Wayanad – the green paradise of Kerala beckons you for a superb holiday in the lap of nature! Nestled in the Western Ghats Mountain ranges in Kerala, the Wayanad hill station has reputed the world over for its green-carpeted plantations and wildlife sanctuaries. The enchanting hills, gurgling streams, scintillating waterfalls, rolling meadows, historical caves, and ancient temples all make Wayanad a tourist hotspot in Kerala!
Here’s a simple guide for visiting Wayanad from Morickap Resort, The best resort in Wayanad!
Wayanad is a pleasant place that exudes soothing vibes. Being positioned high up in the Western Ghats, Wayanad has dense forests and a salubrious climate exists here.
Best time to visit
- Summers (March-May): Summers can be sweltering hot in Wayanad as the temperature goes up to 37°C in the day. It is relatively very cool at night and a delicate breeze blows through the place.
- Monsoons (June-September): Monsoons invite heavy rain in Wayanad and at times the temperature in some places goes down to 25°C. It is better not to visit Wayanad during this season.
- Spring (September to December): The spring season is one of the best seasons to visit Wayanad! The hills and valleys will be covered in verdant greenery & the wildflowers will be in full bloom.
- Winters (December-February): The best season for touring Wayanad! The temperature may be in the range of 18°C and 28°C. The days are quiet and charming and the night times are chilly.
How to reach Wayanad
- Via Air: Calicut International Airport, located around 65 km away is the closest air terminal to Wayanad. Many domestic and international flights land here and you can travel to Wayanad via road.
- By Road: Wayanad is well connected to various parts of Kerala and Karnataka. Many buses reach here from adjacent urban areas like Bangalore, Mysore, Kochi, Chennai, and Trivandrum. Taxi cabs or buses can be boarded to head out to Wayanad.
- By train: As such the Wayanad hill station is not directly connected by rail. You can take a train till Kozhikode, the closest railroad station to Wayanad and then proceed via road to Wayanad. Trains from different parts of Kerala and other states pass through Kozhikode.
Places to visit in Wayanad
- Kuruva Island: Lying 17 km east of Mananthavady, the Kuruva Island is a quiet and serene 950 acres of uninhabited forested land created by the tributaries of the Kabani River. It is a perfect picnic spot, far from the crowded city life. The island is inhabited by rare types of birds and animals as well as orchids and herbs. Boating to Kuruva Island is done on Bamboo rafts.
- Edakkal Caves: The prehistoric Edakkal caves are located 12 km from Sulthan Bathery, at an altitude of 1000 mts. on Ambukuthi Mala close to Ambalavayal. The new Stone Age paintings found on the walls of these caves at Edakkal are proof of the ancient civilization that existed here.
- Sentinel Rock Waterfall: Situated 22 km south of Kalpetta close to Chooralmala, the Sentinel Rock Waterfall is locally known as Soochippara. It is a favorite tourist spot of tourists. The three-stage cascade falls from a height of 200 mts and is surrounded by a captivating landscape. Really a must-visit destination in Wayanad.
- Banasura Sagar Dam: Banasura Sagar Dam, the largest earth dam in India is situated at Padinjarathara and is a beautiful picnic spot in Wayanad. The dam lake with the Banasura hill in the backdrop is a stunning feast to the eyes. A speed boat ride in the lake and a visit to the children’s park in the dam area are the main attractions here.
- Neelimala View Point: An excellent viewpoint to enjoy the beauty of Wayanad! Lying closer to Vaduvanchal, Neelimala is the endpoint of many invigorating trekking trails. The summit of this slope shows scenic vistas of the falling Meenmutty falls and the valley in its foreground.
- Chembra Peak: At an altitude of 2100 meters above sea level, Chembra Peak is the highest mountain peak in Wayanad and is perfect for trekking. It is a stiff climb to reach this pinnacle and it would take an entire day. Viewing the beauty of Wayanad from the highest point of Chembra is an invigorating feeling!
- Pakshipathalam: The bird-lovers paradise Pakshipathalam is located in Wayanad. It is the natural habitat of many domestic and migratory birds. Bird-watching at the Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary is one of the most enjoyable activities in Wayanad and you can get a wonderful opportunity to view several species of birds.
Things to do in Wayanad
- Trekking: Wayanad is a trekking heaven and has many trekking trails in the midst of dense forests, exotic flora & fauna, beautiful waterfalls, and meadows. The Chembra Peak, Edakkal Caves, Pakshipathalam, etc. are the favorite trekking destinations here.’
- Bamboo Craft Workshop: Apart from sightseeing, the famous Bamboo craft workshop is a great entertainment option in Wayanad. Under the training of gifted craftsmen, you will get a chance to make bamboo creations of your own here.
- Spa Retreat: Wayanad has many well-known Ayurveda spa retreats to rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul. Morickap Resort Wayanad is the ideal destination if you are looking to experience the finer side of lifestyle and leisure. You can select from an extensive range of Ayurveda massages and specialized treatments staying at the resort.
- Cycling Tour: Cycling through the winding paths of Wayanad is one of the best activities in Wayanad. This allows you to ride through the woodlands and tea manors.
- Boating in Pookode Lake: Pookode Lake is a freshwater lake located in serene surroundings and one of the most popular tourist spots in Wayanad. A boating trip in Pookode Lake will be a relaxing and enjoyable outing for all.
Stay in Wayanad
There are many options to stay in Wayanad like homestays, hotels, resorts, Treehouses, and more. The Morickap Resort is the best resort in Wayanad for a luxurious stay. Morickap Resort offers spacious villas, rooms, and suites with the best facilities and amenities.