Wayanad – “the land of paddy fields” is the most spectacular place in Malabar. This beautiful plateau is located 700 meters to 2100 meters above the sea level. This place is rich with many peaks, lakes, temples, caves, wild life sanctuary, dams and water falls. It is a favourite tourist location of nature lovers, trekkers and hikers. Its geographical features is apt for trekkers. And obviously, this is a land blessed with its mindblowing scenery and wonderful climate.
Wayanad District is a district in the north-east of Kerala state, India with headquarters at the town of Kalpetta. The district was formed on 1 November 1980 as the 12th district in Kerala by carving out areas from Kozhikode and Kannur districts. The district is 3.79% urbanised, with three municipal towns Kalpetta, Mananthavady and Sulthan Bathery.
Wayanad has seen a recent tourism boom and is now one of the most popular tourist destinations of Kerala. It is the only district in Kerala that shares its borders with both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu states. For this reason, it is often visited by tourists from these states. The only Earth Dam in India is Banasura Sagar Dam and the only pine forest of Kerala is Chandanathode. Pulpally in Wayanad boasts of the only Luv Kush Temple in Kerala and Vythiri has the only mirror temple in Kerala which is a Jain temple. The edicts and caves of Ambukuthimala and other evidences state that the place is as old as the beginning of the New Age Civilisation. . The district also houses the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary with four ranges namely Sulthan Bathery, Muthanga, Kurichiat and Tholpetty. Wayanad is also surrounded by the legendary wildlife sanctuaries of Bandipur, Muthanga and Nagarhole. Wayanad also has the largest population of Asian elephants in the world.
Wayanad district is in the southern tip of the Deccan Plateau. Part of the Western Ghats is in the district. In the centre of the district hills are lower in height while the northern area has high hills. The eastern area is flat and open.
According to archaeological evidence, the Wayanad forests have been inhabited for more than 3,000 years. Historians are of the view that human settlement existed in these parts for at least ten centuries before Christ. Much evidence of New Stone Age civilisation can be seen in the hills throughout the present day Wayanad district. The Edakkal Caves have 6000 year old rock engravings from the Neolithic age. Recorded history of this district is available from the 18th century. In ancient times, this land was ruled by the Rajas of the Veda tribe.
Wayanad district stands on the southern tip of the Deccan plateau and includes part of the Western Ghats. Quite a large area of the district is covered by forest but the continued and indiscriminate exploitation of the natural resources point towards an imminent environmental crisis. It has a large amount of dry and moist deciduous forest. Wayanad is home to endangered species.
The Kabini River, one of the three east flowing rivers of Kerala, is an important tributary of the Kaveri River. Almost the entire Wayanad district is drained by Kabini and its three tributaries, the Panamaram, Mananthavady, and Kalindy rivers. The Banasura Sagar Dam is built on one of the tributaries of the Kabini River.
Best Time to Visit
Wayanad experiences tropical monsoons and rather hot summer. Thus the best time to visit Wayanad is between the months of August and May
What To See And Do
Wayanad Adventure Camp:
Wayanad Adventure Camp is an adventure sports location maintained by the DTPC. Lying on the shores of the charming Karlad Lake, this adventure camp offers a great variety of fun activities to pursue. Kayaking, rock climbing, paintball, archery, boating and land zorbing are all part of the experience here, and it also has the longest zipline across a lake in South India. The camp also houses a conference hall and several camping tents, making it a great offbeat location for corporate trips.
Zorbing – Opening Shortly
Archery – Opening Shortly
Paintball – Opening Shortly
Camping – Opening Shortly
9AM – 5PM
The scenic Pookode Lake is a perennial freshwater lake surrounded by green hills and evergreen forests. It lies at an altitude of 770 mts above sea level and is known for its boating trips, exotic birds and blue water lilies. It is also a popular picnic spot and a pleasing retreat for nature lovers.
Boating – Rates to be filled
9AM – 5PM
Banasura Sagar Dam:
Wayanad is home to India’s largest earthen dam, the Banasura Sagar. The dam, which was constructed in 1979, is built across the Karamanathodu tributary of the Kabani River. It is named after the Asura king Banasura, son of Mahabali, who is said to have observed a severe penance in the surrounding hills. The dam is made entirely of massive stacks of rocks and stones, and has become a popular tourist spot, known for its spectacular views and boating trips.
Speedboat – rates to be filled
9AM – 5PM
Karapuzha River Dam:
This earthen dam built across the Karapuzha River is a popular picnic spot thanks to its calm waters and the natural beauty of its surroundings. Boating and nature walks are some activities to be pursued here.
Boating – rates to be filled*
9AM – 5PM
Chembra Peak is the highest peak in Wayanad, at 2,100 m above sea level. Chembra is located near the town of Meppadi and is 8 km south of Kalpetta. Wikipedia
Elevation: 2,100 m
Mountain range: Western Ghats
Parent range: Western Ghats
Easiest route: Hike
Edakkal Caves are two natural caves at a remote location at Edakkal, 25 km from Kalpetta in the Wayanad district of Kerala in India’s Western Ghats. Wikipedia
Address: Wayanad, Nenmeni, Kerala 673595
Hours: Open today · 8AM–4PM
Bandipur National Park
Bandipur National Park, an 874-sq.-km forested reserve in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, is known for its small population of tigers. Once the private hunting ground of the Maharajas of Mysore, the park also harbors Indian elephants, spotted deer, gaurs (bison), antelopes and numerous other native species. The 14th-century Himavad Gopalaswamy Temple offers views from the park’s highest peak.
Address: Gundlupet, Chamarajanagar District, Bandipur, Karnataka 571126
Area: 874 km²
Hours: Closing soon · 8:30AM–12:15PM, 4–7PM
Phone: 082292 36043
Did you know: The Bandipur National Park is covered with a mix of deciduous forests and evergreen forests.
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
Wildlife and safari park in Kidanganad,
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is an animal sanctuary in Wayanad, Kerala, India. It has an extent of 344.44 km² with four ranges namely Sulthan Bathery, Muthanga, Kurichiat and Tholpetty. Wikipedia
Address: Bathery- Puthupally Road, Wayanad District, Sultan Bathery, Kerala 673592
Area: 344 km²
Hours: Open today · 7–10AM, 3–5PM
Phone: 04936 220 454
Mudumalai National Park
The Mudumalai National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary also a declared tiger reserve, lies on the northwestern side of the Nilgiri Hills, in Nilgiri District, about 150 kilometres north-west of Coimbatore city in Tamil Nadu.
Core of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve: Visitors Centre at Theppakadu
Distance from Gudalur: 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) SE
Distance from Mysore: 90 kilometres (56 mi) NE
Distance from Coimbatore: 160 kilometres (99 mi) SE
Where To Stay
Many Hotels and Resorts are available as per the buedget.
How To Get Around
The Kozhikode–Mysore National Highway 212 (NH 212) passes through Wayanad district. En route to Mysore on NH 212, past Wayanad district boundary, which is also the Kerala state boundary, NH 212 passes through Bandipur National Park. There is a night traffic ban imposed on this stretch since 2009. The alternate road to take is, leave NH 212 at Kalpetta and proceed to Mysore through Mananthavady, Kutta, Gonikoppal, and Hunsur.
The nearest railway stations are Calicut and Thalassery.
Kozhikode International Airport at Karipur and Mangalore International Airport are the nearest airports, 95 km and 264 km respectively from Kalpetta. Kannur International Airport, under construction at Mattannur is at a distance of 70 km from Mananthavady.