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Located high in the picturesque Western Ghats, Kerala’s Wayanad district is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Most of Wayanad has dense forests, and the area falls under the Nigiri Biosphere Reserve. A nature lover’s paradise, Wayanad has many places to explore.

You can use the following travel guide to Wayanad to get useful information regarding the place and plan your tour accordingly.

Ways to Reach Wayanad

●     By Flight

Calicut International Airport, located in Karipur, is situated at a distance of about 95 km from Wayanad. Also known as Kozhikode Airport, it is the nearest airport to Wayanad. Driving to Wayanad from Kozhikode takes about three and a half hours.

●     By Train

Wayanad doesn't have any direct railway connectivity. However, you can reach the nearest railway station in Kozhikode railway station (About 85 kilometres from Wayanad) and continue your journey by road.

●     By Road

Wayanad has excellent road connectivity with various parts of Kerala and Karnataka. Therefore, you can easily travel to Wayanad by taking a private cab. Additionally, KSRTC bus routes connect Wayanad with major cities like Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Mysore, and Bengaluru. Taking a bus to Wayanad can be a good option for backpackers or travellers on a shoestring budget.

What Is the Best Time to Visit Wayanad

Tourists visit Wayanad throughout the year as the place has many things to offer depending on the time of visit. While the summers are hot, the temperature remains considerably cooler than in the plains of Kerala. Similarly, you can also choose the monsoon season to visit Wayanad as the place becomes lush green because of the thriving flora and fauna in the region. 

However, winter is the best time to visit Wayanad and is most preferred by tourists. The winter can last from late November to February. This is the ideal time to explore various places in Wayanad. There are many things to do in Wayanad in winter, such as camping, trekking, wildlife exploration, photography, etc.

 Moreover, you can also indulge in culinary delights by exploring the common food of Wayanad locals. Rasam, Sambhar, Poricha Koottu, and Moru Koottan are some local dishes you can try while in Wayanad.

Top Places to Visit in Wayanad

●     Kuruva Island 

The 950-acre Kuruva Island, also known as Kuruvadweep, lies on the banks of Kabini river tributaries. It is a protected river delta formed by a group of three islands with dense forests and a few satellite islands. The river delta is uninhabited and is populated with rare bird species and herbal plants.

●     Chembra Peak 

Situated 2,100 metres above sea level, it is the highest peak in Wayanad. The small heart-shaped lake at the top is the biggest draw. The forest department organises treks to the peak traversing through scenic coffee plantations. 

●     Edakkal Caves

Edakkal Caves are one of the most famous Wayanad Travel Places regularly visited by tourists. There are interesting carvings on the inside walls of the caves believed to be made by Neolithic men around 6,000 BCE. If you’re a history buff, the prehistoric site can be your place of interest.

Where to Stay    

The scenic surroundings of Vythiri Village Resort, a Club Mahindra affiliate property, can be a perfect gateway to take a break from the busy city life. Many tourist places in Wayanad are situated at a close distance from this resort. The resort has modern amenities and facilities to give you an unmatched holiday experience. 

If you’re a travel enthusiast who likes to explore quaint places with natural beauty, Wayanad can be the right destination for you. So, pack your bags and set off on a Wayanad tour using this travel guide.

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