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25+ things to do in Wayanad

25+ things to do in Wayanad

By Akansha Borthakur

31 Dec, 2023

Once you leave the shores of Kozhikode behind and journey deeper into the woods and hills, the green landscapes of Wayanad appear. Replete with vast plantations, deep woods, unique flora and an enchanting ambiance - this slide of paradise in Kerala is every backpacker’s dream come true.

Tea plantation landscape on the hills of Wayanad

Tea plantation landscape on the hills of Wayanad

If you are planning a trip to Wayanad, make sure to go back and read Part 1 of this blog which gives you all the information about how to travel to Wayanad, which season to choose and also has plenty of other common FAQs answered.

View of Wayanad

Scenic beauty of Wayanad

If you have read that already, hello and welcome to Part 2; where we discuss everything and we mean almost everything that you can do in Wayanad. Please note that the timings, pricing, fees and permits mentioned in this blog are subject to change by the Government of India and local authorities.

THINGS TO DO IN WAYANAD

WAYANAD WILDLIFE

1. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

Elephant at wildlife santuary of Wayanad

Elephants in Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

Established in 1973 within the revered Western Ghats, ranked 8th among the World’s Biodiversity Hotspots, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is an essential component of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.

Housing the world's largest recorded populations of Asian elephants and tigers, it's a bio-rich treasure in Wayanad. These flagship species, together with vultures, symbolize the sanctuary's rich wildlife tapestry, which includes leopards, jungle cats, gaur, and more.

Wayanad wildlife santuary

View of Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

Impressively, 6 of the 45 mammal species here are endemic to the Western Ghats. Bird enthusiasts can spot 10 endemic, 6 range-restricted, and 5 globally threatened avian species among the 203 documented.

Beyond the fascinating wildlife, visitors can immerse themselves in activities like guided safaris and nature trails. The sanctuary's dedication to conservation ensures a well-manicured haven for endangered species.

Spotted deer couple at the Wayanad wildlife santuary

Spotted deer couple at Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
 

Sanctuary timings: 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM during the season.

Prices: ₹ 200 for Indians, ₹ 1000 for foreign nationals (prices may vary).

Best time to visit: October to May, due to pleasant weather and increased animal activity.

2. Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary

White-throated kingfisher

White-throated Kingfisher at Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary (Source - yatra.com)

A standout among Wayanad's famous places is the Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary. Nestled in the Brahmagiri hills, this sanctuary is distinguished for its deep rock caves, rich medicinal plants, and vibrant avifauna.

Established to protect the unique biodiversity of the region, it's a paradise for bird watchers, housing various rare and endemic bird species. The sanctuary's avian residents include the Malabar Grey Hornbill, Gold-fronted Chloropsis, and White Bellied Treepie, among others.

Pakshipathalam watch tower

Pakshipathalam watch tower (Source - Xafari)

Another rare and endangered species found in Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary is the edible nest swiftlet, whose saliva-made nest is the main ingredient for bird’s nest soup.

One of the unique things to do in Wayanad is explore its challenging trekking trails leading to the sanctuary, offering visitors a mix of adventure and natural beauty. With a dedication to conserving its precious inhabitants, Pakshipathalam stands as an essential conservation space in the Western Ghats.

Spotted Pileated woodpecker

Spotted Pileated woodpecker at Pakshipathalam

Sanctuary timings: 8 AM to 9 PM. Subject to permissions and may vary.

Prices: ₹ 50 per person for Indians and ₹ 200 per person for foreign nationals. Varies based on trekking and guide charges.

Best time to visit: October to May, due to pleasant weather and optimal bird-watching opportunities.

Peacock spotted in Pakshipathalam

View of peacock spotted in Pakshipathalam

3. Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary

Indian wild elephant spotted at Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary

Indian wild elephant spotted at Muthanga wildlife sanctuary

Highlighted among the top places to visit in Wayanad, the Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary is a cornerstone of the region's ecological tapestry.

Established in 1973, this sanctuary acts as a contiguous bridge to the protected areas of Nagarhole and Bandipur in Karnataka to the northeast and Mudumalai in Tamil Nadu to the southeast. Integrated under Project Elephant in 1991-92, Muthanga proudly stands as the second-largest wildlife sanctuary in Kerala.

Indian wild elephant spotted at Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary

Indian wild elephant spotted at Muthanga wildlife sanctuary

The sanctuary's moist deciduous environment boasts a plethora of trees such as maruthi, karimaruthi, rosewood, venteak, and vengal. Among the activities to do in Wayanad, visitors can eagerly anticipate sightings of majestic wild animals like elephants, tigers, panthers, jungle cats, and wild dogs.

Complementing its rich mammalian diversity, Muthanga's skies and canopies teem with vibrant bird species, including peacocks, babblers, woodpeckers, and jungle fowls.

Group of deer at Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary

Group of deer at Muthanga wildlife sanctuary

Sanctuary timings: 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM during the season.

Prices: ₹ 200 for Indians and ₹ 1000 for foreign nationals.

Best time to visit: October to May, due to pleasant weather and increased animal activity.

4. Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary

A commonly found monkey in Tholpetty wildlife sanctuary

A commonly found monkey in Tholpetty wildlife sanctuary

For those seeking memorable things to do in Wayanad, a visit to Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary is paramount. Located 20 km northeast of Mananthavady along the Kodagu Road, Tholpetty stands as one of the two discontinuous pockets of the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, its counterpart being Muthanga to the south.

View of Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary

View of Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary (Source - trip2kerala)

Wayanad sightseeing isn't complete without delving into Tholpetty's rich biodiversity. One of the premier attractions here is the jeep safari orchestrated by the Forest Department.

Conducted twice daily, this safari provides enthusiasts a golden opportunity to encounter wild animals and birds in their pristine environs. From the elusive panther to the majestic elephant, Tholpetty is a treasure trove for nature lovers and is emblematic of Wayanad's commitment to conservation and ecotourism.

View of Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary

Serene and natural landscape scene of Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary (Source - Lakshmisharat)

Sanctuary timings: 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM during the season.

Prices: ₹ 200 for Indians and ₹ 1000 for foreign nationals.

Best time to visit: October to May, ensuring a harmonious blend of comfortable weather and vibrant wildlife activity.

WATERFALLS IN WAYANAD

1. Soochipara Falls

Soochipara Falls

View of the waterfall cascading down a rocky cliff creating a misty atmosphere around it

When discussing the most enchanting waterfalls in Wayanad, Soochipara Waterfalls, also recognized as Sentinel Rock Falls, unquestionably tops the list. Emanating from a towering height of 200 meters, the waterfall culminates into a pristine natural pool, with its invigorating, crystal-clear waters beckoning visitors for a refreshing dip.

Soochipara Falls

People enjoying at Soochipara Falls (Source - Steps together)

As a spectacle amidst deciduous and evergreen forests, its mesmerizing allure is accentuated by the surrounding lush tea plantations, offering captivating views that are emblematic of Wayanad's verdant beauty.

Positioned 35 km from Wayanad, this three-tiered marvel at Vellarimala is ensconced within dense green woods. An integral part of things to do in Wayanad, a 2-km-long descending trek from the entrance unveils the cascading splendor of Soochipara, a testament to nature's artistry.

Soochipara Falls

Soochipara Waterfall surrounded by Lush Greenery (Source - xplore the earth)

Waterfall timings: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Prices: ₹ 50 for adults, ₹ 25 for children and ₹ 40 for camera.

Best time to visit: Year round, but can be a little risky during the monsoons.

2. Meenmutty Waterfalls

Meenmutty Waterfalls

Lush greenery surrounds Meenmutty Waterfall (Source - Facebook)

Among the top places to visit in Wayanad, Meenmutty Waterfalls stands out as a natural marvel, offering panoramic views of the sprawling valley and the distant mountains.

Located near the Banasura Sagar Dam and just 23 km from Wayanad, this waterfall is a crown jewel in Wayanad sightseeing. The journey to the falls is as enticing as the destination itself; while road access is available up to the entrance of Meenmutty Waterfalls, a short yet invigorating trek awaits visitors.

Meenmutty Waterfalls

View of enchanting Meenmutty Waterfall (Source - Incredible India)

This trek, spanning a few hundred meters, wends its way through verdant forests and aromatic tea estates, running parallel to the river meandering downstream. The trail is segmented into three stages, each approximately 500 meters long, offering varying levels of challenge and visual delight.

Meenmutty Waterfall

View of Meenmutty Waterfall gracefully cascading 

Waterfall timings: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Prices: ₹ 30 for adults, ₹ 15 for children and ₹ 30 for camera.

Best time to visit: October to May, capturing the essence of the falls and its surrounding beauty.

3. Chethalayam Waterfall

Chethalayam Waterfall

View of picturesque flowing Chethalayam Waterfall (Source - Holidify)

A lesser-known gem among Wayanad's famous places, Chethalayam Waterfalls beckons travelers with its scenic charm. Located 12 km from Sulthan Bathery and 37 km from Kalpetta, its azure waters cascade amidst picturesque slopes, providing a captivating sight for nature lovers.

But it's not just the falls that draw attention; the surroundings are a haven for bird watchers, offering several spots to spot various avian species. One of the unique things to do in Wayanad includes a 4 km trek from Kidangand to this waterfall.

Chethalayam Waterfall

Jungle around Chethalayam Waterfall (Source - Trip Invites)

Before embarking on this adventure, visitors need a pass from the Forest Range Office at Chethalayam, as their permission is pivotal to explore the jungle encircling the falls.

A guide from the check post can be availed, especially since wild elephants occasionally traverse the area, making the guided trek both an insightful and safe experience. Although the falls might dwindle during summers, the post-monsoon season rejuvenates it, making it the ideal time for a visit.

Chethalayam Waterfall

View of Chethalayam Waterfall (Source - After the rains)

Waterfall timings: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Prices: ₹ 20 for adults, ₹ 10 for children and ₹ 25 for camera.

Best time to visit: Post monsoon season, when the waterfall is in its full glory.

4. Arippara Falls

Airpara Waterfall

View of Arippara Waterfall

When listing things to do in Wayanad, a visit to the Arippara Waterfalls is an absolute must. Derived from the term 'rock of rice', Arippara is an ethereal spectacle where the robust Iruvanji river majestically tumbles down rocky terrains, manifesting into an eight-level waterfall.

Nestled about 15 km from the Thiruvambady town in Kozhikode, the cascade boasts distinct segments like Sullukallu, Vattakkuzhi, Nirannapara, Olichuchaattom, Shwasakkuzhi, and Neelakkayathadaakam.

Airppara Waterfall

Iruvanji river cascades over rocks (Source - Kerala Tourism)

Besides the awe-inspiring waterfall, the vicinity is dotted with myriad rocks, both grand and minute, and the space between these rocks creates serene pools, offering an unparalleled swimming experience.

As the waters rush, they produce a melodic symphony, enhancing the overall experience. Among the activities to do in Wayanad, immersing oneself in the pristine pools here, especially during the monsoons, stands out.

Owing to its lesser-known status, Arippara waterfalls do not see crowds for most parts of the year, making it great if you love your peace and quiet.

Arippara Waterfall

Women enjoying at Arippara Waterfall (Source - Trip Advisor)

Sanctuary timings: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

Prices: ₹ 50 for Indians and ₹ 200 for foreign nationals.

Best time to visit: Monsoon season, when the waterfall cascades with full vigor.

5. Iruppu Falls

Iruppu Falls

Water flowing gracefully between the rocks at Iruppu Fall

A crowning jewel among the waterfalls in Wayanad, Iruppu Falls beckons with its serene freshwater cascade. Located 48 km from Virajpet en route to Nagarhole, it's not just a visual treat but also a pilgrimage destination.

A forest trail from this waterfall winds up to the Brahmagiri Peak in Southern Kodagu. The site becomes doubly significant with the Rameshwara Temple, a revered Shiva shrine, perched on the banks of the Lakshmana Tirtha River, which one encounters before reaching the Falls.

Iruppu Fall

Lush green forests around the Iruppu Fall (Source - Quora)

The legend holds that during their quest for Sita, Rama and Lakshmana traversed the Brahmagiri range. In a moment of thirst, Lakshmana shot an arrow into the hills, birthing the river Lakshmana Tirtha.

This act bestowed the falls with the purported power to absolve sins. The best time for Wayanad sightseeing, especially at the Iruppu Falls, is during the monsoons when it's in its full majestic glory. The allure amplifies on Shivaratri, drawing thousands hoping for spiritual cleansing.

Iruppu Fall

View of Iruppu Fall 

Sanctuary timings: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Prices: ₹ 50 for Indians and ₹ 150 for foreign nationals.

Best time to visit: Monsoon season, for a spectacular view of the waterfall in full flow.
 

LAKES AND DAMS IN WAYANAD

1. Banasura Sagar Dam

Banasura Sagar Dam

Lake serene with mountains at Banasura Sagar dam

Considered to be one of Wayanad’s most famous places, the Banasura Sagar Dam stands majestically amidst the lush landscapes of the town. As India's largest earthen dam, it sprawls across the waters of the River Karamanathodu, a tributary of the Kabini River.

Surrounded by verdant hills, its shimmering reservoir interspersed with tiny islands forms a picturesque setting, making it a haven for photographers.

Banasura Sagar Dam

Boating in the reservoir

The mesmerizing beauty of the dam, its reservoir, and the contrasting green islands against the looming hills make it an undeniably calming visual spectacle. Beyond its scenic charm, Banasura Sagar Dam also offers adventurous experiences.

Trekking through the adjoining dense forests to reach the hill's zenith is a popular attraction. The area is replete with various activities, including ziplining and speed boating.

It is among the top places to visit in Wayanad.

Banasura Sagar Dam

Beautiful landscape of Banasura Sagar Dam 

Sanctuary timings: The dam is generally open for visitors daily from 9 AM to 5 PM.

Prices: The typical entry fee is around ₹ 30 for adults, with discounts available for children and senior citizens. Additional charges may apply for specific activities like boating.

Best time to visit: The post-monsoon season, specifically from September to March, offers the best views and pleasant weather for visitors.

2. Pookode Lake

Pookode Lake

Boating Kayaking at Pookode Lake

Located amidst the landscapes of Wayanad, Pookode Lake stands out as a unique freshwater lake. For lovers pondering over things to do in Wayanad for couples, a boat ride on Pookode offers a memorable experience. The lake's clear waters, set against evergreen forests and mountain slopes, provide a captivating setting for boating in Wayanad.

Pookode Lake

Lillies floating on the surface of Pookode Lake

Adding to its singularity in Kerala, Pookode Lake is home to the distinct fish species, Pethia pookodensis, found only in these waters. Moreover, visitors can appreciate the abundance of blue lotus and other fresh water fishes in the lake.

Situated just 15 km from Kalpetta, its accessibility is an added advantage for travelers wanting to experience the beauty and offerings of the lake.

Pookode Lake

Boat rides at Pookode Lake

Lake timings: Pookode Lake welcomes visitors usually from 9 AM to 5 PM daily.

Prices: The typical entry fee is around ₹ 20 for adults, with boating charges dependent on the type of boat selected.

Best time to visit: The period between September and May, characterized by favorable weather, is recommended for visits and boating.

3. Karapuzha Dam

Karapuzha dam

A view of the Karapuzha Dam shutter

A significant highlight of Wayanad sightseeing, the Karapuzha Dam stands as a testament to human ingenuity. Recognized as one of the biggest earth dams in India, the dam spans a length of 625 meters and reaches a height of 28 meters.

Over time, it has evolved into one of Wayanad's famous places, attracting both nature lovers and engineering enthusiasts. Beyond its primary function of aiding irrigation, the dam, adorned with fresh foliage, has become a hotspot for avian life, luring bird watchers and photographers alike.

Karapuzha Dam

Ziplining at Karapuzha river

The reservoir's creation, a result of the confluence of the Karapuzha River with a cluster of smaller lakes, presents a delightful visual treat, making the dam a great place to bask in nature's beauty on a pleasant evening.

For those seeking a day of relaxation, the manicured gardens around the dam provide an ideal setting for picnics.

Karapuzha Dam

Karapuzha Dam garden and adventure park

Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM.

Entry fee: Free.

Best time to visit: All year round, especially during early mornings or late afternoons for a serene experience.

4. Hridaya Saras (Heart Lake)

Heart Lake

The heart-shaped lake on top of Chembra Peak in Wayanad

Hridaya Saras, a secluded heart-shaped lake, lies ensconced amidst the verdant meadows on the trail leading to Chembra Peak. This strikingly beautiful lake stands as a symbol of nature's romance, offering solace and quietude to every visitor.

A journey to Chembra Peak is not just about reaching the summit, but it's also about discovering the charm of Hridaya Saras.

Heart Lake

Top view of Wayanad from Chembra Peak's Heart-shaped Lake

As you approach the lake, its crystal-clear waters offer a mesmerizing view, and it’s no wonder that photographers find it hard to resist capturing this enchanting sight. While the lake itself stretches over an area of 1827 sq. m and remains constant throughout the year, its surroundings are particularly vibrant and green after the monsoon showers.

For those keen on experiencing this scenic wonder, it's essential to note that the Mepaddy Forest Office located nearby provides the required permissions to embark on the trek.

Heart Lake

View of heart-shape lake (Hridaya Saras)

Timings: It's advisable to check with the Mepaddy Forest Office for preferred trekking hours.

Entry fee: Permissions required from the Mepaddy Forest Office.

Best time to visit: Post monsoon when the surroundings are lush and green.

5. Karlad Lake

Karlad Lake

Boating at Karlad Lake (Source - Kerala Tourism)

Positioned amidst a vast expanse of greenery, Karlad Lake stands as the second largest freshwater lake in Kerala, just a short 3km drive from the renowned Banasura Sagar Dam. For those searching for things to do in Wayanad, Karlad Lake offers an abundance of choices.

Whether it's the serene experience of bamboo rafting and boating or the adrenaline pumping ziplining from a 50m tower across the 250m-long aerial rope, the lake has something for everyone. Kayaking, rock climbing, and zorbing are also activities available in the area.

Karlad Lake

Ziplining at Karlad Lake (Source - Facebook)

The Wayanad Adventure Camp, overseen by D.T.P.C (District Tourism Promotion Council) Wayanad, ensures that visitors get a comprehensive adventure experience. To enhance your visit, there's also a handicrafts and spices emporium situated nearby, perfect for taking back a piece of Wayanad with you.

Karlad Lake Water Adventure Park

Karlad lake water adventure park

Timings: Recommended to check with the Wayanad Adventure Camp for activity timings.

Entry fee: Varies depending on the chosen activity.

Best time to visit: Throughout the year, though, post monsoon offers a more lush experience.
 

HIKES AND TREKS IN WAYANAD

1. Edakkal Caves

Edakkal Cave

View of Edakkal Caves Ambukutty Mala

Positioned atop Ambukutty Mala and standing 1,200 meters above sea level, the Edakkal Caves are a fascinating inclusion in the top 10 places to visit in Wayanad. These caves are not just a testament to geographical wonders but also a portal into ancient human history.

They are located near a historic trade route that once connected the high mountains of Mysore to the Malabar Coast's ports. The journey to the caves itself is an adventure, involving a hike that takes visitors through lush landscapes to the caverns.

Once inside, the intricate carvings and pictographs provide a unique window into ancient life and art.

Edakkal Caves

Neolithic stone carved petroglyphs of the Early Harrapan culture at Edakkal Caves

One of the unique things to do in Wayanad is explore these caves, where you can witness pictorial writings dating back to at least 6,000 BCE. These markings, believed to be created by Neolithic humans, signal a prehistoric civilization's presence in this region.

The Stone Age carvings within Edakkal Caves are a rare find in South India, paralleled only by the cave paintings in the Shenthurini forests of Kollam, Kerala, which belong to the Mesolithic era.

Edakkal  Caves

Visitors enjoying on the trip to the historic Edakkal Caves

Timings: Open from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM, with the hike up taking a significant portion of this time.

Entry fee: A nominal fee is charged for entry, with separate charges for camera usage.

Best time to visit: The cooler months from November to March offer a comfortable trekking experience.

2. Chembra Peak Trek

Chembra Peak

View from the top of Chembra Peak

The crowning glory of the Western Ghats and adorning the Wayanad landscape, Chembra Peak stands as an iconic destination for trekking enthusiasts. At 2,100 meters, it is the loftiest peak in the Wayanad hills, bridging the Nilgiri Hills and Vellarimala.

A unique attraction of this trek is the heart-shaped pond, set amidst a lush meadow, encountered after about an hour's hike. This spot is perfect for a restful break, allowing trekkers to enjoy the splendid panoramic views.

Chembra Peak

People trekking on the trail to Chembra Peak

Managed by "Chembra Peak VSS" under the South Wayanad Forest Development Agency, guided treks ensure a safe and informative journey to the summit.

The trek initiates among the tranquil tea plantations, gradually transforming into a more challenging ascent. As you climb, the peak reveals itself, making this trek a highlight among the activities to do in Wayanad.

Chembra Peak

Mud road beside the tea plantation in Chembra Peak

Visiting time: 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM, with trekkers advised to start before 2:00 PM to complete the trek safely.

Entry fee: A fee is required for trekking, including guide charges.

Best time to visit: The trek is most enjoyable from September to February, offering clear skies and pleasant weather.

3. Sahib Kunnu Trek

Sahib Kunnu Trek

A lady enjoying the magnificent view from a hilltop in Wayanad during early morning

Among the many adventures that mark Wayanad's famous places, the Sahibkunnu trek is a challenging yet rewarding journey for avid trekkers. This arduous seven-hour trek leads to the scenic Sahibkunnu top, a place wrapped in folklore and named after a legendary demon.

Sahib Kunnu Trek

View of the mountainous landscape as seen while trekking to Sahib Kunnu Trek

The trek's path, beginning at the base of the Banasura Ranges, weaves through steep slopes and deep valleys. Hikers traverse along mountain streams and are treated to captivating views that become more impressive as they ascend.

The journey is an adventure through diverse terrains - from deep forests to green pastures, under the open sky. Once at the summit, trekkers are greeted by the magnificent sight of the surrounding peaks and the vast valley below, offering a panoramic spectacle that's truly unforgettable.

Sahib Kunnu Trek

View of the mountainous landscape as seen while trekking to Sahib Kunnu Trek

Trekking timings: Advisable to start early in the morning for a safe return by evening.

Entry fee: No specific entry fee, but hiring a guide is recommended for safety.

Best time to visit: The ideal time for this trek is from October to March when the weather is most favorable for hiking.

4. Kurisumala Trek

Kurisumala Trek

Entrance of the Thekkan Kurisumala (Source - Medium)

Kurisumala, an enchanting hill within the vicinity of Wayanad, is increasingly becoming popular as one of the key places to visit near Wayanad.

Known for its spiritual significance and natural beauty, it's also listed among the famous Wayanad places for trekking enthusiasts and nature lovers. Reaching Kurisumala involves a drive of approximately 22 km from Kalpetta, the nearest major town in Wayanad.

People trekking on the mist-covered trails

People trekking on the mist-covered trails (Source - Medium)

The trek itself is a blend of spiritual and natural exploration, often drawing both pilgrims and adventurers. As you ascend the hill, the path unfolds through lush green landscapes, offering peaceful and scenic vistas.

The trek can take a few hours, depending on the pace and stops one chooses to make along the way. It's a moderately challenging trek, suitable for both seasoned trekkers and beginners with a reasonable level of fitness.

Kurisumala Trek

Top view from the Kurisumala Trek

Trekking timings: Best to start early in the morning to enjoy the trek in daylight and return by evening.

Entry fee: There is no entry fee for Kurisumala, making it an accessible adventure for all.

Best time to visit: The trek is most pleasant from October to March, avoiding the heavy monsoon season and the extreme summer heat.

5. Phantom Rock (Cheengiri Mala)

Phantom Rock (Cheengiri Mala)

Metamorphic rock formation resembling a human skull

Phantom Rock, also known as Cheengeri Mala, stands out as an archaeological marvel and secures its place in the top 10 places to visit in Wayanad. This natural formation, astonishingly shaped like a phantom skull, has garnered widespread attention for its unique appearance.

Phantom rock aerial with nearby granite quarry

Phantom rock aerial with nearby granite quarry

Located 26 km away from Kalpetta, reaching Phantom Rock involves a trek through narrow trails. Standing at an elevation of 2600 meters above sea level, the rock is not just an impressive geological formation but also a vantage point offering panoramic views.

The surrounding lush greenery adds to its beauty, making it a photographer's paradise. The skull-shaped rock, perched atop a small boulder, is a remarkable example of metamorphic rock formations and is locally known as Cheengeri Mala or Thalappara.

Phantom rock

View of Phantom rock

Trekking timings: Ideal to visit during daylight hours, typically from 9 AM to 4 PM.

Entry fee: There is no entry fee, but visitors should be mindful of the natural surroundings.

Best time to visit: The trek to Phantom Rock is best undertaken between October and March when the weather is most favorable for hiking.
 

VIEWPOINTS IN WAYANAD

1. Neelimala View Point

Neelimala View

View of the falls, river and valleys surrounding it Neelima Viewpoint

Neelimala View Point, located near Vaduvanchal and about 30 km from Wayanad, offers a trekking experience that is a must-do for visitors seeking unique things to do in Wayanad.

The journey starts with a jeep ride from the entrance, leading through dense forest to the base of the trek. This path to the viewpoint is an adventure in itself, boasting untrodden trails and a sense of wilderness.

Neelimala view

Breathtaking views of the Western Ghats

Reaching the viewpoint rewards trekkers with breathtaking views of the Western Ghats. Neelimala is one of Wayanad’s best viewpoints, where the grandeur of Meenmutti Waterfalls unfolds. The falls' roar resonates through the valley, adding to the mystical experience.

Here, amidst the clouds and overlooking the vast valley, the beauty of Wayanad truly comes to life. The viewpoint's captivating scenery, from mist-covered slopes to intriguing boulder formations, makes the trek a memorable one.

Neelimala View Point

Top view from the Neelimala View Point

Trekking timings: Ideal to start in the morning and return by late afternoon.

Entry fee: There may be a fee for the jeep ride to the trek's starting point.

Best time to visit: Optimal from October to May, offering clearer weather and splendid views.

2. Lakkidi View Point

Lakkidi View Point

View of the serpentine ghat road from Lakkidi view point

Lakkidi View Point, perched at an elevation of 700 meters above sea level, is a must-visit for those exploring activities to do in Wayanad. Located approximately 32 kilometers from Wayanad, this viewpoint is famed for its nine hairpin curves and the stunning panoramic views of the surrounding mountains it offers.

Lakkidi Viewpoint

Ghat road view from Lakkidi view point

One of the prime Wayanad viewpoints, Lakkidi provides a resplendent sight, particularly during sunrise and sunset, making these times ideal for a visit.

Its reputation as a fantastic picnic spot and the 'Gateway of Wayanad' only adds to its charm. Notably, Lakkidi is also known for its high rainfall, which contributes to the lushness of the scenery, enhancing the beauty of the view.

Lakkidi view point

Panoramic views of the surrounding mountains of Lakkidi view point

Visiting timings: Open throughout the day, with sunrise and sunset being the best times for spectacular views.

Entry fee: There is no entry fee for Lakkidi View Point.

Best time to visit: The viewpoint can be visited year-round, but the post-monsoon period offers clearer skies and more vibrant greenery.
 

ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES IN WAYANAD

1. Bamboo Rafting in Kuruva Island

Kuruva Island, Wayanad

Serene view on Kuruva Island with a bamboo raft moored

Exploring the enchanting Kuruvadweep, or Kuruva Island, unfolds as one of the most captivating activities in Wayanad. This 950-acre protected river delta, cradled by the tributaries of the Kabini River, is a highlight for anyone interested in the diverse offerings of South India’s natural wonders.

The island’s bamboo rafting experience is a unique Wayanad sightseeing adventure, immersing visitors in the serene beauty of Kerala’s forested regions. You'll navigate calm waters, guided by an experienced river guide.

Kuruva Island

Group of people enjoying on a bamboo raft

The adventure lasts over two hours, revealing the untouched beauty of the dense forests and rich biodiversity of the area. Well-constructed bamboo walkways and bridges enhance the accessibility of the island, especially during the rainy season, making it a seamless addition to your list of things to do in Wayanad.

Kuruva Island

Untouched nature of Kuruva Island

Activity timings: The rafting experience typically spans 2 hours and is best enjoyed during daylight.

Entry fee: There are charges for both the bamboo rafting and island entry.

Best time to visit: The ideal months are from October to May, coinciding with the island’s open season and pleasant weather conditions. The island remains closed during the monsoon season for safety.

2. Camping by the Kabini

Camping at Kabini

View of camping by the Kabini riverside

Camping by the Kabini riverside offers an immersive experience into the heart of Wayanad’s tropical forests. Located in the lush landscapes surrounding the Kabini River, this camping experience is a perfect escape for those seeking to learn more about the region’s flora and fauna.

The Kabini River, a major tributary of the Cauvery, flows through the Nagarhole National Park, making this spot not just scenic but also a gateway to rich biodiversity.

Kabini Island

View of Kabini Island

With tents set up near the river, campers can enjoy the soothing sounds of the flowing water and the calls of the wild from the nearby forest.

The proximity to the Nagarhole National Park enhances the camping experience, with potential sightings of wildlife like elephants, deer, and a variety of birds. Activities such as bird watching, nature walks, and even safaris can be arranged.

Kabini Island

Kabini river meanders through Wayanad

Camping timings: Overnight stays are common, with check-in and check-out times varying by campsite.

Fees: Prices depend on the level of accommodation and services offered.

Best time to visit: The ideal time for camping by the Kabini Riverside is from October to May, when the weather is pleasant and conducive for outdoor activities.

3. Ziplining in Wayanad

Ziplining at Wayanad

Thrill-seekers experience the lush landscapes while ziplining (Source - Pinklungi)

Ziplining at Banasura Sagar Hydel Tourism Centre has quickly become a sought-after adventure activity in Wayanad. This thrilling 400-meter zipline ride offers a unique way to experience the beauty of the region, making it one of the most unique things to do in Wayanad.

As you launch into the air, you're greeted with a breathtaking view of Banasura Hill and the dam, gliding over the sparkling waters of the Banasura reservoir.

Ziplining at Wayanad

Girl enjoying high-flying zipline adventure in Wayanad (Source - The Hindu)

Available from Tuesday, the ride allows adventure enthusiasts to soar across the sky and enjoy a panoramic perspective of the area. Additionally, the Banasura Sagar Hydel Tourism Centre offers other activities like kayaking, rafting, and water scooter rentals, catering to a wide range of interests.

Ziplining at Wayanad

Exciting zipline rides through the trees of Wayanad (Source - Voyehomes) 

Operating hours: The zipline is open from 9 AM to 6 PM.

Price: The zipline ride is priced at ₹ 300 per person.

Best time to visit: While ziplining can be enjoyed year round, the post monsoon and winter months offer clearer skies and more comfortable weather conditions.

4. Cycling in Wayanad

Cycling in Wayanad

People cycling along a road surrounded by lush tea plantations (Source - Kerala bike tour)

Wayanad offers a variety of cycling trails and routes, each promising a unique blend of natural beauty and cultural experience. The cycling routes in Wayanad are diverse, catering to different skill levels and interests, making it one of the best group activities to do in Wayanad. Some common trails include:

Cycling in Wayanad

Womens cycling through the tea gardens of Wayanad (Source - Techfrog)

The Plantation Trail: This route winds through the expansive tea and coffee plantations of Wayanad. Cyclists can enjoy the serene greenery and occasionally spot local wildlife.

The Tribal Village Trail: For those interested in culture, this trail leads to some of the tribal villages of Wayanad. It offers insights into the local way of life and traditional practices.

Banasura Sagar Dam route for cycling

Banasura Sagar Dam Route for cycling (Source - Tripinic)

The Banasura Sagar Dam Route: This path takes cyclists near the Banasura Sagar Dam, providing stunning views of the water body against the backdrop of the Banasura hills.

Several organizations in Wayanad offer guided cycling tours. These tours are often accompanied by experienced guides who not only navigate the routes but also share information about the places en route.

Exploring the tea estates of Wayanad on a bicycle

Exploring the tea estates of Wayanad on a bicycle (Source - Mountain bike Kerala)

Availability: Cycling tours and bike rentals are available throughout the year.

Price: Varies based on the tour operator and the length of the tour.

Best time to visit: The best time for cycling in Wayanad is from October to May, when the weather is relatively dry and cool.

5. Bamboo Forest Hike

Bomboo hiking in Wayanad

Man hiking in the bamboo forest of Wayanad

The Bamboo Forest in Wayanad, part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, is a remarkable destination and certainly ranks among the top 10 places to visit in Wayanad. Known for its extensive bamboo groves with dense growth, it offers a unique hiking experience.

It typically takes about 2 to 3 hours, depending on the pace of the hikers. The trail meanders through tall, whispering bamboo groves, providing a sense of seclusion and tranquility.

Hiking trail through bamboo forest of Wayanad

Hiking trail through the bamboo forest of Wayanad

The path is well-marked, making it navigable even for novice hikers.

The canopy formed by the bamboo trees creates a cool, shaded environment, making the hike pleasant even during warmer days.

This forest is not just about the bamboo; it's a habitat rich in biodiversity. Hikers often spot a variety of birds and smaller wildlife, making it a great spot for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts.

View of treetops in a bamboo forest of Wayanad

View of treetops in a bamboo forest of Wayanad

Hiking duration: Approximately 2 - 3 hours for the complete trail.

Entry fee: There may be a nominal entry fee or permit required, depending on the specific area of the forest.

Best time to visit: The ideal time for hiking here is from October to May, when the weather is favorable and the forest is lush post-monsoons.
 

TEMPLES AND PLACES OF WORSHIP IN WAYANAD

1. Thirunelli Temple

Thirunelli Temple

The ancient Thirunelli temple (Source - the woods resorts)

Dedicated to Lord Maha Vishnu and perched at an altitude of about 900 meters on the side of Brahmagiri Hill, Thirunelli Temple is a renowned spiritual site and a jewel among the temples of Wayanad.

It stands out not only for its spiritual significance but also for its stunning natural surroundings, enveloped by mountains and dense forests. Thirunelli Temple holds a distinguished place in the Vaishnavite tradition, classified as one of the 108 Abhimana Kshethrams.

The temple's name is derived from the word 'nelli', the Tamil/Malayalam term for the Indian gooseberry (Amla tree), which is abundant in the area.

Thirunelli Temple

Pancha Tirtha at Dakshina Kashi temple, Thirunelli

This ancient temple is one of Wayanad’s most famous places and is linked with folklore and legends to other significant temples in the region, such as the Kottiyoor Temple and Trisillery Temple. Devotees flock to Thirunelli Temple with deep reverence, seeking blessings from Lord Vishnu.

The temple's serene atmosphere and sacred energy are believed to bring peace and spiritual fulfillment to its visitors.

Thirunelli Temple

Dakshinaa Kashi temple, Thirunelli

Temple timings: Typically open from early morning till evening.

Entry fee: There is no entry fee, but donations are accepted.

Best time to visit: The temple can be visited throughout the year, with special festivities and rituals during certain Hindu festivals.

2. Jain Temple

Jain Temple

Wider view of the Jain temple showcasing its rectilinear architecture and the entrance

The Bathery Jain Temple, nestled in the scenic hills of Sulthan Bathery, is a notable historical and spiritual landmark among the temples in Wayanad.

This temple, dating back to the 13th century, showcases the architectural style of the Vijayanagar Dynasty. It has played various roles throughout history – from a sacred Jain shrine for Shaivism and Vaishnavism to an administrative hub, and even an ammunition storehouse during the reign of Tipu Sultan.

Jain Temple

Inside view the temple focusing on the intricately carved figures on the stone walls

Sulthan Bathery, the region where the temple is located, derives its name from the historical event of Tipu Sultan using the temple as a battery. Currently, it is a protected monument under the Archaeological Survey of India.

Located on the Bangalore-Calicut Highway, about 25 km from Wayanad, this ancient temple remains an essential visit for those exploring the region.

Jain Temple

View of the temple showcasing the architectural style of the Vijayanagar Dynasty

Visiting hours: The temple is generally open to visitors throughout the day.

Entry fee: There is no entry fee as it is a protected archaeological site.

Best time to visit: The temple can be visited year-round, with the post monsoon season offering a lush, green backdrop to the historical structure.

3. Pallikunnu Church

Pallikunnu Church

View of Our Lady of Lourde's Church (Pallikkunnu Church)

Pallikunnu Church, also venerated as 'Our Lady of Lourdes' is located approximately 19 km from Kalpetta. This Latin Catholic Church is one of the most famous churches in Wayanad and was established by the renowned priest Fr. Jefreno in 1908.

The architecture of Pallikunnu Church is a splendid example of Latin Catholic design, characterized by its traditional facade and intricate details that are a visual treat.

Pallikkunu temple

View of the Pallikunnu church's traditional facade (Source - Xafari)

One of the major highlights of Pallikunnu Church is its annual festival, held in February. This 16-day event, known as the Pallikunnu Church Festival, attracts visitors and devotees from all over, offering a unique blend of religious fervor and cultural festivities.

The best time to visit this famous place in Wayanad is during this festival when the church and its surroundings are lively and vibrant.

Pallikunnu Church

View of the church on a busy day with many people (Source - Tripadvisor)

Visiting hours: The church welcomes visitors from 7 AM to 7 PM daily.

Entry fee: There is no entry fee for visiting Pallikunnu Church.

Best time to visit: February, during the Pallikunnu Church Festival, is ideal for experiencing the church in its full glory.

4. Varambetta Mosque

Varambetta Mosque

View of Varambetta Mosque showcases classic Islamic architecture (Source - Faceboook)

Located approximately 15 km from Kalpetta, Varambetta Mosque stands as a significant historical and cultural site within Wayanad. With a history spanning about 300 years, Varambetta Mosque is one of the oldest mosques in Wayanad and holds a special place in the region's rich tapestry of religious landmarks.

The mosque's design is a beautiful representation of traditional Islamic architecture. Its prominent dome and minarets are emblematic of classic mosque structures, creating a striking silhouette against the Wayanad skyline.

Varambetta Mosque

Varambetta Mosque illuminated with colorful lights at night (Source - Trip)

The mosque's exterior and interior are equally impressive, adorned with intricate patterns and calligraphy that beautifully reflect the Islamic heritage.

Visitors to Varambetta Mosque are often struck by the serene atmosphere and the meticulous craftsmanship evident in every aspect of its construction.

Varambetta mosque

Interior of the mosque with traditional wooden architecture (Source - Hiwayanad)

Visiting hours: The mosque is open to visitors daily, with specific hours for worship.

Entry fee: There is no entry fee for visiting Varambetta Mosque.

Best time to visit: While the mosque can be visited any time of the year, respectful and non-intrusive visits are recommended, particularly outside of prayer times.

5. Koottamundu Glass Temple

Perched atop the Vellarimala hill, the Koottamundu Glass Temple involves a trek through the forest range of Vellarimala, making the journey to this sacred site an adventure in itself. The temple's most striking feature is the thousands of shimmering glass mirrors that adorn its interior. These mirrors are strategically placed to reflect the idols housed in the sanctum, creating a mesmerizing display of light and imagery which makes this one of the most visited temples of Wayanad.

The main deities of the temple, Parswanatha Swamy and Padmavathi Devi, are revered figures in Jainism, and their idols add a profound spiritual essence to the temple. Each year, the Koottamundu Glass Temple attracts thousands of devotees and tourists, drawn by its unique construction and serene environment.

Visiting hours: The temple is generally open to visitors throughout the day.

Entry fee: There is no entry fee for the temple, but donations are welcomed.

Best time to visit: The temple can be visited year-round, with the trek being more enjoyable during the cooler months from October to March.

Please note that the temple had been closed due to local issues. Always check with local authorities or reliable sources for the latest and most accurate information regarding the temple's accessibility and operational status.
 

OTHER THINGS TO DO IN WAYANAD

1. Ripon Tea Estate Tour

Ripon Tea Estate, Wayanad

A Hilltop Heritage Bungalow Amidst Tea Plantations, Wayanad (Source - Facebook)

Interested in a tea plantation tour in Wayanad? Look no further than Ripon. Located just 7 km from Meppadi, and 28 km from Sulthan Bathery, Ripon Tea Estate stands as a testament to the region's rich tea growing heritage.

Renowned for its expansive tea gardens, the estate is spread across 443 hectares along the slopes of the Wayanad Hills, at an impressive altitude of nearly 2000 meters.

Ripon Tea Estate, Wayanad

Ripon bungalow surrounded by tea bushes and spread across the terrain (Source - Facebook)

The Ripon Tea Factory, established in the 18th century by the British, encapsulates a blend of history and modern tea production techniques. The factory, with its colonial architecture, offers a glimpse into the history of tea cultivation in the region.

It's also an opportunity to witness firsthand the meticulous process of tea making and understand the nuances that make Wayanad's tea so special. Factory visits and tea tasting sessions can be arranged, providing an interactive and insightful option for activities to do in Wayanad.

Ripon Tea Estate, Wayanad

Ripon Tea Estate's scenic landscape (Source - mycookingcanvas)

Visiting hours: Factory tours and estate visits are typically available during working hours, but it's best to arrange in advance.

Entry fee: Tours may have a fee, depending on the type of experience chosen.

Best time to visit: The estate is welcoming throughout the year, but the post-monsoon season offers a lush, vibrant landscape perfect for exploring.

2. Wayanad Tea Museum

Wayanad Tea Museum

View of the Wayanad tea museum

The Wayanad Tea Museum, situated amidst the stunning natural beauty of Wayanad in Kerala is a fascinating attraction for tea lovers. Managed by Harrisons Malayalam Limited (HML), this museum is a unique transformation of a century-old tea factory into an immersive and educational Tea Museum.

Visitors to the Wayanad Tea Museum can embark on a journey through the rich history of tea. With the assistance of knowledgeable guides, guests can explore the tea culture specific to Wayanad and gain a deep understanding of the intricate processes involved in producing this beloved beverage.

Wayanad Tea tasting

Tea tasting experience at Wayanad tea museum

One of the highlights of the museum is the tea tasting experience. After the informative tour, guests can tantalize their taste buds with a delightful tea tasting session. Whether you prefer the boldness of black tea or the subtleties of green tea, you will find something to satisfy your tea cravings.

Also, the Wayanad Tea Museum designed "Photopoint" that offers the perfect backdrop to capture the lush tea plantations and the beautiful natural surroundings. The stunning landscapes ensure that visitors leave with breathtaking snapshots to cherish as a memento of their visit to this unique tea museum.

Cafe at Wayanad Tea Museum

View of Wayanad tea museum cafe

Visiting hours: 9 am – 6 pm

Entry fee: Adults Rs. 50 and for childrens (less than 12 years its Free).

Best time to visit: The Wayanad tea museum can be visited during the post-monsoon months of September to March as the weather is pleasant with cooler temperatures, and the lush green tea plantations are at their most vibrant.

3. Bamboo Factory in Uravu

Entrance of Uravu

Entrance of Uravu Indigenous Science and Technology Centre (Source - Pinterest)

Uravu Indigenous Science and Technology Centre, situated in the picturesque village of Thrikkaipetta in Wayanad is not just a hub for bamboo craftsmanship but also a testament to sustainable living and community empowerment.

As a social organization, Uravu focuses on skill training activities, particularly in bamboo processing and craftsmanship, while promoting eco-tourism.

Uravu Wayanad

Products made of Bamboo in Wayanad Uravu (Source - Pinterest)

Visitors to Uravu can witness the fascinating process of bamboo being transformed into beautiful, functional crafts. The center is a beehive of activities, offering insights into the traditional and innovative uses of bamboo.

From learning about bamboo cultivation to shopping for unique handicrafts, there's something for everyone. If you are a sustainable traveller, then this should be on your top 10 places to visit in Wayanad list.

Uravu Wayanad

Uravu center facilitates bamboo cultivation and bamboo craft products (Source - OnManorama)

Visiting hours: The center is generally open during regular business hours, but it's advisable to check in advance.

Entry fee: There may be nominal charges for guided tours.

Best time to visit: The center can be visited year-round, with the post-monsoon and winter months being particularly pleasant for exploring the area.

4. Wayanad Heritage Museum

Wayanad Heritage Museum

Heritage Museum at Ambalavayal Wayanad

Renowned for housing one of the largest collections of historical remnants in Kerala, the Wayanad Heritage Museum artifacts date back to the 2nd century, the museum offers a deep dive into the region's rich past.

Divided into four distinct sectors - Veerasmruthi, Gothrasmruthi, Devasmruthi, and Jeevanasmruthi, the museum presents a wide array of artifacts. These exhibits span from the Neolithic age to the 17th century, providing insights into various aspects of historical and tribal life.

Definitely shouldn’t be skipped when looking for things to do in Wayanad.

Artifacts of Wayanad Heritage Museum

Artifacts of Wayanad Heritage Museum

Visitors can explore an extensive collection that includes items from ordinary tribal life, decorated memorial grave stones used for heroes, and intriguing terracotta figures. One of the unique activities to do in Wayanad is to visit its multi-media theatre inside the museum.

This facility with the museum enhances the visitor experience by offering shows that delve into the cultural and historical context of the artifacts and the region's heritage.

Galleries of Wayanad Heritage Museum

Galleries of Wayanad Heritage Museum

Visiting hours: The museum is open to visitors during standard museum hours, typically from morning to evening.

Entry fee: A nominal fee is charged for entry, with separate charges for shows in the multimedia theatre.

Best time to visit: The museum can be visited throughout the year, offering a respite and an educational experience regardless of the season.

5. Shopping for Handicrafts

Bamboo Craft shopping at Wayanad

Bamboo crafts items with different weaves and designs (Source - Gaatha)

Brimming with unique finds, shopping in Wayanad is a delightful experience when sightseeing in Wayanad. From traditional handicrafts to aromatic spices, the shopping experience in Wayanad is both diverse and enriching.

Handloom products at Uravu

Bamboo cultivation and bamboo craft products at Uravu (Source - Wayanad tourism)

Santhi Pappadam in Kalpetta is renowned for its variety of spices and handmade items. For authentic handloom products, the Uravu Bamboo Village offers an exquisite range of bamboo crafts, showcasing the skill and creativity of local artisans.

Trident Arcad is a popular destination for spices, coffee, and handwoven textiles. The intricate designs and quality of these handloom textiles reflect the region's rich weaving heritage.

Wayanad Spice Market

Herbs and Spices of Wayanad spice market

For a more traditional shopping experience, the Wayanad Spice Market is a haven for spice enthusiasts. Known for its high-quality, locally-grown spices like pepper, cardamom, and vanilla, this market provides an authentic glimpse into Kerala’s spice trade.

Art lovers should not miss the opportunity to visit the Pookode Lake Handicraft Emporium. It offers a range of tribal and folk art, deeply connected to the cultural heritage of Wayanad.

Brass broidered coconut shell craft

Brass broidered coconut shell craft

Key shopping spots: Santhi Pappadam, Uravu Bamboo Village, Trident Arcade, Wayanad Spice Market, Pookode Lake Handicraft Emporium.

What to buy: Spices, bamboo crafts, handloom textiles, coffee, tribal art.

Best time to visit: While shopping can be enjoyed year-round, the cooler months from October to March are ideal for a comfortable experience.

6. Sampling the Local Cuisine

Traditional south indian food in a banana leaf

Traditional South Indian food in a banana leaf

Exploring the culinary delights of Wayanad is an experience that goes beyond mere dining; it's an exploration of the region's vibrant heritage and past.

The local cuisine of Wayanad is a fusion of traditional Kerala flavors with tribal influences, offering a unique gastronomic journey.

Puttu and Kadala curry of Kerala

Puttu and Kadala curry of Kerala

One of the must-try dishes is 'Puttu', a steamed rice cake that's often paired with chickpea curry or banana. For an authentic taste of Puttu, Jubilee Restaurant in Sultan Bathery comes highly recommended.

Another local favorite is 'Kadala Curry', a spicy chickpea curry, best enjoyed at Hotel Wilton in Kalpetta.

Fish Molee Kerala (fish curry)

Fish Molee Kerala (fish curry)

Hunting down the most delicious fish dishes is a great choice for activities to do in Wayanad. 'Meen Mutta Omelette', an omelette made with fish eggs, is a unique dish that you can try at the Green Gates Hotel.

The 'Fish Moilee', a mild-flavored coconut milk-based curry, is a must-try at The Woodlands Hotel.

A traditional sweet dish of India (Payasam)

A traditional sweet dish of India (Payasam)

No culinary exploration is complete without desserts. 'Payasam', a sweet pudding made of rice and milk, is a traditional dessert and is quite popular. For a taste of authentic Payasam, visit the Chembra Heritage in Kalpetta.

These dishes represent just a fraction of 'Wayanad local food'. The cuisine here is as diverse as its landscape, with each dish telling a story of its own.

Meen Pollichathu of Kerala dish

Meen Pollichathu of Kerala dish

Recommended places: Jubilee Restaurant, Hotel Wilton, Green Gates Hotel, The Woodlands Hotel, Chembra Heritage.

Must try dishes: Puttu, Kadala Curry, Meen Mutta Omelette, Fish Moilee, Payasam.

Best time to visit: Local cuisine can be enjoyed year-round, with each season offering its own special dishes.

7. Wayanad Flower Show in January

Wayanad Flower Show

Ambalavayal Flower Show in Wayanad (Source - Holidify)

The Wayanad Flower Show, held every January at Ambalavayal, is not just a celebration of floriculture in all its glory. During this time, the exhibition definitely becomes one of the top 10 places to visit in Wayanad.

Known as 'Poopoli National Agrifest', this festival is the biggest flower show in Kerala and marks a vibrant start to the new year.

Beds of flowers displayed in Ambalavayal Flower Show in Wayanad

Beds of flowers displayed in Ambalavayal Flower Show in Wayanad (Source - TripInvites)

Organized by the Kerala Agricultural University (KAU) and the Department of Agriculture Development and Farmers’ Welfare, the Wayanad Flower Show is a hub for the latest trends and techniques in horticulture and floriculture.

The 15-day event, inaugurated by Forest Minister A.K. Saseendran is more than just a display of flowers. It showcases the floriculture potential of Wayanad's high ranges and fosters collaboration among scientists, farmers, traders, and entrepreneurs in the sector.

Rows of flowers are arranged on the ground, with walkways for visitors at the Flower show

Rows of flowers arranged with walkways for visitors at the Flower show

Event timing: Annually in January, typically from January 1 to 15.

Location: Ambalavayal in Wayanad, Kerala.

Highlights: Over 100 stalls displaying a variety of flowers and innovative gardening techniques.

Morning view of Wayanad

Morning view of Wayanad

We hope we were able to clarify most of the queries you had about things to do in Wayanad and how to plan your Wayanad sightseeing trip optimally. We have to plug the Ultimate Guide to Wayanad here once again, so make sure to check that out if you haven’t yet.

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