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About Wayanad

Wayanad is a mountain district situated about 115 kms northeast of Kozhikkode en route to Mysore at an altitude of 2,100 mts above mean sea level.

It is often referred to as the ’fragrant land of Kerala’ for its forest produce of coffee, tea, cardamom, pepper and rubber. Pepper grown especially in Pulpally and Vythiri has a unique taste and fragrance. This busy mountain district is blessed with cool climate and sylvan valleys filled with spicy fragrance. The forests here are among the most beautiful locales of Kerala.

The region has a wealth of diverse species of plants and animals and is of great interest to nature lovers. Wayanad is still a large habitat for tribal population with fascinating lifestyles. Historians contend that civilisation existed in several parts of Wayanad at least a thousand years before Christ. Relics of the new Stone Age civilisation can be seen in the Edakkal caves near Ambukuthimala.

Sightseeing at Wayanad:-

Pookat lake:

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 center for handicrafts and spices.

Kuruvadweep:

This 950 acre, uninhabited island on the eastward bound Kabani river is an ideal picnic spot. The wooded stretch of land is home to rare species of birds, orchids and herbs.

Pazhassi Tomb:

The memorial of ' the lion of Kerala' - Veera Pazhassi Raja - who organized the guerilla warfare against the British East India Company, is situated at Mananthavady. The Pulpally cave is where Pazhassi took refuge until he was captured by the British.

Pakshipathalam:

This place can be accessed only by trekking. Rare species of birds can be sighted from the watch tower of this bird sanctuary.

Chembra Peak:

At 2100 m above mean sea level, Chembra is the highest peak in Wayanad and is an ideal area for trekking.

Edakkal Caves:

The two caves are located at a height of 1000 m on Ambukutty Mala near Ambalavayal. The New Stone Age pictorial writings on the walls of these natural caves at Edakkal are evidence of the civilization that existed in these regions in prehistoric times. The caves can be accessed only by a 1 km trekking trail from Edakkal. Morning hours are the best time to visit the caves. Entry is permitted only up to 1700 hrs.

Lakkidi:

Lakkidi, the gateway to Wayanad, is situated 700 m above mean sea level, at the crest of the Thamarasseri Ghat pass. Lofty peaks, gurgling streams and luxuriant forests add magic to the journey up the winding roads to this hill station.

Muthanga:

Wayanad wild life sanctuary is here. The sanctuary and park with ever flowering trees is a major tourist attraction. Muthanga and Tholpetty are ideal places to spot wild life.

How to reach there

By Road : The 'gateway' to Wayanad is Kalpetta. Lakkidi, one of the highest spots en route to Kalpetta, is noted for its picturesque scenery. The 12 km long journey from the foot of the hill to Lakkidi is a fascinating experience. This is one of the highest locations in Waynad which register the second highest degree of rainfall in the world.

Nearest railway station: Kozhikode, about 63 kms.

Nearest airport: Karipur International Airport, about 63 kms.Road: Well connected by roads from Kozhikode, Kannur, Ooty(175 km from Kalpetta) and Mysore(140 km from Kalpetta).