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Wayanad, One of the fourteen districts in Kerala, a quiet place where scenic beauty wild life and traditional matter, simplicity is a virtue and beauty still blossoms from the mountainous horizon and from the green glaze of alluring vegetation. This is Wayanad - the green paradise - the border world of greener part of Kerala. Clean and pristine, enchanting and hypnotising this land has a history and mystery, culture and social epistemology yet to be discovered. Located at a distance about 76 km. from the sea shores of Calicut in the Western Ghats, this station is full of plantations, forests and wildlife. Wayanad hills are contiguous to Mudumala in Tamil Nadu and Bandhipur in Karnataka, thus forming a vast land mass for the wild life to move about in its most natural abode.

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The name Wayanad has been derived from the expression 'Vayal nadu' - the village of paddy fields. This district of Kerala offers excellent wildlife viewing opportunities, an insight into tribal culture evocative of earlier centuries, trekking and other adventure activities, and a variety of remote monuments. The hills, rocks and valleys which give shape to the very unique terrain of Wayanad provide for exceptional adventure experiences. For wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers, Wayanad's wildlife sanctuaries are must visit destinations.

Wayanad is a land of spices-Almost every crops such as coffee, black-pepper, ginger, turmeric, cocoa, arecanut, tea, rubber, vanilla etc are grown here. Black pepper produced from this hill station is famous in the world of spices because of its unique quality and aroma.

One important characteristic feature of this district is the large adivasi population, consisting mainly of Paniyas, Adiyas, Kattunayakan and Kurichiyans. It is the district with the highest share in the adivasi population (about 36%) of Kerala.
Wayanad district stands on the southern top of the Deccan plateau and its chief glory is the majestic Western ghats with lofty ridges interspersed with dense forest, tangled jungles and deep valleys, the terrain is rugged. Quite a large area of the district is covered by forest but the continued and indiscriminate exploitation of the natural resources point towards an imminent environmental crisis.

Imporatnat tourists destinations in Wayanadu:

Wayanadu Ghat Session:
Entrance to Wayanad from Calicut with Lofty peaks, gurgling streams and luxuriant forests add magic to the journey up the winding roads to this hill station.


Chain Tree:
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This is large Ficus tree bound by a chain. It is beleived that a priest chained the soul of a Adivasi youth, who guided a British Engineer through mountain terrain into Wayanad. The British Engineer killed Adivasi to take the credit of discovery of the way.

Pookode Lake:
http://wayanad.nic.in/images/pookode02.jpg A natural fresh water lake surrounded by evergreen forest and rolling hills. A fresh water aquarium with large variety of fish is an added attraction. Tourists can also avail of boating facilities, children's park, and a shopping centre for handicrafts and spices. This lake is 3 km south of Vythiri town, Wayanad district. Tourist season is August to May.

Pazhassi Tomb: The memorial of The Lion of Kerala Veera Pazhassi Raja, who organised the guerilla warfare against the British East India Company, is situated at Mananthavady.

Valliyoorkavu Temple
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The temple is dedicated to the mother goddess manifest in the three principal forms of Vana Durga, Bhadrakali and Jala Durga.The two week long festival in February/March is a major event attended by thousands of people.

Phantom Rock
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Located close to Ambalavayal town, Phantom Rock named so because of its skull head shape, is locally called Cheengeri Mala. The immediate surroundings offer excellent photo oppurtunities.


Wayanadu Heritage Meusium
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Located in the town of Ambalavayal, 27 kms from Kalpetta. This Museum is home to an interesting collection of artifacts that shed light on the history, culture and heritage of Wayanad region. This is one of the best-maintained museums of Kerala's Malabar region. The museum has a fine collection of 14th - 16th century sculptures, tribal artifacts, which include jewels, hunting and fishing weapons, farming implements etc..

Chembra Peak:
Chembra is the Highest Peak in Wayanad and is ideal for trekking. Climbing this peak is a challenging mountaineering endeavour and would take a full day. The scenic beauty of Wayanad, which is visible from the top of Chembra, is very exhilerating. At the top Chembra, there is a fresh water lake called 'Hridayasarassu' in the shape of heart.


Banusara Sagar Dam:
This is the Largest Earth Dam in India and the second largest in Asia. The Bansura project precincts are an ideal starting point for treks to the Banasura Peak. A quaint feature is a series of islands that were formed when the reservoir submerged the surrounding areas.
Jain Temples: There are significant Jain remnants in Wayanad. The temples at Bathery, Punchavayal and Puthanangadi are the best known of these. With their beautifully carved pillars now partly ruined.

Edakkal Caves
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Three caves are located at a height of 1000 mts on Ambukuthi mala near Ambalavayal. The new stone age pictorial writings on the walls of these natural caves at Edakkal are the evidence of the civilizations that existed in the regions in the pre-historic times. The caves can be accessed only by a 1 Km trekking trail from Edakkal.

Meenmutty Waterfalls
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An interesting 2 km jungle trek off the main Ootty Road. Meenmutty is the Largest and most spectacular waterfall in Wayanad. A unique feature is that water drops about 300 meters over three stages.

Soochippara Waterfalls
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This is a three step waterfall more than 200 Mts in height framed by enchanting scenery. A must to see site! This region is ideal for rock climbing. Soochipara can be reached by a scenic 2 KM nature walk and deer and other wildlife can be seen near the waterfront. The pool below, provides for water rafting, swimming, bathing etc. Soochippara give an unique view of the valleys of the Western Ghats and the glimmering shallow waters of the surrounding springs.


Kuruva Island
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The Kuruva island, 950 acres of ever green forest on the tributaries of east flowing river Kabani, is an ideal picnic spot, far away from the disturbances of city life. The island is uninhabited. Rare species of birds, orchids and herbs are the sovereigns of this supernal kingdom. It is 17 Kms. east of Mananthavady and 40 kms. north west of Sulthan Bathery.


Wild life santuary- Tholpetty
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Situated along the northern ridge of Wayanad. (bordering Coorg District of Karnataka). Tholpetty is much similiar to Muthanga in terms of flora and fauna. The best season to visit between Nov. and May. This sanctuary includes Elephants, Sambars, Deers, Leopards and Medicinal plants etc. There is a Watch Tower facility to see wild animals.

Thirunelly Temple
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Thirunelly temple is nestled amidst mountains and forests. This ancient riverside temple is a fine specimen of classical Kerala temple architecture. It is Known as
Thekkan Kashi/Dakshina Kashi (Kasi of the South) and surrounded by Kambamala, Karimala and Varadiga. Legend is that this temple was dedicated by the Creator, Lord Brahma to propitiate the Preserver, Lord Vishnu. The idols is in the form of Chathurbhuja.
The Shrine is shielded with 30 granite columns and the ground is paved with huge square pieces of granite.

The crystal clear water of the Papanashini river running downhill add to the enchantment of the place. This temple draws pilgrims from allover, primarily for ancestral rites.
A short walk from Thirunelli temple is the clear mountain spring known as Papanasini. A ritual dip here is believed to wash one away of all worldly sins.

Muthanga Wild Life Santuary
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Wayanad wild life sanctuary is contiguous to the protected area network of Nagarhole and
Bandipur of Karnataka on the north-east and Muthumalai of TamilNadu on south-east. Rich in bio-diversity, the sanctuary is an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, which has been established with the specific objective of conserving the biological heritage of the region.
The sanctuary is rich in flora and fauna.

The management lays emphasis on scientific conservation with due consideration for the general life styles of tribals and others who live in and around the forest.
With numerous watering holes Muthanga has a large population of pachyderms, and has been declared a Project Elephant site. Also Jungle Cats, Panthers, Civet Cat, Monkeys, Wild dogs, Deers, Spotted Bears, Bisons, Gaurs, Cheetah, Wild Bears, Peacock, Owls, Jungle fowls, Woodpeckers, Babblers, Cukoos etc.. can be seen here. The reserve is also home to a small population of Tigers.

Lakkidi
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Lakkidi one of the highest locations in Wayanad, a ghat pass at an elevation of 700m. above sea level. The lofty mountain peaks,the gurging stream,luxuriant vegetation and the bird's eye view of the deep valley, with its winding roads, are breath taking.


Pakshipathalam
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The labyrinth of Pakshipathalam is another fascinating trek.This is a challenging tourist spot for any adventure seeking tourist.To reach Pakshipathalam, a 9kms. walk along winding paths through dense evergreen forest over 3 hills is required. The destination is a grotto of caves created by nature a million years ago. Pakshipathalam is the abode of various exotic birds & wild beasts.


How to Reach there
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The Kozhikode- Mysore National Highway No. 212
passes through Wayanad district. There are good road connections to various parts of Kerala and other neighbouring states. Buses go frequently between important centres.

While travelling from Mysore take the NH 212. At a place called
Gundlupet the road forks , one goes to Ooty and the other goes to Sultan Batheri, which is a small town of Wayanad .
This road passes through Bandipur forest and then through the Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary which is the Kerala state border. The roads are good except for some sections inside the Bandipur Forest. Various destinations like Mananthavady, Vythiri etc are connected by good roads.

Nearest railway station is at Kozhikode, 75 km from Kalpetta.

Kozhikode airport at Karippur is the nearest airport.


Weather-Wayanadu
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The distance from the mean sea level and forest cover creates a salubrious climate in the region. Generally the year is divided into four seasons; cold weather (December to February) hot weather (March to May) South West monsoon (June to September) and North East monsoon (October to November).


During the hot weather the temperature goes up to a maximum of 35 °C and during the cold weather the temperature goes down to 10 °C. The more perceived temperature variation in in the last 5-6 years is in the range of 18-28 degree Celsius. The average rainfall is 2,500 mm per year.

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vrajesh said...

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