Wayanad is a well-established tourist destination and is known as one of the offbeat places in Kerala. Even though Kerala is known as God’s own country and offers many tourist destinations, Wayanad has its own charm. Wayanad is home to many indigenous tribes living in the forest areas, and they follow centuries-old culture, methodologies, and survival techniques. There are reliable pieces of evidence which proves that the human settlement in Wayanad existed at least 10 centuries before Christ.
Located in the middle of the Western Ghats, it is famous for hairpin bend roads, mountains, waterfalls, caves, and the mesmerising natural beauty. Wayanad offers a range of sanctuaries and tourist points which makes it a perfect destination to visit with your family. So, let’s have a look at the top 29 places to visit in Wayanad with family:
1. Thrissillery Shiva Temple
2. Chembra Peak
3. Pulpally Seethadevi Temple
4. Soochippara Falls (Sentinel Rock Waterfall)
5. Lakkidi Viewpoint
6. Thirunelli Temple
8. Wayanad Adventure Camp at Karlad lake
9. Varambetta Mosque
10. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
11. Banasura Hill
12. Chain Tree, Vythiri
13. Uravu Bamboo Village
14. Ancient Jain Temple
15. Phantom Rock
16. Assumption Forane Church
17. Bamboo Forests
18. Manikavu Temple
19. Pallikkunnu Church
20. Arippara Waterfall
21. Neelimala View Point
22. Meenmutty Waterfall
23. Pookode Lake
24. Edakkal Caves
25. Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary
26. Mudumalai National Park
27. Wayanad Heritage Museum
28. Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary
29. Pazhassi Tomb
1) Thrissillery Shiva Temple
Located near the town of Mananthavady in North Wayanad, Thrissillery Shiva temple is one of the best places to visit in Wayanad. It’s one of the oldest temples situated in a secluded place and offers a unique kind of peace and tranquillity. Usually, there is no rush of devotees at the temple, so you will find the whole area to yourself and Lord Shiva’s blessing without standing in a queue.
As per the local customs and rituals, the male members should take off everything above the waist to enter the inner sanctum or to perform a guided puja. Besides Lord Shiva, there’s also a small shrine of Jala Durga goddess in the middle of a water body. As per the local mythological tales, the shrine was set up by Lord Parasurama, an incarnate of Lord Vishnu and the perennial water body is said to be originated from the Papanashini River near Thirunelli. The carvings in the temple display the classic artwork. The temple also celebrates an annual festival in the months of March and April.
How to reach: There’s no public transport, so it’s recommended to take a private taxi or cab. You can also drive down to Thrissillery if you want to enjoy a road trip with your family. The temple is located around 37 kilometres from Kalpetta and takes around an hour to reach.
Opening and closing timing: The temple opens at 06:00 AM in the morning and closes at noon. In the evening, the temple opens for a couple of hours from 05:00 PM to 7:30 PM.
Best time to visit: The temple can be visited all year long. However, if you want to attend festivals, you can visit the temple during the months of March-April and October-November.
2) Chembra Peak
Situated 2100 metres above sea level, Chembra Peak is the highest peak in Wayanad district. From this peak, one can glance over a breath-taking view of not only Wayanad but also Malappuram, Kozhikode and the Nilgiri district. The picturesque location and its rare flora and fauna make it an ideal destination for trekking. This is one of the top things to do in Wayanad and one of the best tourist destinations for trekking in Kerala to visit with your family.
The trek to Chembra Peak is a moderate trek and requires good fitness level. The trek stretches for almost 3 kilometres while following an easy and well-marked trail surrounded by a pristine landscape and many exotic species of plants. It starts amidst tea plantations and slowly takes you into enthralling forests. The initial part of the trek is easy. However, as you climb towards the peak, the trek turns difficult. The entry point can be reached by private taxis too. The total trek to the top point of Chembra peak takes at least 3 to 4 hours. It takes almost 1.5 hours to reach the heart-shaped lake which is the main attraction of the trek. The lake is also called ‘Hridhayathadakam’ because of its shape. As per the locals, the heart-shaped lake is believed to have never dried up. It is located on the half way to the peak and the fur, her climb is comparatively easier.
It is recommended to carry enough water and energy bars/chocolates keeping the number of people in mind. Also, one should keep in mind that the trail can be a little slippery and rocky in certain places. This makes it important to wear comfortable clothing and well-gripped shoes.
The entry fee is Rs 750 for a group of 10 people. Every group will also be provided with a guide to accompany them. For foreigners, however, the entry fee is Rs 1500 for a group of 5 people.
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How to reach: Located 8 kilometres away from Wayanad, it is near the town of Meppadi. You can get a taxi or bus to the forest office in Meppadi which is the base camp of the trek. You can also take your own vehicle, but it is not recommended to drive cars with low ground-clearance on the given road.
Opening and closing time: As per the forest department rules, only 200 persons are allowed to trek to Chembra peak on any given day. Therefore, it is recommended to start early in the morning around 07:00 AM.
Permit for Chembra trek: You’ll need a permit for Chembra peak and one can, get it from the Forest Department ticket counter at the base camp.
Best time to visit: If you want to walk on a trail full of lush green scenery and dense forest, September to March is the best time to trek to Chembra peak.
3) Pulpally Seethadevi Temple
Pulpally Seethadevi is one of the major attractions of Wayanad making it to one of the best places to visit in Wayanad with your family. The main deity of the temple is goddess Sita (wife of Lord Rama) along with her sons, Luv and Kush. It’s yet another perfect destination to enjoy a peaceful time with your family. The Pulpally Seethadevi temple is located just 30 kilometres from Sulthan Bathery in a town called Pulpally. The temple is known for its unique position among the Kerala temples and was built in the 18th century by Sri Pazhassi Raja. It is very rare to see a temple without the name of Lord Rama and positioning mother Sita as the main idol of the temple.
According to ancient myths, mother Sita stayed here during her time of exile at Valmiki’s Ashram. When Goddess Sita was abandoned by Lord Rama, she reached Pulpally and found shelter in the Ashram of sage Valmiki. The name Pulpally denotes the grass bed upon which Lava (Lord Rama and Goddess Sita's elder son) played as a kid. Whereas the etymological meaning of "Seetha" refers to mother earth or soil. As the Goddess Sita is said to be found in a furrow by King Janaka of Videha and was adopted by him with his wife Queen Sunaina, Goddess Sita is also known as the daughter of Goddess Earth.
There’s also an annual festival celebrated usually around the month of January in which devotees from all around the state of Kerala visit and celebrate the courage and renunciation of mother Sita.
One of the folktales states that Tipu Sultan of Mysore planned to attack the temple, but had to retreat due to a sudden solar eclipse, which occurred in the middle of the day, creating darkness all around. The locals believe that it was the power of Goddess Sita that brought about the eclipse.
How to reach: The Seethadevi temple is located on Pulpally - Seethamount - Kollavally road, near Pulpally police station and bus stand. Therefore, it is easily accessible through public transport, taxi or by personal vehicle.
Opening and closing time: The morning timings are from 05:00 AM to 11:00 AM. In the evening, the temple timings are 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM. It is open throughout the week.
Best time to visit: You can visit this temple all year long.
4) Soochipara Falls (Sentinel Rock Waterfall)
Situated in the middle of the forest, Soochipara falls is one of the most popular tourist places to visit in Wayanad. The waterfall is situated almost a kilometre from the parking and ticket counter. Therefore, it is advisable to plan accordingly as you will have to reach the waterfall by walking. But it’s worth taking those steps and you’ll forget your weariness the moment you look at the beautiful sight of water gushing down from a height among the rocks. It is one of the best places to visit in Wayanad with the family, a place to reclaim your friendship with Mother Nature and embrace the surrounding beauty.
You can also find local shops around the waterfall in case you want to buy towels, shorts or a swimming costume. However, there are no changing rooms available around the waterfall and it is recommended to change before the entry point. The entry fee charged for the waterfall is Rs 50 per person and you’re not allowed to take eatables or plastic-wrapped package beyond the entry point by officials to keep the area clean. Also, it is advised to be careful and avoid visiting the place in the monsoon season as the rains results in a sudden rise of water flow.
How to reach: It is located near Forest Range Office, around 10 kilometres from Meppadi town. You can consider Meppadi Police Station as a landmark to find the waterfall. You can hire private jeeps and autos from the town for Rs 500-1000 depending on the tourist season.
Opening and closing time: It is open all week long from 09:00 AM in the morning to 05:00 PM in the evening.
Best time to visit: It can be visited all year long except for the monsoons when the water level rises.
5) Lakkidi Viewpoint
Situated at an altitude of 2296 feet about sea level, on the border of Kozhikode and Wayanad, Lakkidi viewpoint offers a breath-taking view of the valley below and a bird's-eye view of the plains and highway leading up to it. At the top of the Thamarassery ghat pass, the panoramic view that Lakkadi point offers is so mesmerising that the serpentine road winding down the mountainside looks like a coiled snake.
It’s counted as one of the best places to visit in Wayanad with your family. You will be mesmerised by the raw scenic beauty that this place holds. The clouds playing hide and seek with mountains; the waterfalls trickling down the slopes looking white as milk and luxurious scenic inclines will force you to immerse yourself into the surrounding environment to enjoy the rising mists and moisture laden breeze. There are also a lot of monkeys roaming around which is very exciting for children.
How to reach: It’s just a small drive from the main town of Wayanad and you can, park your vehicle on the ride side. There’s also a 500 meters stretch on the side of the road paved with cement for the parking space.
Opening and closing time: As it’s just a roadside viewpoint, it’s open throughout but it’s recommended to visit either early in the morning or during the evening to get the best view overlooking the valley and the ‘Jalebi’ road.
Best time to visit: You can visit all year long, but for the prettiest view, one must visit during the monsoons.
6) Thirunelli Temple
One of the most ancient temples in Kerala, the Thirunelli Temple at an altitude of 900 metres in north Wayanad is dedicated to Lord Maha Vishnu. Built with wonderful architecture, Thirunelli temple is a must-see temple if you’re travelling around Wayanad. Even though it is an ancient temple, the locals have been taking good care of it. Similar to Thrissillery Shiva Temple, only males are allowed in the inner sanctum with bare body above the waist. Women, however, should be dressed fully with their head covered.
Talking about the history, it’s a temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu and was built in the 9th century AD. As per historians, the Thirunelli temple was once a major pilgrimage hub and an important town during the era of Tamil Chera King, Bhaskara Ravi Verma I (962 - 7019 CE). There is documented proof that reveals the ruins of two ancient villages around the temple. The Thirunelli temple also gets a mention in the ancient Hindu religious texts called Puranas and local folklore. The Puranas mention the Thirunelli temple as a magnificent temple with unmatchable beauty built by Lord Brahma in the picturesque Sahya Valley surrounded by a thick forest.
As per the legend, when Lord Brahma was travelling around the world on his Hansa, he became attracted by the beauty of the landscape around Sahya Valley and descended near an Amla tree. Beneath the tree, he noticed an idol and recognised it as that of Lord Vishnu. Therefore, he built a temple and installed the idol with the help of Devas.
Before entering the temple, devotees usually take a holy dip in the river Papanasini which literally means to extinguish your sins. It is also known as the southern Kashi. As the temple is located deep in the forest, far away from the town, you can also spot wildlife around it. You’re likely to spot wild elephants, gaur, and deer in the forests if you visit the temple early in the morning.
There are also some restaurants around the temple parking area where you can find the local Kerala cuisine at nominal rates.
How to reach: There’s no public transport, so it’s recommended to take a taxi or personal car. The Thirunelli Temple is located around 35 kilometres from Kalpetta and takes around an hour to reach.
Opening and Closing timing: The temple opens at 05:30 AM in the morning and closes at 12:00 PM in the noon. In the evening, the temple opens just for a couple of hours from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM.
Best time to visit: It can be visited all year long.
7) Kuruvadweep aka Kuruva Island
Located in the middle of the river Kabini, Kuruvadweep is a cluster of pseudo islands formed by the Kabini river delta. It is claimed to be spread over an area of 950 acres, making it a haven for adrenaline junkies offering a range of adventure sports such as zip lining, rafting, and kayaking. Kuruvadweep offers not just breath-taking natural beauty, but it is also home to a range of rare species of flora and fauna which are on the brink of extinction..
It offers an eco-friendly bamboo rafting experience - which is one of a kind, thus making it to one of the best places to visit in Wayanad. You can also go for a walk along with your family to enjoy the greenery and water bodies around the island. Enjoy a leisurely and peaceful walk or attempt a more challenging stretch, full of slippery rocks that you have to climb over to pass the water stream. You can also opt for a swim when the water level is not too high. However, bear in mind that that eatables or food items are not allowed around the island. So, if you are travelling with kids, it is best to ensure they are fed before entering the area. You are also not allowed to carry plastic bottles. Thus, it is recommended to carry steel bottles. If you want to try out some local Kerala cuisine, you must visit the restaurants located around the entry ticket counter. Puttu and Chana curry is a must!
How to reach: Kuruvadweep is situated around 6 kilometres from Mananthavady - Mysore road. To reach Kuruvadweep, you have to take a diversion towards right side before Kattikulam to reach the island (sign boards available). The best way to reach is to take private taxis or cabs from Mananthavady or Kattikulam. Surrounded by the river Kabani, the island is easily accessible by rafts or fiber boats run by Kerala Tourism Department.
Opening and closing time: This place allows only up to 450 visitors per day, so it is advisable to get the ticket around 08:00 AM in the morning so you don’t have to stand in a long queue or go back empty-handed. However, the opening time for the ticket counter is 09:00 AM. Talking about the entry fee, it is as follows:
Adults (Indian): Rs 80
Children (Indian): Rs 55
Foreign Nationals: Rs 150
Still Camera: Rs 30
Video Camera: Not Allowed
Best time to visit: The best time to visit Kuruvadweep is from December to April. This season also attracts a lot of migratory birds, making it an ideal place for birdwatchers. The winter season is also perfect for spotting wildlife. The Monsoon season, however, is advised to avoid as the place remains closed for the peak rainy season.
Here is a detailed guide on Kuruvadweep – Natural Rainforest in Wayanad, Kerala.
8) Wayanad Adventure Camp at Karlad lake
If you’re looking for a holiday filled with activities and adventures, it might be a great idea to spend a day or two at the Wayanad Adventure Camp at Karlad lake. Located in Thariode, Wayanad, this adventure camp is managed by DTPC, a part of the Kerala Tourism department.
The camp offers a number of activities that are suited for both, families as well as corporate retreats. Some of these thrilling activities include zip-lining, kayaking, rock climbing, boating, archery, paintball and camping (among others). It also boasts of the longest zip-line across a lake in South India! This place is perfect for spending time with your family or conducting some trust-building exercises for your employees!
How to reach: The best way to reach this place would be to take the left diversion on NH24 at the Kavummannam HS junction, post which the camp lies only about 3 kilometres away.
Opening and closing time: Wayanad Adventure Camp is open on all days of the week, from 9 AM to 5 PM (but do enquire in advance on public holidays). Here are the entry fees for various individuals:
Adult: Rs. 30
Child: Rs. 10
Adult Foreigner: Rs. 60
Child Foreigner: Rs. 20
Use of cameras and recording devices also carry a charge of Rs. 100 and Rs. 250, respectively. The activities could range from anywhere between Rs. 115 to Rs. 400.
Best time to visit: You can visit the Adventure Camp and Karlad at any time of the year!
Known as one of the oldest mosques in Wayanad, the Varambetta mosque is located about 15 km away from the town of Kalpetta. Built around 300 years ago, Verambetta is among the finest mosques around the district. While it is primarily a place for Islamic worship place, the mosque is open to people of other faiths as well, displaying the religious amalgamation of Kerala. It also hosts an annual festival in the month of March inviting pilgrims from around the nation.
How to reach: Varambetta Mosque is located in the town of Padinjarathara, around 15 km from Kalpetta and can be easily accessed via road. The easiest way to get to this mosque is to take a taxi or hire a cab.
Opening and closing time: The mosque remains open from 09:00 AM in the morning to 5:00 PM in the evening every day.
Best time to visit: You can visit the Varambetta mosque all year long.
10) Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
Spread over an area of 345 square kilometres, the Wayanad wildlife sanctuary is one of the best places to visit in Wayanad. The Wayanad wildlife sanctuary was set up in the year 1973 and has been nurturing the wildlife since then. It is the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Kerala and is separated into two parts - North Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary and South Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary. Presently a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, the sanctuary is majorly spread over four ranges known as - Muthanga, Tholpetty, Bathery, and Kurichiat.
In this sanctuary, you’ll find rich wildlife including elephants, tigers, civet cats, jungle cats, deer, Indian bison, wild dogs, panthers, monitor lizards, monkeys, bears, and a variety of snakes. The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is a habitat for hundreds of different species of birds out of which the majorly spotted birds are babblers, owls, peacocks, cuckoos, jungle fowls, and woodpeckers. This sanctuary is also home to a range of endangered species which are on the verge of extinction all around the world but still surviving in god’s own country.
This is the perfect place where you can get your kids to know more about wildlife.
How to reach: It is located around 45 kilometres from the town of Kalpetta on National Highway 766 and offers easy accessibility.
Opening and closing time: The counter at Wayanad wildlife sanctuary opens at 07:00 AM in the morning and you can, opt for either the morning jeep safari or the evening. It takes around one and a half hour for the safari. As per the forest department guidelines, only 40 jeeps are permitted in the morning safari and up to 20 jeeps during the evening. The entrance fee, around Rs 750 per jeep, is charged by the forest officials. Each jeep is allowed to carry up to 7 adults.
Best time to visit: Although the sanctuary remains opens throughout the year, the time between the months of August to February is considered to be ideal.
11) Banasura Hill
Is your family looking for a perfect place to spend some quality time with each other? Well, Banasura hill is the place to be. Known for offering a mesmerizing view overlooking the Banasura Dam, this is the place to enjoy the peace with your family along with coconut drinks, scenic views and soothing breeze. You can pump up the adrenaline by choosing a speed boat ride or relax on a swing in the park nearby. Apart from the speed boat, the place also offers other adventure sports such as zip line, trekking, or even horse riding. Have a look at other fun activities to indulge in near Banasura Dam in Wayanad, Kerala.
Known as the second highest peak of Wayanad, the Banasura hill is yet another perfect place to go for a trekking excursion after Chembra peak. For trekking, you’ll need to get a permit from North Wayanad Forest Division office located in the town of Mananthavady, about 25 kilometres from Banasura. The trek is around 9 kilometres one way and starts at a point nearby the Banasura Hill Resort. Additionally, one can also hire a guide to accompany you throughout the trail by paying the required fee at the forest office. It’s a moderate trek and takes around 5-6 hours, and thus, it is not recommended for everyone. You’ll need a serious commitment level if you opt for such an adventure.
How to reach: You can take public transport to the town of Mananthavady and start trekking further. Alternatively, you can also get a shuttle from the entry place to the top of the dam.
Opening and closing time: As it’s a long trek, it’s recommended to start early in the morning so you can come back to the base camp by sunset.
Best time to visit: You can actually visit the Banasura Hills throughout the year. But the best time to travel would be from September to January as the weather is pleasant and cool. However, it is not recommended to trek during the monsoon season.
12) Chain Tree, Vythiri
One of the less explored places to visit in Wayanad, the Chain tree tells a lot of tales and is counted among one of the best places to visit in Wayanad. It is called a Chain tree as there is a massive chain hanging from the tree. Local tribes living in that region believe in multiple legends and mythical tales associated with this Ficus tree. One of the legends states that a tribal person was killed by Britishers during the Colonial times whose spirit still lives in this tree.
Another legend says that the spirit is of a Mahout (an elephant rider and keeper) who brought Britishers to Wayanad district for the first time. Reading these legends, the Chain Tree in Wayanad sounds a lot similar to the Om Banna Temple in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.
How to reach: The Chain tree is located on State Highway 29 near Lakkidi and due to its proximity to the highway; it’s easily accessible through road.
Opening and closing time: There’s no proper opening and closing time for the Chain Tree, therefore, you can visit it as per your comfort. It is not recommended to visit after sunset.
Best time to visit: This place remains open throughout the year.
13) Uravu Bamboo Village
Uravu is an eco-friendly initiative to promote the indigenous techniques among the tribal people. It is a non-government organisation set up in the year 1996 under the Department of Industries to encourage the self-reliance and sustainable livelihood among the local population. It’s a unique initiative in Wayanad which is worth paying a visit. Especially, a place to show your kids and seed the curiosity among them about how tribal people are making a range of Bamboo products by following the methodologies passed on to them by their ancestors. These centuries-old methodologies are a wonder in themselves. You can even buy souvenirs to bring something back home and keep the memories forever.
How to reach: Uravu is located in the small village of Thrikkaipatta in the Wayanad district. You can reach Uravu by heading toward Pinangode road on Kozhikode-Mysore-Kollegal highway.
Opening and closing time: It opens at 09:30 AM in the morning and closes at 06:00 PM in the evening throughout the week.
Best time to visit: It is open throughout the year and does not charge any entry fee.
14) Ancient Jain Temple
India is an amalgamation of religious diversity and the ancient Jain temple is a perfect example of that. Built in the 13th century, in the era of Vijayanagar dynasty, it’s an ancient Jain temple with traditional stone carving on its walls and is a historic Jainism landmark in Wayanad, Kerala. Even though the temple’s state of maintenance is not at its best, it still offers a calm environment. As they say, the ruins tell more tales than the living ones.
Therefore, as the world heritage site, the ancient Jain temple is one of the best places to visit in Wayanad. In the inner sanctum, you can see a carving of Lord Mahavir on a rock section. Once a religious place, the Jain temple was invaded and used to store ammunition by Tipu Sultan’s army during their attacks on Wayanad.
Talking about the temple’s architecture, it was built with huge granite pillars which were extensively carved into various designs such as the Tirthankara, floral designs, sarpabandha, etc. Although the outside of the temple is mostly plain, the insides were carved heavily. The temple has a mandapa right in front of the main structure, which is surrounded by pillars but without any rooftop. It is called the Namaskar Mandapa. The main structure, however, features a mukhmandapa, a mahamandapa, and an inner sanctum. The inner sanctum, surprisingly, has no statue placed on the main seat. It is being said that the main deity's idol is currently placed at Ananthanath Temple at Kalpetta. The main seat remains empty and doesn't host any worshipping throughout the year.
However, once a year during the festival of Mahavir Jayanthi (Lord Mahaveer's birthday), the idol is brought down to this temple for annual worshipping. The doorways to the inner sanctum, however, have multiple statues of Jain Tirthankara’s and several other sacred Jain figures.
How to reach: Located in the town of Sulthan Bathery, the ancient Jain temple is easily accessible via road.
Opening and closing time: It opens at 08:00 AM in the morning and closes at 12:00 in the noon. Again, it opens at 02:00 PM in the afternoon and closes at 06:00 PM in the evening.
Best time to visit: You can visit this ancient temple throughout the year and there is no entry fee charged.
15) Phantom Rock
Phantom Rock or Cheengeri Mala is a famous touristic destination known for its unique archaeological structure. It is even claimed to be an archaeological wonder. This naturally made rock resembles a skull-like structure, therefore, getting its name - Phantom Rock. It stands at an altitude of 2600 meters above mean sea level and is a famous trekking spot. This heaven for trekkers and explorers offers a picture perfect view overlooking a vast green valley makes it one of the best places to visit in Wayanad.
How to reach: It can be reached via trekking routes only and is located around 17 kilometres from Kalpetta.
Opening and closing time: There’s no suggested opening or closing time, however, being a secluded place, it’s recommended to get back before sunset.
Best time to visit: Monsoon is the best time to visit considering the lush green valley around the structure. However, one should keep the necessary gear, safety arrangements, and proper clothing for rainy weather with them while exploring this region in Monsoon.
16) Assumption Forane Church
The Assumption Forane Church is a must visit place in Wayanad with family. Painted in white, the Church building looks very historic, yet marvellous. It offers peaceful and calm surroundings with painting and sculptures crafted on the walls. They tell a lot of tales and the seasons that this Church has seen in the past couple of decades.
Initially started by French Missionaries, the Assumption Forane Church has been passed from one diocese to another only to finally come under Mananthavady diocese. It also hosts an annual festival in the month of January during which thousands of devotees gather to say their prayers to the god.
How to reach: Situated in the town of Sulthan Bathery, on the main highway, the Assumption Forane Church is easy to locate and can be accessed via public transport or private vehicle.
Opening and closing time: It opens at 09:00 AM in the morning and closes at 06:00 PM in the evening.
Best time to visit: You can visit the church at any time of year.
17) Bamboo Forests
Have you ever been lost in a jungle of bamboo trees? If not, then this is your chance. Tall straight trees as far as your sight goes all around you, that too, full of wild animals such as wild boars, Indian bison, deer, cheetah and many others. How does that sound? Exciting, right? Well, Wayanad offers everything and this is one of the best places to visit in Wayanad. Visit the bamboo forest to soak in the natural beauty of these majestic landscapes.
How to reach: Located in the Muthanga range of Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, the bamboo forest is easily accessible via road and in approximately 60 kilometres from the town Kalpetta.
Opening and closing time: It opens from 07:00 AM to 10:00 AM in the morning and then from 03:00 PM to 5:00 PM in the evening. However, you can even choose to spend a night here among the wild as there are some homestays available in the bamboo forest.
Best time to visit: You can visit the bamboo forests throughout the year.
18) Manikavu Temple
The Manikavu temple is counted among the most popular pilgrimages in Kerala. It's a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in its lingam form and said to be more than 5000 years old and was once worshipped by sages and Rishis. The Shiva linga is said to be self-manifested, therefore, called Swayambhu. The Manikavu temple is located beside a small stream which continuously pours over the Shiva Lingam, thus, serving its master. As per the legends, the locals believe that it represents the river Ganga pouring over Lord Shiva's head from heaven. The temple is also known for its excellent architecture and carvings.
How to reach: Situated in the village Choothpura, about 20 kilometres from the town of Kalpetta, the Manikavu temple is easily accessible via road and devotees can catch a bus or drive their private vehicles to the temple.
Opening and closing time: The Manikavu temple is open for devotees from 06:00 AM to 11:30 AM in the morning and from 04:30 PM to 08:30 PM in the evening.
Best time to visit: You can visit the temple throughout the year.
19) Pallikkunnu Church
Located in the Meenaangdi village of Wayanad district, the Pallikkunnu church is one of the popular pilgrimages of Christian devotees and draws a large number of people from all around India. First established in the year 1908 by a French priest called Fr. Jefreno, it is also known as 'Our Lady of Lourdes' Church. It hosts an annual festival which is celebrated for 3 days starting on the 10th of February every year.
How to reach: The Pallikkunnu Church is located around 10 kilometres from Kalpetta and is easily accessible via road.
Opening and closing time: The church opens at 07:00 AM in the morning and closes at 07:00 PM in the evening
Best time to visit: You can visit the church throughout the year
20) Arippara Waterfall
Although it is not counted among the most famous waterfalls in Kerala, the Arippara waterfall can be definitely counted as one of the most beautiful waterfalls around Wayanad. It is surrounded by abundant greenery and draws water from the Iruvanjipuzha River. Located in the middle of a lush-green thick forest, the waterfall is a perfect place for a quick swim, a quiet escape from the noise and also for a little adventure. A gorgeous picnic spot, it is a perfect place surrounded by huge flat rocks and abundant thick green forest to unwind and relax with your family.
How to reach: Due to the lack of public transport availability, it is advisable to take a taxi or private vehicle to Nellipoyil. The waterfall is a kilometre away from the Nellipoyil village and from there, the waterfall can be reached via following an easy trail. It is situated around 40 kilometres away from Kalpetta.
Opening and closing time: The waterfall opens at 08:00 AM in the morning and closes by 05:00 PM in the evening
Best time to visit: It is recommended to visit Arippara between the month of November and May. The waterfall should be completely avoided in the Monsoon season as there's always a chance of sudden flooding in the rainy weather. The entry fee for the waterfall is Rs. 10 per person. The parking fee is Rs. 30 respectively.
21) Neelimala View Point
An ideal spot to take your children trekking, Neelimala View Point promises an enthralling experience. Though there are various routes to reach the top, the one that offers a picturesque view of the Western Ghats is a must-try. The trek to the hill will enrich your senses with the fresh smell of ginger, tea, and coffee plantations around the area.
Entry fee: Rs 500 for a jeep (if you prefer a drive to the hilltop)
Timings: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
22) Meenmutty Waterfall
Another delightful place to see in Wayanad is Meenmutty Waterfall. One of the largest in the area, the journey to the waterfall involves a refreshing drive through the lush Wayanad forests. With water gushing from a height of over 300 metres, the waterfall also makes for a great picnic spot for the whole family.
Entry fee: Rs 30 per person
Timings: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
23) Pookode Lake
If you are looking to do some sightseeing in Wayanad, the natural beauty of Pookode Lake will excite you. A stunning freshwater lake surrounded by the beauty of the Western Ghats, it offers a mesmerising view. Along with activities like boating and bird-watching, you could also visit the freshwater aquarium here. Know more about why Pookode is a must tourist place to visit in Wayanad during family vacation.
Entry fee: Rs 10 per person
Timings: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
24) Edakkal Caves
Take your children on a trip down ancient history with a visit to Edakkal Caves, located on the Ambukuthi Hills. Identified as a Neolithic settlement, the caves have numerous etchings that date back to prehistoric times. This natural wonder is an enthralling tourist spot in Wayanad to visit with your family.
Entry fee: Rs 15 per person
Timings: 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
25) Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary
Escape into the beauty of the natural habitat of a variety of flora and fauna at Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary. A must-see Wayanad tourist place, it is home to elephants, deer, langur, panthers, Indian bison, and tigers. Enjoy a wildlife safari and watch these beautiful animals freely roam in their natural habitat. It will be a memorable family experience as you take delight in the natural beauty that surrounds you.
Entry fee: Rs 115 per person
Timings: 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM, 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
26) Mudumalai National Park
This is a famous Wayanad tourist place for two reasons: it is a tiger reserve and it is located in the breathtaking Nilgiri mountain range. You can indulge in an exciting wildlife safari, go camping, enjoy bird-watching, or do village tours. Also, do check out Kallatty Falls and Pykara Lake near the park area.
Entry fee: Rs 15 per person
Timings: 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM, 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
27) Wayanad Heritage Museum
Housing ancient relics, fascinating artefacts, and sculptures, Wayanad Heritage Museum is a historical storehouse. One of the best places to educate your children on history, the museum has artefacts that date back to the 2nd century AD. A popular Wayanad tourist place, this heritage spot is one of the largest and best-kept archaeological museums in all of Kerala.
Entry fee: Rs 20 per person
Timings: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
28) Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary
Of the exciting places to see in Wayanad with your family, Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary is a nature lover’s haven. Surrounded by lush greenery, the sanctuary is home to many exotic birds that can be spotted throughout the day. Sightseeing in Wayanad can’t get better than this!
Entry fee: Rs 50 per person
Timings: 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM
29) Pazhassi Tomb
Pazhassi Tomb was made in honour of Kerala’s great king Pazhassi Raja. A must-visit tourist spot in the area; Pazhassi Raja was also known as the ‘Lion of Kerala’. An interesting spot to visit with your children, there is a museum here that displays the King’s sword and other relics from the period. It is a great place to experience the rich culture of Kerala and learn more about the mediaeval history of the region.
Entry fee: Rs 20 per person
Timings: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Closed on Mondays)
So, these were the top 20 places to visit in Wayanad with family. If you are planning to visit Wayanad with your family, then we just know the perfect place that you will love to stay. When it comes to spending quality time with your family, that too on a holiday, you should never take a chance! The Club Mahindra Vythiri Village Resort is the perfect place for your family holiday. Spread around 30 acres of refreshing greenery and forestland, the Vythiri Village resort, an affiliated Club Mahindra Wayanad resort, offers the perfect escape from your city life and helps you enjoy the family time.
As one of the recent Club Mahindra reviews states, Vythiri village offers a complete luxury solution including spacious and clean rooms, adventure sports such as zip line, fish spa, and overall great facilities. With spacious rooms, modern amenities, and extensive facilities, this picturesque hillside resort is the seamless getaway that you have been looking for. You can experience the natural beauty of Wayanad and also explore the local cuisine of Kerala at the in-house restaurants. You can relax, unwind and rejuvenate in this little slice of paradise which redefines family time.
Have a look at this detailed Kerala tourism guide to make the most of your family vacation in Wayanad, Kerala!
The Vythiri Village Resort is a Club Mahindra Resort. Located in the beautiful Vythiri village, the place dense with greenery, having many beautiful monuments on the way. Upon entering the resort premises, you will be greeted with crisp clean air and a warm welcome from the reception staff.
But don’t go running away with the idea that this is a rustic kind of accommodation. On the contrary, it is a 5-star property with the most luxurious and some of the largest rooms in all of Wayanad. It is suitable for both honeymooning couples and large families looking for a quiet holiday. All your comforts are taken care of with a smile and promptness. There are rooms and dormitories to choose from.
Besides, there is a large pool to soak your tired body in, an on-site spa to pamper your body and senses, and an excellent restaurant to eat authentic Kerala food. You can even ask for food prepared to special dietary standards. If you want to work off the excess calories, you can head to the resort’s gymnasium.
Children will also love to stay in this off-the-beaten-track destination. There are separate activity areas and gaming zones for kids. Meanwhile, you can ask the resort’s help in hiring private transport in case you wish to sightsee in Wayanad and don’t want to walk.
Booking a holiday for your loved ones at this excellent resort will help you create collective memories to last a lifetime!
Q: Where should you stay in Wayanad?
There are many hotels and resorts in Wayanad. We recommend booking the Vythiri village-based Club Mahindra Resort. It is a 5-star property with spacious rooms and state-of-the-art amenities. You can also explore the many ancient monuments and the charming village in the resort’s vicinity.
Q: Which is the best area to stay in Wayanad?
Beautiful Wayanad is full of gorgeous vistas. But like you, many travellers wonder where to stay in Wayanad. Sultan Bathery, Kalpetta and Mananthavadhy are some of the preferred locations in Wayanad. Other beautiful spots like Edakkal and Vythiri Village are also in high demand. In fact, there is a beautiful Vythiri Resort, an affiliate of the Club Mahindra Group, that is a popular resort here.
Q: Which is the most beautiful place in Wayanad?
It would be hard to choose any one specific spot in Wayanad and term it as the most beautiful. Instead, it is better to see the entire hill station in full and explore all its various tourist spots. We recommend checking up on these Wayanad tourist places: Banasura Dam, Lakkidi View Point, Edakkal Caves, Pookade Lake, Neelimala, Pakshipathalam, Thirunelli Temple, and Chembra Peak. Your resort can also suggest nearby spots.
Q: Is Wayanad worth visiting?
Given the fact that it is one of the most beautiful spots in Kerala, with a wonderful climate, lots to eat and plenty to see, we would say that Wayanad is certainly worth visiting. Do make a list of the Wayanad tourist places close to your resort so that you can sightsee properly.
Q: Why is Wayanad special?
Apart from scenic beauty, Wayanad has some special elements that make it a spectacular destination for travel. It borders both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, and is easily accessible from both States. Meanwhile, it has ancient forests which are preserved to this day in almost the same condition. Some of these forests are about 3,000 years old! Then there are coffee plantations, mysterious valleys with mist, and so many wonderful Wayanad tourist places to check out.
Q: Which is better: Coorg or Wayanad?
If you consider the matter, there is very little to choose in between Wayanad and Coorg. Both are full of natural beauty, forests, wildlife, waterfalls, hills and peaks, etc. But there are some subtle points of difference. For example, Wayanad has more to offer in terms of sightseeing and eating out. Meanwhile, Coorg has its own coffee and spice plantations. It all depends on what you wish to see and do on your holiday.
Q: What is the budget required to visit Wayanad?
Wayanad has lately acquired a lot of importance from tourists. Even foreign travellers are making a beeline for it. As a result, many luxury hotels and resorts have sprung up here. Your budget for the trip depends largely on which kind of accommodation you book, how many days you plan to stay, and so on. We would suggest staying at the Vythiri Resort in Wayanad to get excellent value for your money.
Q: How many days are required to visit Wayanad?
If you make a good itinerary and travel in the summer or winter months, then about 4 days is enough to cover all of Wayanad.