Wayanad Destination




Wayanad is a rural district in Kerala state, southwest India. In the east, the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is a lush, forested region with areas of high altitude, home to animals including Asiatic elephants, tigers, leopards and egrets. In the Ambukuthi Hills to the south, Edakkal Caves contain ancient petroglyphs, some dating back to the Neolithic age.

This popular town is famous for wildlife and its spice plantations. Wayanad is part of a forest reserve, located on the border of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Because of it wild green coverage it offers great scenic beauty along with the experience of seeing wildlife.

The weather here is mostly constant but October till May are the best months to visit. It is located at a distance of 76 km from the sea shores of Kozhikode.Wayanad hills are contiguous to Mudumalai in Tamil Nadu and Bandipur in Karnataka, thus forming a vast land mass for the wild life to move about in their most natural abode.

Distance from Bangalore: 5 hr 32 min (270.9 km) via NH 766

Nearest Railway Station: Kozhikode

Nearest Airport: Karipur International Airport at Kozhikode

Famous for Purchase:  Pure Honey and the Spices

Famous Food:  Rasam, Sambhar, Moru koottan and Poricha koottu 

Sight Seeing Places

Sight Seeing Places


Chembra Peak

Chembra Peak is the highest peak in Wayanad, at 2,100 m (6,890 ft) above sea level.Chembra is located near the town of Meppadi and is 8 km (5 mi) south of Kalpetta. It is part of the Wayanad hill ranges in Western Ghats, adjoining the Nilgiri Hills in Tamil Nadu and Vellarimala in Kozhikode district in Kerala. Chembra Peak is accessible by foot from Meppady. District Tourism Promotion Council provides guides and trekking equipment on hire charges to tourists.

Distance from Kalpetta:1 hr (22.5 km) via Meppadi Rd and Meppadi - Chooralmala Road
Distance from Bqangalore: 6 hr 48 min (299.0 km) via NH 766
Timings: 7.00 AM to 5.00 PM.
Entry Fee: 20 per person for Indians
                   30 per person for Foreign Nationals
                   750 Trekking Charges for Indians (For a group of 10 people)
                   1500 Trekking Charges for Foreigners (For a group of 5 people)

Edakkal Caves

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. They lie 1,200 metres above sea level on Ambukutty Mala, beside an ancient trade route connecting the high mountains of Mysore to the ports of the Malabar coast. Inside the caves are pictorial writings believed to date to at least 6,000 BCE,from the Neolithic man, indicating the presence of a prehistoric civilization or settlement in this region.The Stone Age carvings of Edakkal are rare and are the only known examples from south India.

Distance from Kalpetta:45 min (24.3 km) via NH 766 and Ambalavayal Bypass Rd/Ambalavayal - Meenangadi Rd
Distance from Bangalore:5 hr 36 min (267.2 km) via NH 766
Timings:8:30am to 4pm
               Monday Closed
Entry Fee: Rs 20 per person for adults
                   Rs 10 for a child
                   The charges for foreign tourists is Rs 40 per person.


Kuruvadweep is a 950-acre (3.8 km2) protected river delta on the Kabini River in the Wayanad district, Kerala, India.[1] Kuruvadweep is the only island surrounded with naturally purified water source in Kerala.Kuruva Islands, Wayanad,Coordinates: 11.82165°N 76.09079°E Country India State Kerala.This of dense and evergreen forest is uninhabited and hence a home to rare kinds of flora and fauna: uncommon species of birds, orchids and herbs namely.

Location:14 km from Mananthavady
Distance from Kalpetta:1 hr 11 min (33.1 km) via Wayanad Rd
Distance from Bangalore:5 hr 57 min (242.2 km) via NH 275 and SH 33
Timings:9am to 4pm
Entry Fee:Rs. 80 for Indian Adults
                  Rs. 55 for a child
                  Rs. 150 for foreigners

Thirunelli Maha Vishnu Temple

The name Thirunelli derives from the nelli, the Tamil/Malayalam and Kannada word for Indian gooseberry of the Amla tree. Veda vyasa wrote the 18 existing Puranas. The Matsya Purana, Skanda Purana, Narasimha Purana, Padma Purana, and many other Puranas and Hindu texts mention the beautiful Vishnu temple as being built by Lord Brahma, located in the picturesque Sahya valley, deep in the middle of forest of unmatchable beauty, and in these texts, it is referred to as Sahyamalaka Kshetra.
Distance from Kalpetta:1 hr 24 min (48.8 km) via Wayanad Rd
Distance from Bangalore:5 hr 46 min (258.7 km) via NH 275
Timings:5:30am to 12:30pm
                5:30pm to 8 pm

Banasura Sagar Dam

Which impounds the Karamanathodu tributary of the Kabini River is part of the Indian Banasurasagar Project consisting of a dam and a canal project started in 1979. The goal of the project is to support the Kakkayam Hydro electric power project and satisfy the demand for irrigation and drinking water in a region known to have water shortages in seasonal dry periods. The dam is also known as Kuttiyadi Augmentation Main Earthen Dam. The dam has a height of 38.5 metres (126 ft) and length of 685 metres (2,247 ft).
Location: 21 km from Kalpetta
Distance from Kalpetta:34 min (20.4 km) via SH54
Distance from Bangalore:6 hr 19 min (298.1 km) via NH 766

Timings: 6:00am to 6:00pm

Entry Fee:Rs. 10 per head

Karinthandan Temple(Chain Tree)

The legendary Chain Tree of Lakkidi is a large ficus tree standing by the wayside at this beautiful tourist spot in Wayanad around 15kms from Kalpetta. The tree, which stands at the end of the ghat section of the road that leads to Wayanad from Calicut, is bound by a chain and has an interesting story behind it.Once the British Viceroy announced a reward to those who find a way from Thamarassery to Wayanad and help to build a new road across the churam. A British engineer took the help of Karinthandan to explore the paths through the dense forests. After discovering the unknown routes, to take credits for the discovery of this beautiful place, the engineer took him to the peak of a mountain and shot him dead there.the soul of Karinthandan started haunting the passengers. A lot of accidents happened during 1890 and 1900. It was believed that it was Karinthandan's soul that caused After a lot of efforts, the priest managed to chain the ghost to a Ficus tree, which is now known as "Chain Tree of Wayanad".


Distance from Kalpetta:23 min (15.4 km) via NH 766

Distance from Bangalore:6 hr 8 min (293.9 km) via NH 766

Timings:Open 24 Hours

Nearest Places to Visit : Nearest Attractions to Chain Tree Wayanad are Pookode lake, Lakkidi Viewpoint and Banasura Sagar Dam.

Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary

Established in 1973, the Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary is contiguous to the protected area network of Nagarhole and Bandipur of Karnataka on the north east and Mudumalai of Tamil Nadu on the southeast. Rich in bio-diversity, the sanctuary is an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. The management lays emphasis on scientific conservation with due consideration for the general lifestyle of the tribals and others who live in and around the forest region. The Sanctuary has a large population of pachyderms and has been declared a Project Elephant site.

Location:Sulthan Bathery
Distance from Kalpetta:53 min (37.9 km) via NH 766
Distance from Bangalore:4 hr 56 min (240.3 km) via NH 275 and NH 766
Timings:7:00 am – 10:00 am

               3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Entry Fee: 20 per person for Indian Adults
                   10 per person for Children
                   110 per person for Foreign Tourists

Pookode Lake

Pookode Lake in Wayanad is a freshwater lake near Kalpetta resembling the map of India. Nestled between evergreen forests, surrounded by the Western Ghats, this breathtaking lake captivates every tourist who comes to Wayanad.Pookode Lake is also the point of origination for the Panamaram River, that flows through the valley to join Kabini River.People come to Pookode Lake for a family outing, boating and enjoying the serenity and peaceful ambience of the place. You can savour the views and watch the animals and birds coming to the lake from the surrounding forests. The lake is also home to lotuses and water lilies.

The place boasts of a freshwater aquarium, a children’s park and a handicrafts shop too.Pookode Lake is one of the most preferred tourist destinations in Wayanad, and a favourite among nature lovers. The pleasant weather, along with the hypnotic charm of the region, is sure to make your visit a memorable experience.

Distance from Kalpetta:22 min (12.5 km) via NH 766
Distance from Bangalore:6 hr 14 min (291.1 km) via NH 766
Timings: 9:00am to 5:00pm.
Entry Fee:Rs. 10 per head

Wayanad Heritage Museum

Wayanad Heritage Museum, also known as Ambalavayal Heritage Museum is a museum at Ambalavayal, 12 km south of Sulthan Bathery, in Wayanad district, Kerala, India. It is managed by the District Tourism Promotion Council. It has one of Kerala's largest collections of the remnants, dating back to the second century. These have convinced archaeologists and historians of the advances that these civilizations made, with the clay sculptures, ancient hunting equipment like bows and arrows, stone weapons and other curios all adding to the mystique surrounding the place.The Museum displays tribal relics and artifacts. Four sectors of the museum—the Veerasmruthi, the Gothrasmruthi, the Devasmruthi, and the Jeevanasmruthi—house different types of items ranging from the Neolithic age to the 17th century, including artifacts from ordinary tribal life, decorated memorial grave stones once used to adorn the graves of heroes, and terracotta figures.

Distance from Kalpetta:33 min (20.9 km) via NH 766 and Ambalavayal - Meenangadi Rd
Distance from Bangalore:5 hr 27 min (265.2 km) via NH 766
Timings:9am to 5:30pm
Entry Fee:Rs. 20 for Adults
                  Rs. 10 for Children

Kanthapara Waterfalls

Kanthanpara is a quaint little waterfall in Wayanad which is famous for its secluded and serene vibe. The cool, sparkling waters at this lesser-known destination are sure to soothe all who wish to rejuvenate in a silent environment. Surrounded by beautiful greenery on all sides, it is worth spending a day picnicking in the calming embrace of nature.The tea gardens on both sides elevate its beauty and provide an excellent spot for soft trekking too. This place is a perfect blend of adventure and tourism as the forest department providing bird-watching trips for enthusiasts and a two-hour riverside trek on the banks of the Kanthanpara River for adventure tourists. It is also a paradise for bird watchers as the area is close to the Meppadi forest range under the South Wayanad Forest Division, which is home to different species of birds, especially Malabar gray hornbill, Common flame back woodpecker, White-cheeked barbet, and White-throated Kingfisher.

Location: Meppadi
Distance from Kalpetta:37 min (18.8 km) via Meppadi Rd and SH29
Distance from Bangalore:6 hr 3 min (284.0 km) via NH 766
Timings: 9 am–4:30 pm
Entry Fee:Rs 40 per person.

Meenmutty Waterfalls

Meenmutty Falls is located 29 km from Kalpetta in Wayanad District in the state of Kerala, India. It is a three-tiered waterfall with a height of 300 metres. Meenmutty is a combination of Malayalam words Meen and Mutty. It can be accessed from Mananthavady - Kuttiady road.Imagine water crashing onto the ground from over 1,000 ft. in three separate levels while an entire rainforest plays its role as the patient, supporting audience. This and much more await you at Meenmutty Falls, one among Wayanad’s delightful treasures. It can be only accessed after an arduous 2 km jungle trek, the visuals on display at the summit are worth the effort. One has separate viewing points for each of the three decks of the waterfalls and due to its location this is one of the few natural wonders in the world that can be experienced in near seclusion. You feel at ease, while the lush greenery gently washes away all that ails your soul, as the roaring water gently soothes your senses. A masterpiece, the waterfalls lie on the Ooty route in Wayanad.

Location: Kalpetta
Distance from Kalpetta:41 min (22.8 km) via SH54
Distance from Bangalore:6 hr 25 min (272.1 km) via SH 33
Timings:9:00 am – 5:30 pm

Entry Fee: Rs 30 per person for Adults

                   Rs 15 per person for Children

                   Rs 60 per person for Foreign Tourists.

Lakkidi View Point

Wayanad has numerous must see attractions; and Lakkidi is the doorway of Wayanad for it is situated at the peak of the twisting Thamarassery ghat bypass. Lakkidi is a popular hill destination in Kerala. Visitors frequently visit Lakkidi View Point to savour fantastic views of the nearby crags and valleys. Lakkidi Viewpoint is a high altitude offering a bird's eye view of the city. Located 32 kilometres from Wayanad, at an elevation of 700 mts, the region mostly stays misty and offers a beautiful view of the hairpin turns down the hill. The thrill of driving up to the point is an experience in itself. One should visit Lakkidi View Point for sunrise and sunset to get the best views. The viewpoint is also a popular picnic spot which is often referred to as the 'Gateway to Wayanad'.

Famous for its mesmerising scenery, Lakkidi View Point is known for its nine hairpin caves and offers a resplendent view of the mountains in Wayanad. The whole trip of Lakkidi View Point promises an unforgettable charm of natural beauty that should add to their bucket list of attractions in Wayanad.

Distance from Kalpetta:27 min (16.4 km) via NH 766
Distance from Bangalore:6 hr 16 min (294.9 km) via NH 766
Timings:Open 24 Hours

Lakkidi View Point

Verdant green landscapes, misty mountains, romantic waterfalls, scores of folk art forms… the picturesque district of Wayanad is all this and much more.
But if you are a true adventure lover, you may enjoy yourself at Karlad Lake in Wayanad, Kerala, India. The Wayanad Adventure Camp (WAC), the first of its kind in south India, run by the District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) Wayanad, is an ideal place for adrenaline junkies. The major attraction of this place is the zip line that is set up on a 50-m tower. This is the longest zip line set up in the state.Besides, the 250-m aerial rope slide across the lake offers a real challenge and makes for a wonderful experience. The place also provides pedal boat and rowboat services for tourists. Apart from this, a floating boat-landing station is also set up on the lake that is spread over 10.5 acres.

Distance from Kalpetta:27 min (15.0 km) via SH54
Distance from Bangalore:6 hr 12 min (292.7 km) via NH 766



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How to Reach

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By Rail : Hubli station is connected to Bangalore (Shatabdi Exp),Mysore - Hubli Inter Express,Hyderabad - Hubli express and cities from all parts of the country.

Distances From Banglore:
Banglore: 410 km

Mysore: 540 km

By Air : Bangalore International Airport is the major airport nearby. Bangalore is about 410 km away from Bangalore and it is 7 hour drive from Bangalore. Bangalore is well connected to most of the major airports in India and abroad.

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