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About Wayanad

Wayanad is a beautiful place located in North-Eastern Kerala. It was formed in November 1980 from the nearby districts of Kozhikode and Kannur.The name ‘Wayanad’ is formed from the words ‘Vayal’ (paddy) and Naad (land). i.e. it means ‘The Land of Paddy Fields’. It is also known as ‘The Land of Spices’ due to the large number of spices grown here. Wayanad is the only place in Kerala with dense tribal population. Kalpetta, SulthanBathery and Vythiri are the three major towns in Wayanad.


Wayanad Tour Destinations

Muthanga Wild life Sanctuary

The Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, also known as Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, is a paradise for bird lovers. A wide variety of birds such as peacocks, snipes, bulbuls, peafowl etc. are found here. Animals like Asian elephants, leopards, cheetahs, tigers, gaurs, spotted deer, sloth bears etc. are also found here.

Edakkal Caves

Edakkal cave is 25 actually 96 feet long and 22 feet wide crevice which was created by rock splitting due to natural weathering. Human and animal figures are carved on the rock walls depicting pre-historic period and civilized people. To reach the caves, you have to go trekking from Edakkal. The place is open for visitors from morning till evening 5 pm.

Soochippara Waterfalls

The Soochippara Waterfalls or Sentinel Rock Waterfalls near Meppadi at a height of 100 to 300 feet is a great visual treat. There is a pool below the falls that provide opportunities for swimming, bathing, water sports etc.


Jain Temple

There is a Jain Temple dedicated to the Jain Saint, Ananthanatha Swami. The place is very attractive for Jains and Non-Jains due to the beautiful architecture. It is located near Sulthan Bathery.

Pookot Lake

Pookot Lake is a beautiful picnic spot which is surrounded by forest that adds to its beauty. You can go for boat rides in the lake. The lake also has a children’s park, aquarium, a handicrafts and spices store nearby.

Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary is in Tholpetty is located 1740 m above sea level and is literally a heaven for bird lovers.The nearby hills, forests and streams make this place good for trekking.

Kuruva Island
Kuruva Island is a very good picnic spot located about 17 kms from Mananthavady in a vast expanse of 950 acres. The place is covered with forest which adds to its natural beauty. The place is open to visitors throughout the year except from June to September.

Heritage Museum
It is also known as Ambalavayal Heritage Museum as it is located in Ambalavayal which is 12 kms away from Sulthan Bathery.The Museum has four blocks namely Veerasmruthi, Gothrasmruthi, Devasmruthi and Jeevanasmruthi.

Phantom Rock
It is also located near Ambalavayal Town.It has a unique name and unique shape resembling a skull. The place where it lies is known as Cheengaeri Mala.

Pazhassi Tomb
There is a tomb, a park and a museum to remember the great ruler of the past, Pazhassi Raja, the lion of Kerala, who fought a brave battle against the British. The Pazhassi Tomb is at Mananthavady. Pazhassi Raja’s guerrilla techniques to war against the British are still remembered.

Tholpetty Wild Life
Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary, located near Mananthavady is an important wildlife sanctuary in Wayanad. It lies in the Kerala-Karnataka Border and is a must-see place for those who love adventure and wildlife.

Chain Tree
Located on the way to Wayanad, the Chain tree is a major attraction and is believed to possess the chained soul of an Adivasi Youth who was killed by a British Officer.

It is one of the highest points and also the gateway of Wayanad. The famous tourist spot, Vythiri is just 5 kms away. Lakkidi itself is a popular tourist spot and is also near the other popular spots in Wayanad.

It is a cave located near Sulthan Bathery and Marayoor. It has an interesting structure and is a popular trekking spot.

Chethalayam Falls
It is one among the many waterfalls of Wayanad. It is located 37 kms away from Kalpetta. Like most of the other areas of Wayanad, this area is also ideal for trekking. It is also good for bird watching.

Puliyarmala Jain Temple
The temple is famous for its unique architecture and attracts tourists especially pilgrims. It is 6 kms away from Kalpetta.

Varambetta Mosque
It is a 300 year old Mosque which is 15 kms away from Kalpetta. It is the oldest mosque in Wayanad.

Banasura Sagar Project
Banasura Sagar Dam is a very big dam project and is believed to be the biggest earth dam in India. The place is very beautiful and makes a good tourist spot.

Kanthanpara Waterfalls
It is a beautiful waterfall which is about 30 m high. The falls are located about 22 km from Kalpetta. The silent and soothing place makes a calm tourist spot.

Meenmutty Falls
It is the most popular waterfall in Wayanad. The waterfall falls from a height of 300 metres. To see this magnificent sight, you need to trek 2 kms but it’s worth it.

Neelimala Viewpoint
The place offers a wonderful sight of the Meenmutty falls and nearby area. You can reach the spot by trekking. It is 12 kms away from Sulthan Bathery.

Chembra Peak
Standing tall at a height of 2,100 m (6,890 ft), it is the tallest peak in Wayanad. Those who love trekking, mountain climbing etc. will love this place.

Glass Temple, Koottamundu
It is another Jain Temple in Kalpetta. The Jain Saint, Parshawanatha Swami is the idol there. It is located on Vellarimala Hill and is 20 kms away from Kalpetta.

Thrissilery Shiva Temple
It is a beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Thrissilery, near Sulthan Bathery. There are no religious barriers for visiting this temple.

Seetha Lava Kusha Temple
Located at Pulpally in Wayanad, this temple is dedicated to Sita Devi, wife of Lord Rama and her sons Lava and Kusha. It was built by Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja.

Manikavu Temple
Manikavu temple is located near Sulthan Bathery is dedicated to Lord Shiva.It is an important temple for Hindus. The temple is a calm, quiet and beautiful place to visit.

Boys town
It is a place in Wayanad established by the Wayanad Social Service Society and where there is a herbal garden with rare herbs good for medicinal purposes and a nature care centre where there are treatments with these herbs. There is also a sericulture centre where there is silk farming. There is also a Perma-centre, an Indo-Danish project, Jean Park etc.

Thirunelly Temple
It is a 3000 year old temple which is quiet close to the Papanashini stream in Wayanad. Lord Vishnu is the reigning deity. A bridge connects the temple and the stream. The holy pond, Panchatheertha is near the temple.

 Valliyoorkavu Bhagavathi Temple
Located at 8 kms from Mananthavady, this temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga. The place is very important to the Wayanad tribes and many festivals are held here.

 Agricultural Research Station
Quite close to Calicut at a distance of just 10 kms, the place is located at a height of 974 metres. A large number of crops are grown here like coffee, turmeric, rice, ginger etc.


Wayanad presents Mother Nature in her true green form. It is refreshing experience for anyone living in a crowded city, in concrete jungles. You can enjoy all kinds of tourism in Wayanad whether its heritage, wildlife, outdoor or leisure. If you love history, there is Edakkal Caves, Pazhassi Raja tomb, a number of temples and other religious places. The pre-historic writings of Edakkal Caves located on Ambukutty Mala are dated 5000 BC. There are also Stone Age Carvings that takes you to the Mesolithic Age.

The Bio-diverse Wayanad takes you to a different world. The Wildlife Sanctuaries in Tholpetty and Muthanga is rich in wildlife. It is an awesome sight to see elephants, deers, tigers, cheetahs, sloth bears; either alone or as groups. The Pakshipathalam Sanctuary is the truly a paradise for bird lovers. Find all your favourite birds here like peacocks, bulbuls etc. The Flora and fauna has enriched Tourism in Wayanad and attracts people from near and far.

Wayanad is one of the best places for outdoor tourism. Trekking, Climbing hills, mountains, long walks, outdoor sports and lot more awaits the adventure buff. There is wide scope for trekking in Chembra Peak, Neelimala View Point, Meenmutty Falls, Chethalayam Falls, Pakshipathalam Sanctuary and Banasura Sagar Dam.To visit all these places, you need to trek through rough trails and forests which will be quite adventurous.Trekking is one of the most interesting things about tourism in Wayanad.

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How to Reach Chembra Peak Meppadi,Wayanad from Bangalore How to reach Chembra Peak – Meppadi, Wayanad by Car
Route : Begaluru – Mandhya – Mysruru – nanjangodu – Guldalpet – Banthery – Ambalavayal – Vaduvanchal – Meppadi – Chembra Peak.
Total Km - 290 Km
Time Taken - 6.00Hrs Include – ½ Hrs break.

Best time for start your journey from Bangalore to Meppadi, Wayanad
If you start 6.30 Morning you will reach 1.30 Mepadi you can have your lunch at tearoute homestay Wayanad and take 1 hrs rest then start to watch Chembra Peak. If you need more than 1 Hrs rest better to go Soochipaara Waterfalls just 8 Kms from Tearoute Homestay. Or take complete rest and walk in tea plantations nearby Tearoute Homestay Wayanad.

Route Map - Bangalore to Meppadi

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