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Wayanad
Wayanad  
From Bangalore
 278 km
 5 hrs 6 mins
To Calicut 1 hr
If huffing and puffing up misty mountains, listening to chirping crickets and the distant cries of exotic birds, is the setting that makes you strike a chord with nature, then Wayanad is your ideal holiday spot! 

Sitting on the Southern brink of the Deccan plateau in the Western Ghats, Wayanad is famous for its viridescent plantations, rich tribal culture, dense forests, national parks and sanctuaries.

The resorts cater to an array of tourists including nature lovers, trekkers, adventure seekers, bird lovers and others with their well equipped rooms and facilities. With a sprawling coastline, Wayanad is famous for its clay pot cooked mutton stew and other fish delicacies.
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  • Wayanad is 1st in pepper and coffee cultivation in Kerala.
  • Time to visit: October to May
  • Take a spice tour in any of the spice plantations around Wayanad.
  • Tallest summit in the region, Chembra Peak.
  • Sultan Batheri Jain Temple, built in the 13th century.
  • Delicacies: Clay pot cooked mutton stew
  • Honey, spices, and tribal artifacts are available near Pookot lake.
Sultan Batheri Jain Temple: Now lying in ruins, this temple is believed to be constructed in the 13th century, and was eventually an ammunition dump for Tipu Sultans Marching armies.
Timings: 9am to 6pm
Fees: free!

Edakkal Caves:  The Edakkal caves have rare stone-age carvings possibly dating back to 6000 BC is one of its kind in south India. The earliest of these carvings date back over 3000 years, and it is assumed that the caves have been inhabited at various stages in history. 
Timings: 9am to 4pm; Monday holiday
Fees: Rs.15 per person

Pookote Lake: Boasting a natural lake, this beautiful valley is surrounded by evergreen forests and wooded hills. It has been developed as a recreational center having boating facilities, children's park, shop for souvenirs and spices, and a fresh water aquarium. 
Timings: 9 am to 6pm, boating till 5pm.
Fees: Boating charges, Rs.250 per boat.

Wayand Wildlife Sanctuary: Although a project elephant site, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is home to various species of flora and fauna. It is a part of the Niligiri Biosphere Reserve, which is the largest protected area in South India.
Timings: 7am to 10am, 3pm to 5.30pm
Fees: Adults Rs.10 per head; Children below 12 years Rs.5 years; Foreigners          Rs.100

Chembra Peak: The highest peak in the region at 2100 meters, a climb up to this spectacular peak would take the full day. Click a mesmerizing photo at the peak. 
Timings: 8am to 2pm
Fees: Rs.20 per person

Karalad Lake: A 10.5 acre lake with a charming grove surrounding it, recreational park with facilities for boating are available. Karlad is now being developed as a centre of base camp for Adventure activities like Zip-Line, angling, Archery, Panit Ball, Tented accomodation and Water Zorbing.
Timings: 9am to 6pm

Uoottillam: A multi-cuisine restaurant that offers an array of native and foreign dishes is frequented by locals and tourists alike. This Malabari restaurant offers mouthwatering chicken, beef and fish preparations that are indigenous to Kerala.

The Woodlands Hotel: The hotel has one vegetarian and one non-vegetarian restaurant. The vegetarian one is great for South Indian snacks, and the non vegetarian restaurant dishes out unforgettable Malabar Dum Biryani.

Spices, coffee, tea, bamboo articles, native craft, honey, herbal plants, handicrafts and handloom products are famous. Ivory and coconut shell craft, Aranmula mirrors, Chinese ceramics are also sought after. Shop for these at the small shops near Pookote Lake and other lakes. 
Languages spoken: Malayalam, English, Hindi
Currency & exchange rate: Indian Rupee.
Climate: The district enjoys uniformly pleasant climate throughout the year. The period between December and February is rather chilly.
Connectivity: While in the jungle, connectivity will be restricted. Please ensure to enquire in advance. 
Trivia: 32% of the population consists of local tribes. 

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