Get up-close and personal with Nature at Wayanad
Nestled in between the lush green hills of the Western Ghats, Wayanad is a hill district in Kerala created by taking the areas of Kozhikode and Kannur districts. Wayanad is one of the most famous hill stations in South India and also one of the top tourist destinations in Kerala. The hill station wonderful and is the most preferred getaway for the residents of cities such as Bangalore, Mysore & Kozikhode.
The name Wayanad is originated from Vayal Nadu that depicts the land of paddy fields. Since it is a scenic plateau and has an elevation range of 700 to 2100 meters, the hill station is known for its amazing climate and the breathtaking views.
The climate of Wayanad remains comparatively cool having an average temperature of 19 to 32 degree Celsius. Wayanad is one of those places in the country where rainfall rate is quite high. Monsoon remains highly active during the months of July to October, which makes this place a wonderland during that time. One can experience the thick lush green forests, several waterfalls, and amazing weather during the rainy season. Wayanad has earned the epithet of “the home of the monsoon” due to such a long span of the monsoon season. Monsoon season is considered the best season to visit this pleasing hill station. Wayanad is also famous for it’s plantations of Coffee and Tea.
Apart from the rainy season, summer months are also good to visit the place as it is considered a suitable time for outdoor activities and jungle safaris. Animal sightings are quite better in the months of March and April. The forests situated in the vicinity of Wayanad are the protected areas of Bandipur and Nagarhole and also an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, which is a notable biosphere reserve and also the oldest one in India.
The forests of Wayanad are rich in flora and fauna and plays an important role in conserving some infrequent species such as the Lion-tailed Macaque, White Rumped Vultures, and the Royal Bengal Tiger. Its rich fauna consists of panthers, peacocks, deer, vultures, civet cats, babblers, woodpeckers, bears, and tigers. Apart from all these animals, Blue Beard Bee-eater is also found in the forests of Wayanad, which is known as the largest bird eater in the world.
Here are some famous tourist spots in Wayanad where one can visit and experience nature in its sterling form. If you are a fan of trekking, check out our blog on Top Treks to Keep Your Adrenaline Pumped When in Wayanad.
Standing at a height of 2,100 meters above the sea level on the land of Western Ghats, the towering peak is situated near Meppadi which is in the southern part of Wayanad. The peak is the tallest one in that vicinity and also the climb to the peak is an arduous one. It requires a good physical fitness to complete the climb. The trek to the summit provides an exhilarating and unforgettable experience and the view of Wayanad from the top is magnificent.
The spectacular Meenmutty waterfall is one of the best waterfalls in Wayanad and is also the largest one among all the waterfalls. The waterfall can be reached by doing a short trek of 2 km which starts from the main road connecting Wayanad and Ooty. It is a three-tiered waterfall having a fall of around 300 feet. To know more about the waterfalls in Wayanad, check out our blog on 5 Waterfalls to visit in Wayanad.
It is located in the core of the forest on the Brahmagiri Hills. The place is a bit isolated and mainly consists of large boulders and caves. The caves found here are home to a large variety of flora and fauna. The place is also known for trekking and other adventure activities. A 7 km trek through the forest is quite popular and is an amazing experience.
Banasura Sagar Dam
The dam constructed at Banasura Sagar is considered the largest earth dam in India. The location of Dam is the southwestern part of Wayanad. The nearby locations to the dam also provide few trekking opportunities.
Getting to Wayanad:
Wayanad is well connected by all the modes of transport, be it air, rail, and road. The nearest airport that one can find is the Kozikhode Airport situated around 85 km from Kalpetta, which is the headquarters of the Wayanad district. The nearest railhead is also the Kozikhode Railway Station located 73 km from Kalpetta. Buses are frequently plying between Wayanad and other cities such as Kozikhode, Bangalore, Mysore, Kannur, Ooty, etc.
Wayanad is a tiny hill station but it still takes complete two days to explore this place to the fullest. So a night stay is a must at this hill station to have a wonderful experience of your trip. Travelers can stay at Jungle huts, cottages or resorts. To know more about what you can do at Wayanad, check out or blog on Things to do in Wayanad. When you plan your next trip to Wayanad, do stay at Sterling Wayanad (situated near Sulthan Bathery) for an amazing travel experience.