Wayanad is situated in the northern part of Kerala state. In this package we are providing you the tour of beautiful Wayanad and take you in all siteseeing of Wayanand. Wayanad is a wonderful weekend getaway specially for south Indians. There are wonderful Resorts in Wayanad just on the catchment area of Dams, in coffee Plantations or Resorts close to the forest. This 3 days package make a memorable holiday with us by whole Wayanad with family, friends and loved once.
Day 01: Arrival at Kozhikode - Wayanad (85 km / 2 hours)
Arrival at kozhikode International Airport / Railway station which is connected with all major city of India. Transfer to Wayanad which 86 kms from Kozhikode. After fresh up at the hotel, the guests are taken for a full day sightseeing i.e. Sulthan Bathery Jain Temple(One of the ancient Jain Temples), Edakkal Caves (On the way to Ambalavayal, historical place with 1 Km trekking trail), Wayanad Heritage Museum (collections of remnants from Second century). Overnight stay at Wayanad.
Day 02: Wayanad local excursion
Move for sightseeing after breakfast, around 0830 h. Enjoy the wonderful morning at Lakkidi view point (gateway of Wayanad, amazing view of valley from the height of 700 meters), Chain Tree near Lakkidi (reflects a story behind the ghat section road), Pookot Lake near Vythiri (Natural fresh water lake near Lakkidi with mountain on three sides, boating facilities available), Soochipara Waterfalls (one of the finest waterfalls of Kerala with 1 Km hard trekking one way). Overnight stay at Wayanad.
Day 03: Local siteseeing + Drop to Kozhikode (85 km / 2 hours)
Early breakfast then proceed to Muthanga for Wayanad Wild Life Sanctuary (Reach at 0630 h for Jungle safari by Jeep in the forest). Come back to the hotel, fter breakfast check out and further sightseeing. Kuruva Island (a great place to unwind, get ready to get wet), Banasura Sagar Dam (Asia’s second Largest earth dam, speed boat available). Evening, drop back to Kozhikode bus stand for further travel.
By Air: The nearest Airport to Wayanad is Kozhikode (Calicut) international airport at a distance of about 100 km from Kalpetta (Wayanad dist HQ). Mysore Airport (only domestic flights) is almost 140 km away from Kalpetta and Bangalore international airport is at a distance of approximately 280 km from Kalpetta.
By Rail: The nearest railway station from Wayanad is Kozhikode (Calicut) which is 75 km away from Kalpetta. Mysore railway station is at a distance 140 km from Kalpetta. Tourists coming from Chennai to Wayanad have the option of coming to Calicut or Mysore and further move to Wayanad.
By Road: By road, Wayanad is accessible from Calicut, Kannur, Mysore, Bangalore and Ooty. Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has bus services from Trivandrum, Eranakulam (Kochi), Calicut (Kozhikkode), Mysore and Bangalore through Wayanad. Karnataka Road Transport Corporation also has bus services from Bangalore/Mysore to Calicut/Eranakulam following the route Mysore - Gundlupet - Sulthan Bathery(Wayanad) - Kalpetta(Wayanad). You can alight at Sulthan Bathery , Kalpetta or Vythiry depending upon the place of your accommodation.
Pookot Lake: Pookot Lake is a scenic lake in Wayanad district, Kerala, South India. The lake is surrounded by forests, and boating is allowed. Recent commercial modernisations have removed some of its wilderness charms.
Chain Tree: This large Ficus Tree called the Chain Tree, bound by a prominent chain is an interesting excursion spot, approximately 15 km. from Kalpetta.
Soochipara Waterfalls: Soochipara Waterfalls is a spectacular three-tiered waterfalls in Vellarimala, Wayanad, surrounded by Deciduous, Wet Evergreen and Tropical Montane (Shola) forests. Locally referred to as Soochipara ("Soochi" meaning "Needle" and "Para" meaning "Rock"), the 15-20 minute drive from Meppadi to Sentinel Rock Waterfalls offers scenic views of some of the best tea estates in Wayanad.
Edakkal Caves: Edakkal Caves are two natural caves at a remote location at Edakkal, 25 km from Kalpetta in the Wayanad district of Kerala in India's Western Ghats. They lie 1,200 meters above sea level on Ambukutty Hills, beside an ancient trade route connecting the high mountains of Mysore to the ports of the Malabar coast. Inside the caves are pictorial writings believed to be dating to at least 5000 BC.
Ambalavayal Museum: Ambalavayal Heritage Museum, the archaeological museum in Wayanad, has one of Kerala's largest collections of the remnants of an era dating back to the 2nd century A.D. The exhibits here are evidences of an advanced civilization that existed in the mountains of Wayanad. The articles on display are a fascination for the historian, the archaeologist and the ordinary man alike.
Lakkidi: One of the highest locations in Wayanad, Lakkidi also commands a picturesque scenery. It is about 58 kms. north east of Kozhikode and five kms. south of Vythiri. Lakkidi, the gate way of Wayanad, lies atop Thamarassery, a ghat pass at an elevation of 700 m. above mean sea level.The lofty mountain peaks, the gurging stream, luxuriant vegetation and the bird's eye view of the deep valley on the south, with its winding roads, are breath taking. The 12 kms.long journey from Adivaram to Lakkidi through ghat road with nine hairpin bends amidst thick forests, is a fascinating experience.
Muthanga Wild Life Sanctuary: Muthanga, Which is 16 kms. east of Sulthan Bathery, is located very near to the Karnadaka border. Wild forests covering an area of 345 sq.kms form the Muthanga wild life sanctuary; the biggest abode of wild animals in Malabar. Elephant, spotted deer, bison, tiger, cheeta, wild bear, etc. are found in this sanctuary. The forest Department has facilities for providing elephant rides to tourists, here.
In Wayanad, the best thing to do is to take a safari - either early morning or late afternoon as this is the best time to catch sight of wildlife. Elephants are in plenty as are the deer and bison and if you are very lucky you may catch a glimpse of the tiger.
Shopping: Shopping in Wayanad is about buying pure honey, spices and handicrafts.
The honey and spices produced in Wayanad are renowned all over the globe. Pepper is much sought after among the visitors. There is gooseberry dipped in honey, which is also a popular item among the local people.
There are artefacts, antiques, Munnar tea, coffee and handicraft items that are equally popular. You can enjoy the beauty of the city and can take equal pleasure in shopping. The handloom and handicraft items sold here can be bought as remembrance. Interestingly, most of the crafts are made of metal, woods, coconut shells, ivory and canes. Garments and furniture can be bought at excellent prices.
Jeep Safari: Take a jeep safari and explore the sanctuary. The best time to see wildlife is in the early hours of the morning or in the evening right before sunset. You have to obtain permission from the Forest Department to visit the park and taking a local guide with you is mandatory. Elephants, deer, gaurs and wild pigs can easily be spotted here. If you're really lucky you may even spot a leopard or tiger. Wayanad is a paradise for spotting a huge variety of birds including crested serpent eagles, the king vulture, nightjars and red-wattled lapwings.
Wayanad is not exactly what you would call a foodie’s delight however there are some small and very basic places to eat near the check post but your safest bet would be to eat at your accommodation. The food at Chain Tree Restaurant offers decent food as long as you don’t order local dishes. It serves pretty good Punjabi and Indian Chinese.
There is hardly any nightlife to speak of and day is the best time to absorb and enjoy the immense beauty of the town. You could light a bonfire at night and make a party out of that!
Onam, Vishu, Mahashivratri, Asthami Rohini, Christmas, Easter and Bakri Id are some of the festivals in Wayanad that are celebrated with pomp and gaiety. People from different cultures and religions enjoy the festive spirit of the place.