Wayanad - Explore the wilderness of the Western Ghats
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Wayanad, fondly called the ‘green paradise’ is tucked away in the mountains of the Western Ghats. Only a short distance from some of the popular tourist destinations in South India like Ooty, Mysore and Coorg, Wayanad is an easily accessible and important tourist destination in Kerala. The name Wayanad literally translates into the land of forests and even today, it has large tracts of virgin forest lands, wild life and blissful nature trails that will awaken your senses.
Wayanad is a rich treasure trove of some of the relics of the New Stone Age civilizations in the forms of engravings and pictures in the caves of Edakkal and Ampukuthimala, which offer clues about the past civilizations.
Wayanad tourist places includes various attractions like the Chembra Peak, Edakkal Cave, Kuruva Island and Lakkidi, which is the highest point in Wayanad. No trip to Wayanad can be complete without a trip to Muthanga wild life sanctuary and Pakshipatahalam, which represent the wilderness and the wild life of this part of Kerala at its best. In case you are looking for some adventure sporting activities, you can set out on jungle trails or trekking and hiking expeditions.
Check out the Wayanad packages for the best possible activities that suit your needs. A boating trip in the serene Pookot Lake and a stop over the picturesque Sentinel Rock Waterfalls, Kanthanpara Waterfalls, Soochippara Waterfalls will top off the Wayanad holidays in style. The Banasura Sagar dam is another attraction. Located at a distance of 15 Km from Wayanad, Banasura Dam is the largest earth Dam in India, which is flanked by verdant hills on all three sides. The spectacular views offer ample photo shoot opportunities; speed boating facilities are also available.
Wayanad tourism has a rich smattering of cultural and historical attractions too. There are many ancient religious places like Sulthan Bathery Jain Temple, Thirunelli Temple and Valliyoorkavu Temple. Wayanad has the only temple in Kerala dedicated to Sita and the twin sons of Lord Ram, Lava-Kusha.
Wayanad enjoys a pleasant climate all round the year; however the best time for sightseeing is between October and February. Wayanad is famous for its monsoon holidays as well that fall between July and September where you can enjoy the charm and fury of the tropical monsoon at its best. There are many shops that sell fresh spices, coffee beans and tea of different flavors. The ethnic crafts made of cane, wood and coconut shells can also be shopped locally. Tourists can hire cabs or auto rickshaws or jeep taxis to explore Wayanad. For short trips tourists can hire cycles too.
Wayanad sightseeing offers an eclectic experience for the tourists who reach here in quest of tranquility, adventure or fun. Spend a day in the lap of nature at Kuruva Island, a lovely island on the Kabini River, which is spread over 900 acres. Relatively unexplored, this island is a haven for many rare birds, animals and plant life. You can also see tribal people in small country boats, fishing in the island. So, in case you are looking for a pleasant holiday destination in the midst of nature, where you can be at your own pace, your search might lead you to Wayanad!
Kozhikode International Airport is the nearest airport at a distance of 67 km.
NH 212 connects Wayanad to the rest of the state.
The nearest railway station is located at Kozhikode at a distance of 67 km.