Wayanad is one of my favorite destinations in Kerala. It makes me feel very close to nature! The forest and tea plantations accompany you through out the trip. Wayanad has always been a rejuvenation for me!
In past 1.5 years, I have been to Kerala thrice. Once to Kumarakom & twice to Wayanad! Based on my experiences in Wayanad, I have created this Wayanad itinerary for 4 days. I have combined both my trips to Wanayad in this itinerary, shortlisting the best attractions and not including the below average destinations.
By following this Wayanad itinerary, you will enjoy Wayanad at it’s best, irrespective of whether you are traveling with your friends, family or better half! Being an adventure enthusiast and nature lover, I have given prominence to such attractions in this Wayanad itinerary.
Along with recommended attractions in Wayanad, I have also recommended some restaurants and accommodation options in this Wayanad itinerary for 4 days. To pick attractions from Wayanad, you can read this blog of mine: Places to visit in Wayanad
Before moving to the day wise itinerary I would like to suggest a couple of accommodations in Wayanad where I stayed. During my 1st trip to Wayanad, I stayed at Mountain Dew Homestay in Kalpetta. A quaint homestay located amidst dense forests, staying at Mountain Dew Homestay was a memorable experience. If you are a fan of nature and authentic Kerala cuisine, this homestay will not disappoint you. The tariff is around Rs 3,000 per night for one very spacious room.
Mountain Dew Homestay (Wayanad Itinerary)
The 2nd time I visited Wayanad, I stayed at Fia’s residency in Sulthan Bathery. A supreme budget property, Fia’s residency wouldn’t cater to your room service needs. However, given the rates, it shouldn’t be a concern. We booked a 2 BHK apartment in the residency for Rs 4,000. It could accommodate 15 people! We were 9 friends and per night per head cost amounted for just Rs 450! That’s one amazing deal!
You can choose to stay either at Sulthan Bathery or Kalpetta. The distance between these two destinations is roughly 23 KMs. Hence, it wouldn’t really matter where you stay as some attractions are close to the former and others are in proximity to the latter.
Banasura Sagar Dam – Banasuramala Meenmutty Falls
Assuming you leave in the morning from Bangalore or a city nearby, you will reach around 1-2 pm. Even if you are traveling by an overnight bus, on the 1st day, just let Wayanad grow on you. Take a walk in the lanes, discover interesting food joints, have a peek in the local life.
If you are in Sultan Bathery, you can have lunch at Wilton Restaurant. The north Indian food here is surprisingly good. You can also savor authentic Kerala cuisine here like beef chilly. In Sulthan Bathery, to fight your hunger woes at late night, you can look for Green Palace residency hotel. There is a joint there which serves delectable food and juices. My personal favorite was the Mango juice!
After having lunch, you can continue this Wayanad itinerary and head towards Banasura Sagar Dam. The largest Earth water dam in India, Banasura Sagar Dam will be your highlight in this first day of Wayanad itinerary. The vast water body will leave you in awe and the sunset will add brilliance to your experience. There is not much to do around, but to revel in the beauty of landscapes and enchanting forms of nature. However, there is boating available if the season is right.
Banasura Sagar Dam (Source)
You can also visit Banasuramala Meenmutty Falls which is very close to Banasura Sagar Dam. The falls do not have much force and height. But, there is a natural pool where you can take a dip and relax. Ideal if you are traveling with kids.
Banasuramala Meenmutty Falls, near Banasura Sagar Dam (Wayanad Itinerary)
Call a day early to wear off today’s tiredness and gear up for Chembra peak trek next day.
Chembra Peak – Karapuzha Dam ( Map )
Day 2 in this Wayanad itinerary will cover Chembra peak & Karapuzha Dam. Chembra peak takes the better part of your day and hence, not many attractions are combined with Chembra peak today.
Chembra Peak (Wayanad Itinerary)
Start the day early and have light breakfast to get energized for the Chembra peak trek. The trek takes 2-3 hours to complete and you can dedicate time till 2-3 pm for the Chembra peak trek. For my detailed experience, you can read my Chembra Peak trek blog post. The heart shaped lake is the main attraction of the Chembra peak trek.
After the trek, you can head towards Karapuzha Dam. A smaller dam compared to Banasura Dam, Karapuzha sees lesser tourists and you will feel closer to nature here. The road to reach karapuzha dam is a bit tricky so be prepared for some bumpy ride.
End your Day 2 with a relaxing dinner after visiting Karapuzha Dam. On day 3, the Wayanad Itinerary will cover interesting waterfalls.
Edakkal Caves – Soochipara Waterfalls – Meenmutty Waterfalls (Map )
Start Day 3 of your Wayanad Itinerary by visiting Edakkal Caves. The entry to the caves start at 8 am and I would recommend to visit these caves as soon as possible to avoid peak traffic. Being a popular attraction, Edakkal caves attracts lot of tourists and long queues start forming around 10 am. The timings are from 8 am to 2 pm for issuing tickets.
Edakkal caves are best known for the ancient wall paintings & art ingrained in the caves. The caves are surrounded by lush green ambiance and gives you a perfect back drop to travel back in time when art and nature were nurtured together.
Edakkal Caves (Wayanad Itinerary)
After Edakkal caves, this 3rd day of Wayanad itinerary will take you for an interesting trail of waterfalls. Soochipara & Meenmutty waterfalls are the best waterfalls in Wayanad and neither of them are worth missing. However, in the pre-monsoon season, you might not be able to witness the full prowess of these waterfalls. But, you can surely take a dip here.
Meenmutty Waterfalls (Source)
Both the waterfalls require a 2 KM trek to reach the spot. But, the hike is completely worth it and you will surely enjoy spending time at these waterfalls.
On this last day of your Wayanad itinerary, let’s keep the schedule relaxed. Instead of trekking and hiking, let’s introduce bamboo sailing! Yes, Kuruvadweep, as the name suggests, is a river island which provides bountiful views of pure nature. A placid stream flows gently, pacing playfully through rocks and sliding over pebbles. Spend some quality time with your friends and family here.
To reach the interior portions of Kuruvadweep island, you need to park your car near the entrance and opt for a bamboo raft sailing. The bamboo raft will help you to cross the river and reach the island. There are smaller water bodies in the island once you navigate through the main river. Kuruvadweep can be an interesting part of your Wayanad itinerary.
There are not many activities worth including in this wayanad itinerary. But, you can surely get a memorable experience of staying with nature, devoid of artificial & concrete structures around.
After spending half a day here, you can proceed back and return home while reminiscing the alluring memories you just created in Wayanad!
I hope you liked this itinerary. I have not mentioned some attractions which were too crowded or too mainstream. For e.g, I have not included Pookat lake in this wayanad itinerary because this lake was just as mainstream as any other hill station lake in India. There were long queues for everything, popcorn sellers swarming around and endless line of cars trying to find parking. Not really a pleasant experience for me.