Wayanad

Called the ‘abode of Kerala’s tribal population’, Wayanad is a luxuriant forested land dotted with misty valleys, sprinkling waterfalls and spice plantations. Wildlife sanctuaries are the most popular attractions here. However, apart from wildlife sanctuaries, other attractions like Banasura Sagar Dam, Chembra Peak and Meenmutty waterfalls lure travelers with their unbound scenic grace. Being an important tourist destination, Wayanad enjoys good commutation facilities with rest of Kerala.

The serene beauty of the place lies in its nature and surroundings that include fog capped mountains, dense forests and fertile green agricultural estates. It is also home to a group of wild animals and has a wonderful assortment of flora and fauna. The region is nuzzled in between the Western Ghats Mountains in the state of Kerala. Therefore, it is surrounded by majestic hilly aura. Vanilla, tea, coffee, pepper, cardamom and many other condiments are famous here and are exported to the international stations.

The eye catching waterfalls, serene fresh water lakes, mesmerizing peaks, emerald woods, historical monuments, wildlife sanctuaries, places of pilgrimage and many other attractions of Wayanad attracts thousands of visitors every year. Even its climate remains pleasurable throughout the year. This beautiful place is a holistic confluence of wilderness, history and culture.

Weather

March, April and May are the months of summer in Wayanad. The pleasant cool breeze originated from the adjoining forest backdrop makes the aura much comfortable. The climate is a bit warm during the monsoon season as South-west and north-east monsoon usher the strong airstream and rainfalls. Wayanad appears stunning with regular drizzling in this season. The times in between December to February are much cooler than the other months of the year with downfall of temperature up to 10°C. The climate of Wayanad is calm and enjoyable throughout the year. October to May is the best time to visit Wayanad.

How to Reach

Calicut International Airport, located around 65 km away serves as the nearest airport to Wayanad. Visitors can avail direct or stopover flights till Calicut from different parts of Kerala as well as rest of India. The other airport that comes in the vicinity of Wayanad is Karipur international airport around 100 km from Wayanad city. Along with Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai this airport links gulf countries too, such as- Oman, Quatar, Kuwait and Saudi.

A wide network of roads provides access to Wayanad from different parts of Kerala. Buses till Wayanad are also available. Wayanad district is not connected directly by rail. The nearest railway station is Kozhikode. Quite a number of trains connect Kozhikode with major towns and cities on a regular basis.

Key attractions/Sightseeing

Kuruva Island: The place is to be found on the offshoot of Kabani River and serves tourists as a marvelous spot for picnic. Its tranquility and extensive breadth of the evergreen woodland leave the tourists astounding. This islet is secluded but usually welcomes a group of scarce species of herbs, birds and orchids and thus its splendor attracts the tourists visiting the places near Wayanad.

Banasura Sagar Dam: This is around 25km in the direction of the north-west of Kalpetta. It is the biggest earth dam in the country and is ranked second in Asia. The dam lengthens to a spacious part with crystal clear flow of waters.

Edakkal Cave: This cave is definitely one of the most visited attractions in Wayanad that is famous for its scenic beauty. It is a cranny of about 96 feet and 22 feet in length and width respectively. A crevice was formed due to a rock sliding because of natural weather conditions. The profundity of the cranny is almost 30 ft.

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