Best Places To Visit in Wayanad, Kerala for an Enchanting Holiday

Wayanad is a paradise for nature lovers. This place is located at a distance of 75 kms from Kozhikode. It offers some of the most picturesque views of Kerala, full of plantations, forests & wildlife. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Kuruva Island, Chembra Peak and Edakkal Caves are just some of the best places to visit in Wayanad. Famous tourist spots like Ooty, Mysore, Bangalore, Coorg and Kannur are located around Wayanad, which makes it one of the most frequented tourist destinations in Kerala.

Here’s Neo Travellers’ List of Best Places To Visit in Wayanad

Chembra Peak

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It is the highest peak in Wayanad, located at 6,890 ft above sea level. It is one of the best places to visit in Wayanad for people who love trekking. It is one of the most appealing treks one can opt for in South India. The trek offers some of the brilliant views of rare flora and fauna of the region. You need to take permission from the forest department before adventuring out on any of the treks. Guided tours are also available, which could be helpful for newbies & experienced people alike.

The trek starts amidst tea plantations but slowly takes a completely different turn with damp forests and beautiful surroundings everywhere. On reaching the top of Chembra peak, you will come across a magnificent heart-shaped lake, which is a treat to watch.

Distance (From Wayanad (Kalpetta)): 17 Kms
Ideal Visit Duration: Full Day
Best Time To Visit: November to February

Edakkal Caves

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Edakkal caves are situated at a distance of approximately 25 kms from Kalpetta in the Wayanad district. This is one of the best places to visit in Wayanad for people who have interest in ancient history. These two natural caves are popular for stone age carvings and are believed to date back to pre-historic times.

The caves were discovered by Fred Fawcett in 1890. He was on his hunting trip to Wayanad when he accidentally came across these caves. These caves are believed to be once a habitat for Neolithic people.

To reach this place, you need to follow a trek which runs through Ambukutty Mala. It will take approximately 45 minutes to complete the trek. This place is worth a visit if you are planning a trip to Wayanad anytime soon.

Entry Fee: Indians – INR 20, Foreigners – INR 40, Still camera – INR 25, Cam recorders – INR 100 (at the time of writing this article)
Timings: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Quick Fact: Edakkal is the only known place in India with Stone Age carvings.

Jain Temple, Sulthan Bathery

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The Jain temple is located at a distance of approximately 24 kms from Kalpetta & 1 km from Sulthan Bathery Bus Station. There are various ruins spread across Kerala, which indicate the presence of Jain influence in the region and Jain Temple in Sulthan Bathery is one of the most important links that testifies that claim. It should be on your list of best places to visit in Wayanad if you are planning a trip to this place anytime soon.

The existence of this temple dates back to the thirteenth century. The design and architecture of this temple has a strong influence of the then ruling Vijayanagar Dynasty.

It is a peaceful location within the city limits. A must visit for people looking to spend some peaceful time.

Location: Jain Temple, Sulthan Bathery is located at Bangalore-Calicut Highway, Sultan Bathery, Kerala 673592

Quick Fact: The name Sulthan Bathery has been derived from the incident where Tipu Sultan of Mysore used the Jain Temple as the store room (battery) for his ammunition during the military assault.

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

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Wayanad is an ideal getaway for people who want to experience nature, wildlife & spend some quality time away from the busy city life. It is one of the best places to visit in Wayanad if you want to experience calm and peaceful environment close to mother nature.

Wayanad wildlife sanctuary falls under the protected areas of Mudumalai in Tamil Nadu and Nagarhole and Bandipur in Karnataka. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations and a famous animal sanctuary in Kerela. Wayanad wildlife sanctuary is home to many animal species like Bison, elephants, deer, tigers etc. You can also spot some unique birds inside the Sanctuary. This wildlife sanctuary was established in the year 1973 and is the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Kerala.

Address: Bathery- Puthupally Road, Wayanad District, Sultan Bathery, Kerala 673592
Entry Fee: Rs.110 per person (at the time of writing this article)

Kuruva Island

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Kuruva Island comprises of a cluster of islands over the middle of Kabini River in Wayanad. This place is calm and serene and is one of the best places to visit in Wayanad for people who want to experience tranquillity amidst beautiful forests. The island is home to a lot of different species of flora and fauna. The calming ambience of this place gives you a chance to take a peaceful stroll on this pristine island.

After you have purchased ticket from the reception, a raft would carry you to the island. A walk of around 2.5 kms inside the island will lead you to a beautiful lake. Make sure you reach this place early as the raft is not operated after mid-day on the one side.

Timings: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 15 km away from Mananthavady, 58 kilometres from Sultanbathery and 40 kms from Kalpetta
Best Time To Visit: The island is closed during rainy season (from June to September). It is opened during the months from October to May.

Quick Fact: Kuruvadweep is the only island surrounded by naturally purified water source in Kerala.

Soochipara Falls, Kalpetta

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These falls are also known as Sentinel Rock Waterfalls. It is a three-layered waterfall situated at Vellarimala in Wayanad. From Meppadi in Wayanad, it will take you a 20-minute drive to reach this beautiful place. These enchanting waterfalls are surrounded by thick forests, making it one of the best places to visit in Wayanad. You will have a walk for about a km from the entrance to reach the falls.

It is a fantastic place to visit if you want to experience some of the most breathtaking views of the region.

Distance: 13 km from Meppadi, 24 km from Kalpetta & 46 km from Sulthan Bathery
Timings: 9 AM to 4.30 PM

Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary

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It is one of the best places to visit in Wayanad for all nature lovers. Located in Tholpetty, 7 kilometres from Thirunelli Temple, it is one of the most popular bird sanctuaries in Kerala. You can spot a lot of exotic birds in this region. Bird watching is a common activity tourists and locals indulge in while in the region.

The route to Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary offers trekking opportunities for adventure enthusiasts. Trek difficulty ranges from mild to tough. Trekking time required is 8 -9 hours (includes both ways). You need to take permission from Divisional Forest Office before adventuring out on this trek.

It’s a wonderful trek along the Bramagiri Hills in the Western Ghats. The scenic beauty and wildlife you get to see makes for an enjoyable and amazing trekking experience.

Timings: 06:00 AM to 06:00 PM (At the time of writing this article. Check with local authorities before heading for this place)
Best Time To Visit: October and January (Closed between February – May)

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  1. Wow. I never would have thought to head to India in the winter. I’ve changed my mind now. Thanks for the great post!

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