Lovingly called as “the gateway of Wayanad”, Lakkadi is the most preferred tourist attraction of the state Kerala. The state is world widely known for its limitless charm and unmatched beauty among which Lakkadi remains to be one. The towering mountains and the verdant greenery of the place allure both domestic and foreign tourists in huge quantity. Experiencing the amazing beauty of the place is truly a unique opportunity for nature lovers. The enchanting beauty, nature belongings and the perfect ambiance of the nature of Lakkadi are more than enough to excite visitors.


It is situated at a distance of 58 kilometres from northeast of Kozhikode district. Located at an altitude of 700 meters above the sea level, Lakkadi is declared as the highest location in Wayanad. If you are willing to make your vacation more memorable then, Lakkadi is an ideal attraction to explore.


Lakkadi, the gateway to Wayanad offers you the superb sights of dense forests, lofty mountains and deep valleys. Spending your valuable moments in here creates a remarkable memory which you will cherish lifelong. Lakkadi offers numbers of sightseeing and attractions and each of them are worth experiencing. You can watch the striking views of the rare birds like peacock, bulbuls, egrets, cormorants, peafowl, snipes and babblers. It is a real retreat to wildlife lovers. Animals like tigers, Asian elephants, leopards, spotted deers, cheetahs, sloth bears and sambars can be seen in here. Apart from these tourist activities, Lakkadi is a paradise for bird watchers. The most amazing experience you will go through in here is when you reach at the top and enjoy the bird’s eye view of the valleys along with its snaky roads and lush green surroundings. The moment you experience this view will give you the real feeling of being in the God’s own country.

Things to do

You can make your visit during the months of August to January so that you can experience the real joy of festivals like Onam, Kalpathi Ratholsavam and Pattambi Nercha. The key attraction in here is Pookote Lake, the crystal clear lake bordered by dense forests. Tourist visiting this lake can enjoy boating and it is also an ideal spot for picnic. The lake also offers other facilities like Children Park and water aquarium where you can take your children and spend some good time. You can even experience horse riding in here. There are handicraft shops which exhibit bamboo and wood artefacts. Lakkadi, the most prominent start of Wayanad hill station in Kerala must no longer be a wait.

Best time to visit

The months of May to December it is also called as the chirapunjee of Kerala due to heavy rainfall. It is declared as the second place to receive highest rainfall in India. Make sure you visit during winter months so that you won’t spoil your vacation as well as your time. Winter months are the favoured months as the weather conditions remains suitable for sightseeing’s and experiences.

How to reach

You can easily access up to Lakkadi as it is well connected to all the major cities of the state. The nearest town is vythiri located at a distance of 5 kilometres and Payyoli at a distance of 146 kilometres. Various KSRTC buses ply to Lakkadi from the nearby cities. There is no airport in Lakkadi so the nearest is Kozhikode airport at a distance of 110 kilometres. The airport is well connected to all the major airports of different countries and cities of India as well.