The district Wayanad is famous for its vast luxurious plantations of coffee, tea, cardamom, pepper and rubber stretching over the hills. The rivers of Panamaram, Mananthavady and Kabini, which cut across the undulating panorama, enrich the breath-taking beauty of Wayanad. The land is home to exotic legends, ancient ruins, misty mountains, teeming wildlife, musing caves, aboriginal tribes, tree huts, jungle trails and much more. The Wayanad plateau located at the highest location in the district is full of astonishing bends and ridges, providing vast trekking opportunities. This high range district of Kerala is noted for its huge foreign exchange earnings from cash crops. Wayanad is home to the largest number of tribes in Kerala. The tribes of Kurichiyar and Kurumar camped in this hilly district with odd lifestyles.
How to Reach
Air: The nearest airport from Wayanad is Calicut/ Kozhikode.
Road: Wayanad is connected by road to other towns in Kerala and other parts of India.
Rail: The Wayanad district is well connected by a railway network to other cities and towns of Kerala and neighboring states.
Places to Visit in Wayanad
Vythiri: Vythiri is a very exotic and picturesque place located in the Sylvan Northern High Ranges of Kerala in Wayanad District is world famous for its evergreen rainforests and rich coffee, rubber and spice plantations. This hill station is situated at an altitude of about 3750- 4500 ft above sea level and it spreads over an area of about 150 sq km.
Edakkal Caves: The name “Edakkal” literally meaning “a stone in between” is situated on Ambukuthi Hills about 10 kilometers from Sultan Bathery, in Wayanad district of Kerala. The cave has two levels, the lower chamber measures about 18 feet long by 12 feet wide and 10 feet high and can be entered through an opening of 5×4 feet. The next storey is about 96 feet long, 22feet wide, and 18 feet high. Fascinating prehistoric rock sketches date back over 5000 years, has drawn the serious attention of archeologists and historians worldwide.
Wayanad wildlife sanctuary: The wildlife Sanctuary established in the year1973, is a part of the protected area network of the Nagarhole and Bandipur sanctuaries of Karnataka and Madumalai in Tamil Nadu. Rich in bio-diversity, the sanctuary is an integral part of the Nilgiri biosphere reserve, created to conserve and protect the natural resources of the region. The sanctuary lays emphasis on scientific conservation with due consideration to the general lifestyle of the Tribals and others who live on the fringes of the forest. It has excellent moist deciduous teak trees, bamboos and rich in flora and fauna. Elephant spotted deer, bison, tiger, Cheetah, wild bear etc. can be spotted here