There’s no other place in Kerala that’s as green as Wayanad. The district’s urbanisation level of 3.8 percent clearly indicates a lack of industrial development and an abundance of flora. Kalpetta is the only municipal town in Wayanad and also the administrative capital of the district. According to recent archaeological evidence, the forests of Wayanad have been inhabited for more than 3,000 years. The Edakkal Caves in this territory stand testament to this assertion, featuring pictorial carvings believed to be from the Stone Age. Water flows through this land in the form of the Kabini River and its three tributaries—the Mananthavady, Kalindy, and Panamaram rivers. The hill stations of Wayand are known for their unspoilt beauty, attracting tourists from all over the world.
● Edakkal Caves - Covered by fascinating primitive petroglyphs, the two natural caves at Edakkal are around 1,200 m above sea level. You can walk through this rock rift to get a spectacular view of the surrounding hills.
● Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary - Apt for eco-tourists and wildlife trekkers, the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is the second largest biodiversity reserve in Kerala. The moist, deciduous forests of Wayanad are well-preserved in this lush-green territory. Elephants, tigers, panthers, and bisons are some of the animals you can find at the sanctuary.
● Chembra Peak - Located at a height of 2100 m, the Chembra Peak is the tallest in Wayanad. Accessible by foot from Meppadi, this peak provides breathtaking views of the entire district. It takes about 3 hours to trek to the top.
When To Visit:
The weather in Wayanad is considered to be best between October and February, which are typically the winter months. The temperature during this time can dip to as low as 10°C. Summers are generally much warmer, and daytime temperatures can be as high as 36°C. Nevertheless, the summer is ideal for exploring the forests. The rainy and windy weather of the monsoons that follows the summer, cools down the temperature.