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About Wayanad

Wayanad is a derivative term of the Vayal Nadu, where Vayal means Paddy fields and Nadu the land, comprising it to point out a land of paddy fields. Wayanad is plainly beautiful with mist clothed mountains, intense forests and rich green plantations. The forests of Wayanad are cosmic landmasses for natural world to enjoy their natural dwelling.

Snuggled amidst the Western Ghats Mountains, Wayanad is one of the fine hill stations of Kerala. Wayanad is a income state due to foreign exchange of cash crops such as vanilla, tea, coffee, pepper, cardamom and many other condiments. Wayanad shelters rare varieties as it has an remarkable range of flora and fauna. Wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers will find Wayanad wildlife sanctuaries as the right place of visit. Wayanad enjoys a pleasant climate the whole year.

Wayanad has a significant history. Numerous evidences depicting new Stone era civilization is seen on the Wayanad hills. Relicts and edicts are found in Wayanad emphasizing the ancient period. The history says that in prehistoric times, Wayanad was ruled by the Veda tribes. This was then taken by Pazhassi Rajas, and later on Hyderali occupied wayanad. When Tipu took over, he handed it to British. British introduced cash crops laid roads and developed wayanad significantly.

Well-known festivals such as Onam, Maha shivarathri, Vishu, etc exhibit everlasting harmony. Rice, rasam, sambhar, poricha kootu, moru kootan, avvial, pal payasam, and many more stuffs make their food a classy food.

Wayanad Attractions

Banasura Dam, Wayanad

Bansura dam is towards the north west of Kalpetta. Bansura dam is considered to be the biggest earth dam in India. The dam lengthens to a wide region with crystal clear waters. Undisturbed and engulfed amidst the hills, Bansura dam is a complete beauty and is an extraordinary dam.

It is an idyllic place for picnic as it is enclosed by the bounty of nature and the low sound of the clear water gives a feeling of freshness. In fact, when the dam is full, the landscape portrays an image of upstream formation of the dam is a mesmerizing sight to visitors.

Begur Wildlife Sanctuary, Wayanad

Begur Wildlife Sanctuary is situated at Mananthavady which is 20 km from wayanad. This is adjacent to the Western Ghats. Begur National Park is the finest places to visit in Wayanad as it offers a complete pleasure amidst the green lush. Mostly all the existing vegetation possess exceptional medicinal values.

The Wildlife Sanctuary has animals such as deer, tigers, elephants, leopards, boars, etc. Varieties of birds are also of great attraction to the guests. The appropriate season to visit is during December to May.

Edakkal Caves, Wayanad

Edakkal cave is 25 kms from Kalpetta and just 3 kms from Ambalavayal. This is a split for about 96 ft in length and 22 ft width. A fissure was formed due to a rock splitting due to natural weathering. The depth of the crevice and the fissure is nearly 30 ft which gives a look of a cave to any spectator.

There are human and animal statistics carvings on the rock walls depicting ancient era and civilized citizens. The caves can be approached by 1km trekking trail starting from Edakkal. The best visiting hours are morning.

Jain Temple, Wayanad

A striking Jain temple, devoted to Ananthanatha Swami symbolizes one of the saints belonging to the Jain faith is located just six kms from Kalpetta. This temple is in the wayanad district and is generally known as Tippu’s fort. This is recognized as Tippu’s fort because Tippu used this place for storing ammunition. Hence, it gains the name sultans battery.

This is believed to have constructed during the 13th century and served as a vital centre for profitable activities. It is 24 km for Kalpetta, and now the stunning pillars are almost ruined yet convey an air of secrecy

Kanthapara Falls, Wayanad

Kanthapara falls is positioned towards the south east of Kalpetta. Kanthapara falls is at a distance of 22 kms from Kalpetta and 8 kms from Meppadi east. This is another major and charming waterfall at about 30 mts height. Comparatively it is smaller that the sentinel rock falls.

It is not a commonly visited place and so its adjacent environment yet offers a pleasure. It accounts for a calm hike from the main road. Kanthapara falls is also an apt place for picnics amidst the luring prettiness of the natural world. It is extremely noiseless and offers a feeling of absolute freshness.

Kuruva Dweep, Wayanad

Kuruva Island is located on the tributaries of the river kabani and is a marvelous picnic spot. Its serene peace and wide area of the evergreen forest leaves you astonishing. This island is isolated but a collection of uncommon species of birds, herbs and orchids are the royals of Kuruva Island. Kuruva Island is 17 kms to the east of Mananthavady.

Kuruva Island is a huge island of 950 acres abundantly rich with green forest. It is far away from the turbulence of town life building it an exotic place for visitors to relax and enjoy the beauty of the nature.

Padinjarathara Dam, Wayanad

Padinjarathara dam is nearly 25kms towards the northeast of Kalpetta in the wayanad district. This is located in the north of Kerala.

The charming scenery is very attractive and the Banasura project is the principal earthen dam in India. This also stands as the second largest in Asia. Positioned in the center of gorgeous mist clad hills with a sole wildlife sanctuary makes this place a blissful residence. The flowering vegetation cannot be compared elsewhere. This attraction works like an interest among visitors who cannot oppose admiring this beauty. The calm clear waters are an authentic place for picnics.

Pazhassi Raja Tomb, Wayanad

Pazhassi Raja tomb is a monument of the Pazhassi Raja who was seen as the lion of Kerala. He had a command over the whole regime. Pazhassi raja organized a guerilla type of conflict against the British in olden days and he is remembered for his valor. In remembrance of him, the mortal remains rest in the Pazhassi raja tomb. Pazhassi raja tomb is located in the wayanad district at Mananthavady. He was cremated in 1805 after the conflict against British east India Company.

A park is positioned in memory of Pazhassi raja. He was a well-known figure as he was the earliest to revolt against British and adapted guerilla techniques.

Soochipara Falls, Wayanad

The Soochippara waterfalls are located near Meppadi and are real assets of nature. The waterfall ranged from 100 to 300 feet in height and is a luxury to the eyes. This is an important place for relaxing destination. This place is a sacred place as its divinity is obvious in the beauty of the nature.

The pond sited underneath the falls offer a great opportunity for swimming, bathing, water rafting, etc. another attraction is the tree top huts presenting a distinct vies of the western ghat valleys and the shining shallow waters of the spring. Such a charming beauty cannot be unnoticed.

Kalpetta

Kalpetta, the district headquarters of Wayanad, is the only municipality in this hilly region. The town has hotels, bars, restaurants and shops, making it a convenient base to visit this place while at the same time enjoying these facilities.

Chembra peak

At 2100 mts above mean sea level, 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 dayThe scenic beauty of Wayanad, which is visible from the top of Chembra, is very exhilerating. The surrounding areas offer exceptional photo oppurtunities. Camping on the peak is an unforgettable experience. District Tourism Promotion Council provides guides, sleeping bags, canvases, huts and trekking implements on hire.

Neelimala View Point

Closer to Vaduvanchal, Neelimala is an excellent venue fro trekking with lots of stimulating trails. The summit of this hill affords a great view of the cascading Meenmutty fallsand the beautiful valley in its foreground.

Meenmutty falls

An interesting 2 km jungle trek off the main Ooty road, Meenmutty is the largest and most spectacular waterfall in Wayanad. A unique feature is that water drops about 300 metres over three stages.

Sentinal Rock Waterfalls

22 kms south of Kalpetta near Chooralmala. Locally known as Soochippara and is a very popular leisure destination. 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 kms. Nature walk and deer and other wildlife can be seen near the waterfront.

Kanthanpara waterfalls

22 kms south east of Kalpetta and 8 kms east of Meppadi, a beautiful waterfall about 30 mts in height. Relatively smaller than Sentinel Rock falls, and rather less frequented Kanthanpara and its surroundings offer a very pleasant site. An easy hike away from the main road, it’s perfect for picnics.

Banasura sagar project

21 kms north east of Kalpetta. Situated at Padinjarathara. A mini hydel project with the largest earth dam in India and the second largest in Asia is being built here. The Banasura 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.

Temples

Varambetta Mosque

15 kms southeast of Kalpetta, near Padinjarathara: dating back 300 years, this is the oldest mosque in Wayanad.

Jain Temple at Puliyarmala

4 kms north of Kalpetta. This old temple is dedicated to Ananthanatha Swami, one of the most revered Jain Saint.

Glass temple, Koottamundu

This temple is located on the slopes of Vellarimala and is dedicated to Parshwanatha Swami of the Jain faith. The mirrors inside the temple wall reflect images of the icons in the temple's sanctum sanctorum.

Sulthan Bathery

Sultan Bathery, also known as Sulthan's Battery lays approximately 25 kms. From Kalpetta. Associated with Hyder Ali and Tipu Sulthan, Sulthan's Bathery no longer has a fort. It is worth visiting for the Jain temple, which has some interesting stone carvings. Sulthan Bathery can be seen on a drive from Kalpetta to Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Muthanga.

Edakkal caves

12 kms from Sulthan Bathery. 3 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 1Km trekking trail from Edakkal. Morning hours are the best time to visit these caves. Entry is permitted only upto 1700 hrs. An interesting trek up of the Ambukuthi Hill near Ambalavayal town takes you to this fascinating neolithic cave site. Etchings found on the walls of these caves have drawn the serious attention of archeologists and historians worldwide. With at least three distinct sets of petroglyphs, the earliest thought to date back over 3000 years, it is assumed that the Edakkal caves had been inhabited at various stages in history.

Chethalayam Falls

Chethalayam is one of Wayanad's smaller waterfalls. Its surroundings offer a number of vantage points for bird-watching. It is also popular with trekking enthusiasts.

Muniyaras

Excavations at various points around the foot of the Ambukuthi Hill have unearthed a distinctive series of ancient burail vaults commonly called Muniyaras. Remnants of Stone Age tools and pottery found within these cellars are displayed at the Wayanad Heritage Museum.

Wayanad wild life sanctuary, Muthanga-Established in 1973, the 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.

The vegetation is predominantly moist deciduous forest with small stretches of swamps, teak forests, bamboo and tall grass. Amidst such fertile and varied flora, this region hosts several rare herbs and medicinal plants.

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. Elephant rides are arranged here by the forest department.

Temples

Jain Temple

Generally known as Tippu's Fort, this temple is situated in town which got its name from the historic fact that Tippu used this temple as his Battery (ammunition store) in the region. Hence the name "Sulthan's Battery". This temple is one of the most important amongst a series of ruins spread across the state of Kerala that testify to a period of a strong Jain presence in this region. Believed to have been built in the 13th century, it served as a Hindu shrine, an important centre for commercial activity and eventually as a Battery.

Apart from Sulthan Bathery temple, there are other significant Jain remnants in Wayanad. The temples at Punchavayal and Puthanangadi are the best known of these. With their beautifully carved pillars now partly ruined, and the area rather derelict, these sites exude a particular air of mystery.

Thrissilery Shiva Temple

This stunning temple of rather perfect architectural proportions, is inextricably linked with the Vishnu temple at Thirunelly. It is believed that the performance of ancestral rites at Thirunelly remain unfinished unless followed by offerings at this temple. Within the premises there is also a shrine devoted to Jala Durga, believed to have been installed by no less than the legendary Parasurama.

Seetha Lava Kusha Temple

This is the only temple dedicated to Lava and Kusha, the sons of Lord Rama. Local legends connect this region with many important episodes from the Ramayana. As the favoured shrine of the Pazhassi Raja, this temple has traditionally permitted entry to devotees from all faiths.

Manikavu Temple

This is the temple of Lord Shiva, near Choothupara, Meenangadi. The Shivling, seen here is Swayambhoo and the speciality is that water is poured continuously over Shivling through a stream. The amount of water remains the same even in rainy season.



 

 
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