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Wayanad

Wayanad is a mountain district situated about 115 kms northeast of Kozhikkode en route to Mysore at an altitude of 2,100 mts above mean sea level.

It is often referred to as the ’fragrant land of Kerala’ for its forest produce of coffee, tea, cardamom, pepper and rubber. Pepper grown especially in Pulpally and Vythiri has a unique taste and fragrance. This busy mountain district is blessed with cool climate and sylvan valleys filled with spicy fragrance. The forests here are among the most beautiful locales of Kerala. 

The region has a wealth of diverse species of plants and animals and is of great interest to nature lovers. Wayanad is still a large habitat for tribal population with fascinating lifestyles. Historians contend that civilisation existed in several parts of Wayanad at least a thousand years before Christ. Relics of the new Stone Age civilisation can be seen in the Edakkal caves near Ambukuthimala. 

Nearby Travel

  • Muthanga
  • Lakkidi
  • Chembra
  • Pakshipathalam
  • Vythiri
  • Banasura
  • Begur

Major Attractions

  • Pookode lake:  Pookode lake is a beautiful natural fresh water lake with its own dreamy serenity. Surrounded by meadows and trees on all sides, this lake is a haven for travellers who like tranquility.  It is located close to Kalpetta.


  • Chembra:  Chembra is the highest peak, located 14 kms away from Kalpetta at an altitude of 2100 mts above sea level. The trekking to Chembra peak is a risky mountaineering endeavour. The breathteaking beauty of Waynad can be enjoyed from here. The District Tourism Promotion Council provides guides, sleeping bags,canvases,huts and trekking equipment on hire.
  • Edakkal caves: The two rock caves at Ambukuthy Hills, 12 kms south of Sultan's Battery has ancient carvings and pictorial writings of the New Stone Age. These caves are world famous as one of the earliest centres of human habitation. The caves are located on the Ambukuthi Hills which can be reached only by trekking 5 kms from Ambalavayal.


  • Thirunelly temple:  This Vishnu shrine amidst the thick evergreen forest is located about 32 kms away from Mananthavadi.  This temple is often referred to as the Kasi of the South . A little away from this temple is the mountain spring called Papanasini. It is believed that, if the mortal remains are immersed in this holy river, it gives eternal bliss to the departed soul.


  • Valliyur kavu Bhagavathy temple:  This temple, dedicated to the goddess Bhagavati, is located 8 kms away from Mananthavadi.  In the festive season tribes from all over Wayanad assemble here.


  • Pakshipathalam:  Pakshipathalam is located 10 kms away from Thirunelly.  This tiny hillock is the abode of migratory birds. During the season rare species of birds can be seen here.  Trekking is the only mode of accessibility. There is also a cave believed to be used for meditation by saints.


  • Kuruva Island: Kuruva Island is situated 16 kms away from Mananthavadi. Located on the river Kabani this island forms a unique delta where herbal plants, orchids and rare species of flowers, animals and birds are found in abundance.

How to reach there

  • The 'gateway' to Wayanad is Kalpetta. Lakkidi, one of the highest spots en route to Kalpetta, is noted for its picturesque scenery. The 12 km long journey from the foot of the hill to Lakkidi is a fascinating experience. This is one of the highest locations in Waynad which register the second highest degree of rainfall in the world.

  • Nearest railway station: Kozhikode, about 63 kms.
  • Nearest airport: Karipur International Airport, about 63 kms.Road: Well connected by roads from Kozhikode, Kannur, Ooty(175 km from Kalpetta) and Mysore(140 km from Kalpetta).

Best time to visit

August to May

Travel tips

  • Wayanad is one of the most beautiful districts in Kerala. However, the place is ideal for those who like it quiet. You won€™t find many urban towns here.

  • If you are prone to travel sickness, carry along some medicine.
  • Leech proof boots are a must in Wayanad.

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