Usually when you visit Kerala, you go the southern part of the state to places like Kochi, Munnar, Thekkady and Alleppey. However, Wayanad in north Kerala is the less popular part of Kerala which is waiting to be explored. With its mysterious mountains, treehouses, beautiful nature and abundant wild life, Waynad offers a lot for your visit. It is located around 80 km away from Kozhikode. It is easily accessible from Karnataka too and Mysore (130 km) and Bengaluru (271 km) are a drive of 2.5 hours and 5.5 hours respectively.
Weather is mostly pleasant through the year with temperatures rising to around 32 degress in April-May. Wayanad receives very heavy rainfall during monsoons. Thus, post monsoons, September is a good time to visit this nature’s paradise.
Places to visit
Banasura Sagar Dam- The largest earthen dam in India offers magnificent views of the area around. It is the starting point for trekkers in search of scenic mountain views.
Chembra Peak- This is the highest peak in Wayanad and is popular among trekkers and other tourists. The heart shaped lake here is a special attraction on your way to the top.
Edakkal Caves- Historically significant caves with pictoral writings and stone age carvings are beautiful structures that entice the archaeologically interested people.
Kuruva Island- Abundant flora and fauna is available at this place in the form of exotic species of birds, orchids and herbs. Located 40 km away from Sulthan Bathery on River Kaveri, it is the right place to experience tranquility.
Among other places, the natural fresh water lake of Pookot is beautiful location for boating. Soochippara Waterfall is a treat for the eyes.
Wayanad celebrates Onam, a famous festival during August- September thereby making it a good time to visit to experience the traditions of the place.
Shopping in Wayanad
Wayanad is known for spices, products made of coconut shells, ivory, cane and wood, bamboo articles. On your visit you can shop for these as well as for tea and coffee in various flavours.
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