Wayanad


Overview & Fact File | Places to see | Accomodation.


Landscapes as diverse as savannahs, wooded hills and evergreen forests, all rolled into one place - Wayanad, make it a truly special destination. The district also has a history as interesting as its landscape. It is believed that human life existed here from as early as 4000 BC. The rock carvings and caves of Ambukuthimala substantiate this belief. Large plantations of tea, coffee and spices can be seen here. Lush green paddy fields, from which Wayanad has derived its name (Vayal meaning paddy fields and Naad meaning village) add to its magnificence.

Located at a distance of about 76 kms from Kozhikode, Wayanad is a district that lies at a height of 700m to 2100m above sea level, on the northeastern part of the state. Wayanad is perhaps one of the biggest foreign exchange earners of the state, thanks to its cash crops such as pepper, cardamom, coffee, tea, spices and other condiments.
A large percentage of the population in this region is tribal. The native Adivasis mainly consist of various sects like Paniyas, Kurumas, Adiyars, Kurichyas, Ooralis, Kattunaikkans, etc.

Dominated by the Western Ghats, one of the world’s last surviving tracts of tropical biodiversity, Wayanad’s terrain is characterized by stretches of backwoods. Being more or less isolated from the rest of Kerala, the region has a distinctive character, all of its own.


Fact File
Area 2132 sq kms 
Population 7,86,627
Best time to visit November to March
Temperature 18 – 35 Degree Celsius  
STD Code 04936

 


Attractions

Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary

Better known as the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Muthanga is unique for the colours of the forests that change with the seasons. Bordering the Mudumulai Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu and Nagarhole and Bandipur Sanctuaries in Karnataka, the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over 344 sq kms and is about 16...

Lakkidi's Chain Tree

Lakkidi is not just famous for its spectacular landscape but also for the Chained Tree which has a very intriguing tale to it. It is believed that a British engineer could not find his way out of the dense forest in Vythiri and so sought the help of a tribal called Karinthandan who successfully led him...

Soochipara and Kanthampara Falls

These breathtaking waterfalls hit the sharp points of the granite rocks at the base, hence getting its name Soochipara (Soochi meaning needle and Para meaning rock). The drive to these waterfalls is very delightful. A zigzag road through tea plantations, and a path through a rocky terrain leading into...

Pookot Lake

3 km from Vythiri, Pookot Lake is a delightful place surrounded by small wooded hills. One can take a pony or horse ride on the 1.5 km pathway around the lake. A curio shop nearby, sells bamboo and wooden artifacts and hill produce such as spices, tea and honey. The boat club lets you take a ride on

Meenmutty Falls

The largest waterfall of Wayanad, the Meenmutty Falls is a 300 m long cascade. The journey to the waterfalls will take you through the beautiful villages of Chundel, Meppadi and Vaduvanchal.

Thirunelly Temple

The temple dedicated Lord Brahma and Vishnu is located in a valley surrounded by the South Brahmagiri peaks. Thirunelly literally means ‘the sacred gooseberry’. The hills around the temple provide great trekking options.

Kuruva Dweep

A 950 acre wooded island, the Kuruva Dweep is situated amidst the Lakkidi River and the Mananthavady Rivulet. DTPC operates bamboo raft rides from Pulpally to the islet. A variety of birds and butterflies can be found on this island.

Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary

This is a popular wildlife sanctuary in Wayanad. Camping out at night in the watch tower in this sanctuary is a memorable lifetime experience - for any adventure sports loving patrons. The watch tower is just above the lake, which is the only source of water to all animals. All animals come here to drink...

Lakkidi

One of the highest locations in Wayanad, Lakkidi commands a picturesque view. Lakkidi, the gateway of Wayanad, lies atop Thamarassery, a Ghat pass at an elevation of 700 m. above mean sea level. The lofty mountain peaks, the gurgling stream, luxuriant vegetation and the bird's eye view of the deep valley...

Pakshipathalam

Pakshipathalam is about 7 kms away from Thirunelli and trekking is the only mode of reaching this place. Pakshipathalam, is a picturesque sleepy little place. Pakshipathalam – as the name suggests, has a large population of birds. Here virgin forests, rivulets and steep hills together offer challenging...
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