'' Wayanad, a little paradise on the earth, is one of the loveliest hill stations of Kerala located in the heart of the Western Ghats (mountain ranges) at an altitude of 700-2100m above sea level. Situated amidst lush green vegetation and mist capped hills with pristine and fragrant breeze blowing round the year, the place offers a lifetime experience to its visitors.
Sprawling plantations of spices and tea appearing like velvet lawns, add to the beauty of this scenic hill station. Wayanad is abundant in waterfalls, lakes, ancient caves, and varieties of wildlife, which make it one of the most sought after hill stations in India.
The name of the district Wayanad is derived from Vayal Nadu. Vayal represents Paddy fields and Nadu is the land. So Wayanad actually symbolizes a land of paddy fields. The serene beauty of the place lies in its nature and surroundings that include fog capped mountains, dense forests and fertile green agricultural estates. It is also home to a group of wild animals and has a wonderful assortment of flora and fauna. Wayanad travel guide will help you to get more information about this place.
Therefore, it is surrounded by majestic hilly aura. Vanilla, tea, coffee, pepper, cardamom and many other condiments are famous here and are exported to the international stations. The eye catching waterfalls, serene fresh water lakes, mesmerizing peaks, emerald woods, historical monuments, wildlife sanctuaries, places of pilgrimage and many other attractions of Wayanad attracts thousands of visitors every year.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
The best time for the tourists to visit Wayanad is between the months of October to May.
PLACES AROUND WAYANAD
Wayanad Widlife Sanctuary - This sanctuary was formed in 1973 and is one of the interesting spots in Wayanad. I was thrilled to see many animals like deer, tiger, bison and elephants.
Eddakal Caves - Located in the Ambukuthi hills, these caves feature pictographic writings and prehistoric carvings. These depictions comprise animal and humans.
Thirunelly Temple - This is one of the ancient temples of India believed to be built over 3000 years ago. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu that resides over the hills of Brahma Giri along the Papanashini River.
Pookot Lake - I found this lake stunning! It is a natural freshwater lake that is enclosed by evergreen forests and lofty mountain peaks.
The Glass Temple of Kottamunda - It is basically a Jain temple that is perched at Kottamunda, around 20 kilometers from Kalpetta, a town in the Wayanad district. The temple is devoted to Parswanatha (the third 'Thirthankara'of the Jains).
Mananthavady Kuruvadweep - This island on the eastward bound kabani river is an ideal picnic spot.
Banasura Sagar Dam - This is around 25km in the direction of the north-west of Kalpetta. It is the biggest earth dam in the country and is ranked second in Asia. The dam lengthens to a spacious part with crystal clear flow of waters.
The place has pleasant climate all around the year. The temperature of the hill station ranges between 18oC and 29oC.
HOW TO REACH THERE
Air: Kozhikode airport is located at a distance of about 25 km from the centre of the city. Kozhikode is well connected by air to Mumbai, Bangalore, Coimbatore, Goa, Madurai and Chennai.
Rail: The Kozhikode railway station is located south of the Manachira Square. The city is well connected by train to important places like Mangalore, Ernakulam, Thiruvananthapuram, Chennai, Coimbatore, Goa and Mumbai.
Road: Kozhikode is well linked with various destinations in Kerala and beyond. National Highway 17 links Kozhikode with the rest of the cities in Kerala and neighboring states.
Fast Facts about Wayanad
Famous for/as: Hill Station
Languages: Malayalam, English
Best Season: Oct - May
Weather: Summer 20 to 36°C, winter 10 to 26°C
Altitude: 2100 m
STD code: 04936
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