Welcome to Wayanad
The northern district of Wayanad can be aptly called the abode of Kerala’s tribal population. The district, which forms an edge of the Deccan plateau of South India has a luxuriant forest cover and receives the maximum amount of annual rainfall compared to other regions of the State. Waterfall, mist covered valleys, spice plantations, hill ranges, wildlife sanctuaries, stone age sites are some of the popular attractions of Wayanad
(35 km northeast of Kalpetta):
The memorial of the ‘Lion of Kerala’ – Veera Pazhassi Raja – who organised the guerilla warfare against the British East India Company, is situated at Mananthavady. The Pulpally cave is where Pazhassi took refuge until he was captured by the British.
(12 km from Sulthan Bathery):
The two caves are located at a height of 1000 m on Ambukutty Mala near Ambalavayal. The New Stone Age pictorial writings on the walls are evidence of the prehistoric civilisation that existed in these regions. Accessible only by a 1 km trekking trail from Edakkal. Morning hours are the best time to visit the caves. Entry is permitted only up to 1700 hrs.
Valliyurkavu Bhagavathy Temple
(2 km east of Mananthavady):
The temple is dedicated to goddess Durga. The two week long festival in February/March is attended by hundreds of tribals.
(29 km northeast of Mananthavady):
Surrounded by Kambamala, Karimala and Varadiga, the Thirunelly Temple is a marvel of temple architecture. The shrine is shielded with 30 granite columns and the ground is paved with huge square pieces of granite. The crystal clear waters of the Papanasini River running downhill add to the enchantment of the place.
(7.5 km from Thirunelly):
This place can be accessed only by trekking. Rare species of birds can be sighted from the watchtower of this bird sanctuary.
(15 km east of Mananthavady /58 km northwest of Sulthan Bathery):
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This 950-acre, uninhabited island on the eastward bound Kabani River is an ideal picnic spot. The wooded stretch of land is home to rare species of birds, orchids and herbs.
Divisional Forest Officer South Wayanad, Kalpetta and Range Officer, Chethalath Range, Sulthan Bathery, Tel: 04936-222443, 203428
(15 km north of Mananthavady):
Herbal garden, nature care centre, sericulture unit, perma culture centre etc., established by the Wayanad Social Service Society and Gene Park (the Indo-Danish project for promoting herbal gardening) are situated here.
Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary
(20 km east of Mananthavady):
This sanctuary has a wide variety of animals. Visiting time: 0600 – 0800 hrs and 1500 -1730 hrs.
Permitting authority Asst. Wildlife Warden, Tholpetty, Tel: 04935-250853
Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary
(40 km from Mananthavady):
This sanctuary in Karnataka state extends over an area of 643.39 sq. km. The park houses diverse species of plant and animal life. Visiting time: 0600 – 0800 hrs and 1500 -1730 hrs.
(18 km west of Kalpetta):
At 2100 m above mean sea level, Chembra is the highest peak in Wayanad and is an ideal area for trekking.
Banasura Project, Padinjarathara
(25 km northeast of Kalpetta): A mini hydel project with the largest earth dam in India and the second largest in Asia is built here. A sprawling sanctuary and park with ever flowering trees are major tourist attractions.
(29 km from Kalpetta):
An interesting 2 km jungle trek of the main Ootty road, Meenmutty is the largest most spectacular water fall in Wayanad. A unique feature is that water drops about 300 m over three stages.
(22 km away from Kalpetta):
Smaller than sentinel rock, Kanthanpara and it’s surroundings make for an ideal picnic spot.
Sentinel Rock Waterfalls
(23 km away from Kalpetta):
Locally known as soochipara, the pool at the foot of the falls is ideal for a quick dip. The more restrained can have equally good fun just taking in the scenery.
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
(17 km from Sulthan Bathery):
Established in 1973, the Sanctuary is contiguous to the protected area network of Nagarhole and Bandipur of Karnataka on the northeast and Mudumalai of Tamil Nadu on the southeast. Rich in bio-diversity, the sanctuary is an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. The management lays emphasis on scientific conservation with due consideration for the general lifestyle of the tribals and others who live in and around the forest region.
Permitting authority: Wildlife Warden, Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, Sulthan Bathery Tel: 04936-220454
(55 km east of Kozhikode/ 5 km south of Vythiri):
Lakkidi, the gateway to Wayanad, is situated 700 m above mean sea level, at the crest of the Thamarasseri Ghat pass. Lofty peaks, gurgling streams and luxuriant forests add magic to the journey up the winding roads to this hill station.
(15 km away from Kalpetta):
This perennial fresh water lake, nestled among wooded hills, is the only one of its kind in Kerala. Boating facilities, a children’s park, a handicrafts and spices emporium and a fresh water aquarium are among the tourist facilities available here.
Valliyurkavu Bhagavathy Temple:
Located 8 km east of Mananthavady town, the temple is dedicated to goddess Durga. The two week long festival in February/March is attended by hundreds of tribals
Thirunelly temple (August)
Seethadevi Temple (January)
Pallikkunnu Church (February)
Nadavayal St. Thomas Church (January)
Varambatta Mosque (March)
Mardoni Mosque (March – April)
Telephone access code: +91-4936
Nearest airport: Kozhikode
Nearest railway station: Kozhikode
Major towns in the district and distance from the nearest railway station: Kalpetta: 72 km from Kozhikode Mananthavady: 80 km from Thalasseri /106 km from Kozhikode Sulthan Bathery: 97 km from Kozhikode Vythiri: 60 km from Kozhikode.
Well connected by roads from Kozhikode, Kannur, Ooty (175 km from Kalpetta) and Mysore (140 km from Kalpetta).
Tourist Information Offices:
District Tourism Promotion Council, Kalpetta, Telefax: 202134. Pookot, 255207
Tourist Information Centre, Collectorate, Ph: 204441
District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC)
Civil Station, North Kalpetta
Wayanad – 673122
Ph : ++91-4936-202134
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Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala
Park View, Thiruvananthapuram,
Kerala, India – 695 033
Tourist Information toll free No:1-800-425-4747
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Other Tourist Information Offices
Tourist Information Centre, Collectorate, Ph: ++91-4936-204441
Pookot Ph : ++91-4936-255207