Wayanad is a district located in the north-east region of the Indian state of Kerala, at the southernmost tip of the Deccan Plateau.It is known for its cool highland climate, misty peaks and its virgin forests. Wayanad also played a prominent role in the history of the subcontinent. It is often called the spice garden of the south, the land of paddy fields, and the home of the monsoons. It won’t be irrelevant to call it the ‘Green Paradise’ if you are planning for a sightseeing in Kerala. Calm and quiet, enriched with scenic beauty, tradition and wildlife, Wayanad is a blend of nature and heaven together and is one of the best places to visit in Kerala during summer. The place is least populated when compared to other districts in Kerala. Wayanad’s forests are part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, one of the 20 reserves in UNESCO’S World Network of Biosphere Reserves. It was also the first biosphere reserve to be established in India.
Best time to visit Wayanad
Wayanad has a relatively cool climate with a mean temperature of 19 to 32 degree Celsius.
The rainy seasons are the best time to visit Wayanad if you enjoy rains, want to see the forests, waterfalls andvegetation at it best. The double monsoons and the accompanying mists have lead to Wayanad being called “the home of the monsoon”.
The summer months of March-May are better suited for outdoor activities and wildlife safaris. Animal sightings tend to be better in summer owing to many animals migrating to the forests of Wayanad from other reserves, in search of better water resources and prey. Summer is usually the more prefered season.
Places to Visit in Wayanad -
- Kuruva Island
- Chembra peak, the highest peak in Wayanad, at 2,050 m above sea level
- Edakkal Caves
- Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary
- Pazhassi Raja Tomb
- Soochippara Waterfalls
- Sulthan Bathery
- Banasura Sagar Dam
- Meenmutty waterfalls