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Weekend Getaways from Bangalore - Wayanad
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Wayanad Quick Facts
  • Hill station, 300 km from Bangalore
  • A 3-day holiday destination
  • Best to visit from Oct - May
  • Nearest City - Kozhikode, 100 km away

Located in the centre of the Western Ghats, Wayanad is one of the popular hill stations in Kerala. Ideal for a short as well as a long week-end break Wayanad is located 76 km from Kozhikode. The highlights of Wayanad are the hills, rocks and valleys, which give shape to the very unique terrain ideal for adventure experiences. Mountains and forests intersperse to create numerous outback trails, trekking routes and opportunities for other adventure sports. With a large area still unexplored, Wayanad is truly an adventure-escape fit for an exciting family holiday.

Wayanad is not a tourist destination only but it is also a significant revenue contributor to the state. It is rich in producing foreign exchange cash crops such as vanilla, tea, coffee, pepper, cardamom and many other condiments.

Wayanad is a derived from ‘Vayal Nadu’, where Vayal means paddy and Nadu means the land, which means a land of paddy fields. Wayanad is explicitly beautiful with mist clad mountains, intense forests and fertile green plantations. Wayanad is also home to a number of endangered species as it has an amazing range of flora and fauna.

Places to see in Wayanad
Banasura Dam

There are a number of places of tourist interest in and around Wayanad.  Banasura Dam in the North-west of Kalpetta is considered to be the largest earth dam in India. The dam extends to a wide area with crystal clear waters. It is an ideal place for picnic. One can also drive to Begur Wildlife Sanctuary located 20 km from Wayanad. The sanctuary is located adjacent to the Western Ghats.

National Park is another interesting place to visit in Wayanad. Edakkal Caves, 25 km from Kalpetta and just 3 km from Ambalavayal are known for rock paintings and carvings. There are human and animal figures carvings on the rock walls depicting scenes of pre-historic period. The caves can be approached by 1 km trekking trail starting from Edakkal. The best time to visit the caves is in the morning.

Kanthapara Falls, 22 km from Kalpetta and 8 km from Meppadi is charming attraction, it gurgles down from a height of 30 meters. Kanthapara falls is also an apt place for picnics amid the enticing beauty of the nature.

Chembra Peak
Other places of interest include Chembra Peak (14 km), which is the highest point in Wayanad and Pakshipathalam along the Kerala-Karnataka border. Sultan Bathery (10 km) takes its name from Tipu Sultan, offers access to the Eddakal Caves with their prehistoric carvings. Thirunelli (32 km) is famous for its Vishnu Temple. Thirunelli is a major pilgrimage site in the region.

Things to do in Wayanad
Trekking in Wayanad

Wayanad is trekkers delight. Though it doesn’t have any linear trek route like you’ll find in the Himalayas; instead, the routes are fragmented into small one-day treks and walks that take a few hours. One of the common treks that many adventure enthusiasts opt for is the one starting from Sulthan Bathery, east of Edakkal. One can take a circuitous trip through the south via Meenmutty and Soochipara waterfalls, climb Chembra Peak, cover Lakkidi and Vythiri in the west, get to the central headquarters of Kalpetta and then head north to Thirunelly and Pakshipathalam. Take this only if you’ve sufficient time (this may take 6-7 days) else you may do the small stretch and head back to your resort.

Places to Stay at Wayanad

There are a number of hotels in Wayanad. Hotels in Wayanad range from luxury hotels to holiday resorts, tree houses, mid-price hotels and budget hotels. Hotels in Wayand are well furnished and equipped with modern facilities. Check hotels in Wayanad

How to reach Wayanad

By Air:The nearest airport is at Kozhikode, which is about 100 km away.

By Rail: The nearest railhead to Wayanad is Kozhikode railway station, which is nearly 110 km from Wayanad. Kozhikode is well connected to all major cities in India and regular direct train services are available from Kozhikode to Trivandrum, Kochi, Chennai and Bangalore.

By Road: KSRTC buses connect Wayanad with all nearby cities. Regular buses connect Wayanad with Trivandrum, Mangalore and Kochi. Deluxe bus services are available from Bangalore, Chennai and Trivandrum up to Kozhikode.

Best Time to Go: The best time to visit Kozhikode is from October till May.

About Wayanad: Wayanad Information & Fact File
Altitude 700 to 2100 meters
Summer 37 (Max) & 21 (Min) Degrees Celsius
Winter 29 (Max) & 10 (Min) Degrees Celsius
Best time to Go October - May
Monsoon South-west (June to September) and north-east (October to November)
Summer March to May
Winter December - February
Clothes Cottons in summer and light woolens during winter
Nearest Airport Kozhikode, 100 km
Nearest Railway Station Kozhikode, 110 km
Bus Station Wayanad
Hospital & Doctor

Govt. Hospital at Kalpetta is well equipped to handle emergencies, contact no. Ph: 04936- 202037

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