Wayanad district nestled amidst the majestic mountains of Western Ghats is noted for its pristine beauty. The name Wayanad is believed to have been derived from the word ‘vayalnadu’, which means the ‘land of paddy fields’. The district is set in a peculiar and unique geographical position. Nature has blessed this part of the State with mist-clad mountains and verdant valleys. The rich cash crop plantations of pepper, cardamom, coffee, tea, spices and other condiments has perhaps made Wayanad one of the biggest foreign exchange earner in the state. Besides plantation crops, paddy is the most important agriculture produce. The characteristic feature of the district is the presence of large number of tribals or Adivasis. The district also has a small Jain community consisting of Gounders, who came here from Karnataka. The Jains have built beautiful temples in the district.
PLACES OF INTEREST
BANASURA SAGAR DAM : Largest earth dam in India. The islands at the reservoir in the backdrop of Banasura hills provide a spectacular scenic view.
CHEMBRA PARK : Highest peak in the district and a ‘trekkers paradise’. Breathtaking scenic beauty. view.
EDAKKAL CAVE, AMBALAVAYAL : Magnificient rock caves pre-historic carvings on the rock wall.
KALPETTA : Famous for Mahaveera shrine, one of the few Jain shrines of Kerala and Maidani Mosque. There are many important Jain temples around the town which are – Ananthanatha Swami Temple at Puliyarmala : Glass Temple of Koottamunda and Santhinatha Temple at Venniyod.
KURUVA ISLAND : Excellent picnic spot located amidst tributaries of east flowing Kabbani river. The island has rare species of birds, orchids and herbs.
Lakkidi : The ‘Gateway to Wayanad’ is located 5 kms. south of Vaythiri. It is one of the highest location in the district and commands a picturesque scenery. The 12 kms. long journey from Adivaram to Lakkidi is a fascinating experience.
PAZHASSI TOURIST RESORT, MANANTHAVADI : Ideal picnic spot, Fine aquarium, Coin operated toys for children and boating facilities. Pazhassi Raja, the ‘Lion of Kerala’, who waged war against the Bristish East India Company was cremated here in 1805.
POOKOT LAKE , VYTHIRI : Most sought after tourist spot in Wayanad. The beautiful natural fresh water lake is set amidst green mountains. Boating facility is also available.
SULTHAN BATHERY : The hill station and historical centre is noted for a fort built by Tipu Sulthan in the 18th century. The famous Panamarram fort here played an important role during the Pazhassi Rebellion.
Chethalayam Waterfall – The beautiful falls amongst scenic surroundings are just 12 kms. from Sulthan Bathery.
THIRUNELLI : Famous for the temple referred as “Thekkan Kasi”. It is believed that a dip in the holy water of ‘papanasini’ will wipe off all sins.
Pakshipathalam – The famous bird watching centre is 10 kms. from Thirunelli.
WAYANAD WILDLIFE SANC : It is an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and borders the famous. Mudumalai Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu and Nagarhole and Bandipur. Sanctury in Karnataka. The key fauna includes elephant, spotted deer, gaur, sloth bear and a large variety of birds and reptiles. The best season is from December to April.
Driving directions - Cochin to Wayanad
Road Way : 270Km | Aprox. time- 5-1/2 hrs