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.
The undulated topography offers a breathtaking vision of craggy rocks, adding to the picturesque scenery the town captivates many tourists with its scenic beauty, water falls, view points, beautiful lakes and flora and fauna. Wayanad is also known as a paradise for bird watcher.
It is an ideal gateway from the hustle and bustle of the city life. The place is bestowed by 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.
Wayanad boasts of having a 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.
We started our journey at 8:00 am from Bangalore.
– Route 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 individual parking area for every villa.
– Places to Visit in Wayanad –
Day 1 :
Lakkidi is one of the highest locations in Wayanad. It is situated 700 m above sea level.It gets the second highest degree of rainfall in the world. The vantage point which offers dazzling views of the surrounding cliffs and valleys. You can see monkeys wandering around. 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 ever green mountains. Boating facilities are also available.(Timings: 8.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.)
Day 2 :
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 natures treasured gift. Walk 2 Kms from car parking / taxi stand for the waterfall into the dense equatorial forest of Wayanad and find the nature at its thundering best.
The waterfall is very popular and the most crowded one. Last 500 mts of trekking is a bit tiring and risky.
Distance : Around 30 kms from Vythiri and 20 kms frm Kalpetta.
Kanthanpara water falls is the only falls 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 more calm and hassle free. There is no trekking or climbing the slopes so it is very less tiresome and enjoyable.
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 waterfall in the Wayanad District, is a 2 km a bit dangerous at some places and tiresome hike though the jungle.This trek will take you through the beautiful & bountiful forest of Wayanad.
This ancient site was once the center of the spice trade.
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, Tree house
Other Tourist Attractions : Thirunelly Temple, Pakshipathalam, Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary, Kuruva Dweep, Edkkal Cave.
Where to Stay :
Hotel price can go from 500- 30,000 depending on your choice and facilities.
Banasura Hill Resort
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 kms, , Ooty : 140 kms, Mysore : 140 kms, Bandipur – 110 kms, Mudumalai – 110 kms.
Other : You can opt for public transportation or car rental depending on your budget.