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Kerala has earned the reputation of the most popular tourist destination owing to the beauty of the state. It has multiple landscapes like beaches, backwaters, the flora and fauna, the beautiful hills and valleys with tea and spice plantations. Besides, commercial cities also offer many tourist destinations to cherish. There are many experiences that can only be savored in Kerala like the houseboats on the backwaters. Apart from Munnar, Alleppey, Kochi, Thekkady and Trivandrum, one more place is most amazing to visit in Kerala and That is Wayanad. Kerala is blessed enough with natural beauty and Wayanad tourist places add some extra ease in its beauty.

How to Reach Wayanad

Wayanad’s nearest airport is Karipur international airport. The nearest railway station is Kozhikode. The railway station is well-connected with major cities of India. Taxi service is available just outside the station to reach Wayanad. You can avail KSRTC buses or deluxe buses to reach Wayanad. The road condition is extremely good.

Wayanad’s Point of Interest

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Wayanad is a rural district in Kerala that is known for its exquisiteness and culture. It is a popular tourist destination and has a lot to offer for everyone. Wayanad is mostly for its natural charm and the discreet village life here. It also has serene forest areas and its own microcosm of culture. The place is located in the mid of the marvelous Western Ghats. To explore the amazing sights of Wayanad places just select your best suitable Kerala Tour Packages available online and get the lifetime experience of Kerala beauty.

Top 13 Places to Visit in Wayanad

Wayanad is one more natural gift to Kerala by god and one of the best hill stations of Kerala. Wayanad is the city where you can not only enjoy the sightseeing, but you can get best Ayurvedic massage as well. Below are listed some best Wayanad Tourist Places to visit.

1. Soochipara Falls

Soochipara Falls

Soochipara Falls, also known as Sentinel Rock Waterfalls, is one of the beautiful Wayanad tourist places. It is a three-tiered waterfall, surrounded by lush green dense forests. Here water falls from 200 meter of height and its enchanting beauty can never fail to mesmerize you. If you are planning a trip to Wayanad for 3 days, this place must be on your list.

  • Things to do in Soochipara Falls: Trekking is one of the most popular activities that tourists can enjoy here. Tourists can also enjoy bathing and swimming in the waterfall.
  • Entry fee: INR 80 per head
  • Timing: 8 am to 4 pm
  • Nearby attractions: Kanthanpara Waterfalls, Sunrise Valley Viewpoint, Chembra Peak, Thusharagiri Waterfalls, Edakkal Caves, etc.

2. Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary

Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary
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This is one of the best places to visit in Wayanad. It is a division of Wayanad wildlife sanctuary. You can find various types of plants, animals, birds, butterflies, and reptiles  in this sanctuary. There are two options to explore the sanctuary – jeep safari and trekking. Though jeep safari is the most convenient and popular option, through trekking you can explore nature and wildlife the best possible way. 

  • Things to do Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary: You can do jeep safari or trekking to explore the wildlife sanctuary.
  • Entry fee: INR 110 per head for adults and INR 40 for children
  • Timing: 7 am to 10 am and 3 pm to 5 pm
  • Nearby attractions: Bandipur Tiger Reserve And National Park, Ancient Jain Temple, Chethalayam Waterfalls, Edakkal Caves, Mudumalai National Park, etc.

3. Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary

Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary

This is a wonderful attraction for all tourists, especially ornithologists and nature lovers. Those who love trekking can also enjoy this place. The serenity and enchanting beauty of this bird sanctuary have made this one of the best places to visit in Wayanad for couples as well. Inside Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary, one can enjoy birds chirping, see multiple trees and herbs having medicinal properties. There are also orchid plantations which have increased the beauty of the place.

  • Things to do at Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary: You can enjoy 3-hour trekking here.
  • Entry fee: INR 50 per person
  • Timing: 6 am to 6 pm
  • Nearby attractions: Pookot lake, Kuruvadweep, Chembra park

4. Edakkal Caves – Most Attractive Place to Visit in Wayanad

Edakkal Caves - Most Attractive Place to Visit in Wayanad
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The Edakkal Caves are a popular tourist destination located at a short distance from Kalpetta. The place is signified due two caves that are separated by a large rock. It is a must visit place in the region as it is an example of great architecture. The caves are located 1,200m above sea level and make for a great surrounding view too. The caves have been known to be formed by the arrows that were fired by the sons of Lord Rama, Prince Luv and Kush. Thus, many locals visit this place considering it as a pilgrimage spot of Kerala

  • Things to do in Edakkal Caves: Explore the trekking spot around.
  • Entry fees: 20 INR per person
  • Timings: visiting time is 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

5. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary – One of The Most Fascinating Places to Visit in Wayanad

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary - One of The Most Fascinating Places to Visit in Wayanad
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The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is popular animal sanctuary of the region and is located between 4 mountain ranges of the Nilgiris. It is also considered an integral part of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. The area is popular as it houses many endangered species like the Indian bison, deer, elephant and tiger. The sanctuary also has many bird species like peafowl. The region is popular for the Elephant rides that are organized by Kerala Forest Department. This place to visit in Wayanad will take 1 day to explore the wildlife.

  • Things to do in Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary: Click the photographs of animals and explore the wildlife
  • Entry Fee: INR 10 per person
  • Timings: 7 to 10 am and 3 to 5 pm

6. Lakkidi View Point – Eyecatching Place to See in Wayanad

Lakkidi View Point - Eyecatching Place to See in Wayanad
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Lakkidi View Point is situated between Kozhikode and Wayanad. It offers amazing view of the valley. The top of the view point has a beautiful panoramic view of the serpentine shaped roads that are going down the mountain. The scenic views and the misty and breezy air of this place makes it a must visit for the entire family. The view point is a small drive from the village and easy to reach too. The visit to this point is the best way to experience serene and calm region along with the natural beauty of the area.

  • Things to do in Lakkidi View Point: Explore natural scenery and enjoy photography
  • Entry Fee: There is no entry fee in the Lakkidi viewpoint
  • Timings: there is no specific timing to visit Lakkidi View point. you may any as per your convinience.

7. Chembra Peak – Among the Best Wayanad Tourist Spots

Chembra Peak - Among the Best Wayanad Tourist Spots
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Chembra Peak is a popular tourist spot due to its breathtaking views and lush greenery. It is located 2100 m above sea level and has a very rare flora and fauna. The trek to Chembra Peak is a highlight among many adventure seekers. One can enjoy tea plantations and forests during this trek and also enjoy serene views of the lakes on the way. The base camp of the trek is located 8 Km from Wayanad.

  • Things to do in Chembra Peak: Explore greenery, do Trekking, clicks beautiful photos.
  • Entry Fee: 20 Rs per person and extra for parking and camera
  • Timings: 7:00 am to 5:00 pm

8. Thirunelli Temple

Thirunelli Temple
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The Thirunelli Temple is an ancient temple located at an altitude of 900 m that is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple is popular due to its glorious architecture and history as it is also mentioned in the ancient Puranas. Only males are allowed in the inner sanctum of the temple. The temple is surrounded by thick forests and lush beauty which also makes it’s a popular view point.

  • Entry is free in Thirunelli Temple
  • Timings: 7:00 am to 8:00 pm

9. Meenmutty Waterfall – One of Mesmerizing Wayanad Attractions

Meenmutty Waterfall - One of Mesmerizing Wayanad Attractions
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The Meenmutty Waterfalls are a picturesque and adventurous place to visit in Wayanad. These mighty falls are situated in the lap of the nature amidst greenery. This is one of the largest waterfalls in Wayanad. The drive towards the falls is a refreshing and makes for a great fun filled family experience. On the way to these waterfalls, one can see lush green forests breathtaking natural views. The waterfall is open from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm every day.

10. Pookot Lake – Primary Attraction of Wayanad Tourism

Pookot Lake - Primary Attraction of Wayanad Tourism
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The Pookot Lake is one of the best sightseeing spots in Wayanad due to its natural beauty and also it is one of the popular lakes in Kerala. This is a freshwater lake lies in the lap of the mighty Western Ghats. The view of the mountain ranges from the lake point is mesmerizing. Bird watching and boating are the primary attractions of Pookot late. There is a freshwater aquarium near the lake that is a must visit. Thus the Pookot Lake is a wholesome family experience. It is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm every day.

11. Neelimala View Point

The Neelimala View Point offers both a breathtaking view and an easy trek for the visitors. It is ideal for children and promises a fun filled experience for the entire family. The route to the top point is also memorable due to the picturesque Western Ghats that will be an experience to remember forever. If you wish to trek to the top point then get ready for the fresh views and to enjoy the coffee and tea plantations along the way.

12. Banasura Hill- Among The Best Wayanad Tourist Places to Visit

Banasura Hill- Among The Best Wayanad Tourist Places to Visit
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One of the most memorable and mesmerizing places that offers a breathtaking view of the region is the Banasura Hill. It also overlooks Banasura Dam and is a great place to enjoy the serenity and peace of the valley. You can enjoy the views of such amazing Kerala hill station with coconut drinks and relaxing breeze. For adventure lovers, there are speed boat rides available along with other activities like trekking, zip line and horse riding. The place is near the Mananthavady town and everyone can easily reach there using public buses.

13. Soochippara Falls / Sentinel Rock Waterfall

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The Soochippara Waterfalls are one of the most hypnotic and restful experience in Wayanad. The waterfalls give a beautiful sight due to the water that gushes down from much higher in the mountains and is surrounded by big rocks. The place is surrounded by mesmerizing and beautiful views. During monsoon, the rains make it slippery and thus do keep caution while climbing up the waterfalls. The falls are located 10 Km from Meppadi town and can be reached by public transport or private vehicles too. This is among the famous waterfalls in Kerala

Things to Do in Wayanad

You can enjoy many activities in Wayanad like visiting Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, bamboo rafting on the Kuruva Island, visiting Edakkal Caves, visiting view points, boating on Pookot Lake, camping, trekking and staying in the amazing and exotic village resorts in the area.

Best Time to Visit Wayanad

Since Wayanad should be best enjoyed in its greenest forms, thus the best time to visit Wayanad is from October to May. During this time one can enjoy sightseeing, trekking, camping and wildlife tours.

Things to Buy in Wayanad

When in Wayanad, there are so many things to buy as a souvenir like tea and coffee, spices, village craft and  bamboo articles, herbal products and honey. The region is also popular for its handlooms and the local handicraft products. The textiles, garments and the furniture from the local markets is also a must buy.

Pack Your Bags

With this information about places to visit in Wayanad; plan for upcoming extended weekends and festival holidays between August and October.