The lush Wayanad patch of the Western Ghats is largely a realm of hilly rainforests, plantations, indigenous tribes, and wildlife such as the Giant Malabar Squirrel or the endangered Nilgiri languor. Wayanad is Kerala’s least populous district. This adds to its charm; you’ll be captivated by the serenity and the slow pace of life.
The district has three main towns: Kalpetta, Mananthavady and Sulthan Bathery. Kalpetta is the district headquarters and usually, the first stop. Adjoining spots Lakkidi and Vythiri are well known for their forest and plantation resorts. For wildlife, one has to seek out Mananthavady or Sulthan Bathery to access the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary.
Wayanad destinations offer an experience of wilderness with the comforts of a modern holiday. You can trek mountains, bathe under waterfalls, listen out for wild calls, chat with plantation owners who trade coffee, spices, vanilla, and listen to legends by the campfire.