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  • Wondering what are Kerala backwaters and why to witness them? The best way to know about them is to opt for one of them. With a long lasting list of backwater tours, this place is just one of its kind and extends a sense of freshness accompanied by picture-perfect backdrops of greens.

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    While you tour the region over a houseboat, you can explore the vivid colors of this quarter and create everlasting memories. Whether you are touring this place with your beloved or your family, it is a choice with no regrets and awaits you with its charm. 
    The backwater tour in Kerala encircles Alleppey Backwaters, Kuttanad Backwaters, Kumarakom Backwaters, Padanna Backwaters, and several others with which you can unveil the wonders of nature.

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    Each of them is uniquely crafted by nature to offer you an unusual experience. Needless to say, there is much more in the backwaters other than the green palms and coconut trees. Be it a leisurely float along the sparkling water or a tour with an ultra-luxury houseboat, here you can have it all. 

    Here are some of the best Kerala backwaters: 

  • 01Alleppey Backwaters

    Alleppey Backwaters
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    Explore one of the most striking Kerala backwaters, which is in Alleppey. A locale both for tourists and travelers. The best way to go around and explore is either a modest houseboat or a budget-friendly local ferry. Wave to the local children in vivid uniforms and the passing coconut trees. The picturesque offered by this locale is unbeatable amongst the many backwater tours in Kerala.

    Highlights: 
    Witness the serene sunset, capture the vivid birds flying above. If lucky enough to be here in August, watch the famous boat race.

    Best time to visit:
    If you are looking for mild weather then months from November to February are favorable, but if you wish to explore the waters in summers then months from March to May are well-suited.

    Nearest railway station: 
    Alleppey railway station.

    Nearest airport: 
    Cochin International Airport.

  • 02Kuttanad Backwaters

    Kuttanad Backwaters

    Watch the duck fleet quacking together moving across the backwaters in perfect harmony. Like a patty in a burger, this locale is in between the hills and the sea. The tourists frequent this place, for their passion to witness the shimmering backwaters, that comprises of rivers, canals, and lakes on either side with the lush greenery and rural Kerala lifestyle, that remains completely unrevealed. Indeed one of the best backwater tour in Kerala.

    Highlights: Relax whilst touring the scenic beauty and paddy fields if visible. The surrounding attractions worth a visit are Champakulam and Chengannur, a town with a balmy ambiance.

    Best time to visit: August to March.

    Nearest railway station: Alleppey railway station.

    Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport.

  • 03Kumarakom Backwaters

    Kumarakom Backwaters
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    For a perfect backwater tour in Kerala, enjoy the scenic sites of lush paddy fields and coconut trees swaying, exotic village life right by your side while you sail through a network of canals that mix into the large patch of water in the Vembanad Lake.

    Highlights: 
    This region comes alive with various cultural performances and traditional competitions like Snake Boat racing. The locals get engaged in the preparation to welcome and feast, involve and spread prosperity and joy amongst the people here. 

    Best time to visit: 
    August and September.

    Nearest railway station: 
    Alleppey railway station.

    Nearest airport: 
    Cochin International Airport.

  • 04Cherai Island Backwaters

    Cherai Island Backwaters

    Of all the Kerala backwaters, this is a perfect blend of the sea and the backwaters. This enchanting locale is one amidst the must-see spots for tourists. it's a perfect destination for relaxation with the beachfront and picturesque view. It's a perfect destination for relaxation with the beachfront and picturesque view. All along you shall witness the Chinese fishing nets and green grooves.

    Highlights: 
    This locale hosts a lot of resorts where you can stay and have leisure time with your family, of course, this diversity also offers you a houseboat tour.

    Best time to visit: 
    All around the year.

    Nearest railway station: 
    Ernakulam railway station.

    Nearest airport: 
    Cochin International Airport.

  • 05Cochin Backwaters

    Cochin Backwaters
    As you know that Cochin is one of the finest harbors in the world as the “Queen of the Arabian Sea”. Soak in the serenity as you enjoy the ferry rides and cruise around the man-made island. The vast greenery will surely make you fall in love with the place with amazing views making it a must visit places during your honeymoon trip to Kerala.

    The best thing about this place is that this place is a combination of both traditional and modern of intense longing and high gaiety. Capture the dreamiest moment of the giant fishing net catching the radiant sun. 


    Highlights: Stroll down Jew Street's shopping alley and shop your heart out. Enjoy a ride in the local ferries to Willingdon Island and the renowned St.Francis Church where the mortal remains of Vasco da Gama were buried. As you travel along, you'll find that the British, Chinese, Portuguese and Arab influence is very evident.

    Best time to visit: 
    All around the year.

    Nearest railway station: Cochin railway station.

    Nearest airport: 
    Cochin International Airport.

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  • 06Kottayam Backwaters

    Kottayam Backwaters
    Take a trip to Kerala this vacation and enjoy a stay in the serenity along with your loved ones. This Kerala Backwaters Tour will never disappoint you. Nestled amidst the lush green highland and paddy fields Kottayam Backwaters is the perfect holiday place for you. The backwaters are composed of lagoons, lakes, rivers, rivulets, canals, streams and salty seawater.

    The best thing about the backwaters is the houseboat cruise and here you will find most of the people working in the backwaters. This place is like a paradise for tourist all over the world. Witness the spellbound beauty of the backwaters. As you sail admire the water lilies and lotus touching your houseboats and the water birds creeping slowly and slowly.

    Highlights: Take an overnight trip through the legendary Punnamada Lake, enjoying the sight of the unique lifestyle of people in Kerala passing through the villages.

    Best time to visit: September to March.

    Nearest railway station: Kottayam railway station.

    Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport.
  • 07Kozhikode Backwaters

    Kozhikode Backwaters
    Kozhikode backwaters are virgin and unspoiled backwaters that provide the visitors to explore the nature’s beauty at its best. The palm-fringed rivulets, lakes, and canals offer the guests with perfect houseboat cruising. Explore the picturesque backwater while sailing on a houseboat, observe majestic surroundings and enjoy the tranquil soothing effect of the enchanting backwaters.

    While cruising along the Kerala backwaters, one can discover the fascinating countryside spilled across the countryside of God’s own country. The Kozhikode backwaters are enchanting as they are decked up with the engaging beauty of deltas, rivers, and lakes.

    Highlights: Soak in the serenity as you cruise through the Kozhikode beach which is known for its serenity. The beach offers the most stunning view with two piers and a lighthouse. You will also get a chance to stop at the Pazhassirajah Museum which has a rare collection of gold and silver coins used by Vasco Di Gama and the Britishers.

    Best time to visit: October to March.

    Nearest railway station: Kozhikode railway station.

    Nearest airport: 
    Calicut International Airport.
  • 08Thiruvanathapuram Backwaters

    Thiruvanathapuram Backwaters
    If you want some exciting trip then chose the Trivandrum backwater from the Kerala backwaters tours and make it a memorable one. The all-embracing backwaters of Thiruvananthapuram present a beautiful kaleidoscope of the dynamic scenery. Cruise in the traditional houseboats called "Kettuvalloms" are available for a tour on the scenic backwaters of Trivandrum.

    The meandering waterways lined with lush green vegetation with the blue sky as the backdrop is no less than paradise on earth. Cruise through the calm waters of 200 square kilometers which stretches of crystal clear waters and lagoons. Listen to the chirping of the birds and the gushing water as your houseboat sail on the placid waters.

    Highlights: The serene backwater stretch, en-route to Kovalam, is famous for its canoe rides. It is the meeting point of two rivers-Killi and Karamana. A temple dedicated to Parashurama, the legendary founder of Kerala, is located in Thiruvallam. One can also enjoy some water sports that are provided at these backwaters for tourists.

    Best time to visit: October to February.

    Nearest railway station: Thiruvananthapuram central railway station.

    Nearest airport: 
    Trivandrum International Airport.
  • 09Valiyaparamba Backwaters

    Valiyaparamba Backwaters
    Valiyaparamba Backwaters are the largest backwaters in North Kerala and the third largest backwaters in Kerala. These backwaters in another famous Kerala Backwaters tours which is a hit among the people. These backwaters are in the northern part of the Kavvayi Backwaters which flows through Kasaragod District.

    Valiyaparamba Island Valiyaparamba Backwaters are unspoiled and has about it an innocence. It retains its rustic charm and serene, peaceful environment. As the waters are calm most of the visitors visit this place to enjoy the tranquillity.

    Highlights: While you are cruising in the waters can fish at the Valiyaparamba Backwaters with the traditional sparse equipment used by the locals. Hunting for crabs is an experience you should not miss if you are here.

    Best time to visit: September to February.

    Nearest railway station: Kasaragod railway station.

    Nearest airport: Mangalore airport.
  • 10Ashtamudi Backwaters, Kollam

    Ashtamudi Backwaters, Kollam

    Ashtamudi Lake derives its name from eight merging channels. This locale is one of the famous backwaters of Kerala and the houseboat tours here are extremely worthy to hop in. Cruises here give you a knock at the heart and rejuvenate the tired spirit. Let the local men take you on a special voyage to rediscover yourself. The exotic biodiversity shall enchant you forever.

    Highlights:
    Get the essence of backwaters tours of Kerala through the local tribe and learn the tales of the big eight.

    Best time to visit:
    September & October.

    Nearest railway station:
    Kollam railway station.

    Nearest airport:
    Trivandrum International Airport.

  • 11Thrissur Backwaters

    Thrissur Backwaters

    Tour the Kerala backwaters, an offbeat travel locale giving tough competition to the Alleppey backwaters. Carrying a photogenic aura, this destination lets you capture the vivid scenes in the scattered rays. This is a stop offering an insight to the local as well as the touch of modern Kerala.

    Highlights: Catch a shikhara or a houseboat and go on a leisure cruise around Chettuva Lake, Kanoli Kanal and Tripayar. Also, there are motorboats in case you are bored with the houseboats and anything similar.

    Best time to visit: May to August.

    Nearest railway station: Thrissur railway station.

    Nearest airport: Trivandrum International Airport.

  • 12Kavvayi Backwater, Payyanur

    Kavvayi Backwater, Payyanur

    Blessed with rare flora and fauna, it is considered among the most exotic locations in North Kerala. Originating as a result of five rivers gushing and forming the blissful waters offer a perfect landscape for you to go cruising on the same. Dare to miss this awesome backwater tour in Kerala.

    Highlights: Catch a boat and go explore the unexplored culture and delicious seafood. The calm breeze and soothing aura are sure to bring peace to your soul.

    Best time to visit: May to July.

    Nearest railway station: Payyanur railway station.

    Nearest airport: Calicut International Airport.

  • 13Padanna Backwaters, Kasaragod

    Padanna Backwaters, Kasaragod

    This is one of the few places in the state where modernization has yet not crept in..The old charm of the rural areas of Padanna still boasts of its backwaters today. Many tourists come here to see the oyster farms. Go touring on the houseboat or sunbathe at the Valiyaparamba beach.

    Highlights:
    Visit some places of high religious significance and worship at Shri Mundya Temple, Padanna Juma Masjid and Town Moideen Masjid.

    Best time to visit: 
    June, July, and August.

    Nearest railway station: 
    Cheruvathur railway junction.

    Nearest airport:
    Mangalore International Airport.

  • 14Alumkadavu, Kollam

    Alumkadavu, Kollam

    Strike out the paradise on earth from your bucket-list as this variant of Kerala backwaters welcomes you. What makes this locale so special is the natural woody fragrance that floats all over. Often referred to as the making village this is a manufacturing house of everything you experience on your backwater tours.

    Highlights: Explore how the majestic houseboats and the local canoes are built. With coir and wood all over, people come here to soak and experience of the manufacturing process and also tour on the same.

    Best time to visit: July, August, and September.

    Nearest railway station: Karunagappally railway station.

    Nearest airport: Trivandrum International Airport.

  • 15Sasthamkotta Backwaters, Kollam

    Sasthamkotta Backwaters, Kollam

    Queen calling! Undoubtedly, the aura this locale carries attracts the tourists in massive numbers. The spiritual ambiance and friendly fauna here are sure to melt your heart. Considered to be the hotspot, it has various pilgrimage sites surrounding it and the local people are always up with a fascinating tale about the same.

    Highlights: Visit the Sastha Temple as this is a religious center believed to be of high religious significance. Tourists usually have a good time with monkeys jumping around this locale and offer them with eatables.

    Best time to visit:
    All year.

    Nearest railway station: 
    Kollam railway station.

    Nearest airport:
    Trivandrum International Airport.

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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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