Top Tourist Places To Visit in Wayanad

Top Tourist Places To Visit in Wayanad

  • Wayanad
  • Kerala
  • India
  • Area

    2,131 km2

  • Population

    8,16,558 as recorded in 2011.

  • Languages

    The official languages are Malayalam and English.

  • Best Time to Visit

    October to May.

Wayanad Overview

Wayanad District is situated in the north-eastern region of Kerala. It was made a district in November 1980 by combining parts of Kozhikode and Kannur Districts. This hill station is placed in the Western Ghats with dense forests and deep valleys. The topography of this district is varied. Some parts are flat, some are in the lower hills and northern parts are at a high altitude. The urbanisation of this district is as less as 3.79%. The population of this district is least in Kerala. This is the precise reason why the forest cover of this region is still intact and has carefully preserved the natural beauty and some endangered flora and fauna of Western Ghats.

Earlier, the place was called Mayakshetra, meaning the land of Maya. It got changed to Mayanad and then Wayanad. The present name is said to be derived from two words, Vayal (paddy field) and Naad (land). The meaning hence becomes 'The Land of Paddy Fields'.

Climate & Geography

Situated on the southern tip of Deccan Plateau, Wayanad District lies in the north-eastern Kerala. This hill station in Western Ghats is mostly covered by deciduous forests. Kabini River and its tributaries flow through most part of Wayanad district. During April and May the temperature is relatively hotter. The rest of the year experiences a pleasant climate, owing to the high altitude positioning. Rainfall is extremely heavy here.


Wayanad has good access by roads while railways and airways of other nearby cities can be used.

Air: The Kozhikode International Airport at Karipur is the nearest airport, 95 km. There are plans for constructing new feeder airport in the Wayanad district.

Rail: The rail connectivity for Wayanad is provided by Kozhikode Railway Station, 72 km away. Kannur Railway Station is at a distance of 93km.

Roadways: The National Highway 212 passes through Wayanad. It provides access to the district from major cities. Several state highways are also linked with the district.

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Latest Wayanad Tour Reviews

  • 4/5
    04 Jan 2024
    End of this year we planned a trip with family, before consulting with the Ruuraa holidays we didn't trust that we were going to travel as we planned. However, their brief plan and guiding method boosted our travel to Wayanad and Alapuzha. Immerse experience at the end ...more
  • 5/5
    23 Dec 2023
    Excellent service. Booked for Wayanand and they're not like people who actually chase you till you do the payment n later forget. They'll help you at every step. Highly recommended. Thanks Madhav Vacations ...more
  • 5/5
    22 Dec 2023
    Customized Holidays Wayanad feedback : Dear Team, Thank you for such a wonderful trip. Last week me and my family travelled through Madhav Holidays to Wayanad. From Day 1 our experience was amazing. When we arrived at Kozikode station our vehicle driver welcomed us with special kerala snacks and juice. For each sightseeing he guided us so well. He showed us good places to shop and eat local food also showed us good museums which we didn’t know earlier. Language is bit an issue in this region as most people and shopkeepers only speak local Language but because of our driver we didn’t face issue during our trip. We stayed 1N in Upavan Resort and 2N in vythiri resort. Upavan was suggested to us from our DMC in Vythiri region. This Property is good 3* property with big spacious rooms and good food and service. Staying in vythiri resort was itself is an experience and after staying there with amzing view of waterfall along with good food and delightful hospitality we already fill ...more
  • 5/5
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  • 2/5
    "Thanks for providing our team with a great holiday! Looking forward for our next holiday!" Destination: Wayanad |Location : Excellent Hospitality : Excellent |Holiday Planning : Excellent. ...more
  • 2/5
    Thank for arranging the excellent tour to Wayanad , Kerala. Arrangement all are awasome.

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Frequently Asked Questions
  • How Many Days Should I Plan for Wayanad Trip?
    Plan for at least 3-4 days to explore all the major attractions and enjoy the natural beauty of Wayanad.
  • What is the nearest major airport or train station for Wayanad?
    The nearest major airport for Wayanad is Kozhikode International Airport, and the nearest train station is Kozhikode Railway Station.
  • What are the primary transportation options for reaching Wayanad?
    The primary transportation options for reaching Wayanad are by air, with Kozhikode International Airport being the nearest, or by train to Kozhikode Railway Station.
  • Are there any special events or festivals in Wayanad?
    Wayanad celebrates festivals like Vishu, Onam, and Mahashivratri, which are all vibrant and offer a glimpse into the local culture and traditions.
  • What are the top tourist attractions in Wayanad?
    Top tourist attractions in Wayanad include Chembra Peak, Banasura Sagar Dam, Edakkal Caves, Pookode Lake, and Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • What are some must-try local dishes and restaurants in Wayanad?
    Must-try local dishes in Wayanad include Malabar biryani, appam with stew, and bamboo rice. Some popular restaurants are ClayHut Village Restaurant and Hotel Woodlands.
  • What types of accommodations are available in Wayanad?
    Wayanad offers a range of accommodations including luxury resorts, boutique hotels, homestays, and budget guesthouses.
  • Are there any public transportation available in Wayanad?
    Yes, there are local bus services available in Wayanad for public transportation.
  • What are the transportation options available in Wayanad?
    Transportation options in Wayanad include taxis, private vehicles, and local bus services.
  • What is the primary language spoken in Wayanad?
    Malayalam is the primary language spoken in Wayanad, although English and Hindi are also widely understood.
  • What is the best time to visit Wayanad?
    The best time to visit Wayanad is from October to May when the weather is pleasant and ideal for outdoor activities.
  • What activities can be done in Wayanad?
    Activities in Wayanad include hiking to Chembra Peak, exploring wildlife at Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, visiting tea and coffee plantations, and boating at Pookode Lake.
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