Situated in the mountains of the Western Ghats in the South of India is Wayanad. At an altitude that ranges from 700 to 2100 metres above sea level and only 76 km from the seaside city of Kozhikode, also known as Calicut, Wayanad is one of the loveliest hill stations in Kerala, rewarding those who have taken the time to visit with picturesque nature and plentiful wildlife. If you're starting to get a bit sick of the chaos of the cities then a trip to Wayanad is exactly what the doctor ordered.Read More
Due to the high altitude, agriculture is made up of mostly perennial plantations. Major crops being tea, coffee, pepper, cardamon and rubber. Rice paddies are also becoming more common in the valleys and green ginger is a popular product of the region. Recorded history of this area only dates back to the 18th Century when it was ruled by the Rajas of the Veda tribe. It later came under the rule of the Pazhassi Rajas of the Kottayam royal dynasty.
One of the most popular things to do whilst in Wayanad is to pay a visit to the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary. Formed in 1973, the park consists of thick, verdant swathes of jungle, which plays host to a vast range of different animals. Elephants, leopards, tigers and wild boars are just some of the larger mammals that roam freely through this reserve. The park is also home to the King Cobra, the world's largest venomous snake. There are a number of different excursions that run through the park, all of which adhere to its ecotourism policies. These include jeep safaris and bird watching tours.
If you are planning a Wayanad holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
Wayanad Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Wayanad.