With its lush greenery, gushing waterfalls, majestic mountains, and splendid attractions, Kerala and, more specifically Wayanad, are beautiful places to visit. For the upcoming holidays, if you are planning a family vacation to Wayanad, do check out this guide.
What to see
Here are the top places to visit in Wayanad with family:
1. Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary
The Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary is a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. Kids will certainly enjoy spotting the elephants, tigers, deer, monkeys, butterflies, birds, and other animals roaming freely in this jungle that they call home. The sanctuary has also been declared a Project Elephant site.
Bond with your kids on your family vacations at the trekkers’ delight—Neelimala. Here you will find several trekking routes that are easy for kids to complete. As you all walk up, take in the scent of the coffee, ginger, and areca nut plantations around. The stunning view from the top will surely leave you speechless. You can also catch a glimpse of the Meenmutty waterfalls from here.
3. Meenmutty Waterfalls
Meenmutty is the largest waterfall in Wayanad. This majestic waterfall gushes in three stages from a height of around 300 meters. The trek to this waterfall is refreshing as it passes through lush and dense foliage. This is also a good spot to go on a picnic with the kids.
4. Chethalayam Falls
While the Chethalayam falls are smaller in comparison to the Meenmutty Waterfalls, they are known to be a great spot for bird watching. Do remember to take along a book which has information on the birds of Wayanad so that your kids can have fun crossing out the ones they see here!
5. Banasura Sagar Dam
The Banasura Sagar Dam is the largest earth dam in India. It is located near Karalad Lake and is made of compacted rock and soil fragments. The dam’s reservoir also has a few islands caused due to the submerging of the surrounding areas, making it a spectacular sight to behold! The magnanimous dam will leave your kids spellbound and give you a great opportunity to tell them about the functions of a structure, while it holds their attention!
6. Edakkal Caves
Spend some time on your family vacations at the Edakkal Caves are the perfect place to teach your kids the history of this region. The caves are said to have been formed by a huge split in a large rock and have etchings and drawings that date back to pre-historic times.
Pakshipathalam is home to massive boulders and caves which have a number of animals and birds living there. You and the kids can spend some time spotting a few rare birds and their nests as well. Its location deep in the forests of the Brahmagiri Hills almost makes it magical and will certainly enchant your kids.
8. Wayanad Heritage Museum
Another great place to teach kids history in a fun way is at the Wayanad Heritage Museum. This is one of the best-maintained and largest archaeological museums in Kerala. Its exhibits include sculptures, pottery, stone carvings, tribal artifacts, and other items belonging to various periods.
9. Pazhassi Museum
The Pazhassi Museum showcases the tomb and memorabilia of the Pazhassi Raja who was the last ruler of the region. He fought valiantly against the British until he was defeated in 1805.The museum contains ancient coins, umbrella stones, temple models, and a host of other exhibits, making it a fascinating place for people of all ages, especially the kids! While here, be sure to visit the nearby art gallery that showcases paintings by some of Kerala’s most prominent artists.
10. Paingatteri Agraharam
This is a settlement of Tamil Brahmins whose houses are built in the classic Tamilian architectural style. These houses have been declared as heritage sites by the archaeological department of India. Other beautiful attractions here include lovely temples and ponds. All in all, Paingatteri Agraharam is a wonderful place for you and your kids to experience Kerala’s Tamil culture. With Vythiri Village resort in Wayanad, get a chance to experience the culture & history of Wayanad with your family.
Best time to visit
In order to avoid the heavy rainfall that could dampen your holiday mood, it is, best to visit Kerala for family vacations between September and May.
How to reach
The nearest city to Wayanad is Kozhikode, which is around 65km away. You may either fly to the Calicut International Airport or take a train to the Kozhikode railway station. The NH212 connects both destinations and there are many buses and taxis that ply on that route.
Where to stay
Vacations are a time to indulge yourself as a family and a large part in this process is played by the resort you choose. Comfort is one of the most important factors because your kids need to be well-rested before they can enjoy all the things to do and see. The Vythiri Village resort, an affiliated Club Mahindra Wayanad resort, is made to pamper you and your family while on vacation. Experience a calm & peaceful family holiday in a quaint hillside setting at Club Mahindra affiliate Vythiri Village resort in Wayanad, Kerala. Enjoy all the modern amenities like a wellness spa, swimming pool, TV, Wi-Fi, and more while staying here. Don’t forget to read Club Mahindra reviews by our happy members before you plan your family vacation at Vythiri Village – a Club Mahindra affiliate resort in Wayanad.
After reading this list, you will not be surprised to hear that Wayanad is one of the coolest family getaways in Kerala. Don’t forget to take plenty of photographs on your visit!
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