There is always a general notion that hill stations are meant only for couples and honeymooners. But what if we told you that Wayanad will prove you wrong. Yes, you heard it right, the charismatic Wayanad has everything right here. From verdant mountains to picturesque lakes, from mesmerizing waterfalls to the incredible wildlife, this enchanting destination offers a mind-blowing treat to its travelers. With an array of activities to do here, there is not going to be a single dull moment throughout your trip. In this blog, we’ll take you through the top things to do in Wayanad that will help to uncover the beauty of Wayanad and the array of activities to its core.

Unveiling The 12 Best Things To Do In Wayanad

Wayanad offers numerous activities for its travelers, here are some of our top recommendations to make your trip memorable.

1. Go On A Safari At The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary 

wildlife wayanad sightseeing on a safari
Get on a safari to have a close look at the wild.

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary also called Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary is a famous sanctuary known for its rich biodiversity and lush landscapes. The sanctuary which was established in 1973 is home to a range of flora and fauna that occupies an area of around 344 sq kms. To have a closer look at the wildlife we suggest you go on a thrilling jungle safari. It’s a perfect place for both nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts.

Location: Puthupally Road, Sultan Bathery, Wayanad

Safari Timings: Morning 7:00am to 10:00am; Evening 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Ticket Price: Indians: ₹110, Foreigners: ₹300, Camera Fees: ₹50 for still, ₹150 for video.

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2. Enjoy Boating At Pookode Lake

wayanad is famous for its weather and scenic beauty
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Going boating at Pookode Lake or Pookot Lake is one of the best fun things to do in Wayanad. It is a place that’s blessed with stunning landscapes and tranquil waters for visitors to enjoy. There is something very interesting about this lake, the lake is in the shape of India’s map. Apart from enjoying the peace and tranquility one can also catch glimpses of various fish species while boating here.

Location: Kunnathidavaka, Wayanad

Timings: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Entry Fee: ₹20 for adults and ₹10 for children

Boating: ₹ 100 for 2 (20 minutes)

3. Visit The Banasura Sagar Dam

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A visit to the Banasura Dam is one of the most spellbinding things to do in Wayanad Kerala. It is the largest earthen dam in India and the second-largest in Asia. The stunning views of the hills and the unparalleled beauty of nature from the dam makes it a heaven for nature lovers. Thrilling activities like speed boating, trekking, horse and camel rides are the highlights of this place. Banasura Sagar Dam is also the starting point for various treks and nature walks. Truly a must visit place.

Location: Padinjarathara, Wayanad 

Timings: 6:00am to 6:00pm

Entry Fee: ₹20 for adults and ₹10 for children

4. Trek The Chembra Peak

best time to visit wayanad is just after monsoons
spectacular views of the surrounding hills and valleys as you trek.

Trekking to Chembra Peak is one of the most thrilling and adventurous things to do in Wayanad. It is located at 6,900 ft, which also happens to be the highest point in Wayanad. The trek starts from the base near Meppadi and takes about three hours to complete. The spectacular views of the surrounding hills and valleys on the go makes Chembra Peak one of the most sought after trekking destinations in Wayanad District.

Timings: Always open but needs to take permission from Meppadi Forest Department

Entry Fee: ₹750 for a group of 10

5. Birdwatching At Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary

The sanctuary is home to an array of bird species
The sanctuary is home to an array of bird species.

Within the forest of the Brahmagiri hills lies the Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary which is at an altitude of around 1740 mtrs. To reach the sanctuary one needs to trek for 7 km through green forest. Prior permission needs to be taken from Mananthavady Forest Department to go on this trek. The sanctuary is home to an array of bird species like the Malabar Grey Hornbill, Indian Pitta, owls and flycatchers. For a safe and enriching experience it is highly recommended you take an experienced guide along.

Location: Pothumoola, Panavally

Entry Fee: ₹50 for Indians, ₹200 for foreigners

Timings: 6:00am to 6:00pm

Duration: 3-4 hours

6. Stay In A Tree House

tree houses in Wayanad offer modern amenities without compromising the natural setting.
Eco-friendly accommodations in Wayanad.

Spending the night up in a tree house is one of the most unique and enchanting things to do in Wayanad. These eco-friendly accommodations with stunning views of the forests, plantations, and wildlife will be more memorable and rejuvenating than an ordinary hotel stay. There are several tree houses in Wayanad that offer modern amenities without compromising on the natural setting. Because of the increasing demands for a tree house among travelers, it has become an important part of the Wayanad Tourism.

Where: Vythiri Resort, Jungle Beat Resort, Pepper Trail

Price: Between ₹ 8000 to ₹ 20,000 for a night

7. Take A Tea Estate Tour

Learning the processes of tea planting by going on a tea tasting tour.
Workers sorting the tea leaves.

Wayanad is famous for its tea plantation, so how about a stroll through the vibrant tea plantations while taking in the sweet aroma of the fresh tea leaves. Learning the processes of tea planting, plucking them, and seeing how it is processed is what a tea estate tour looks like. Many tea estates also offers tea tasting sessions for its visitors. Getting to experience something like this in the midst of nature is definitely one of the best things to do in Wayanad.

Where: Ripon Tea Factory, Wayanad Tea Museum, Haritha Farm, Poabs Organic Estates

Tour Price: Approx ₹300 to ₹500 per person

8. Dig Deep Into History At Wayanad Heritage Museum

Heritage Museum gives a glimpse of the rich cultural and heritage of Wayanad.
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The artifacts, relics, and exhibits at the Wayanad Heritage Museum gives a glimpse of the rich cultural and heritage of the region. This well-maintained building is one of the largest and best archaeological museums in Kerala. The museum houses ancient artifacts and relics that were unearthed from nearby places like Sulthan Bathery and Ambalavayal. To understand the historical evolution of this picturesque region, a visit to the museum is a must.

Location: Govt Hospital Rd, Ambalavayal, Wayanad

Timings: 9:00am to 06:00pm on all days

Entry Fee: ₹20 per person 

9. Get Wet At The Soochipara Waterfalls

wayanad is famous for its beautiful waterfalls
Cold water gushing down the falls.

Soochipara Waterfalls or Sentinel Rock Waterfalls is a mesmerizing three-tiered waterfall that is located amidst the scenic landscapes of Wayanad. Its visual delight makes it one of the most photogenic spots for tourists. A small trek through the dense forest will bring you to the base of the falls. This is where you can enjoy a refreshing dip in the chilling waters of the falls. The falls is at its full glory during the monsoon season. Make sure during the next monsoon you are here to enjoy the spectacular views.

Location: Vellarimala, Kalpetta, Wayanad

Timings: 9:00am to 05:00pm on all days

Entry Fee: ₹80 per person

10. Have A Fun Day At E3 Theme Park

India’s best Multi Recreational Theme Parks.
Young and ols having fun at the theme park.

E3 Theme Park in Wayanad is one of India’s best Multi Recreational Theme Parks. The park’s wide range of recreational activities and entertainment options will keep you engaged throughout the day. The park’s vibrant atmosphere and diverse attractions is ideal for people of all ages. Thrilling rides like the Magnetic Free Fall, roller coaster and water slides ensures that you have a fun-filled experience. There’s a 12D Theatre and a huge Kid’s Park to keep the children engaged. It is one of the best tourist places in Wayanad if you are looking for some fun.

Location: Vanjode Po, Vellamunda, Via, Neelome

Timings: 9:00am – 5:30pm

Entry Fee: Adults ₹600 and Children ₹500

11. Shop For Authentic Products

take back home some traditional spices and organic produce
Wayanad is a land of spices.

Shopping for authentic stuff that keeps the essence of Kerala’s rich culture and heritage alive is one of the best things to do in Wayanad. Check out for small shops that sell hand-woven textiles, handicraft items, coconut shell crafts, traditional spices and organic produce. A unique market called Santhi Pappadam in Wayanad is one such place where you can find all the above-mentioned products. By doing so, you not only get to take back home genuine products but also in a way helping to support the community’s livelihoods.

Places To Shop: Sultan Bathery, Kalpetta, Pookode Lake, Tribal Craft Mela

12. Treat Your Taste Buds

food of Wayanad has a delightful mix of flavors
Authentic Kerala Cuisine.

Your trip to Wayanad is incomplete if you do not try out the mouthwatering cuisine of Kerala. Traditional Kerala dishes are loaded with locally grown coconut and aromatic spices. Popular dishes like appam, puttu, Malabar parotta, duck roast, Biryani and spicy fish curry with kappa are a must try. The food of Wayanad has a delightful mix of flavors which is a testament to the region’s cultural richness and heritage. So make sure you take your taste buds on a gastronomic adventure for this journey is truly worth savoring.

Where To Try: 1980’s in Kalpetta, Bungalow Restaurant in Vythiri Village Resort, Wilton Restaurant in Sulthan Bathery, Jubilee Restaurant in Mananthavady.

Also Read: Guide To The Best Time To Visit Wayanad

Wayanad is one such destination that will touch the hearts of all. Be it the young or the old, solo travelers or couples, this small slice of paradise is sure to make your holiday special. So what are you waiting for, pack your warm clothes and set on a journey to ‘God’s own country’ to unwind and to enjoy all that Wayanad has to offer. Do let us know your experience in the comment box below.


What are the best things to do in Wayanad at night?

There are several activities that can be enjoyed at night. Night Safari, Camping, Night Trekking, Star Gazing, Bonfire, Ayurvedic Spa Sessions and Night Walks are a few of the many things to do at night.

Which places are best for trekking in Wayanad?

Chembra Peak, Edakkal Caves, Banasura Hill, Brahmagiri Peak and Kurabalakota Hill are some of the best trekking places in Wayanad.

Which are some of the affordable resorts to stay in Wayanad?

Some of the best resorts between the price ranges of 2000 to 5000 for a night are Wave Resort, Vythiri Village Resort, Mintflower Residency, Green Gates Hotel, Le Coffee Resort and Wayanad Silverwoods.

How many days are enough in Wayanad?

For a good mix of adventure, relaxation, and sightseeing experience, a trip of 3 to 4-day is a good time. 


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