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Kerala Tourist Places - Wayanad

Area 2132 sq. km
Population 671,195 (2001 census)
Altitude 700 - 2100 m above sea level

Accessing Wayanad
Telephone access code : +91-4936

Air : Nearest Airport : Kozhikode

Rail : 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.

Road : Well connected by roads from Kozhikode, Kannur, Ooty (175 km from Kalpetta) and Mysore (140 km from Kalpetta).

Places to Visit



Distance: 7.5 km from Thirunelly
This place can be accessed only by trekking. Rare species of birds can be sighted from the watch tower of this bird sanctuary.


Distance: 15 km east of Mananthavady / 58 km northwest of Sulthan Bathery
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. Permitting authority: Divisional Forest Officer South Wayanad, Kalpetta and Range Officer, Chethalath Range, Sulthan Bathery Tel: 04936-222443, 203428.

Thirunelly Temple

Distance: 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.

Pazhassi tomb

Distance: 35 km northeast of Kalpetta
The memorial of the ‘Lion of Kerala’ - Veera Pazhassi Raja - who organized 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.

Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary

Distance:40 km from Mananthavady
This sanctuary is Karnataka state extends over an area of 643.39 The park houses diverse species of plant and animal life. Visiting time: 0600 - 0800 hrs and 1500-1730 hrs.

Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary

Distance: 40 km from Mananthavady
This sanctuary is Karnataka state extends over an area of 643.39 The park houses diverse species of plant and animal life. Visiting time: 0600 - 0800 hrs and 1500-1730 hrs.

Chembra peak

Distance: 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.

Meenmutty Waterfalls

Distance: 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.
Sulthan Bathery

Ambalavayal Heritage Museum<

Distance:10 km from Sulthan Bathery
One of the best heritage museums in Kerala, it houses artifacts and belongings of the various tribes of the land.

Edakkal Caves

Distance: 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 civilization 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.

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

Distance: 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 Ph: 04936-220454.


Distance: 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.

Pookot Lake

Distance: 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.