Visit Wayand, Paradise in Gods Own Country
Wayanad a hill station (mountain getaway) in Kerala is one of the few regions that have retained its natural beauty. Undisturbed by modern day hustle & bustle; and largely undiscovered by tourists Wayanad is your perfect getaway in South India. Located on the southern tip of the Deccan plateau, Wayanad is 700-200 metres above sea level on the majestic Western Ghats mountain range.
It is said that Wayanad is a combination of Vayal (meaning paddy field in Malayalam) and Naad( meaning land), which translated to “land of paddy”. Even among the locals Wayanad is famous for its picturesque hill station, widespread spice plantation, age old history and culture and wild life.
Wayanad Wildlife & Forest
Wayanad hills are very close to Bandipur national park in Karnataka and Mudumalai national park in Tamil Nadu making it the hub for wildlife to move about. You will often find the local bus come to a sudden stop because of elephant crossing. At times you have the odd leopard enter a village in search of food. A visit to Wayanad should include a trip of one of these wild sanctuaries. Wayanad is full of action and adventure, yet calm and peaceful.
The cool climate also makes the region ideal for crops including, coffee, pepper, cardamom, ginger and also coconut, arecanut, vegetables and fruits are grown as farming. Visiting these farms gives you a pulse of the region.
Places to Visit in Wayanad
Chembra Peak, Wayanad
The highest peak in Wayanad is one o the best attractions those interested in trekking. It is 2100m above sea level. Arrangements can be made to camp a day or two on top of the peak. To view the beauty of Wayanad from the top of Chembra is a thrill and challenging. The whispering sound of flowing water is really music to your ears.
The most important river Kabini with Manathavadi and Panamara rivulet form a potential river system in the soil of Wayanad. When the three join and combine it is known as Kabini river that joins the Cauvery river.
Pookoda lake in Wayand
This is an sought after tourist spot. Boating through the natural lake surround by huge mountains, thick bushes and trees is so peaceful and serene. There is a fresh water aquarium managed by Fisheries Department, a children’s park and shopping center for spices and handicrafts arranged by Department of Tourism.
Banasura Sagar Dam, Wayanad
The significance of this dam is that large area of water is spread except on one side where the glorious hills stand. This is the largest earth dam in India.
Kuruva Dweep, Wayanad
Acres of green forest is surrounded by the Kabini river. This is home to rare species of birds, orchids and herbs It is away from Manathavady by 17kms and Sulthan Bathery by 45 km.
Edakkal Caves, Wayanad
The formation of this cave is interesting. This is a very ancient rock shelter formed naturally out of a disposition of three huge rocks, one resting on the other two and forming a roof. These caves are at Ambukutty Mala. This cave was accidently discovered by F Fawcett while exploring the Wayanad high ranges 1894. Its believed that the cave was the home of the Neolithic people as he saw engravings made by them in the cave
Local Tribes of Wayanad
There are still many native tribes in the hills of this land. It is believed that human settlement existed here from a very long period. Pre-historic writings and carvings can be seen in the caves of Ampukuthimaka.
Famous Temples in Wayanad
Sulthan Bathery Jain Temple is located at Sulthan Bathery town in Wayanad district. Tippu Sultan a famous king who ruled the region used this temple for his soldiers and is known as his fort. Thirunelli Temple another famous landmark is considered very sacred. It is believed that a dip in the crystal clear water running down hill wipes of all our sins. It is known as “Thekkan Kasi”. 30kms north-east of Mananthavady town.
How to Get to Wayanad
- Air: Nearest airport: Kozhikode
- Rail: Nearest railway station: Kozhikode
It is well connected by road from major cities/towns, Kozhikode, Kannur, Mysore and Ooty.