Wayanad has well over 50 tourism attractions, some immensely popular and others in the path less trodden league. It's impossible to cover them all in short tourplan.
Consider the following factors when you craft your own itinerary.
Location Where in Wayanad?
Timings Daily opening hours. Weekly off days. Other off days in the year.
Access Easy vs Difficult. Will the vehicle reach? Trek ?
Distances How far is the place?
Permissions Most of the WLS and forests need access permissions. Some needs to be applied in advance.
Season Some of the places are not open all round the year. Places do get closed due to weather and other natural calamity reasons.
The details listed here are to help if you are crafting your own itinerary.
Opening and closing timings and weekly off days of some of the major attractions in Wayanad is listed here.
|Attraction||Open Hours|| Holidays|
|1||Pookode Lake||9 am to 6pm|| -|
|2||Banasura Sagar Dam||8.30am to 5.30pm|| -|
|3||Chembra Peak (trek)||7am to 2 pm|| -|
|4||Chembra Peak (visit)||7am to 5 pm|| -|
|5||Soochipara Falls||7.30 am to 5.30 pm|| -|
|6||Meenmutty Falls||7 am to 4 pm|| -|
|7||Wayanad Heritage Museum||9 am to 5.30 pm|| -|
|8||Edakkal Caves||9 am to 4 pm|| Closed on All Mondays.Closed on Jan 26; May 1; Aug 15 ; Oct 2 and Onam (1 day in late Aug or early Sep)|
|9||Jain Temple (Sulthan Bathery)||8 am to 12 pm and 2pm to 6pm|| -|
|10||Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary (Muthanga)||7am to 10am and 3pm to 6pm|| -|
|11||Kuruva Island||9 am to 3.30 pm (last ferry to island at 3.30pm)|| -|
|12||Thirunelli Temple||6am to 1pm & 5.50pm to 8pm|| -|
|13||Pazhassi Raja Tomb||9 am to 5 pm|| Mondays|
|14||Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary||7am to 9am and 3pm to 5pm ; Guided Treks : 8am to 1pm|| -|
While Bekal is a seaside resort, Wayanad represents the wilderness.The weather difference between Bekal and Wayanad is palpable. Together they will make a wholesome Kerala experience, from is pristine beaches to the wilderness of the western ghats.
Kerala is often described as the God’s Own Country. Wayanad must be its capital!
How to reach Wayanad from Bangalore?
Bangalore -- 150km --> Mysore -- 45km --> Hunsur -- 20km --> Nagarhole entry gate -- 30km --> Nagarhole exit gate -- 4km --> Kutta -- 18km--> Kattikulam -- 10km --> Mananthavady
Kuruva island also called Kuruvadweep is a popular attraction in Wayanad.
Thirunelli in Wayanad is popular for two things : pilgrimage to Thirunelli Temple and base for trekking to Pakshipathalam.
This route will take you to the northern fringes of Wayanad via Mysore City and Nagarhole forest. The famed Kabini River Lodge, Serai, Kabini and Orange County, Kabini all are located on this route to Wayanad.
Bangalore --> 150km --> Mysore -- 60km --> Gundlupet -- 40km --> Muthanga -- 14km --> Sulthan Battery