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Cocooned in the Western Ghats, the town has vast stretches of spice plantation, reserve forested areas and jaw-dropping landscapes. Conveniently located stopover between Bangalore and Kochi, Wayanad is also one of the few places where one can sight wildlife in their natural habitat.

This green paradise is blessed with the most enchanting waterfalls, historical caves, comfortable resorts and home stays. There are not many shops and restaurants in the region, making sure that the mesmerizing charisma and peaceful silence is maintained. It is a perfect place to sojourn for any travellers who wants to enjoy a soulful retreat.

Getting There

Air: Kozhikode (90 km) has the nearest airport and daily Jet and Indigo flights are available from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Hyderabad. Tickets are very economical (Rs 2,000-4,000).
Train: Kozhikode (90 km) has the nearest rail head for Wayanad. Daily trains are available from Delhi (Mngla Lksdp Exp), Mumbai (Kerala S Kranti), Hyderabad (Ypr Cannanore Exp), Chennai (Mangalore Exp) and Bangalore (Ypr Cannanore Exp).
Bus: Regular buses ply between Wayanad to Kozhikode (90 km, 2 hours, Rs 250 for deluxe bus), Bangalore (290 km, 6 hours, Rs 400 for semi-deluxe) and Kochi (200 km, 4 1/2 hours, Rs 300 for semi-deluxe buses).
Car: Taxis and private vehicles are one of the most common means of travel to Wayanad. The most popular route is Bangalore – Mysore – Gundulpet – Munthanga – Sulthan Battery. The roads are in excellent condition. Taxis can charge anywhere between Rs 5,000-8,000 for a round trip. Takes around 6-7 hours.
For tourists coming from North India (Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata) the best option is to take a direct flight or train to Kozhikode and continue the onward journey by bus or taxis.

When To Go

The climate of Wayanad remains pleasant all though the year. Summers (March to May) are good times to visit as the temperature remains around 30°C along with cool breeze, making it ideal for sight seeing. Winters (October to February) are also good months for honeymoon, as the temperature remains around 15°C. Winters are also good for those who are looking out for adventure options. Monsoon (June to September) are good for nature lovers as the greenery is at its best during these months. However, the area receives very heavy rainfall, therefore adventurers better avoid these months. Tourists generally avoid visiting Wayanad during the monsoons, as few attractions are also closed.

Eat & Drink

Wayanad has decent options of eating. Most of the restaurants are located inside the resorts and remain open from morning till 11 in the night. The in-house resorts are mostly multi-cuisine and offer various vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian options at a moderate price. Nice Cafe located on the highway to Kalapetta, offer quick snacks and drinks at a cheap price. If you are in Kalpetta then Green Gates Hotel on T.B. Road and By-the-Way on Main Road are the best multi-cuisines. For vegetarian delicacies, tourists can go to Affas Hotel on Main Road in Kalpetta. The Jubilee Restaurant in Sulthan Bathery is famous for its yummy and authentic Kerala cuisine


This beautiful town also boasts of a few local shops selling variety of things. The most indispensable item tourists should not miss purchasing includes spices and handicrafts made from coconut shells, ivory, canes, wood and metals. Wayanad is equally popular for its handlooms. There are not many shops per say and most of the souvenirs can be bought from the local vendors who are lined up near the famous attractions of the region.


Wayanad, has been a powerful seat of the Vedic Tribes during the pre historic times. Historians claimed that the city has a long history that can be traced back to even ten centuries before Christ. Various evidences like the caves of Ampukuthimala, relate the city to have been present since the beginning of the New Age Civilization.

The recorded history of the city can be dated back to 18th century when the Pazhassi Rajahs of Kottayam royal dynasty ruled the city. Then, the city fell into the hands of the erstwhile King, Hyder Ali. During the reign of Tipu Sultan, the city was handed back to Kottayam Royal dynasty.

After the truce of Srirangapatna, Tipu Sultan handed over the control of the Malabar region to the British. As a result, a fierce battle was fought between the British and the Kerala Varma Pazhassi Rajah of Kottayam. Though the king fled but he continued guerilla fights against the British, till his death.

The British hence ruled the city of Wayanad till India’s independence in 1947. After the formation of Kerala in 1956, Wayanad was declared to be a part of the Kannur district. Later, it was added in the Kozhikode district of Kerala. For proper development of the people and city, the northern and southern part of Wayanad were brought together and merged as the present district of Wayanad on 1st of November, 1980.

Travel within city

Wayanad has many local travel options that one can choose from. Like other parts of Kerala, government bus services are numerous in this city. Travelers can also opt for local auto rickshaws and cabs. The nearest airport as well as the railhead is at Kozhikode. Cab services from Kozhikode to Wayanad are also available.


Many of the hotels in the city have arrangements with the local cabs and taxi services. These are usually mini vans or small cars. They may not be comfortable but they are cheap and quick way to get around the city. They cost approximately Rs 100 for short trips in the city center while for longer trips they may charge per km which is usually around Rs 13 per km. However, the rates can be negotiated and taxi drivers usually reduce the prices after bargaining.

Rented Cycle

Other local travel options include hiring cycles on an hourly basis. They are cheap and a good way to travel around the city. Cycles cost around Rs 50 per hour and the climate makes it an ideal way to travel around the city. However, they may not be available after dark and can be used only for short distances.

Edakkal Caves

These pre-historic caves are famous for their rock and wall carvings. Located at a distance of 25 km from Kalpetta, the cave is 96 ft long and 22 ft wide. There are human and animal figures carvings on the rock walls depicting pre-historic period and civilized people. The caves can be approached by taking up 1 km trekking trail starting from Edakkal.
Timings: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Closed on Mondays and public holidays)  Charges: Entry fee: Rs15 (Adult), Rs 25 (Camera), Rs 100 (Video camera), Jeep Shuttle Service - Rs 70 up to 8 people.  

Kuruva Dweep

Situated on the tributaries of river Kabani, Kuruva Island is known for its ethereal natural beauty and varieties of flora and fauna. The island is surrounded by thick evergreen forests and is ideal for enjoying a calm and peaceful retreat away from the maddening crowds. Just 17 km to the east of Mananthavady and 40 km from Kalpetta, Kuruva Island is a vast island and is abundantly rich with green forest.
Timings: 9:30 AM - 4:15 PM daily. Closed during Monsoon (June to Sep).  Charges: Island entry fee: Rs 10 per person, Rs 30 for still camera & Rs 100 for video. Boat fee: Rs 10 per person Raft ticket (for crossing between dweeps): Rs 5 per person. Tree top hut rent: Rs 750 maximum 3 persons for 24 hours. Guide Fee: Rs 100, Vehicle parking fee: Rs 10. Bamboo rafting: Rs 300 per 6 persons for 30 mins.  

Banasura Sagar Dam

Banasura Sagar Dam, located about 21 km towards the north-west of Kalpetta is the largest dam in India and second largest in Asia. Surrounded by the bounty of nature, it is an ideal picnic spot. Apart from its scenic surrounding and boating, other water recreational activities are also available.
Timings: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM daily  Charges: Entry fee: Rs 20, Parking – Rs 10, Camera – Rs 20 Boating cost (speed boat): Rs 450  

Chain Tree

Chain tree is a large Ficus tree, a popular attraction tourists can enjoy on their way to Wayanad.

Sulthan Bathery

Sulthan Bathery, earlier known as Ganapativattom is a major tourist attraction in Wayanad. It is a worth visiting place if you are looking to have some peaceful time in amidst calm surroundings.

Wayanad Heritage Museum

Wayanad Heritage Museum, also known as Ambalavayal heritage Museum is located around 12 km from Sulthan Bathery. Managed by the District Tourism Promotional Council, the main attraction here are the tribal relics and artifacts. The items at display here range from the Neolithic age to the 17th century and include artifacts from ordinary tribal life, decorated memorial grave stones and terracotta figures.
Timings: 10:00 AM - 6:00 Pm daily  Charges: Entry Fee - Rs 10 for Adults, Rs 5 for Children  


The quaint town of Kalpetta is surrounded by thick coffee plantations & picturesque mountains, all adding up to its scenic beauty. Other than being a nature lovers delight, it is also a place where pilgrims come to pay homage at its several temples.

From the famous Sri Maha Vishnu temple, which is one of the few temples dedicated to Vishnu to the Grammam Devi temple; popular among the local women; to the temple dedicated to the most revered deity of the region Lord Ayappa, the Ayappa Swamy temple located on the outskirts of the city & adding to its diversity is the prevalence of several Jain temples too, makes this place a pilgrimage of sorts.

The surrounding natural beauty is yet another feature bringing people to Kalpetta. The cascading waterfalls of Soochipara, Meenmutty & Kanthapara are all located in close proximity - making it an ideal spiritual - natural beauty combo!

Chembra Peak

Chembra Peak is the tallest peak in Wayanad district. Staggering at height of 2100 mts, this peak is popular with both mountain climbers and trekkers. There are even temporary camps that are set up atop the peak so that people who have successfully climbed the peak can choose to stay there for a few days. The panoramic view along with the beautiful mountain lake at the top of the peak is impressive.
Timings: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM daily (Last Entry at 2 PM)  Charges: Entry Fee - Rs 20 per person for Gate Pass  

Meenmutty Falls

The most impressive waterfall in Wayanad district is Meenmutty Falls. Gurgling down from a height of 300 meters, it falls in 3 separate tiers. Reaching the falls involves a 2 km trek, but the view of the falls, makes it worth the effort. During the monsoons, this waterfall can be enjoyed only from a distance, due to the voluminous level of water. Trekking is a good option to explore its surroundings, but considering the rugged and undulated terrains, taking a guide along is advisable.
Timings: 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM daily. Closed during Monsoon (June to September).  Charges: Entry Free. Guide Charges - Rs 300 (max 10 people), Foreigners - Rs 600 (upto 10 people)  

Soochipara Falls

One of the prime attractions in the region, Soochippara waterfalls also known as Sentinel Rock Waterfall, is a treat for its onlookers. Gushing from a height of 300 feet, this is a three tiered waterfall and the pool formed at the end of the waterfall is apt for swimming, bathing and rafting. An ideal picnic place for families and couples alike, the waterfall is 24 km from Kalpetta.
Timings: 8.30 AM - 4:00 PM daily  Charges: Entry Free  
Mananthavady is a small town located on the banks of the River Mananthavady. The town is located in the Wayanad District of Kerala. The town once ruled by a person called Raja Pazhassi, is the place where he was laid to rest. Hence, a the tomb of Raja Pazhassi is one of the most important heritage places in the town. Valiyoorkavu is a small temple that is located around 3 km from the town and this is one of the most important temples in the area, especially among the tribal people in the region.

The other places of interest in the region are, Thirunelli Temple an important pilgrim center is located around 36 km from the town, Mananthavady Park, Malakari Temple & the Brahmasthan Temple, the Latin Church at the center of the town, Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctaury ,Gandhi Park and Chandaanathode Pine Forest

Begur Wildlife Sanctuary

Begur Wildlife Sanctuary is located at Mananthavady which is 20 km from Wayanad. The Wildlife Sanctuary is home to deers, tigers, elephants, leopards & boars along with a large variety of birds. The best season to visit is during December to May.
Charges: Rs 10 per adult.  

Pazhassi Raja Tomb

Pazhassi Raja tomb is a memorial of the Pazhassi Raja who was seen as the lion of Kerala. Pazhassi Raja organized a guerilla type of warfare against the British in ancient days and he is remembered for his valor. In remembrance of him, his mortal remains was laid to rest in the Pazhassi Raja tomb. He was cremated in 1805 after the warfare against British East India Company. A park in the memory of Pazhassi Raja is present here.
A popular resort town nestled deep in the interiors of Wayanad, Vythiri is one of the most sort after getaway in Southern India. A blend of natural beauty inherent in its surroundings & an old world charm in its cottages, log huts & tree house accommodations make this place ideal for people looking to enjoy a laid back holiday.

Its dense forest cover, serene lakes - Pookote Lake, picturesque peaks - Chembara Peak, bubbling waterfalls - Soojipara & Meenmutty Falls & diverse wildlife spotted at the Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary make it an ideal holiday destination with a flavor to suit every palate.

Pookode Lake

An ideal picnic spot, Pookode Lake is a fresh water lake located amid evergreen forests and mountain slopes at an altitude of 2100 mts. The lake has the shape of India's map and is 15 km from Kalpetta. Boating, Children's park, handicrafts & spices emporium and fresh water aquarium are among the attractions located within the vicinity of the lake.
Timings: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM daily (boating available only till 5:00 PM).  Charges: Entry fee: Rs 15 (Adult), Rs 5 (Children), Rs 20 (Camera) and Rs 150 (Video). Boating cost: Pedal boat (Rs 30/2 people, Rs 50/4 people), Row boat (Rs 50/4 people) and Kayaking (Rs 100/30 mins).   
Located in the Wayanad district of Kerala, Vaduvanchal is a haven for adventure lovers. Lying among the high ranges of the Western ghats, the town is on the Calicut-Ooty road, around 10 km from Meenmutty Falls. The town is extremely popular for its coffee, tea, rubber and vanilla plantations and offers great opportunities for trekking and mountain climbing.

Some of the most common attractions located close by include the Neelima View point, Chembra Peak, Meenmutty Falls and Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary.

Neelimala View Point

At a distance of 27 km from Kalpetta and 12 km from Sultha Battery, Neelimala View Point is a scenic spot that offers bird's eye view of the Meenmutty falls and the valleys surrounding it. The route to the point is a good trekking route too.


Trekking is one of the most common & best means to explore the natural beauty of the surrounding. One of the most popular routes where tourists can indulge in trekking are to reach the Chethalayam Waterfalls and on the way tourists can enjoy sighting of a variety of birds & soak in the beauty of the natural environs.

Phantom Rock

Phantom Rock is a unique skull shaped rock located near Ambalavayal town. The rock lies in a scenic place and is locally known as Cheengeri Mala.

Chethalayam Falls

Around 37 km from Kalapetta, Chethalayam falls is one of Wayanads smaller and lesser known waterfall. A popular trekking route, the area around the falls are ideal for bird watching. Tourists are advised to carry their own food as there are no restaurants in this area.
Located in the Palakkad district of Kerala, Lakkidi is often referred to as the Gateway of the Wayanad district. The city is used as a jump point to explore the entire Wayanad region by many people. The place is most notable of comprising amazing mountain peaks, dense forests, beautiful streams and other water features.

With so much of untouched landscapes, Lakkidi is the perfect place for bird lovers. Some of the most commonly seen birds include peacocks, cormorants, egrets, bulbuls, snipes, peafowl, and babblers. The area is home to wild animals like tigers, Asian elephants, sambars, leopards, cheetahs, sloth bears, and spotted deer. Lakkidi is also ideal for trekking where one can explore the beautiful mountain peaks, forests and waterfalls while on a trek.

Wayanad / Muthunga Wildlife Sanctuary

The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary which is also known as Muthunga Wildlife Sanctuary sprawls on an area of 345 sq km of densely forested land. Popular among birdwatchers, one can see different varieties of birds in this sanctuary. It is also home to a wide variety of exotic animals including Asian elephants, leopards, cheetahs, tigers, gaurs, spotted deer, sloth bears and sambars. The park is around 42 km from Kalpetta.
Contact: Wildlife warden (04936) 271010  Timings: 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM & 3:00 PM - 5.30 PM daily  Charges: Entry Fee - Rs 60 (Adults), Rs 30 (Children/Students), Rs 150 (Foreigners), Rs 25 (Camera), Rs 150 (Video Camera)  

Lakkidi View Point

Situated to the north of Wayanad district of Kerala in the Bramagiri Hill is the temple of Thirunelli. Thirunelli was once a famous trade center and a major pilgrim centre, despite of being located in a remote valley surrounded by forests. The temple has many archeological sites in and around the complex, and recent evidence has shown the existence of two villages near the temple which can be dated back to 9th & 10th century.

It is believed that a dip in the Papanasini, a small stream located a kilometer away from the Thirunelli temple will cleanse all body impurities. Nearby the temple pond named as Panchateertham, there are many carvings and sculptures which are worth admiring.

Thirunelli Temple

Close to the Papanashini stream in Wayanad district of Kerala, stands the 3000 years old Thirunelly temple. Devoted to lord Vishnu, the temple has a holy pond named Panchatheertha, which is believed to be the meeting point of five rivers. The temple is located at a height of 900 mt above sea level and is approximately 32 km from Manthanvady.
Contact: Thirunelli Devaswam (04935)210201  Timings: 5:30 AM - 12:30 PM & 5.30 PM - 8 PM daily  Charges: Entry Fee  


The beautiful place of Thirunelli is a major trekking spot. The most popular trekking routes are from Thirunelli to Brahamgiri and Thirunelli to Pakshipathlam. These routes are blessed with some of the most panoramic landscape, letting trekkers to have an ethereal experience that will cherish all their lives.
Located in the Wayanad district, Tholpetty is one of the major tourist attractions in Kerala offering breathtaking views with its spectacular and serene atmosphere. Rich in flora and fauna, the place has one of the rarest species. The place has its own historical significance as it was where the Malabar King Pazhassi Raja fought the British.

Abundantly rich with natural wealth, the place has number of trees having medicinal values. Blessed with natural beauty, with all lush green surroundings the place is perfect for any nature lover.

Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary

In Wayanad, 7 km towards the north-east of Thirunelli Temple is the Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary housing different varieties and rare species of birds. Aside from birds, exceptional species of fauna can be spotted from the watchtower of the refuge, the sanctuary.
Contact: Special permission has to be obtained from Forest Department to go to Pakshipathalam. Contact: Wildlife Warden (Sultan Bathery) Phone: 04936-220454  

Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary

Located at a distance of 40 km from Kalpetta, Tholpetty Wildlfie Sanctuary is a popular wildlife sanctuary. Here tourists can enjoy night camping. There is a watch tower inside the park located above a lake and from here tourists can enjoy sighting the animals which come to drink water at the lake during the night. Animals like Bison, Jungle Cats and Elephants can be spotted here along with abundant of flora.
Contact: For Bookings: Wildlife Warden (Sultan Bathery) Phone: 04936-220454  Timings: 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM & 3:00 PM - 5.30 PM daily  Charges: For Indians (minimum) Rs 120 will be charged if alone, Rs 140 for two people & a group more than 2 then Rs 60 per head will be applicable. Children (Rs 30 per head). Foreigners:  Rs 210 for one person, Rs 320 for two people & a group more than 2 then Rs 150 per head will be applicable. Camera (Rs 25), Video Camera (Rs 150), Vehicle entry fee (Rs 50)  


Located to the south of the Thirunelly temple in the Wayanad district is the Panchathirtha, a holy pond. Panchathirtha is a blend of two words Pancha meaning five and thirtha meaning the rivers. It is believed that the splendid lake encompassing the five tirthas of Sankha, Chakra, Badma, Gatha and Sreepaada tirthas met at this point hence acquired the name Panchathirtha. Thus, a visit to Tholpetty is incomplete without taking a dip in the waters of this holy lake.


Close to the Thirunelly temple in the Wayanad district of Kerala is the Papanashini River. A holy dip in the water of this river is believed to wash away all worldly sins of people making them pure and prosperous. All the tourists and devotees never miss an opportunity to visit Papanashini River.
Distances from Wayanad
Wayanad 1 km
Kozhikode 68 km 1h, 30m
Coimbatore 194 km 5h, 30m
Mangalore 261 km 6h
Kochi 268 km 5h, 50m
Bangalore 285 km 6h
Alleppey 313 km 6h, 40m
Kumarakom 322 km 7h, 20m
Munnar 357 km 8h, 20m
Thekkady 396 km 8h, 30m
Trivandrum 460 km 10h
Kovalam 478 km 10h
Chennai 617 km 10h, 20m
Vythiri 10 km 20m
Lakkidi 11 km 20m
Kalpetta 11 km 10m
Mananthavady 34 km 50m
Thirunelli 40 km 50m
Tholpetty 54 km 1h, 30m
Wayanad map
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