15 Places to Visit in Wayanad in 3 Days in 2020 (Updated)

Wayanad 3 Days Trip

Banasura Sagar Dam, Lakkidi, Pookote Lake, Chembra Peak, Meenmutty waterfalls, Jain Temple, Edakkal caves, Sulthan Bathery, Wayanad Wildlife sanctuary, Thirunelli Temple, Bamboo Forests, Soochipara Falls, Phantom Rock, Thusharagiri Waterfalls and Wayanad Heritage Museum.

If you are looking for a short escapade amidst nature, then there are plenty of
Places to visit in Wayanad in 3 days that would make your weary souls very happy. One of the topmost places is the expansive Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary that houses different species of animals and vegetation. Moreover, the majestic Wayanad is a crowned addition to Kerala and a popular tourist destination that also houses spectacular cascades, lakes, caves, mountains and landmarks.

During your
Wayanad 3 days trip, you and your group can savour the bewitching vistas from elevated vantages, get the adrenaline pumping with adventure activities like trekking the hills and camping in the wilderness, and for the less adventurous, there are many points of interest that you can explore with a sightseeing tour of Wayanad. Therefore, no matter what type of a holidaymaker you are, there is something for everyone in God's own state.

Here are some of the best places to visit in Wayanad in 3 days:

Day 1 in Wayanad


Banasura Sagar Dam

Banasura Sagar Dam

Banasura Sagar dam is not only a tributary of River Kabini, but also the largest earth dam in India and second largest in Asia. It is built with massive stacks of stones and boulders. The main aim of the dam is to aid with irrigation and quest the thirst for drinking water.

The name “Banasura” comes from the son of King Mahabali, one of the famous rulers of Kerala.

Some of the best activities offered here are trekking and boating in the lake. Hence, one should take this tourist place into account for 2 days Trip to Wayanad and have a memorable experience with their family.

Location: Located 21 km away from Kalpetta.

Timings: 6.00 am to 6.00 pm.

Price: Rs. 10/- per person and Rs. 450/- for speed boating (5 people).

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Lakkidi at 700 meters high is among the most tranquil hill stations in Kerala. Located in Wayanad district, it is a rainforest with an environment of pure solitude.  Several hill resorts and lakes in Lakkidi dot its stunning landscape making it a perfect getaway for those wanting to relax and connect with nature.

Pookode Lake, The Chain Tree, Lakkidi View point, Chembra peak, Thusharagiri waterfalls, Heart lake, Puliyarmala Jain Temple, Wondercaves, St Joseph’s Church, Kuruva Island.

Chembra peak trek, Hiking, visit to Wayanad Tea Museum, boating, bamboo rafting

Average temperature: 
Summer 25°C to 35° C. Winter 15° to 25°

Best season: 
October to May

Getting there: 
Lakkidi is 85 kms from Calicut airport Kozhikode by cab/car. State buses are available from Bangalore and Cochin.


Pookode Lake

Pookode Lake

If you have already a list of places to visit in Wayanad in 2 days, check it includes Pookode Lake as well, or else your tour won’t be fully satisfied. Pookode Lake is a must-visit travel attraction, right from solo wanderers to adventure seekers, family trippers to honeymooners, where anyone can enjoy this pristine beauty of the lake.

Nestled between evergreen forests, this beautiful freshwater lake is completely perfect for a boat ride with your loved ones. Interestingly, Pethia Pookodensis is a type of cyprind fish, found here only.

Location: Pookode Lake, Kalpetta, Wayanad, Kerala, 673121, India.

Timings: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.

Price: Rs. 20/- for adults and Rs. 10 for children.


Chembra Peak

Chembra Peak

Chembra Peak has an amalgamation of picturesque beauty and an adventurous trip. Located at a height of 2,100 m above sea level, it stands as one of the highest peaks in the Western Ghats. For trekkers, this green paradise awaits you to surprise in the middle of the trail. On the way to the peak, you can witness a heart-shaped lake, the best part of this trek.

Once you reach the peak, your eyes get mesmerized with numerous panoramic views, and it gives you a surreal experience. Hence, Chembra Peak is among the adventurous places to visit in Wayanad in 2 days time.

Location: Near the town of Meppadi and is 8 km (5 mi) south of Kalpetta

Timings: 7.00 am to 5.00 pm. (for trekking one must reach before 2.00 pm)

Price: For trekking, it is Rs. 500/- for Indians and Rs. 1000/- for foreigners.

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Meenmutty Waterfalls

Meenmutty Waterfalls

Flowing over three tiers of rocky hills, the Meenmutty Falls begin from a height of over 800 feet. The first tier can be reached conveniently after walking for about half a kilometre. The second one needs to be trekked to, and even if you aren’t a fan of treks, the picturesque views around make the journey worth it.

The third tier might require immense effort as you tread along slippery rocks and walk through, holding onto thick ropes. Once at the top, the views of surrounding valleys is absolutely astounding. The mesmerising sight of the Banasura Sagar Dam and the falls in their full glory is what makes this tourist spot a favourite among the waterfalls near Mysore.

Location: Padinjarathara, Kerala 673122

Distance From Mysore: 134 Kms (4 hours)

Height: 984 feet. 

Day 2 in Wayanad


Jain Temple

Jain Temple

Although the Jain Temple is an important pilgrimage center for Jains, it is visited by people of all faiths. The temple is a fine exposition of Jain architecture. Located near to Sulthan Bathery, the place of worship is alternatively called as the Ananthanatha Swami Shrine. A salubrious spiritual spot, it is an amazing experience to visit the temple set amidst naturalistic delights.

The temple was built to commemorate the spiritual activities and achievements of Ananthanatha Swami, who was a Jain saint. It is also known as Tipu’s Fort given that Tipu Sultan used the temple to store his ammunition. During his reign the place of worship was used as a fort as well as an arsenal. It is quite a contradiction to note that now this place is a spiritual center.

Believed to be constructed in the thirteenth century, the Jain temple has an unmatched ambience. The peace and tranquility is palpable. The excellent architecture evokes feelings of joy. The inside of the temple is even cooler, quieter, and intriguing. The inner portions of the temple are excellently architected as well.


Edakkal Caves

Edakkal Caves

Located 1,200 m above sea level on Ambukutty Mala, it portrays the nature’s ability and philosophy of architecture. The term ‘Edakkal’ means ‘a stone in between’. This tourist spot is famous for its pictorial paintings which is roughly 6000 B.C. old and it is one of the best Wayanad places to visit in 2 days.      

To reach this historical place, one should take a 45 minutes trek through Ambukutty Mala, which will not disappoint you at the end. Can you believe that Edakkal Caves is the only known place in India having Stone Age carvings? Yes, it’s true.

This ideal place is popular among western travellers who visit here at least once.

Location: Nenmeni, Kerala 673595

Timings: 9.30 am to 4.30 pm (closed on every Monday)

Price: Rs. 20/- per head, Rs. 40/- for foreigners and Rs. 70/- for Jeep Shuttle.


Sulthan Bathery

Sulthan Bathery
A small town found in the heart of Wayanad, Sulthan Bathery in among the prime Wayanad tourist places.  Encapsulated in the densities of an array of flora and fauna, the town takes its name from the ancient Bathery Jain Temple. 

A paradise in heaven, Sulthan Bathery hosts a number of fun and exciting activities including an enormous shopping point, largest in Wayanad, popular Jain Temple and the Jumma Masjid that has the capacity to hold more than 1000 devotees. Resorts, government bungalows and hotels here make an excellent option for a long stay. Overall, the town is one of the best places near Wayanad.

Activities: Shopping, Dining, Religious places visit, Staying

Location: Sultan Bathery

Distance From Bangalore: 261 Km, 5Hr 37Min

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, prominent for its rich flora and fauna. Here one can easily spot an elephant, spotted deer, bison, tiger, cheetah, and wild bear. Between places to visit in Wayanad in 2 days interval, one should not miss this great Wildlife Sanctuary.

Since its inception in 1973, the Sanctuary is sharing borders with the protected areas of Nagarhole and Bandipur of Karnataka (northeast) and Mudumalai of Tamil Nadu (southeast). For animal lovers and nature enthusiasts, the Forest Department arranges an Elephant ride which gives them an ample opportunity to go deep into the forest.

Location: Muthanga, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala 

Timings: 7.00 am – 5.00 pm.

Price: Rs. 10/- for adults, Rs. 5/- for children, and Rs. 100/- for foreigners.

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Thirunelli Temple

Thirunelli Temple
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An ancient temple which is famous all over Kerala and other states of India is Thirunelli Temple located in Wayanad on the side of Brahmagiri hills. It is dedicated to Lord Maha Vishnu. One of the major features of the temple is its location at an altitude of around 900 meters in a valley completely bounded by mountains and forest ranges. 

But it is one of the most visited pilgrim centre in Wayanad and an important religious place for the majority of population in South India. The name Thirunelli comes from the words nelli which is given to the tree of gooseberry.

There is also a belief that there are Puranas in which the temple is mentioned. There are a lot of legends existing related to this temple which are coming from the ancient mythology texts of Hindus.

Sightseeing, pilgrimage etc.

North Wayanad, Thirunelly Road, Thirunelly, Kerala 670646.

Distance from Bangalore:
257.7 kilometers.

Day 3 in Wayanad


Bamboo Forests

Bamboo Forests

Bamboo is found abundantly in Muthanga and several other places in Wayanad. The Muthanga Bamboo Forest is a well-known tourist spot and a place where several bamboos are exported. The plant is said to have many benefits and considered a good alternative to wood. Also, it has been scientifically proven that bamboo cultivation accentuates soil fertility.

Surrounding the farm there are several souvenir stores that you can visit when on Wayanad tour packages. It is here that you can buy some bamboo handicraft items.


Soochipara Falls Trek

Soochipara Falls Trek

Descending from a height of 656 feet the Soochipara or Sentinel Rock Falls gives a breath-taking sight you cannot miss to enrapture. Though it is a difficult trek even for the experienced trekker, reaching the summit after climbing up through the waterfall is not just a worthy excursion but one you can flaunt too and it is one of the best Wayanad trekking places.

The grass turns greener when the monsoon strikes in, giving the trekkers a breathtaking sight. Raging three-tiered waterfalls, rough terrains, and alpine forests, this trekking excursion has it all for a nerve-racking extravaganza.

Best Season: Monsoon Season

Difficulty Level: Difficult


Phantom Rock

Phantom Rock

Phantom Rock, locally called as “Cheengeri Mala” or “Thalappara”, is one of the greatest natural wonders in the world. This skull-shaped rock draws a large number of backpackers, especially solo travellers and nature admirers and it is one of the best Wayanad places to visit in 2 days.   

This stunning place is located at an elevation of 2600 m above sea level, embraced with lush green layers and scenic views. One should reach this place through trekking which gives them a good leg exercise. To our surprise, this piece has got its skull shape over a small boulder which is made of metamorphic rocks.

Location:located at Kumbleri, Kerala 673591

8.00 am to 5.00 pm.

Entry is Free.


Trek Your Way to Thusharagiri Waterfalls

Trek Your Way to Thusharagiri Waterfalls

This waterfall is located in Kerala’s Kozhikode district and famous for being one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Malabar region. Thusharagiri Waterfalls is also one of the most tourist attractions in Wayanad.

Literally meaning ‘snow-capped mountains,’ Thusharagiri is formed by two streams that originate from the Western Ghats and meet to form the Chalippuzha River, which then diverges into three waterfalls. The area where these falls lie are known as the ‘trekker’s paradise’ hence, a great place for those who enjoy trekking and rock climbing.

Height: 75 meters.

Location: Near Wayanad in the Kozhikode district.

How to reach: Private transportation from Kodencheri village, which you can reach by frequent bus services from Kozhikode.

Best time to visit: September to December.

Nearest city: Kodencheri(6 km).


Wayanad Heritage Museum

Wayanad Heritage Museum

Featured with rare artifacts taken from Ambalavayal, Sultan Bathery, and the forests, Wayanad Heritage Museum carries a great archaeological and anthropological relevance. To have a clear picture, the collected exhibits are placed in four different blocks – Veerasmruthi, Gothrasmruthi, Devasmruthi, and Jeevanasmruthi. Each has its own uniqueness filled with innumerable facts.

Many family tourists with children will flock together to see these old-fashioned implements of tribal life, and get admired by the ancient artefacts. If you’re more excited, want to know the chronological order? You can also visit a multi-media theatre near the Museum which depicts the early pre-historic period starting from the Stone Age.

Located at Government Hospital Road, Ambalavayal, Wayanad, Kerala.

9.00 am to 5.00 pm.

Rs. 20/- for adults and Rs. 10/- for children.

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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.
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.
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.
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 ever refreshing tea gardens, the morning trek, the superb staff, and lot more.. Just like the tea, this wonderful place is hidden from all the 'mainstream'.. Eagerly waiting to my next trip to black eagles wayanad along with Thrillophilia.
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 people who want to detox from busy urban life! Very cordial staff. We stayed in one of the cottages We were looking for our vacation getaway which would keep us away from the Urban busy life - a place that would expose our kids to nature and more of FAMILY TIME Kids had a great experience of the travel from Bangalore to Mysore and then via Nagarahole reserve forest to Wayanad….. It was a pleasure to stay here. One of the best place to forget yourself amidst nature. It is in the middle of If U want to stay aloof from chaotic life then this the place U should visit. This place has been made for those who want a real experience (jungle critters and all!) We absolutely loved our time here, we had planned for 1 night stay but extended our stay for 2 nights, eating some delicious food and relaxing amongst the tea plantations & forest (no mobile connectivity other than VODAFONE) Accessing the place (last 1 km) is little difficult since mobile connections (goggle maps) is very weak but the STAFF is very helpful & they guided us all through the journey…… Vinod Gopalkrishnan
10 October 2019
Location of the resort is great and surrounded by greenery. We enjoyed our stay with family. It's an ideal destination for a family vacation in the lap of nature.
12 February 2020
Drive from Bangalore to Wayanad is very scenic and beautiful. I visited Wayanad with my friends who came to Bangalore meet me from Delhi. All the places are very beautiful and we almost cover everything in Wayaand during our 3 nights stays. Our accommodation was very comfortable and the location was right in the hear of nature. Rafting in Kuruvu island was great fun. Wayanad is must-visit destination and I will surely visit it again.
The trip to Wayanad was a nice experience. We enjoyed a lot during the entire trip. Stays and transport were very nice and comfortable. We enjoyed exploring the various places like Chembra Peak, Edakkal Caves, Wayanad Heritage Museum, and we even clicked pictures. Thanks, for the memorable experience.
08 March 2020
A local guide was compulsory to pass by the forest check. Thank god we had booked from Thrillophilia as we not only got a local guide but permits as well for which we need not wait. We had visited there in October and the weather was amazing and cool. The views are extremely beautiful and we had seen some good mountain views from the top.
05 March 2020
This trek was indeed best and needed quite an effort to reach the top. The climb was not so easy so take enough rest in between to regain the energy level. Carry some chocolates and protein bars and wear the shoes you are comfortable with walking and running in. The efforts are worth it once you witness the views and the heart-shaped lake

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  1. Which are some of the best Wayanad treks?

    These are some of the best treks in Wayanad.

    1. Chembra Peak: This is a popular trek in Wayanad with easy to moderate difficulty level. It is a 4-hour trudge that will take you across captivating vistas and trails. There is also a lake along the way where you can halt to take a break.

    2. Banasura Hills: This is the best places to visit in Wayanad in 3 days where you can enjoy a trek in peace and quiet. The starting point is the Banasura Dam and the end is the peak, the entire trail is viridescent grasslands.

    3. Edakkal Caves: This trek has two parts, one is a relatively easy ascend through a commercial area. The second half requires you to cross large rocks to reach at the opening of these caves. The entire trek can take you between 1-1.5 hours to complete.

    4. Pakshipathalam: This trek is a different experience since the trail has different terrains, ranging from grasslands, meadows and rolling hills. You can also go for cave diving at the many caves situated along the way and stop by for bird-watching as well.
  2. What are the best heritage sites in Wayanad to visit?

    These are some of the best heritage sites that you can visit in Wayanad.

    1. Puliyarmala Jain Temple: This is a 13th-century temple that is dedicated to one of the Tirthankaras, Ananthanatha Swami. The entire establishment depicts stunning Jain and Dravidian architecture, wall cravings and more.

    2. Koottamundu Glass Temple: A dedication to the saint Parmeshwara Swami, this temple is an important pilgrimage to the Jain religion. Staying true to the name, the interiors of the temple showcase thousands of glass pieces and mirrors and it is one of the best places to visit in Wayanad in 3 days

    3. Varambetta Mosque: This is a 300-year old structure and one of the oldest architectures in Wayanad. A sacred place of worship for Muslims, people of all faiths can pay a visit here and seek the blessings of the enshrined sufi saint.

    4. Pallikunnu Church: This beautiful Latin Catholic Church was conceived in 1908 by the priest Fr Jefreno. The church is also known as 'Our Lady of Lourdes' and is one of the main pilgrimages in Wayanad.
  3. What are the best homestays to stay in Wayanad

    Here is a list of some of the best homestays available in Wayanad.

    1. The Four Seasons Homestay: This popular accommodation in Wayanad is the best blend of comfort, affordability and great service. This place is located in a naturally opulent area that displays the best of this Keralan district.
    Tariff: Starts from INR 2000.

    2. Wayanad Hilltop Holidayhome: Settled atop a hill, this luxurious lodging offers the best views of the city as well as world-class facilities for the best experience.
    Tariff: Starts from INR 2500.

    3. Tree House Homestay: The bamboo-made walls and thatched roofs of these cozy treehouses, situated at 60 feet above ground level are your best bet at a luxuriant experience and ample space.
    Tariff: Starts from INR 15000.

    4. Annaparna Homestay: This is a boutique homestay that is located on a hilltop in Vythiri. The entire property boasts of stunning views and a range of facilities that enhance your living experience.
    Tariff: Starts from INR 5000.
  4. What are the best places to visit in Wayanad for couples?

    These are some of the best places to visit in Wayanad for Couples.

    1. Chembra Peak: Standing at a height of 2100 meters this is the tallest summit in Wayanad. It is also quite the spot for avid trekkers, camping and other adventurous activities, and you can visit here during the Wayanad 3 days trip.

    2. Karapuzha Dam: This earthen dam is built across the Karapuzha River and is one of the largest in India. Over the years, the place has become popular for bird-watchers, picnic, and boat-ride on the calm waters.

    3. Poopoli Wayanad Flower Show: This is one of the biggest events that takes place in January, marking the new year. Each year there are thousands of varieties of flowers that are displayed, exploring new trends in the floriculture industry and it is one of the famous places to Vvsit in Wayanad in 3 days

    4. Vythiri: This is a small township in Wayanad that is surrounded by dense rainforest. The place is known for its spice plantations, a plethora of adventure activities like camping, trekking, mountain-climbing etc. and a serene atmosphere for a relaxing time.

    5. Neelimala Viewpoint: Trekking to get to the top of the vantage is a popular activity. From the edge of this viewpoint, you can soak in the views of lush vegetation and spot colorful birds.

    6. Soochipara Waterfalls: This is a three-tiered waterfall that has a frothy cascade from a height of 200 meters. The natural vistas of deciduous and montane forests look exquisite, and you can indulge in swimming, trekking here.
  5. Which is the best month to visit Wayanad?

    The best month to visit Wayanad is October, and for a more broad range, from September till May. As Wayanad is situated amidst hills in Kerala, the temperatures and weather remains nice and pleasant almost all throughout the year. Although, the winters can get a bit chilly but with a few extra layers of warm clothes you will do just fine.

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