Wayanad meaning the ‘the land of paddy fields’ is a picturesque state in the north-east of Kerala, India. It was earlier known Mayakshetra (the land of Mayas).
It is home to the largest tribal population in Kerala. Wayanad is unbelievably beautiful with the sprawling hills, snow clad mountains, vast expanse of spice plantations, crystal clear water bodies, sub-tropical savannahs etc. It is one of the few places of Kerala that has preserved the beauty of nature in all its virginity.
The Edakkal caves where the prehistoric engravings that can be dated back to the Mesolithic age was discovered, is a hot tourist spot. Whether you are an adventurer, nature lover, history enthusiast – Wayanad holds everything that you craves for.
Important Tourist Destinations
Edakkal Caves: It is located at a distance of 25 km from Kalpetta, the district headquarters. It is not a cave, but a cleft made in the rock. It is a place of importance to the archaeologist, since the rock walls contains engravings of human shapes and symbols that can be dated to the old stone age. Apart from the historical importance, it is also a place well known for its breathtaking charm.
Kuruva Island: It is an uninhabited island that rests on the tributaries of the Kabini River. Rare species of birds, orchids and herbs are the sole rulers of this kingdom of natural beauty. It is located at a distance of 17 kms east of Mananthawady and 40kms north west of Sulthan Bathery.
Lakkidi: it is known as the gateway of Wayanad. It is the highest point in Wayanad. It offers a breathtaking spectacle to the tourists with its giggling rivers, mist clad hills and elevated mountains. Rain in Lakkidi is a mesmerizing sight to watch with the raindrops falling amidst the backdrop of luxurious nature.
Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary: Itis the largest habitat of wild animals in Malabar. It is known for its lush green forests that offer a fresh experience to the tired mind. Tourists can enjoy thrilling elephant ride here, which is provided by the Forest Department. It is situated at a distance of 16 kms east of Sulthan Bathery.
Soochipara Waterfalls, Pookot Lake, Banasura Sagar Dam – Wayanad offers amplitude of Choices to the spirited tourists. Adventure tourism is boosting up in Wayanad, with the land providing ample opportunities for trekking, camping etc.
How To Reach There:
The nearest airport is Calicut Airport.
The nearest railway station is Calicut railway station. Kalpetta, the district headquarters is at a distance of 72 km from Calicut.
Wayanad is well connected by roads from Calicut, Kannur, Mysore and Ootty.