Wayanad can be reached by traveling 76 km from the sea shores of Kozhikode. The place lies nestled among the gentle warmth of the Western Ghats. The place derived its name from the word Vayal Nadu, meaning the land of paddy fields. The district earns lot of foreign exchange for the State of Kerala, thanks to its spices like Pepper, Cardamom and other spices as well as coffee, tea and other condiments.
It is a natural fresh water lake encircled by progressing hills and evergreen forest. Attraction for visitors is a fresh water aquarium where they can see wide variety of fishes. Boating facilities, children�s park shops to purchase handicrafts and spices are other highlights of the place.
Banasura Sagar Dam
It is located 15 km North West of Kalpetta and is known as the largest earth dam. There is a vast expanse of crystal clear water which is surrounded by blue hills on all side, which gives the visitors hypnotizing effect.
If you travel 29 km north east of Mananthavady you could reach this place which is under the Brahmagiri Hills and the Reserve Forest. It is popularly known as Thekkan Kasi and people believe that a bath in the river Papanasini would wipe out all your sins.
The Kuruva Island consists of 950 acres of evergreen forests situated on the banks of river Kabini. There is no human occupancy in the island and is the home of rare species of birds, orchids and herbs.
Soochipara (Sentinel Rock Waterfalls)
Waterfalls at Soochipara near Meppadi are real wonders of nature. Water falls from heights of 100 and 300 feet. There are tree huts in Soochipara which gives a spectacular view of the valleys of Western Ghats and the surrounding springs.
Wayanad(Muthanga) Wildlife Sanctuary
This wildlife sanctuary is located 12 km east of Sulthan Bathery and is near to the Karnataka Border. Total forest area is 345 sq. km and consists of Elephants, spotted deer, Bison, Tiger, Chetah, Wild Bear etc. Elephant rides are conducted by the Forest Officials in this sanctuary.
Edakkal Caves is located 12 kms from Sulthan Bathery. At a height of 1000 mts in Ambukuthi Mala three caves are located, which has pictorial writing in its walls. These are indications that life existed here during the pre-historic times. A one km trekking will take you to this cave and the best time to do this trekking is during the morning time.
It is one of the top most locations in Wayanad. The place is located 58 km north east of Kozhikode and 5 kms south of Vythiri. The gateway of Wayannad, Lakkidi lies in this Thamarassery Ghats which is at a height of 700 m. above sea level. The journey from Adivaram to Lakkidi consists of 12 hairpin bends and is an adventurous journey with thick green foliage in the two sides of the roads.
Pakshipathalam is located in Brahmagiri hills at Thirunelli are a tourist spot for people seeking adventure. To reach this part it is required to cover 17 kms through wild forest. Permission from the Forest Department is required to visit these places. And the District Tourist Promotion Council arranges, vehicles, guides, camping equipment etc for the visitors.
Wayanad Heritage Museum Ambalavayal
This heritage museum displays findings from the regional tribal culture past and present.