayanad include the:

     

    • Ayurkendra Herbal Village and
    • Kadathanadan Kalari Sangam

     

    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

  • 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

  • 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.

Traveller Tales from Wayanad

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Rageswari Reddy

15 September 2015

After a long year this is what you can expect from your holiday. It turned out outstanding. The caves, trekking and the bon fire with the residents in the hotel cannot be forgotten easily. Hoping to go back soon but this time as a couple.

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Chakor Iyengar

06 December 2015

It was a trip planned by my college friends and it turned out to be really amazing,spent a grt time trekking and exploring the ancient caves,everything was well planned and very well organized .Had a grt time with my grp.Excellent place. Excellent food and excellent hotels with views. Thumbs up for it.

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Vaijayanti Sethi

07 June 2015

Wow! Such a divine experience! This is one of the temples where we had a divine and beautiful experience. I totally loved the temple, the locality, and what not. To be honest, this was the temple that made me feel spiritual and great. I am glad to have visited this place.

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bala

18 October 2016

Excellent , seren , awesome & beautiful location & property- Oxy form resort This property - surrounded with beautiful hills and the view is breath taking Well maintained ,Best hospitality & Good food , really enjoyed the stay with family ... Honestly, this was our best outing so far .

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Ananya M

18 September 2017

"Loved the experience! The accommodation is clean and comfortable. The plantation is serene and cycling in those ridges was very satisfying. The organisers are very cordial and friendly and the food is homemade so delicious. After cycling for half a day, you spend the night under the stars, sitting around a bonfire and end the day with a fitful sleep in the tent. A memorable experience and extremely rejuvenating."

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Atmananda Bharadwaj

05 August 2015

Our group of 4 friends went here for our summer break, and it was a perfect choice for a short weekend to get away from the city and all its heat. The climate here is so soothing; you do not want to get up from your bed. The ambience was perfect, the tea tasted good and looked so beautiful and the trees and canopies around the stay gave the feeling of staying the English countryside.

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Mukul Mehra

11 October 2015

Chembra Peak is amazingly beautiful. The lake, the peaks and the entire trail is a fun journey and a perfect place if you are looking for a trip with friends, Had a great experience, the views are simple beautiful. Amazing time. I'm certainly looking out for more treks similar to this one and i recommend it to all. Its a must for everyone atleast once.

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Girindra Sethi

03 July 2015

Beautiful tea plantation stays in Wayanad. We came here for our summer holidays and almost immediately fell in love with the perfect weather and lush plantations around us. The resort is scenic and has a very nice décor. In terms of the experience we had, the staff took care of everything we needed and were always available at our beck and call.

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Gitanjali Devar

05 February 2016

Enjoyed our stay here at the Bamboo house and spent quite the relaxing holiday with our loved ones, making our summer vacation perfect. We got to explore the magical Edakkal caves and believe me, these caves are abundant with tribal art and beauty of a whole different kind. We loved every minute here and shall visit again.

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