The etymology of the word Wayanad is Vayal (paddy) Naad (land); “Land of Paddy Fields”. Wayanad is one of the most exquisite hill stations of Kerala — exotic landscapes with aesthetic locales. Wayanad boasts of having vast and diverse attractions to offer, from wildlife sanctuary to adventurous trails, from thrilling treks to some of the most picturesque waterfalls and much more. It is an ideal getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city life. Wayanad is bestowed with an ethereal charm and aesthetic beauty by Mother Nature. It is just 5 hours drive from Bangalore and fits the bill perfectly for a perfect weekend getaway from Bangalore. In this post, we give you a low down of the places to see in Wayanad.
Let escape to God’s Own Country Kerala and Kerala’s most popular and beautiful hill station — “Wayanad“.
– Route from Bangalore to Wayanad-
We started our journey at 8:00 AM from Bangalore.
293 km, 5 hours 30 Mins
– Stay –
We stayed at Vythiri Meadows. The homestay 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 Point is one of the highest locations in Wayanad. It is situated at 700 meters 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 below with its winding roads are a treat for the eyes.
Pookot lake is one of the most sought-after tourist spots of Wayanad. It is a natural freshwater lake, surrounded by evergreen mountains. Boating facilities are also available in this lake.
(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, this dam is an absolute piece of beauty. The enthusiastic 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. 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 waterfall in Wayanad for which you don’t have to trek. A narrow path from the road leads directly to the waterfall. Since the place is less popular than Soochippara falls it is calmer and hassle-free.
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 to the waterfall will take you through the beautiful & bountiful forest of Wayanad.
The ancient site that was once the center of the spice trade stands dilapidated 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 wildlife sanctuary.
Good To Know
Best Time to Visit: October – May
Activities: Vantage Points, 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 INR 500 – INR 30,000 depending on your choice and facilities.
The Windflower Resort & Spa Vythiri, Kalpetta, India
Banasura Island Retreat, Kalpetta, India
You can check more Hotels in Wayanad – HERE
How to reach Wayanad:
Nearest Railway Station: Kozhikode 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.
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