Wayanad Tourism

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Ideal Duration : 1-2 days Best Time : Throughout the Year
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"Nature's Abode" Wayanad Tourism Replete with enchanting waterfalls, historical caves, comfortable resorts and home stays, this popular town is famous for its spice plantations and wildlife. Among the prettiest areas ofKerala, Wayanad has a multitude of options for its visitors. Part of a forest reserve, Wayanad is located on the border ofTamil Naduand Kerala. The entire region is completely green with hilly ranges and wildlife including Tholpetty in the North, Muthanga in the east bordering with Tamil Nadu,Kalpettain the south, Mananthvadi in the north-west and Sultan Bathery (Sultan Battery) in the east. Walking through the sprawling spice plantations, taking that trek into the pre-historic caves and experiencing a resort holiday are one of the many thing you can do to get a taste of Wayanad. A great place to spot wild elephants, cool breeze, beautiful scenery, Wayanad is guaranteed to please your travel senses. Overall, a perfect weekend idea from cities of South India. Download Wayanad PDF Guide > What's Great? Wayanad wildlife sanctuary houses a huge variety of flora and fauna. The weather remains pleasant throughout the year. Wayanad offers a lot of easy-graded treks. What's not so Great? Wayanad does not have its own airport or railway station and the nearest major airport and railway station is located approximately 100 km away from Wayanad, which makes this place a bit difficult to access. For Whom Wayanad is a perfect getaway for nature and wildlife lovers. It is also considered as a weekend getaway from the nearby cities such as Bangalore, Munnar, and Coimbatore. Wayanad is also an ideal destination for family trips.

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History Of Wayanad Wayanad, also known as the village of paddy fields antecede to Paleolithic civilization which is approximately 800 years old. Also, Edakkal caves in the district constitute 6000 years old engravings from Neolithic civilizations. In addition to this, there is archaeological evidence which proves that forests of Wayanad have been inhabited for more than 3000 years. Wayanad was ruled by rulers of several dynasties like the Kutumbiyas, Kadambas, Hoysalas, Vijayanagara empire etc. Amongst all the important Rajas, Pazhassi Raja of ancient Kottayam was the most powerful ruler of Wayanad. He lost his kingdom to Tipu Sultan. During the rule of Tipu Sultan, the place flourished and grew. However, it did not last long as the British East India Company was mushrooming their control across the country. In the year 1799, British took over Wayanad and encouraged wealthy crop production. Therefore, over the years tea, coffee and spices were cultivated on the fertile soils of Wayanad. At the time of colonial rule, a lot of infrastructural development took place in Wayanad. Earlier, Wayanad was a part of both Kerala and Karnataka. Hence, a significant percentage of the population speaks Kannada. However, the principal languages spoken are Malayalam and English. Later in November 1980, it was declared as the 12th district of Kerala formed out of land cravings of Kannur and Kozhikode. From the historical times, the place is popular for its natural beauty, rich flora and fauna and picturesque views. Wildlife In Wayanad Wayanad is a place with greenery and favourable climate which facilitates the existence of flora and fauna here. This place is a home to Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary which is also the haven of White-rumped Vultures. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, an integral part of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and the protected areas of Nagarhole and Bandipur is one of the residences of Wayanad?s wildlife. Its rich fauna includes animals like jungle and civet cats, panthers, monitor lizards, peacocks, babblers, cuckoos, woodpeckers, wild dogs, tigers, bears, deer and vultures. The green sheet of thick forests with supporting flora proliferates the growth of fauna in that region. Protecting elephants is one of the principal motives of the forest department of Kerala. White-rumped vultures continue to persist in this area. Although, their number keeps on decreasing over the years. Bee-eater Blue beard bee-eater found in Wayanad is the largest bird eater in the world. These bee-eaters live in low lying forest areas and open hills. There are a total of 24 species of bee-eaters out of which six are found in India. Trekking In Wayanad If you haven't seen Wayanad through the eyes of a trekker, then take this, you have missed it all. Wayanad not only houses the wildlife reserve but the jaw-dropping sceneries of the Western Ghats and the lush green forests are equally delightful to watch. The most sought-after trek in Wayanad is the trek to Chembra Peak, which houses a natural heart shaped lake, 'hridhayathadakam'. Further, treks to Lakkidi viewpoint, also known as Getaway to Wayanad, the ancient Edakkal caves, and Neelimala view point famous for the Meenmutty falls. Paradise For Wildlife Lovers Wayanad is best known for the wildlife reserves- Wayanad wildlife reserve which is a home to an exquisite variety of flora and fauna. Wayanad wildlife reserve is an integral part of the Nilgiri biosphere reserve peacefully located amidst the serene hills of Western Ghats. Wayanad homes a huge variety of wildlife, amongst them elephants, leopards, and bears remain the eye-candy for the wildlife seekers. Watch out for the in numerous birds filling the environment with their chirping and the reptiles and insects in every nook and corner of the sanctuary.

Itinerary Day 1:Arrive at Calicut International Airport or Nilambur railway station. Leave for Wayanad in a private taxi. Arrive at Wayanad. Check-in at the hotel. Overnight stay. Day 2:Breakfast at the hotel. Leave for the local sightseeing in Wayanad. Visit Wayanad wildlife reserve, sprawled over an area of 344 square km. Wayanad is a home to a rich variety of flora and fauna including Asian elephants, leopards, bears, monkey, guars, fishes, butterflies etc. Back to hotel in the evening. Dinner at the hotel. Day 3:Leave hotel early in the morning after breakfast. Trek to Chembra Peak- A short trek to the highest peak of Wayanad at an elevation of 2,100 m. The main attraction of this trek is the famous 'hridhayathadakam' lake- a heart shaped lake which never dries. Later go for a tea plantation tour in the tea gardens of Wayanad. Back to hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel. Day 4:Trek to the Neelimala view point, famous for the Meenmutty waterfalls. The trek is famous for offering the beauty of the massive coffee and tea plantations of Wayanad along with the beauty of hills of Western Ghats. Later, visit the ancient Edakkal caves. The 8,000 years old caves hold a great value in the Hindu mythology. Back to Hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel. Day 5:Check-out from the hotel after breakfast. Reach the airport or railway station in a private taxi.

Throughout the yearis the best time to visit Wayanad Although the temperature in Wayanad remains nearly constant throughout the year but the best time to visit Wayanad is October- May. The weather is extremely good during this period of time Weather in Wayanad Loading... Wayanad in Summers (March-May) Summers in Wayanad are nothing like scorching summers of India. The temperature ranges between 20 and 36-degree celsius. The evergreen forests surrounding Wayanad keeps the temperature of the place calm and pleasantly maintained. Wayanad in Monsoon (June-October) The average rainfall received in Wayanad is 300 mm and the temperature varies from 15 to 25 degrees celsius. The monsoon makes the forests of Wayanad greener and fresher. Although monsoon is not considered as the best season to visit as the rain shower may hamper the visit in the wildlife sanctuary of Wayanad. Wayanad in Winter (October- February) This period of time is considered as the peak season to visit Wayanad. The temperature in winters remains between 10 and 25 degrees celsius. The weather is always accompanied by the cool breeze and a bit of chill in the ambience. Monthly Weather in Wayanad Month Avg. Minimum (°C) Avg. Maximum (°C) January 22 33 February 23 34 March 25 34 April 27 35 May 26 34 June 25 31 July 24 31 August 24 31 September 24 31 October 24 32 November 23 32 December 22 32

Events in Wayanad Adventure activities at Soochipara Falls June - January Soochipara Waterfalls, which fall from a height of 100 to 300 feet, are near the town of Meppadi. The drive from Mepaddi is beautiful with dense forests and lush vegetation. Below the waterfall there is a pool in which you can engage in various activities like swimming and river rafting. Wayanad Flower Show 1st January Surrounded by dense mountains and coffee plantations, Kalpetta is a bustling tourist hub in the Wayanad District of Kerala. The Wayanad Flower Show held here is a beautiful exhibition of stunning flowers, with as many as 100 stalls a year.

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