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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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Traveller Tales from Wayanad
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
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 g...
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 ...
06 March 2019
Everything this place provides is a surprise... To start with a bit offroad drive leading up to the destination followed by the magic tea with the secret ingredients... And the chilling climate, the...
21 November 2017
One of the best places in Wayanad to detox from busy urban life!, Amalgamated with nature An amazing family holiday and very good memories, Great hospitality I highly recommend this place for pe...
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 & ...
02 January 2019
To me, one of the best things to do would be visiting tea processing units in wayanad. Quite delighted to have gone thru the plants, museum and field visits. my kids and family enjoyed the experience t...
28 December 2018
Had an amazing time in an amazing place with an amazing host. The first impressions about the place were really awesome. Got a chance to see sunset, sunrise and even lots of star gazing. Very peaceful ...
18 December 2018
Thank you Thrillophilia for creating such a perfect experience. I booked this activity with my friends and from the natural setting to the healthy food, the experience was refreshing at its best.
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According to the drinking laws of Kerala, the minimum age to consume alcohol is 21 years for all types of alcoholic drinks.
According to the drinking laws of Kerala, the minimum age to consume alcohol is 21 years for all types of alcoholic drinks.
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.
The road distance between Bangalore and Wayanad is 282.7 kilometers via NH 275 and NH 766.
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.
When visiting Wayanad, it is essential that you carry:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Popular places for camping in Wayanad include:
Popular waterfalls in Wayanad include:
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.
There are several resorts in Wayanad that can make your stay comfortable
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.
Wayanad is known for its spices, pure honey, coffee, tea, bamboo products and several naturally derived products. The top places to shop include:
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:
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.
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:
Ooty is just about 100 kilometers from Wayanad and can be traveled in 3 hours.
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:
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:
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!
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:
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.
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.
The top places to get a Kalari Massage in Wayanad include the:
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 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