⛺ A 4-Day Travel Itinerary for Wayanad

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Hey explorer, 

The tourism sector of India is as diverse as the nation. Any corner of the country you pick has something for people like you and me. What's best about it is that everything you find is unique in its own way, and what's even better is you can swap the kinds of life you live. 

Today, let's explore one such place where you can swap your busy and polluted city life with a calm and greenery-filled environment, Wayanad in Kerala. I promise it treats you like no other place. 

Why Wayanad?

Imagine the constant hum of the city fading away, replaced by the chirping of unseen birds. The air heavy with exhaust fumes transforms into a refreshing breath of clean mountain air.

Picture yourself driving along a crooked road, green hills rising on either side like protective giants. Sunlight dances through the dense canopy. A troop of langur monkeys playfully swings through the trees. Suddenly, the road opens up to a breathtaking sight. 

Lush green tea plantations carpet the rolling hills as far as your eye can see. In the distance, a waterfall rushes down a moss-covered cliff. How refreshing just to read, isn't it? This is Wayanad, a place where time seems to slow down and your worries melt away.

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Overview

Wayanad's story stretches back centuries. Ancient tribes like the Paniyas and Kurichyas inhabited here initially, and trade routes thrived later, taking spices like pepper and cardamom. In the 18th century, Wayanad became part of the princely state of Mysore before finally joining Kerala in 1956.

Unlike the rest of Kerala, Wayanad is a unique plateau within the Western Ghats. This elevation creates a stunning landscape with rolling hills, deep valleys, and cascading waterfalls. The highest point, Vellari Mala, reaches 2,240 meters! Dense forests cover a large area. 

Wayanad's culture is a beautiful blend. Tribal communities like the Paniyas and Kurichyas, with their rich traditions, add a unique touch. You can also feel the influence of neighbouring states like Karnataka and Tamil Nadu on local customs and cuisine.

Although this beautiful gem was once part of Karnataka, Malayalam is the primary means of communication for people here. But to tourism, some parts of Wayanad can understand English. However, the real enjoyment comes when you start a conversation with any local. 

Therefore, here are a few daily Malayalam phrases for you to learn:

എന്താണ് കാര്യങ്ങൾ? (Enthāṇ kāryaṅṅaḷ?) - What's up?
- സുഖമാണോ? (Sukhamāṇō?) - Are you fine?
- ഭക്ഷണം കഴിച്ചോ? (Bhakṣaṇaṁ kaḻicchō?) - Have you eaten?
- എത്ര മണി ആയി? (Ethra maṇi āyi?) - What time is it?
- ഇവിടെ വന്നേ? (Ivite vannē?) - Did you come here?
- വീട്ടിൽ ആണോ? (Vīṭṭil āṇō?) - Are you at home?
- എന്തിനാണ് ഇതെല്ലാം? (Enthinaṇ ithellaṁ?) - Why all this?
- ഞാൻ പോവുന്നു (Jñān pōvunnu) - I'm leaving.
- വരുന്നു (Varunnu) - Coming.
- സഹായിക്കാമോ? (Sahāyikkāmō?) - Can I help?
- ഇവിടെ കാത്തിരിക്കൂ (Ivite kāthirikkū) - Wait here.
- എനിക്ക് മനസ്സിലായില്ല (Enikku manassilāyilla) - I don't understand.
- വെളിച്ചം വേണം (Veḷicchaṁ vēṇam) - Need light.
- എത്ര രൂപ? (Ethra rūpa?) - How much (money)?
- എവിടേക്കാണ് പോകുന്നത്? (Eviṭēkkāṇ pōkunnathu?) - Where are you going?

Wayanad enjoys a pleasant climate year-round. The summers (March-May) are warm with occasional showers. The monsoon season (June-September) brings heavy rainfall. Winters (October-February) are the most pleasant, with comfortable temperatures to explore the outdoors.

Discovery Checklist

Wayanad is a beautiful place popular on and off social media for its lush green nature and many more things. It doesn't matter how popular or hidden it is. You can't enjoy it if you do not know what to do there. So, here are a few must-visit places and must-try things:

- Chembra Peak(14 km)
- Pookode Lake(15 km)
- Kanthanpara Waterfalls(22 km)
- Lakkidi View Point(14 km)
- Sentinel Rock Waterfalls(22 km)
- Edakkal Caves(27 km)
- Neelimala Viewpoint(27 kms)

While the must-do things are:

- Go for a jeep safari in Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
- Hike to the heart-shaped lake atop Chembra Peak.
- Conquer the challenging trails of Meenmutty Falls.
- Enjoy the cascading beauty of Kanthanpara Falls.
- Take a dip in the pool beneath Sentinel Rock Falls.
- Take a walk to the multi-tiered Meenmutty Falls.
- Immerse yourself in the world of spices and coffee
- Step back in time at the Edakkal Caves

Want to carry the essence of Wayanad home? Then, stock up on fresh, aromatic spices like cardamom, pepper, cinnamon, and clove, a bag of Wayanad's renowned coffee, some locally-produced honey, and unique bamboo and wood products. 

Travel Itinerary

Note: This is a general itinerary, combining cultural experiences and adventure. It provides a well-rounded exploration of this hidden gem. You can make adjustments as per your preferences, local events, and weather conditions.

A Guide to WH Questions

Transportation 

The nearest airports are Calicut International Airport (CCJ) (around 90 km) and Kannur International Airport (IXK) (around 140 km), while the nearest railway station is Thalassery Station (around 70 km). Taxis and prepaid cabs are readily available at all places.

And Wayanad is well-connected by road to major South Indian cities like Bangalore, Mysore, and Coimbatore. State buses and private operators offer frequent services. Then, you can prefer rental cars, autorickshaws, and local buses to get around within Wayanad. 

Hotels

Several accommodation and eatery options are available in Kalpetta. While some are expensive, some are affordable. Some are flooding with high star ratings, while some have average ratings online. So, here are a few of our best picks for you to try. 

  • Accommodation

- Misty Hills - It's a 2-star hotel
- iCon Residency - It's a 2-star hotel
- Vythiri Inn - It's a 4.8-star rating hotel

  • Eateries 

- 1980's Nostalgic Restaurant - Best for veg and non-veg foods. 
- New Hotel 1857 - Best for veg and non-veg foods. 
- New Form Restaurant - Best for non-veg foods.

- Appam: Fluffy rice pancakes served with vegetable or meat stews.
- Meen Curry: Fish curry cooked in coconut milk with fragrant spices.
- Kappa: A boiled tapioca served with various accompaniments.
- Idiyappam: Steamed rice noodles served with curries and chutneys.
- Dosa: A crepe made from rice batter served with sambar and chutney.

Travel Tips

- Plan your trip, aligning the season and your travel goals. 
- Pack your clothes according to the season you are travelling in. 
- Ensure you carry sunscreen, insect repellent, and a hat. 
- Wear traditional Keralan clothes when visiting any temple. 

Safety Tips

- Only follow designated paths during hikes and treks.
- When on safaris or wildlife tours, listen to your guide's instructions. 
- Keep an eye on your belongings, especially in crowded areas.

Travel Expenses

Wayanad can be a budget-friendly destination or a luxurious retreat, depending on your choices. However, accommodation, travel expenses, and food might seem expensive, although hidden entry fees might be at some attractions. On average, the budget traveller might need ₹2,000 to ₹5,000 a day per head

Conclusion

Wayanad calls you to step away from the ordinary and into a world of breathtaking beauty, rich culture, and endless adventure. Whether you seek peace in beautiful nature or a thrilling encounter with wildlife in its natural habitat, Wayanad is your go-to place. Every step you take here will let you doubt if it's real or a dream.

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