Summarise the city :
Best time to visit (High & peak months) :
Hill station, plantations, wildlife, caves
City calling code :
Recommended no. of days for a tourist :
Best buys :
Handicrafts made in Bamboo
Essentials to be carried along :
Light woolens, sun blocks and glasses, binoculars etc
All about the city :
If balmy breezes, surreal surroundings and tranquility are your cup of tea, then for you, Wayanad is undoubtedly the destination to be. It is acclaimed by the Keralans as having the most beautiful landscape in the state. A good part of the rolling hills are covered with deciduous rain forests. With 26% forest cover, far greater than any other district in Kerala, Wayanad is home to two major wildlife reserves. Patches of water bodies in the form of lakes and waterfalls accentuate its appeal.
The name Wayanad has been derived from the expression 'Vayal nadu' - the village of paddy fields. But the district is ablaze with plantations of many spices, as well as Tea, Coffee and Cocoa. The three major towns of Wayanad are Vythiri, Sultan Bathery and Kalpetta (district Head Quarter). Earlier known as Ganapativattam (meaning circle of Lord Ganapati), Sultan Bathery acquired its present name after Tipu Sultan marched in with his army and used the 13th century temple here to store his arms. Very photogenic, Lakkidi is the gateway to Wayanad and is one of the highest points in the district. While moving from lakkidi to Vythiri a giant but chained ficus tree is sure to catch attention. It is said that a guide helped a British to discover the place but in order to take the credit of discovery he killed the guide. The latter's spirit started haunting the subsequent travelers. In order to arrest the menace, a priest chained the troublesome spirit to this tree.
The district has the largest population of aborigine people in Kerala. And you won't find many travelers around. But it makes a wonderful break in journey between Kochi and Mysore/Bangalore. The destination, however, beckons, especially those who are adventurous and have an inclination to choose the offbeat trails.