Waynad or so called the land of spicy hills is located in north east Kerala. The etymology of the word Wayanad is Vayal (paddy) Naad (land); 'Land of Paddy Fields'. There are many indigenous tribal in this area. It is set lofty on the majestic Western Ghats with altitudes ranging from 700 to 2100 Metres above mean sea level. The two caves of Ampukuthimala located between Sulthan Bathery and Ambalavayal, with pictures on their walls and pictorial writings, speak volumes of the bygone era and civilization. Sultan's Battery, to the east of Kalpetta, was formerly known as Ganapathivattom or 'the fields of Ganapathi'. In the 18th Century the brilliant general Tipu Sultan built a fort here in the heart of the coffee and cardamom growing region, but sadly not much of it remains. Today it is a beautiful area that encapsulates rural Kerala.

Attractions in Waynad, around and from Waynad

  • Chembara Peak The tallest peak in the range that winds its way through Wayanad-Chembra, at 2,100 metres above sea level, the peak is an exhilarating four-hour trek from the base of the mountain. It is also possible

  • Edakkal Caves 12 kms from Sulthan Bathery in Wayanad and accessible only by a 1 km trekking trail, the Edakkal caves are natural caves formed by giant stones resting on each other. New Stone Age pictorial writings

  • Kuruva Islands This is a breathtaking 950-acre wooded island wrapped around by rivulets and is ideal for camping and peaceful nature trails.

  • Meenmutty Waterfalls An interesting 2 km trek from the main road, Meenmutty is the largest and most spectacular waterfall in Wayanad.

  • Pakshipathalam This is a bird sanctuary which is accessible only by trekking and houses many rare species of birds.

  • Pookot Lake This is a perennial fresh water lake nestled amongst the hills offering breathtaking views and is ideal for boating.

  • Sentinel Rock Waterfalls Known locally as Soochipara (Soochi- Needles), this waterfall derives its name from the needle-like granite stones shaped by the falling water.

  • Thirunelly Temple Situated in possibly one of the most beautiful settings in Kerala, this temple is surrounded by the Bramhagiri peaks

  • Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary Spread over more than 300 sq kms, this sanctuary is a haven for many species of birds and animals. Whilst elephant and deer can be seen frequently, you can get an occasional sighting of tigers and pan