Let escape to the god’s own country — Kerala’s most popular and beautiful hill station — “Wayanad“.
The etymology of the word Wayanad is Vayal (paddy) Naad (land); ‘Land of Paddy Fields’.
Wayanad is one of the exquisite hill stations of Kerala — Exotic spot with aesthetic locales.
Wayanad boasts of having vast and diverse attractions to offer from wild life sanctuary to adventurous trails to thrilling trek to some of the picturesque waterfalls and much more.
It is an ideal gateway from the hustle and bustle of the city life. The place is bestowed with an ethereal charm and aesthetic beauty by Mother Nature. It is just 5 hours drive and fits the bill perfectly for a perfect weekend getaway from Bangalore.
– Route from Bangalore –
We started our journey at 8:00 am from Bangalore.
293 km, 5 hours 30 Mins
– Stay –
We stayed at Vythiri Meadow.The home stay is located at Vythiri town and is a perfect hideaway for families. There are a total of 10 independent villas with an individual parking area for every villa.
– Places to See in Wayanad –
Lakkidi is one of the highest locations in Wayanad. It is situated 700 m above sea level. The vantage point offers dazzling views of the surrounding cliffs and valleys. The lofty mountain peaks, luxuriant vegetation and the bird’s eye view of the deep valley, with its winding roads, are breathtaking.
Pookot lake is one of the most sought after tourist spots of Wayanad. It is natural fresh water lake, brimmed with evergreen mountains. Boating facilities are also available.
(Timings: 8.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.)
Banasura Sagar Dam
Largest earth dam in India and the second largest in Asia. Undisturbed and engulfed amidst the hills, is an absolute beauty. The healthy ones can walk up the dam and the lazy ones can rely on the jeep service right up to the top.
Known as Sentinel Rock Waterfalls — situated near Meppadi is nature’s treasured gift. You need to walk 2 Km from the car parking/taxi stand for the waterfall into the dense equatorial forest of Wayanad. Last 500 meters of trekking is a bit tiring and risky
The waterfall is very popular and the most crowded one.
Distance: Around 30 km from Vythiri and 20 km from Kalpetta.
Kanthanpara waterfall is the only fall in Wayanad for which you don’t have to trek. A narrow path will lead you to the actual waterfall.
Since the place is less popular than Soochippara falls it is calmer and hassle free. There is no trekking involved to reach the fall.
Day 3 :
Kerala’s second largest waterfall and the one most unspoiled 3-tired waterfall is located 29 km from Kalpetta.
Meenmutty is a combination of words Meen (fish) and Mutty (blocked).One of the largest and most spectacular waterfalls in the Wayanad District.
This trek will take you through the beautiful & bountiful forest of Wayanad.
The ancient site that was once the center of the spice trade stands dissipated now.
Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Kerala. It is bestowed with lush green forests and rich wildlife, located very near to the Karnataka border.
Elephant, spotted deer, bison, tiger, wild bear etc. can be found in this sanctuary.
Good To Know
Best Time to Visit: October – May
Activities: View point, National Park, Dam, Waterfall, Bird Watching, Jeep Safari, Wildlife Sanctuary, Treehouse
Other Tourist Attractions:
Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary
If you don’t fancy driving around and exploring on your own. You can also opt for Kerala Tour Packages.
Where to Stay :
Hotel price can go from 500- 30,000 depending on your choice and facilities.
You can check more Hotels in Wayanad – HERE
How to reach Wayanad:
Nearest Railway Station: Kozhikode, India railway station is 60 km from Vythiri.
Nearest Airport: Bangalore, Mysore and Calicut International Airport are the nearest airports to Vythiri. Kozhikode(Calicut) is well connected by air to all major Indian and International cities.
Road : Driving distances from Bangalore: 282 Kms, Kozhikode (Calicut): 60 Kms, Kalpetta: 15 km, Ooty : 140 km, Mysore : 140 km, Bandipur – 110 km, Mudumalai – 110 km.
Other: You can opt for public transportation or car rental depending on your budget.