Wayanad, Kerala: Feel like cycling through a peaceful village or stopping by at a commuity kitchen to learn how to cook a traditional meal? Then this is just the place for you! Bird lovers and nature enthusiasts will also love the rich flora and fauna in the hills close by.
Around 105 local community members directly benefit from the responsible tourism initiatives of our ground partners. They include the homestay providers, guides, taxi drivers and other service providers.
Important to Note
- Location: 12 km from Kalpetta, the district headquarters from Wayanad, which as the nearest bus stand.
- Nearest Airport: Kozhikode, 98 km away
- Nearest train station: Kozhikode, 85 km away
|Cost||2750/- per room per night before taxes (of 18%)|
|Extra Bed Cost||INR 1000/- per bed|
|Total Capacity||2 + 1 (extra bed)|
|Food: traditional and local||Breakfast included in price. Other meals provided uopn request|
|Pet Friendliness||No pets allowed|
|Other: Special concessions for children||No tariff for children below 6 years of age|
|Guided village walk: Learn about agriculture in India and how climate change is affecting it, the spice trade, women empowerment, local myths, legends, arts and crafts.||Starting at: INR 375/- per person||
Cost may vary depending on the itinerary and the group size.
Languages available: English and Malyalam.
|Trekking in the Hills: The Manikunnu hills have diverse flora and fauna for bird lovers and nature enthusiasts. Learn about how climate change is affecting the nature around you.||Starting at: INR 375/- per person||
Cost may vary depending on the itinerary and group size.
Languages available: English and Malyalam.
|Bird Watching: Guided by an expert naturalist and photographer, this rural India tour will give you a peek into climate change, its impact and birds are considered as the indicators of health in an ecosystem.||Starting at: INR 650/- per person.||
Costs may vary depending on the group size and itinerary.
Languages: English and Malayalam.
|Bamboo crafting: Try your hand at crafting some bamboo crafts. Learn how local bamboo products are benefitting the local community.||INR 625/- per person|
|Cycling: Explore the village on your own with a local map.||
INR 125/- per person for half day
INR 250/- per person for a full day
|Bicycles are provided.|
|Community kitchen: take a lesson in cooking local flavours. Learn where food comes from, how it's grown, collected and used sustainably.||INR 625/- per person||Costs may vary depending on the menu, whether it is veg or non-veg.|
|Plant a tree: Traveller's forest is a concept through which you leave behind a lasting gift to the community.||INR 190/- per person||This is to plant a bamboo plant.|
1. When is it the best time to visit?
South Indian tours are best from October to March. However, travel to Wayanad in Kerala is also great between June, July and August because the overcast, cloudy weather and occasional pleasant monsoon showers can also be great fun! Plus you avoid the Sun!
2. What about ATMs and connectivity?
Connectivity can be a challenge for travel in India. However, there are some network service providers that work better than others: BSNL, IDEA and JIO are really good in Wayanad District in Kerala.
For foreigners travelling in India, ATMs are something of a quest. International cards are not accepted and that leaves you heavily dependent on cash transactions. During peak season and especially long weekends, the ATMs run out of cash very quickly, so come prepared!
3. What can I do in the area?
Check the ‘Things to do’ section of each budget homestay in Wayanad to know more. You could also book an experience with us on ‘Dharma Experiences’ or customize your own.
B. Cost: Where Does My Money Go?
1. How does my trip benefit the local community in Wayanad, Kerala?
The majority of revenue we generate through you goes to our partner families in Wayanad. They are from or in a rural area and are trained either directly by us or our ground partners to provide hospitality services. These services may include budget homestay accommodations in Wayanad, food, transportation, experience hosting and guide services.
The impact is created at two levels: individual and community.
Our aim is a 25% increase in annual income for our low-income partner families. Increasing cases of irregular rains, possibly due to changing climatic conditions are affecting harvests. With some of our families, where farming is a primary source of income, the extra revenue through tourism goes a long way. Another challenge is market linkage. Getting regular sales and fair prices are some of the biggest challenges that rural families face. We hope to enable regular supplementary income through our work.
In collaboration with guests like you, we work with our high-income partner families to promote social development activities in and around the villages where we are present. As much as possible, we take up specific initiatives in the areas of education, waste management and agriculture.
2. Where does the money go?
From the rural families in Wayanad who host hospitality services to people like you, the guest who chooses to book with us, is a chain that includes several links.
As much as possible, we provide an Indian food experience with local families in Wayanad, Kerala. Sometimes, due to dietary restrictions, preferences of our guests or logistics, we also include other options. Prices can be comparable to any restaurant price in India, sometimes, less expensive, sometimes a bit more (depending on the ingredients, logistics etc.).
Budget Homestay Accommodations in Wayanad, Kerala
Unless requested by guests during certain Dharma Experiences, we book all rooms directly with local families in their Wayanad homestays. They are safe and clean.
The travel part of travel is a big part of all this. We work with local partners and families to provide transportation as much as possible. However, quite often, either due to guest requests or other logistical reasons, we do also choose other options.
The best part of travel in India is the people we meet. Our activities are hosted by local community members who love to share their stories. Your Wayanad trip in Kerala will certainly be filled with a vibrant range of experiences.
A large part of our work, apart from directly training local families or supporting ground partners who do, is in linking people doing good work to guests like you. Our technology platform takes into consideration rural realities. Our vision is to link guests like you to the heart of rural India.
3. Why do prices vary at times for the same experience?
As a general rule of thumb for travel in India and also for our tours of Wayanad in Kerala, the larger the group size, the lesser the price. This is because of transportation and activities hosting.
This is a very big priority for us. Here’s what we do:
Each state in India has its own homestay registration process. This involves getting approval from the local authorities to ensure that rules are met. Further, in the case of foreigners travelling in India, homestay owners are also required to submit documents to the local police station. Local authorities keep track of activity. This is a huge factor that ensures both guests and families are safe. In some cases, homeowners also have security cameras as an added measure.
Any food allergies and special health concerns you may have should be informed to us well in advance. Our biggest priority is to ensure that your travel to Wayanad in Kerala is safe. Don't forget to check with local food providers if they have cooked with any ingredients you may be allergic to.
1. Is it a private bathroom?
Please check in the ‘Facilities’ section of each homestay in Wayanad to find out what type is available.
2. Will I be staying with the family in the homestay or is it a separate house?
In some cases, yes, and in some cases no. Whatever may be the case, the room you book will always be private.
Please check in the ‘Facilities’ section of each accommodation to find out what type is available.
3. Are there any house rules?
Yes, there are some rules, depending on the family and the area you are visiting. Please check in the ‘Facilities’ section of each homestay in Wayanad to find out more.
4. Can I book the whole house?
In those cases where the family does not live in the homestay, it is possible to book the whole place. Please check in the ‘Facilities’ section of each accommodation to find out more.
E. Logistics and Transport
1. How do I get there? And who do I speak to?
We will send you a location link or detailed directions to your homestay in Wayanad once we have confirmed your payment. Our coordinators will be there to assist you with any challenges.
2. How far is it from the main attractions?
Check the ‘Description’ and 'Things to do' section of each homestay in Wayanad to know more about what is available in each homestay.
3. Can you book local transportation for us?
Yes, this is definitely possible. Convenience charges may apply. Please mention your requests in the booking enquiry form given at the end of each homestay page.
4. Any special things I should pack and wear to travel responsibly?
We recommend the following:
- Water bottle: Please avoid plastic bottles. Carry your own water bottles. It allows you to refill as and when you want.
- Mosquito repellent
- Cash: always carry cash, because local ATMs might be empty and rural India still runs largely on cash.
- Medicines: carry any medications you may need, because unlike in urban areas, 24-hour medical shops are tough to come by.
1. What sort of food do you serve?
Local, traditional and home-cooked food: this is what we aim for.
NOTA BENE: Please let us know in advance if there are any allergies, as many people in rural India are not aware of food allergies as a serious concern.
2. What are some of the good places to eat around the area?
Check with our local co-ordinators to know more.
Things to do in Wayanad
Check out our list of 'Things to Do' and 'Dharma Experiences' to know more about trekking and tours in Wayanad. Conducted by local community members, these tours in Kerala allow for cross-cutural exchange with locals. Apart from our own Wayanad tours, you can also explore some of these historic and iconic must-see places in Wayanad, Kerala. A perfect blend of nature, serenity and heritage, this is a must-see place for your travel in India. Given below is a list of things to do in Wayanad.
- Go on a trek to Chembra Park, Wayanad
If you're a nature and adventure lover, this really should be one of the top things on your list to see in Wayanad. Rich biodivesity and scenic views make it ideal for treks in Wayanad.
- Explore Edakkal Caves, Wayanad
If you are interested in history of human civilization Edakkal Cave should be your go to destination. Measuring at about 22 feet in width and 96 feet in length, it is believed by historians to have a link to the Indus Valley Civilization. Prehistoric inscriptions belonging to Neolithic and Mesolithic Age make it one of the oldest caves of India. The script inscribed on the walls is Tamil Brahmi script which includes symbols, animals, ancient inscription and human shaped figures.
- Relax yourself at Pookode Lake, Wayanad
A freshwater lake in Wayanad, Pookode Lake is a water body that resembles India's map. Beautiful flowers and exotic birds are found at the lake while boating. Pookode Lake is particularly famous for blue lotuses, fresh water fish and large variety of birds. One can relax at the lake while boating away from the hustle and bustle of city life, explore the fresh-water aquarium, children's park and handiwork and spices presented at a shopping centre nearby.
- Do Visit Kuruva Islands, Wayanad
Bamboo trees are the main attraction at the Kuruva Islands. If you are wanting to experience Kerala's local life and culture, Kuruva Islands are a must visit place. A vast variety of boats can be found ranging from small boats, bamboo rafts and fibre boats.
- Experience thrill at Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Wayanad
Expect to find Elephants, tigers, panthers, peacocks and many more flora and fauna in this Wayanad wildlife sanctuary. Also known as Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, it is spread over 344 sq. km. The best time to visit is between August till February, when the weather is pleasant.
- Awaken your spiritual side at Thirunelli Temple, Wayanad
A sacred space for departed souls, this temple is more than 3000 years old. It is said to have been built by Lord Brahma to Lord Vishnu, Hanuman and Ganesh. It is said that Lord Parashuram is said to have come here to pray for his father. A visit to this beautiful place is a must for travelers.
- Pay a visit to Jain Temple, Wayanad
Elegantly carved pillars are a hallmark of Jain temples.The rustic charm of this sacred divine place makes it a must-see attraction.
- Visit Meenmutty Waterfalls, Wayanad
At a height of 984 ft, these waterfalls are the 2nd highest in the state. This is particularly beautiful for adventure seekers and nature lovers.
- Time travel into history by exploring Wayanad Heritage Museum, Wayanad
This heritage museum boasts of Kerala's largest archaeological collections. In the lush green mountains and hills of Wayanad, one can go back in time and see the advanced civilization, varied unique clay sculptures, utensils, household items, prehistoric hunting tools such as bows and arrows, chiseled stone weapons and much more. The culture and lifestyle of prehistoric civilization is clearly evident from the articles.