The word Wynad has been derived from the expression 'Wayalnadu' which means the land of paddy fields.
Kalpetta is the head quarters of Wynad district.
Wyanad offers the climate of the hill station to that of Oottacamand and a panorama of undulating hills and dales. Esconced in the North Eastern tip of Kerala, Wyanad is renowned for of Coffee, tea, caradamom, pepper and rubber plantations. There is luxuriant green all around. With picturesque hills, gurgling streams and lush vegetation, Lakkidi is one of the highest spots in Wyanad. Fresh water lake, Tea and Coffee plantations, ancient temples, Caves with ancient carvings, wild sanctuary …… all make this place a nature lover's delight.
Kuruvadweep - 17 km east of
Mananthavady 195 km northwest of sulthan Bathery
This 950 acre, uninhabited island on the eastward bound Kabani River is an ideal picnic spot. The wooded stretch of land is home to rare species of birds, orchids and herbs.
Thirunelly Temple - 32 km northeast of
Surrounded by Kambamala, Karimala and Varadiga, the Thirunelly Temple is a marvel of temple architecture. The shrine is shielded with 30 granite columns and the ground is paved with huge square pieces of granite. The crystal clear waters of the Papanasini River running downhill add to the enchantment of the place.
Pazhassi tomb - 32 km north east of Kalpetta.
The memorial of the 'Lion of Kerala' - Veera Pazhassi Raja - who organised the guerilla warfare against the British East India Company, is situated at Mananthavady. The Pulpally cave is where Pazhassi took refuge until he was captured by the British.
The Glass Temple of Kottamunda - 20 km away from
This temple is located on the slope of Vellarimala and is dedicated to Parswanatha Swamy of the Jain faith. The mirrors inside the temple walls reflect images of the icons in the temple's sanctum sanctorum.
Boys town - 15 km north of Mananthavaday.
Herbal garden, nature care centre, sericulture unit, perma-culture centre etc., established by the Wayanad Social Service Society and Jean Park (the Indo Danish project for promoting herbal gardening) are situated here.
Pakshipathalam - 10 km from Thirunelly.
This place can be accessed only by trekking. Rare species of birds can be sighted from the watchtower of this
Trekking is the only mode of reaching this place. The Kuruva Islands is also nearby this place on the banks of Kabanithese River. These Islands are rich in herbs, orchids, rare species of flowers, animals and birds.
Chembra peak - 14 km west of Kalpetta.
At 2100 m above mean sea level, Chembra is the highest peak in Wayanad and is an ideal area for trekking.
Banasura Project, Padinjarathara - 25 km northeast of
A mini hydel project with the largest earth dam in India and the second largest in Asia is being built here. A sprawling sanctuary and park with ever flowering trees are major tourist attractions.
Begur Wildlife Sanctuary - 20 km east of
This sanctuary has a wide variety of animals.
Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary - 40 km from
This sanctuary in Karnataka state extends over an area of 643.39 sq km. The park houses diverse species of plant and animal life. visiting time: 0600 - 0800 hrs and 1500 -1730 hrs.
Edakkal Caves - 12 km from Sulthan Bathery.
The two caves are located at a height of 1000 m on Ambukutty Mala near Ambalavayal. The New Stone Age pictorial writings on the walls of these natural caves at Edakkal are evidence of the civilization that existed in these regions in prehistoric times. The caves can be accessed only by a 1 km trekking trail from Edakkal. Morning hours are the best time to visit the caves. Entry is permitted only up to 1700 hrs.
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
Established in 1973, the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is contiguous to the protected area network of Nagarhole and Bandipur of Karnataka on the northeast and Mudumalai of Tamil Nadu on the southeast. Rich in bio-diversity, the sanctuary is an integral part of the Nigeria Biosphere Reserve, which has been established with the specific objective of conserving the bio logical heritage of the region. The sanctuary is very rich in flora and fauna. The management lays emphasis on scientific conservation with due consideration for the general lifestyle of the trials and others who live in and around the forest region.
Wildlife Warden, Mouthing Wildlife Sanctuary, Sulthan Bathery, Vythiri
Lakkidi - 55 km east of Kozhikode / 5 km south of
Lakkidi, the gateway to Wayanad, is situated 700 m above mean sea level, at the crest of the Thamarasseri Ghat pass. Lofty peaks, gurgling streams and luxuriant forests add magic to the journey up the winding roads to this hill station.
This perennial fresh water lake, nestled among wooded hills, is the only one of its kind in Kerala. Boating facilities, a children's park, a handicrafts and spices emporium and a fresh water aquarium are among the tourist facilities available here.
Ambalavayal Heritage Museum
Near the Ambukuthi hill region is this heritage museum housing artifacts and belongings of the various tribes of the land. This is one of the best heritage museums in Kerala.
- 6 km east of Meppadi
- 12 km east of Meppadi
Chethalayam Waterfall - 12 km from Sulthan Bathery.
Sentinel rock Waterfall -
12 km southeast of Meppadi ·
Jain Temple -
Sulthan Bathery ·
Puliyarmala Jain Temple
- 4 km north of Kalpetta ·
Panamaram Jain Temple - 29 km from Sulthan Bathery ·
Pallikkunnu Church -
12 km north of Kalpetta·
Mosque - 10 km southwest of Mananthavady
Ambalavayal Agriculture Research
Station -15 km south of Sulthan Bathery.