What can be a better place to rejuvenate than mist-clad mountains in the monsoon? The refreshing raindrops redefine the greenery around and colours the hill stations of Kerala in perplexing beauty. The vast expanses of the Western Ghats stand proud with beautiful monsoon clouds in their backdrop. Even the thought of the aroma-laden winds of the spice plantations mixed with petrichor feels someone with a nostalgia never experienced before. One such hill station from God’s own country is Wayanad.
Nestled among the mountains of the Western Ghats, Wayanad is one of the most picturesque places in Kerala. The word ‘Wayanad’ means ‘land of paddy fields’ in Malayalam. True to its name, paddy fields, spice plantations and rolling hills make up the landscapes of Wayanad. The district receives heavy rainfall during the monsoon season, making it a perfect getaway from the scorching heat of the plains.
The best time to visit Wayanad is from July to September, when the rains are at their heaviest. The mist-covered hills and the green paddy fields make for a breathtaking sight. The Chembra peak, one of the highest peaks in Wayanad, is a popular destination for trekkers. The Meenmutty waterfalls, located in a dense forest, is another must-visit spot.
If you’re looking for some peace and quiet, head to one of the many homestays in Wayanad. Surrounded by lush green mountains and plantations, these homestays offer the perfect opportunity to relax and unwind. You can also take a walk through the plantations and learn about the various spices grown here.
The next time you’re planning a trip to Kerala, do consider adding Wayanad to your itinerary. The misty mountains and verdant landscapes are sure to leave you refreshed and invigorated.