Wayanad is a ruler district in Kerala state which is known for its wildlife Reserve, forested regions, comfortable resorts, and homestays, etc. Wayanad is located on the border of Karnataka and Kerala states of India. Wayanad in Kerala has also known for its world-famous spices plantation and pre-historic caves. Thousands of tourists visit here every year from the country and abroad to experience the amazing flora and fauna present in the sanctuary and forests here. Wayanad is the nature paradise as the place is comprises of vast stretches of mist-capped mountains, valleys of green meadows, beautiful blue water lakes, and white water springs, etc.
Apart from being gifted with the natural marvels, it has quite beautiful resorts and homestays for spending some quality time far from the cities' hustle and the crowd to rejuvenate one’s peace of mind. Wayanad is one of the best weekend getaways for the tourists from the nearby districts and cities of Kerala and Karnataka. It is also a prime destination for the newlyweds for their honeymoon in Kerala and also a family-friendly holiday spot as well. So, here are some tips that can help you in planning your trip to Wayanad.
Wayanad Tour Packages
Wayanad is a beautiful place with lots of diverse tourist attractions such as Wildlife Sanctuary, Beautiful resorts, picturesque landscape, hills covered with lush green trees and foliage, etc. You can book your Wayanad Travel package according to your need and budget available with you. Wayanad is suitable for all kinds of travelers whether it is domestic tourists or foreign ones. Tourists come to enjoy the natural beauty, diverse wildlife, and amazing beaches of Wayanad away from the crowd of the cities and for making their holiday unforgettable.
Wayanad Weekend Tour Package- 2 Nights & 3 Days
This weekend package is specially designed for those who live in the nearby cities in the Kerala and Karnataka states. You can take this tour with your family or friends. The 2 Nights and 3 Days Wayanad Weekend Tour Package includes all the transfers, accommodation, meal, sightseeing, and all those things that you can expect from some of the best Wayanad Holiday Packages. You will surely enjoy your holidays in Wayanad with your family, friends, and loving ones.
Wayanad Family tour Package – 3 nights and 4Days
Wayanad is one of the many marvels of Kerala. The destination has impeccable natural beauty and rewarded with diverse flora and fauna. This Wayanad Family Tour Package will provide you with all the possible fun and excitement of your holidays. You will thoroughly enjoy this tour with your family by taking up some adventure, sightseeing, and other travel-related activities. Through this package, you will be visiting the historic spots of Chain Tree, Pookode Lake, etc. Apart from that, you can also soak in the benefits of the ayurvedic massage. You will have an unforgettable experience through Wayanad Family Tour.
Experience the wilderness Wayanad - 4 Nights and 5 Days
Wayanad Wildlife Tour Package is one of the most sought after tour packages among the domestic as well as foreign tourists. In this package, tourists will experience the rich wildlife of Kerala in Wayanad Wildlife Reserve. This package promises amazing stay, tasty meal, smooth transfers, and many more things that one can expect from the best holiday package. Tourists will get a chance to watch various animals and birds in their natural habitat. Apart from various animal and birds Weaned Wildlife Sanctuary consists of tropical moist dry deciduous, evergreen forests, bamboo plantations, etc. Moreover, the sanctuary is also declared as Project Elephant Site. Tourists will get a chance of the jeep safari of the sanctuary and they can observe the inhabitants of the sanctuary very closely.
Wayanad Honeymoon Tour Package – 3 Nights and 4 Days
Wayanad is also considered one of the best places for honeymoon tours and romantic holidays. A beautiful environment, clean beaches, and opulent stay options make it the best destination for couples. A beautiful hilly region, lush green dense forests, beautiful lakes will surely take your breath away. You will surely create some beautiful memories while taking up the tantalizing boating trip in Pookode Lake, jeep safari of the forest, and enjoying the view of mist capped hilltops.
Wayanad Beach Tour Package– 3 Nights and 4 Days
Though Wayanad is a hilly district it also blessed to have glorious beaches as well. The fantastic beaches near Wayanad will rejuvenate your soul with the beauty of setting sun back the water of the sea. You will also make some exciting memories to recall them later. Your stay will be arranged in some of the most beautiful resorts along the beaches in Wayanad so you can take all the possible leisure of your tour with your partner, friends, and loving ones. This package also includes various water sports such as kitesurfing, fishing, parasailing, windsurfing, etc. Adventure freaks can take these adventurous activities to satisfy their thirst for adrenaline or one can simply enjoy the time by gazing the sunset along the clean beaches with crystal clear water.
The best time to explore Wayanad is in the winter season and during the months from October to May, when the weather remains pleasant and favorable for all the sightseeing activities. If we talk about the temperature in Wayanad, so, it remains more or less constant throughout the year.
Wayanad in winter receives a good amount of tourist arrival every year, hence winter season is considered as peak tourism season. The best time to visit Wayanad begins in October and goes on till February. The weather during this time remains misty, breezy during the day with a maximum average temperature of 24 degrees Celsius. Whereas the weather during night remains chilly with a minimum average temperature of 10 degrees Celsius. The climate offers perfect conditions for exploring nature reserve, wildlife, and beaches near Wayanad. Apart from that, many festivals such as Easter, Christmas and New Year are also celebrated in Wayanad full of zeal during winters.
Summers in Wayanad starts from March and goes on till May. The weather remains moderate with an average maximum temperature of 35 degrees Celsius while the average minimum temperature of 20 degrees Celsius. One can take up sightseeing during the morning and evening when the temperature is relatively lower than in the afternoon. Though afternoon can be utilized also by exploring the evergreen forests that have lower, calmer, and more pleasant temperatures than other areas. Some attractions in Wayanad such as Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, the Coffee, Tea, Rubber and Pepper Plantations are best to be visited during the summer season. Famous festivals in Wayanad during summer are Mahashivratri and Thirunelli which are celebrated in March and April respectively.
Monsoon in Wayanad begins in June and goes on till September. Wayanad receives a good average annual rainfall of 3000 mm with the weather mostly humid and temperature ranges between 17 degrees and 29 degrees Celsius. Monsoon is not always recommended to tourists due to the significant amount of rainfall it receives. But still, adventure and nature lovers can visit for some adventure activities during monsoon. Festivals that one can enjoy while a tour to Wayanad during monsoon include festivals like the birth of Lord Krishna, Ashtami Rohini, etc.
How to reach Wayanad
In order to reach Wayanad, tourists have to make their way towards the south Indian state of Kerala as it is a rural district in the north-east of Kerala State. It lies high on the Western Ghats with altitude ranging from 700 to 2100 meters. Wayanad doesn’t have any railway station or airport of its own. However the nearest railway station, airports are Nilambur railway stations in Kerala and Calicut International airport (Kozhikode airport) located within a distance of 100 km. From both these places, one can either hire a taxi or local bus to reach Wayanad.
Commuting Within Wayanad
Wayanad is predominantly a hilly region and for commuting within the region you can take autos and taxis which are available at very affordable prices. Moreover, some resorts and hotels also arrange for car or some other vehicle on rents with guide and maps. Ola and Uber-like services are not available due to the Union that restricts the entry of these private transport systems completely in Kerala. However, the most economical way to roam around in the Wayanad is by hiring an auto rickshaw which is considered to be the most reliable and safe by the locals and tourists.
Places to visit in Wayanad
Wayanad is considered to be awarded the picturesque beauty of natural beauty. Nature has been kind enough to provide Wayanad with different beautiful locations such as dense forests, beautiful beaches with crystal clear water, ancient caves, serene lakes, white waterfalls, etc.
The best places to visit in Wayanad are:
It is considered as trekking paradise due to its location as it is the highest peak in the Wayanad Hill Range. Once you visit here you will experience clouds brushing your cheeks and mesmerizing views will take your breath away. Moreover, Chembra Peak is also known for offering a fascinating vista of the heart-shaped lake known as Cupid Lake. From the Chembra Peak tourists can enjoy the unparalleled view of Banasura Sagar Dam.
Best Time To Visit Chembra Peak:- Between the months of September and March during day time.
Entry fee or charges for Chembra Peak:- INR 50 for each person
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
Being the second-largest wildlife sanctuary in Kerala that comprises both rare as well as endangered species of both flora and fauna. It is also an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve which was the first out of 14 percent biospheres of India. It is spread over an area of 345 square km comprises both Upper Wayand and Lower Wayanad.
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is subdivided into two sections named as Muthanga and Tholpetty. Both these regions are situated in the northern and southern side in Wayanad respectively. The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is home to various animals such as tiger, elephant, deer, etc. Apart from this foliage like Eucalyptus and bamboo trees are also grown in the sanctuary.
Location:- Bathery- Puthupally Road, Sultan Bathery, Kerala
Best Time To Visit Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary:- Between the months of August to February during day time.
Entry fee or charges for Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary- INR 10 (INR 5 for children below 12 years) and INR 100 (for foreign tourist)
Banasura Sagar Dam
Banasura Sagar Dam is built along the river of Karamanathodu, a tributary of the Kabini river is a prominent tourist place in Wayanad. The view of the dam from the top is breathtaking. The place is ideal for various adventurous sports like speed boating which is readily available. Tourists can take up some photography of the sprawling area at the dam.
Location:- Banasura Sagar Dam, Padinjarathara, Kerala
Best Time To Visit Banasura Sagar Dam:- Between the months of November and May during day time.
Entry fee or charges for Banasura Sagar Dam - INR 10 per person
Speed Boating- INR 450 per person
Photography- INR 20 per camera
Edakkal Caves are formed by a single stone linked between the slits of huge rocks. In fact, Edakkal means ‘stone in-between’ and the caves are nestled around several rocks of different shapes and sizes. The height of caves are more than 30 ft high and hence, it offers beautiful views of the surroundings. Edakkal caves are also famous for wall carvings that can attract archaeologists. These carvings include figures of humans and animals, some are hazy but most of them are very clear and striking.
Location:- Wayanad, Nenmeni, Kerala
Best Time To Visit Edakkal Caves:- Between the months of December and May during day time.
Entry fee or charges for Edakkal Caves - INR 20 per person for domestic and INR 40 per person (for foreign tourist)
Still Camera- INR 20 per camera, Cam Recorders- INR 100
Pookode Lake is a beautiful freshwater lake in Wayanad surrounded by an evergreen forest of Western Ghats. The main feature by which the lake is very popular is that it virtually appears in the shape of India’s physical map. Apart from its physical features, there are lots of activities that tourists can enjoy like boating, fishing, birds watching around the lake, etc.
Pookode Lake also has a children’s park and shopping center nearby where tourists can take their kids and enjoy some shopping of excellent spices and handicrafts.
Location:- Pookode Lake, Kunnathidavaka, Kerala
Best Time To Visit Pookode Lake:- August to May are the best months to visit here during day time.
Entry fee or charges for Pookode Lake – INR 10 per person (for domestic tourist)
Wayanad experiences a typical tropical monsoon climate throughout the year. This type of climate results in the growth of the evergreen forest in the region. Wayanad witnesses four seasons such as summer, southwest monsoon, northeast monsoon, and winter. The average maximum temperature of Wayanad hardly goes beyond 34°C and the average minimum temperature never dips down beyond 15°C. Summer in Wayanad begins in March and goes on till May. Days are very hot in Wayanad during summer, however, cool winds lower down the temperature of Wayanad in summer. June in Wayanad brings the southwest monsoon along with it which remains here till September. The rise in humidity is obvious during the southwest monsoon in Wayanad that rises up to 95%. Northwest monsoon begins in October and goes on till November and it also brings thunderstorms in Wayanad. Whereas December to February is the season of winter in Wayanad and the region experience chilly weather during the day and intense cold during the day due to cool winds blowing in the hilly region of Wayanad. The most suitable time to visit Wayanad is from September to April which is also the peak tourist season in Wayanad.
Tips for Travelers
Tourists need to bear the following points in mind before visiting Wayanad.
They need to very careful with their luggage and belongings as it is one of the popular tourist destinations in Kerala.
Prior booking of hotels and transfers can save you lots of time and money. If you are making your booking after reaching Wayanad then make sure that you must book a hotel from an authorized agency.
Take care of the sanitation and cleanliness from your side while visiting beaches and public places.
Avoid to accept any kind of food and drink from strangers as this can put you in trouble.
Don’t fall for the trap while shopping for local goods and souvenirs.
Take care of your money and valuable things.
Things to Carry
Wayanad is being a very versatile destination as it encompasses mist-capped hills to clean beaches with crystal clear water, high hill-top to gorgeous lakes, and amazing evergreen forests. The main things that you cannot miss to carry during your Waynad trip are
A good quality waterproof backpack.
Light clothing as the temperature is mostly bearable.
Shades and goggles.
Remember to carry beachwear as there are some beautiful beaches.
Good quality shoes and footwear for trekking.
Driving license and any other legal document, needed for hotel booking and vehicle hire.
So, this is the list and you can also customize it according to your need and taste.
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