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Wayanad

Kerala's least populous district, Wayanad is also its best-known secret. Complete with misty mountains, splendid forests, pristine rivers and cascading waterfalls, Wayanad is 'the' hill station of choice in South India. Not particularly touristy, the district is famed for its wildlife parks and unspoilt nature. Interestingly, Wayanad's recorded history dates back to as early as 10th century A.D. Pictorial carvings, on the walls of the Edakkal caves, however, show that forests here have probably been inhabited since the Neolithic Age.

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Things to do

Adventure zone pozhuthana - Head over to Pozhuthana, 10 kilometres from Kalpetta, through scenic tea gardens for a day of hiking, cycling and rafting. Spend the rest of your day with our guide who will meet you here as you set off on a hike to the forests in search of the origin of life, or realistically just another beautiful mountain stream. Dive into various clear water ponds on hike here that refreshes you much quicker than a dozen caffeinated drinks.

Ascent to heaven lake - Wayanad's highest, the Chembra Peak hike is one of Kerala's best kept secrets. A 25-kilometre drive from Kalpetta, winding through serene beautiful tea gardens, a forest guide will join you at the check post before you begin your trek to Chembra peak.

Bamboo Rafting Muddy Boots - Long before the boats were designed, the people in Kerala used bamboo rafts for water transport down its tranquil rivers. These are, amazingly, still in use in spite of technological advances everywhere. A 10-kilometre drive from Kalpetta would lead to Pozhuthana.

Related Trips

  • Unspoilt and remote Wayanad is known for its highland climate, mist-laden hills, virgin forests, historical spots and wildlife. The visitor can claim thrills and tranquillity alike from this spice garden, and savour nature's bounty and well as lessons in history.Wayanad is your gateway to way beyond.

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  • Wayanad goes back a long way in its heritage sites. The Edakkal Caves and the Pazhassi Raja sites are a history-lover's delight. The cuisine is a potpourri pleasure which mixes several styles and uses the fresh produce from the garden out there. Be an audience to the popular form of dances here like Kathakali and Mohiniyattam.

    5 Days | INR 20,626 per person
  • TheMuthanga and Tholpettywildlife sanctuaries host diverse wildlife. Elephants moving in herds and the odd tiger, leopard, bear, deer and Indian bison appear before the visitor at times. The bird sightings at Pakshipathalam is certainly amusing. Look out for the colourful butterflies too.

    5 Days | INR 25,950 per person
  • Bound to please all your senses, exquisitely pretty Wayanadis abundant in mountains, forests and tea-gardens. Watch the birds, elephants, deer, or just a cascading stream hurdling down a rocky slope, right from the comfort your hotel patio. Shop for spices, check the heritage sites or just stroll down the uneven path to check out that bright bloom.

    5 Days | INR 29,561 per person
  • The abundance of water inWayanadlets you enjoy various aqua adventures such as kayaking and boating. Other adventure activities include trekking, camping, mountain biking, zip-lining, rock climbing, archery, paint-balling, zorbing, off-roading and wildlife mountain safaris.

    5 Days | INR 32,926 per person

Best time to visit September to March

For clearer skies, opt for a slot between the early September to the end of March. The beaches look their best early November through to March.

Mid-October and November does see a fair amount of rain with the North-West monsoons.

Sultry summers set in by April to the end of May with fairly high outdoor temperatures.

Monsoons arrive by the first week of June right through to the end of August. Cool temperatures with overcast skies and green all around make this a visit like none other.

How to reach

Air

  • The nearest airport is Calicut International Airport (CCJ) also known as Karipur International Airport located at a distance of 99 kilometre in Kozhikode. Kozhikode or Calikut is a city in the state of Kerala in Southern India on the Malabar Coast. Calicut International Airport is well-connected to many cities like Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai. Airline services are also available from Karipur to many Gulf countries like Oman, Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. You can take cab or bus from Calicut International Airport to Wayanad.

Rail

  • The nearest railway station is Kozhikode, which is nearly 100 km away. Cab/Bus services are available from railway station to Wayanad. Kozhikode is well-connected to all major cities in India.

Road

  • Government buses connect Wayanad with all nearby cities in the state. KSRTC (Government)/Private buses are available from Thiruvananthapuram, Mangalore, and Kochi to Wayanad.

Blogs

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    Monsoons in Kerala - The Hills

    Munnar and Wayanad are perhaps the most compelling reasons to visit Kerala during the monsoon season. It all begins with a drive across Kerala's palm fringed countryside that slowly ascends into lu...

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    Wayanad - Least Populous and Most Attractive

    Kerala's least populous district, Wayanad is also its best-known secret. Complete with misty mountains, splendid forests, pristine rivers and cascading waterfalls, Wayanad is 'the' hill station of ...

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    5 must-visit places in Wayanad

    If you think Kerala is only about the dreamy backwaters and rejuvenating Ayurvedic massages think again! One of the most beautiful hill stations in South India, Wayanad is located amidst the lush g...

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