Wayanad, home to the woods, waterfalls and wildlife, offers tourists a perfect glimpse into rural Kerala. The vast stretches of mountains covered in mist, unending green meadows, azure blue lakes and wild forests are a signature of this quaint little hill station.
Fast growing in popularity as a vacation destination, for now, it remains a place favoured by those looking to get away from the rapid pace of city life.
Best Time to Visit Wayanad
October to May is considered ideal for enjoying the sights and wilderness of Wayanad. In the summer (March-May), tourists come to this part of the country to get some respite from the scorching heat. The winter (October- February), sees tourism peaking with travellers visiting in large numbers.
Monsoons (June-October) are the only time when this region attracts fewer visitors because of heavy rainfall, but you can still take short trips during these months when the washed hills look fresher and greener.
Places to Visit in Wayanad
(i) The Banasura Sagar dam lies in the lap of the Banasura hills. This place affords a sprawling view of the reservoir from the top and lends itself to adventures like speed boating, on its deep waters.
(ii) A famous wayanad tourist attraction, Pookot Lake is a natural freshwater lake known for its captivating surroundings of lush greenery and tall woods.
(iii) Just 8 kilometres from the beautiful town of Kalpetta, stands the highest peak of the Wayanad Hill Range – the Chembra Peak. This point offers a sweeping view of the entire Wayanad district.
(iv) Falling in the southern part of the town, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. Passing through the moist and deciduous forest, one can spot herds of elephants and deer, tigers, panthers, sambar, bison, bears and a variety of tree species.
(v) Soochipara Falls is situated in the Vellarimala hill range of Wayanad. Flowing across three tiers, the water descends to form a large pool ideal for enjoying swimming, bathing and frolicking around.
(vi) Edakkal Caves have exquisite rock carvings and ancient inscriptions that date back to the late stone age, making it a perfect spot for taking a little exploration trip.
(vii) The delta of River Kabini houses the picturesque little island known as Kuruvadweep. A local favourite, this hideaway is a hotspot for nature walks.
Where to Eat in Wayanad
(i) 1980’s – A Nostalgic Restaurant is considered a must-visit for its Malabari food served in authentic style and taste.
(ii) Wilton Restaurant in Sultan Bathery is famous for delicious Asian, Indian and Seafood.
(iii) Dine at the Bungalow Restaurant in Kalpetta if you are looking for multi-cuisine options.
(iv) Visit Spice Bowl in Vythiri to taste the decent spread of vegetarian dishes.
Where to Shop in Wayanad
(i) Go accessory shopping local-style at the Focus Mall on Rajaji Road. There are some local brands with handloom items on offer that you might find appealing.
(ii) Pay a visit to Santhi Pappadam in the day to find exclusive antique pieces, handicraft goods, honey and spice products.
(iii) Trident Arcade is locally preferred to buy designer crockery and other fancy items.
Blessed with a favourable climate, plantations, forests and wildlife, Wayanad is easily one of the best hill stations in India. Plan a trip to ‘Land of the paddy fields’ for a replenishing break from your daily grind and to beat the scorching summer heat.
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