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Wayanad
From Bangalore
 278 km
 5 hrs 6 mins
To Calicut 1 hr
Nestled in the Nilgiri biosphere, Wayanad is a pristine abode of mist-clad hills, plantations and luxurious forests with a rich tribal culture. In folk etymology Wayanad means 'The Land of Paddy Fields'. Green all year round, this district has abundant flora and fauna, and is punctuated by legends and folklore. It sits on the Southern brink of the Deccan plateau in the Western Ghats, and is famous for its viridescent plantations, rich tribal culture, dense forests, national parks and sanctuaries. Bordering Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, it is embraced by several attractive destinations at proximity. Thanks to aboriginal settlement Wayanad is a delight to shop for spices, tribal handicrafts, honey and herbal medicine. 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. Wayanad is famous for its clay pot cooked mutton stew and other fish delicacies.
Getting to Wayanad
  • Popular for pepper and coffee cultivation
  • Time to visit: Year-round destination
  • Spice tours among the spice plantations
  • Tallest summit in the region - Chembra Peak
  • Soochipara Falls
  • Delicacies: Clay pot cooked mutton stew
  • Shop for honey, spices, and tribal artifacts
Getting to Wayanad
Soochipara Falls: Also known as the Sentinel Rock Falls, Soochiparal Falls is the second biggest waterfalls in Wayanad. The falls are set against a picturesque surrounding of lush and evergreen forests. At the end of the waterfalls you'll find pools where you can swim or go river-rafting. There are also other adventurous activitites like hiking and rock climbing.

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

Pookode Lake: This natural lake is surrounded by a beautiful valley amidst evergreen forests and wooded hills. It has grown to become a recreational center having boating facilities, a children's park, shops for souvenirs and spices, and a fresh water aquarium. 
Timings: 9 am to 6pm, boating till 5pm.
Fees: Boating charges, Rs.250 per boat.

Sultan Batheri Jain Temple: Believed to have been constructed in the 13th century, this temple is now lying in ruins because it succumbed to forces to become an ammunition dump for Tipu Sultans Marching armies.
Timings: 9am to 6pm
Fees: free!
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 nestling between charming groves, is the Karalad Lake. It is a recreational park that offers boating opportunities. Karlad, though, has now developed as a centre of base camp for adventurous activities like Zip-Line, Panit Ball, angling, Archery, Tented accommodation and Water Zorbing.
Timings: 9am to 6pm
A sprawling coastline and expanse of backwaters gives Kerala a wealth of seafood. Wayanad generously borrows Kerala's food scene. Mostly cooked in clay pots, the curries have a distinct flavour. Appam with mutton stew, Karimeen mappas, Beef Ularthiyathu, Malabar duck roast are a few specialities. For vegetarian counterparts, a traditional meal called Sadya is a must. Served on a plantain leaf, this festive meal is an elaborate affair.

Toddy is a pungent alcoholic beverage indigenous to Kerala; and preferred with spicy food like Tapioca, chillies and red fish curry. Witnessing toddy tapping early mornings is quite fascinating. Look for Toddy shops in villages with 'Kallu' written on blackboards. Tribal cuisine would be an interesting find and one must appreciate varied dishes in God's Own Country.

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 offers options to vegetarian as well as non-vegetarians. The vegetarians have delicious South Indian snacks, and the non vegetarians savor the unforgettable Malabar Dum Biryani and more.
Edibles: Honey, spices, amla in honey, tea and herbal plants.

Gifts and souvenirs: Ivory and coconut shell craft, Aranmula mirrors, Chinese ceramics, bamboo articles and other native craft are some sought after products. 

The best place to shop for these specialty items are at the small shops near Pookote Lake and other lakes. 
Languages spoken: Malayalam, English, Hindi.

Currency & exchange rate: Indian Rupee.

Climate: Wayanad has salubrious climate throughout the year. Monsoons could get adventurous going by the landscape of the region. Lakkidi, at the southern most tip of the district receives heaviest rainfall in the state.

Connectivity: While in the jungle, connectivity will be restricted. Please ensure to enquire in advance. 

Trivia: 32% of the population consists of local tribes. 

Tribal Culture: Owing to diversity in the biosphere here, a large contingent of tribals in the state have settled down in Wayanad. Adivasis are the natives of this region and have a legacy of arts and crafts. They worship the nature and ancestors, also practice witchcraft and sorcery. They live in huts built with bamboo and mud. Honey and herbal medicine are collected; and tribal handicraft products are made by them. Wayanad belongs to the tribes of Paniyas, Ravulas, Bettakurumbas and Kurichyas. Valliyoorkkavu Bhagavathi in Aratthuthara is a famous temple for tribal communities of the district. A rare ritual 'Meenoot' of feeding fishes is practiced on river Kabini that passes through. 
You can experience tribal culture and village life at Sugandhagiri and Karimkutty. The local panchayats have initiated programs toward responsible travel. En Uru is a tribal tourism project around Lakkidi you must participate, if you fancy alternate rural tourism.
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Ideally located on a hillock in Kalpetta, the district headquarters of Wayanad, Green Gates is an exquisite hotel with all comforts befitting a luxury resort. Its vast expanse of greenery, spice scented breeze, mist capped hills, salubrious climate and the hypnotizing beauty dazzles all visitors.
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INR 3219
 Kalpetta, Wayanad
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The mystic quality of mountains has inspired many an author and artist at Vythiri. Undulating paths lead you to breath-taking altitudes. With cool climate and lush greenery all year round, The Windflower provides the weary traveler a welcome getaway...
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INR 8100
 Vythiri
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Escape into an arcane world tucked away in the hills of Wayanad. Feel the cold breeze that rushes over fields and rivers to rustle your hair, the kiss of mists clinging to mountains. Listen to the brooks murmuring tales of another world. Vythiri Village is truly enchanting!
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INR 7820
 Vythiri
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Nestled in the middle of a tea plantation, Chateau Woods is a bungalow of 6000 sq.ft spread over a sprawling 7 acre estate. A tropical contemporary bungalow, that is 29 kms from Vythiri, and 23 kms from Kalpetta.
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INR 6984
 Kalpetta
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The Villas of Silver Woods have a panoramic view of the beautiful Banasura reservoir and provide a stay that would etch sweet memories for a long, long time.
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INR 5025
 Vythiri
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Elephant Rock is a boutique HIDE-AWAY in the lap of Nature. Located on a hillock, it enjoys a 360 degree view of the surrounding hills and valleys covered with evergreen tropical rain forests in different hues of green. In close vicinity of Chembra peak, it offers an excellent opportunity to appreciate the pristine natural beauty in God's Own Country.
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INR 5500
 Vythiri
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Nestled on the gentle slopes of the Western Ghats, Hill Tree Inn, shrouded in the silver grey veil of a misty dawn, beckons the questing soul to linger on for calm and restful days. A serene getaway just right for a spot of privacy.
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INR 6440
 Ambalavayal
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Wild Life Resort is situated at the heart of Tholpetty, which shares its border with Coorg - also known as "Scotland of India".
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INR 5683
 Mananthavady
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A 4 star peaceful resort, just a few minutes walk away from Chethalayam Juma Masjid and set amongst the lush greenery of beautiful Wayanad.
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INR 6216
 Sulthan Bathery
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Set amidst luxuriant & fragrant nature kissed by the cool breeze from the lake, the Seagot Banasura Resort has a mystic charm. It is ideal for groups looking to have a activity rich getaway.
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INR 8525
 Banasura
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The site is at the foothills of the Vythiri ranges with the majestic Chembra peak to the left and the Banasura/Kuruchermala to the right. Grassroots is set on a coffee property that overlooks a tea plantation and has a swift flowing river with an Adivasi (the indigenous communities of the region and are its earliest inhabitants) colony at the edge of the river. The property is full of trees and birds abound.
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INR 4874
 Vythiri
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Located in the verdant misty hills of Lakkidi in Wayanad, this resort is located at one of the highest rain fed areas in India making it is one of the coolest places in God's Own Country. The natural green surroundings and tranquil setting is an idyllic location for the perfect retreat.
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INR 3829
 Vythiri
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Effortlessly binding history and traditional values, Edakkal Hermitage combines spectacular vistas of nature and the timeless appeal of heritage of the nearby pre-historic Edakkal caves, with its warm ambience and vernacular architecture.
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INR 4893
 Edakkal
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Come and rest at the paradise on earth, listed as the top resorts in wayanad. Sharoy Resort wayanad, the beginning of the tour and destination of relaxation, located on a highland of wayanad that allows you to view and feel the abundance of nature clearly. You will experience the refreshing cool mist with a group or a family and your vacation will be unforgettable!
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INR 4862
 Wayanad
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Upavan Resort Wayanad presents the most luxurious, and versatile holidays tailor made for nature lovers and privileged tourists. Far from the maddening city crowds, far from your frenzied schedules, unfolds the picturesque Wayanad, in Kerala, fondly called God?s own country. Wayanad uncover exotic legends, ancient ruins, fabulous mountain caves, striking plantations, misty mountain hills, and marvelous wild life scenes.. At Upavan Resort, we couple up gracious hospitality with top notch facilities to endow luxurious ambience with seldom compromise on eminence or uniqueness.
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INR 3476
 Wayanad
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Nestled in the lap of Majestic Chembra Peak, towering 2100 above sea level, Planet Green Plantation Resorts will take you away from all the stresses and worries of a city life. This is a place where you could be with yourself or with your loved ones, where you could watch the pranks of monkeys jumping around or the occasional deer which comes to take a dip in the stream. And true to its name, this is as green as it gets!
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INR 2938
 Kalpetta
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Cybele Hill Resort is an abode of peace and tranquility located at Mandad in North Kalpetta area of Wayanad in Kerala. The resort has a number of sightseeing destinations nearby, and offers accommodation in treehouses!
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Here's an exquisite resort situated amidst dense forests just near the breath-taking Meenmutty Waterfalls. Relax. Recharge. Rejuvenate.
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 Kalpetta, Wayanad
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Location The Meenmutty Heights is located in Wayanad, around 135 km from Calicut airport and 100 km from Calicut railway station. The resort is surrounded by cascading Meenmutty waterfalls.

The Meenmutty Heights Resort is located in a 200-acre estate where nature and hospitality blend perfectly.

Rooms The resort offers 14 rooms categorised into Standard Room, Deluxe, River View, River Garden, Independent and Meenmutty Retreat. The resort provides 3-star facilities in the rooms, they are: satellite TV, intercom facility, mini bar, balcony/sit out, hot/cold water and bathroom toiletries.

Dining Meemutty Heights Resort has a multi-cuisine restaurant which serves traditional Malabar, South Indian, North Indian, Chinese and Continental dishes. If you wish to relish your food facing the river or any other place of your choice, it can be arranged on your request.

Facilities & services The resort has decent facilities and services which include parking, cycling, library, natural Jacuzzi, outdoor games and campfire among other things.

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