Wayanad

Wayanad is one of the districts in Kerala that has been able to retain its pristine nature. Hidden away in the hills of this land are some of the oldest tribes, as yet untouched by civilization. Wayanad is known for its picturesque mist clad hill stations, sprawling spice plantations, luxuriant forests and rich cultural traditions. The leading tourist centers of South India like Ooty. Mysore, Coorg, Kozhikode and Kannur are around this region.

Wayanad General Information

  • Area :2132 sq. km
  • The population size - 671,195
  • Altitude - 700 - 2100 m above sea level
  • Languages - Malayalam, Tamil & English

How to Get There

By Air

Nearest Airport: Kozhikode (Calicut)

By Rail

Nearest railway station: Kozhikode (Calicut)

By Road

Well connected by roads from Kozhikode, Kannur, Ooty (175 km from Kalpetta) and Mysore (140 km from Kalpetta.

Place to visit

Kuruvadweep17 km east of Mananthavady / 45 northwest of Sulthan Bathery): This 950-acre, uninhabited island on the eastward bound Kabani river is an ideal picnic spot. The wooded stretch of land is home to rare species of birds, orchids and herbs.

Pookot Lake: This perennial fresh water lake, nested among wooded hills, is the only one of its kind in Kerala. Boating facilities, a children's park, handicrafts and spices emporium and a fresh water aquarium are among the tourist facilities available here.

Ambalavayal Heritage Museum: Near the Ambukuthi hill region is this heritage museum housing artifacts and belongings of the various tribes of the land. This if one of the best heritage museums in Kerala.

Chembra Peak

The hills, rocks and valleys which contribute to the very unique character of Wayanad provide a lot for adventure tourism. Trekking to the Chembra peak is a risky mountaineering endeavour. Chembra peak, the highest hill in Wayanad, is near Meppady town. Trekking to the top of this peak takes almost a day. Tourists can also stay one or two days at the top of the peak in temporary camps. District Tourism Promotion Council provides guides, sleeping bags, canvases, huts and trekking implements on hire. The scenic beauty of Wayanad, which is visible from the top of Chambra, is very exhilerating.