Wayanad is a district in the north-eastern part of Kerala. It is situated at a distance of 97 kilometres from Calicut International Airport. Set high on the Western Ghats of India, Wayanad is the least populated district in Kerala. The district is home to some 50 tribal groups.
Wayanad has misty mountains and majestic waterfalls which are a treat to the eyes. The variety of tribal groups contribute to the cultural beauty of Wayanad. The rainy season is not a good time to visit the place. But if you are someone who loves trekking, Wayanad will attract you any time of the year.
Wayanad is a combination of two local language words that can literally be translated as 'Paddy Field' and 'Land'. Therefore, Wayanad means "Land of Paddy Fields. Located close to Calicut, this district lies in the greener part of Kerala. Wayanad is a quiet and serene location in Kerala where scenic beauty, wildlife and culture are magnified. Situated atop the elevated and picturesque mountainous plateau in the Western Ghats, Wayanad has a vast stretch of natural beauty that includes mist-capped mountains, green meadows of valleys, white water springs, blue water lakes and wild forests.
The district is also famous for its cultural heritage. Visitors are introduced to some of the strongest tribal groups in the country and to their intriguing way of life. Wayanad also offers some unforgettable experiences. The Chembra peak which is 2100 metres tall provides a fantastic camping site. Trekkers would also enjoy climbing up Neelimala which offers breathtaking views of the waterfalls. Among the other attractions are Meenmutty and Chethalayam waterfalls, Banasura Sagar Dam and Pakshipatalam caves.
The major portion of Wayanad is 2100m(6890 ft.) above mean sea level.
The weather is really cold and pleasant during winter, warm and breezy during summer and a bit humid in the rainy season.
During winter between the months of October and February.
There is no airport in Wayanad. The nearest airport is the Calicut International Airport, which is about 100 kilometres away from Wayanad. You can get a cab from the airport.
Wayanad does not have a train station. The nearest station is in Kozhikode(Calicut) which is 63 kms away from Wayand. This station is well-connected to all the major cities in India. From the staion, you need to hire a cab to Wayanad.
Many buses are available to Wayanad from the major cities of India. By road, Wayanad is accessible from Calicut, Kannur, Mysore, Bangalore and Ooty. Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has bus services from Trivandrum, Eranakulam (Kochi), Calicut (Kozhikkode), Mysore and Bangalore through Wayanad.
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