Wayanad - A beautiful hill station lies on Western Ghats mountain ranges at a height of 700 to 2100 m above sea level. Wayanad is an amazing tourist place located at the north eastern part of Kerala, attracts millions of people yearly from all over the world.  This green paradise fascinates nature lovers and adventure tourists. A large area of Wayanad is covered by dense forests.  Kalpetta is the headquarters of Wayanad district.Wayanad is the district with highest share in the Tribal population (about 36%) of Kerala mainly consists of Paniyas, Kurichiyans, Kattunayakan and Adiyas. A larger percentage of people here are migrants from other parts of Kerala and the neighbor states.  Most of the people here are depending agriculture for livelihood. Cash crops like Coffee, tea, cocoa, plantain, pepper, vanilla etc. and rice are the main crops.
 There are various places of ecological, touristic, religious and historic importance in Wayanad.

Edakkal Cave
Edakkal Cave is an important tourist attraction, three kilometres away from Ambalavayal which is 25 kilometres from Kalpetta. Edakkal cave is in the Ambukuthy mountain.It is only a cleft about 96ft. long and 22ft wide in the rock. It is a fissure made by a corner of rock splitting off from the main body due to some natural causes. The rock wall contains some interesting carvings, which represent human and animal figures and objects of human use and symbols. These carvings speak of a highly civilized people of pre-historic age.

Muthanga Wild Life Sanctuary
Muthanga is 16 kms. east of Sulthan Bathery, is located near to 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, tiger, cheeta, spotted deer, bison wild bear, etc. are found in this sanctuary. The forest Department has facilities for providing elephant rides to tourists.


The entry-point to Wayanad, about 58 kms away from Kozhikode, receives one of the highest rainfalls in India. One of the highest locations in Wayanad, Lakkidi also commands a picturesque scenery. The 12 kms.long journey from Adivaram to Lakkidi through ghat road with nine hairpin bends through thick forests is a fascinating experience.

Pookot Lake
Pookode Lake is a famous tourist centre near Lakkidi. It is a natural fresh water lake, has an area of 8.5ha and the maximum water depth is 6.5m located at three kms.south of Vythiri. There is an aquarium and a green house here. Boating facilities are also available here. Spices and handicraft items are arranged here for sale. The lake has an area of 8.5ha and the maximum water depth is 6.5mtrs.


Chembra Peak
Chembra peak, the highest hill in Wayanad near Meppady town. Trekking to the top of this hill takes almost a day. Tourists can also stay one or two days at the top of the peak in temporary camps. District Tourism Promotion Council provides guides, sleeping bags, canvases, huts and trekking implements on hire. The scenic beauty of Wayanad, which is visible from the top of Chambra Peak is very exhilarating.


Banasura sagar Dam
This is the largest earth dam in India. The geography here is that many islands will be formed in the upstream of the dam when the dam is full. These islands with the background of the Banasura hill will provide a hypnotizing sight to the tourists.

Kuruva Island
The Kuruva island, 950 acres of ever green forest on the tributaries of Kabani River, is an ideal picnic spot, far away from the disturbances of city life. The island is uninhabited. Rare species of birds, orchids and herbs are the sovereigns of this supernal kingdom. It is 10 Kms. away from Mananthavady.

Pakshipathalam is a challenging place for any adventure seeking tourist on the Kerala Karnataka border. To reach Pakshipathalam seventeen kilometres have to be covered through wild forest. Special permission has to be obtained from Forest Department to go to Pakshipathalam. The deep rock caves, formed among the thick blocks of rocks at the northern top end of the Brahmagiri, are the abode of various birds and wild beasts. District Tourism Promotion Council arranges vehicle, guides, camping equipments, etc. for the tourists on hire.

Soochippara waterfalls, Kanthanpara waterfalls and Sentinel Rock waterfalls are waterfalls in the Meppadi - Ambalavayal region. This water falls and its surroundings are spectacular and tranquillising.

Sulthan Bathery is famous for its fort built by Tipu Sultan. The tomb of Pazhassi Raja, who fought the British with the help of Kurichiya warriors, is in Mananthavady.

Important Tourist Centres In Wayanad
Place Distance from Kalpetta
Ambalavayal Farm                 25 kms
Banasura Sagar Dam     21 kms
Banasura Sagar Hills       29 kms 
Boys Town         45 kms
Begur wild life sanctuary   52 kms
Chain tree         15 kms
Cheengeri hills    23 kms
Cheeyambam waterfalls    37 kms
Chembra peak   15 kms
Edakkal cave     27 kms
Jain temple (Sulthan Bathery)    24 kms
Kanthanpara waterfalls     18 kms
Kappikalam waterfalls  24 kms
Karapuzha Dam Site   16 kms
Karland chira     15 kms
Kuruva island   35 kms
Mananthavady Pazhassi Tomb   34 kms
Meenmutti Waterfalls   29 kms
Meenangadi Church and temple 13 kms
Muthangadi   23 kms
Muthanga wild life sanctuary   39 kms
Pallikunnu church   14 kms
Pakshipathalam       72 kms
Pazhassi Tourist Resort   33 kms
Papanasini  66 kms 
Ponkuzhi  41 kms
Pookot lake  13 kms
Puliyarmala                                                                     3 kms
Pulpally Sitadevi temple                                                   34 kms
Soochippara waterfalls                                                     22 kms
Tholpetty wild life sanctuary                                             52 kms
Thirunelli temple                                                              65 kms
Trikaipatta temple                                                            11 kms
Varampatta mosque                                                        22 kms
Valliyoorkavu temple                                                       31 kms
Distance to Major Tourist Centres from Kalpetta  
Bangalore                                                                       282 kms
Udagamandalam (Ooty)                                                   115 kms
Mysore                                                                           142 Kms
Coorg                                                                             80 kms
Kochi                                                                             282 kms
Thiruvananthapuram                                                        497 kms
Where to Stay 
At Kalpetta                                                                   Phone
PWD Rest House                                               04936  602241
Hotel Harithagiri                                                              04936   602073
PPS Tourist Home                                                          04936   603431
Hotel MGT International                                                   04936   602705
Woodlands Tourist Home                                                  04936   602547
At Sulthan Bathery 
Govt. Guest House                                                           04936   620225
PWD Rest house                                                           
Motel Aram(KTDC)                                                      
Hotel Dwaraka                                                               04936   621397
The Resort                                                                       04936   620512
At Pulpally
Kabani Resort                                                                  04936   640529
Hotel Pearlmount                                                            04936   640397
At Mananthavady 
PWD Rest House                                                            04936   540230
Hotel Manasasaras                                                           04936   540236
At Meenangadi 
Hotel Vanarani                                                                 04936   647572


For more details, on tourism contact :

District Tourism Promotion Council, Kalpetta, North Wayanad.

Phone : 04936-602134,602712

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