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Wayanad in Kerala, India

Wayanad  the green paradise is a hilly district nestled among the mountains of the Western Ghats in the Sahya ranges in Kerala, India. With almost one forth of the total land area under forest cover, Wayanad is known for its lovely mist clad hill stations, sprawling spice plantations, luxuriant forests and rich cultural traditions. Wayanad district is also home to some of the oldest tribes in South India.

This district of Kerala offers excellent wildlife viewing opportunities, an insight into tribal culture evocative of earlier centuries, trekking and other adventure activities, and a variety of remote monuments. The hills, rocks and valleys which give shape to the very unique terrain of Wayanad provide for exceptional adventure experiences.

For wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers, Wayanad's wildlife sanctuaries are must visit destinations. Established in the year 1973, the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is about 344 sq km in extent. The Sanctuary exists as two bits. Tholpetty, near Mananthavady is contiguous with Nagarhole of Karnataka. The Muthanga-Bathery-Kurichiat ranges are nearer to Sulthan bathery, bordering Mudumalai of Tamil Nadu and Bandipur of Karnataka. Rich in biodiversity, the sanctuary is an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, which has been established with the specific objective of conserving the biological and cultural heritage of the region.

Wayanad is a land of Spices - Almost every crops such as coffee, black-pepper, ginger, turmeric, cocoa, arecanut, tea, rubber, vanilla etc are grown here. Black pepper produced from this hill station is famous in the world of spices because of its unique quality and aroma.

Wayanad has the largest population of aborigine people in Kerala. The native adivasis mainly consist of various sects like Paniyas, Kurumas, Adiyars, Kurichyas, Ooralis, Kattunaikkans etc. Comprising an area of 2126, Wayanad has a powerful history. Relicts and edicts found in various parts of Wayanad speak of an important prehistoric era. Historians are of the view that organised human life existed in these parts, at least ten centuries before Christ. Wayanad is truly an adventurescape waiting to be discovered.


Tourist Spots of Wayanad

Thirunelli Temple (also Tirunelli) is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu on the side of Brahmagiri hill in Kerala.

Edakkal Caves are two natural caves located 1000 metres high on Ambukutty Mala 25 km from Kalpetta in the Wayanad district of Kerala in India's Western Ghats.

Valliyoorkav is a Hindu Temple in Wayanad district of Kerala state in south India. This Temple is only 3 km from Mananthavady town. Valliyoorkav Temple is dedicated to Mother Goddess and is worshipped in three principal forms of Vana Durga, Bhadrakali and Jala Durga. It is the most important place of worship for the tribal communities in Wayanad.

Pookode Lake is a scenic lake in Wayanad district, Kerala, South India. The lake is surrounded by forests, and boating is allowed.

Lakkidi is the gateway of Wayanad district of Kerala state, south India. It gets the second highest degree of rainfall in the world. Lakkidi is one of the highest locations in Wayanad.

Thovarimala Ezhuthupara is a remotely located cave in the Wayanad district of Kerala in India.

Pazhassi Raja Tomb is the memorial where rests the mortal remains of Pazhassi Raja, the lion of Kerala, who organized the guerilla warfare against the British.

Kuruvadweep is a 950-acre protected river delta on the Kabini River in the Wayanad district, India.

Anantnath Swami Temple (also known as the Puliyarmala Jain Temple) is a Jain temple located at Puliyarmala, 6 km from Kalpetta in the Wayanad district in the state of Kerala in India.

Meenmutty Falls is located 29 km from Kalpetta in Wayanad District in the state of Kerala, India.

Muthanga, An ideal destination to watch herds of wild elephants. Read More
Banasura Sagar Dam :It is the largest earth dam in India and is located 21km from Kalpetta.Due to the undulating topography of the region; islands are formed in the upstream of the dam when the dam is full. The islands in the backdrop of Banasura hills provide a spectacular scenic view.

Chembra Peak :It is the highest peak in the District and is located near Meppady town, 15km from Kalpetta.The hill is a “trekker’s paradise”. The District Tourism Promotion Council provides guides, sleeping bags, canvases, huts and trekking to the Chembra Peak is a risky mountaineering endeavour.The breathtaking scenic beauty of Wayanad can be enjoyed from here.

The Glass Temple of Koottamunda – The magnificent temple is located 20km from Kalpetta on the slopes of Vellarimala.The beautiful temple is dedicated to Parswanaatha Swami, the third Tirthankara of the Jain faith. The icons of Parswanatha Swami and Padmavathi Devi, set in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple have thousand reflections in beautiful patterns on the mirrors placed on the inner side of the temple walls.

Santhiantha Temple at Venniyod :The temple is dedicated to the Jain Saint Santhinatha Swami. It is 20km.from Kalpetta.

Pakshipathalam :About 10km from Thirunelly, this is, as the name suggests, a centre for bird watching. The watch tower offers a better view of some rare species. Reaching the place on foot is the only means to get there.

Boys Town :This beautiful town is the outcome of the conscientious efforts of the Wayanad Social Service Society. It is 15km north of Mananthavady.Nature Care Centre, Herbal Garden, Sericulture Unit, Perma culture Centres etc. are the treasures of the town along with Jean Park, the Indo-Danish project for promoting herbal garden.

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary :Abundant in flora and fauna the sanctuary with a variety of wildlife forms and integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and in making inroads in the conservation of the regional biological heritage, the purpose it is intended for. It is adjacent to the protected area network of Nagarhole and Bandipur on the northeast and the Mudumalai of Tamil Nadu on the southwest. The life style of the tribals and others of the region has appropriately been taken into account by the management.

Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary :It is 40km from Mananthavady.There are no bus services to Nagarhole from Mananthavady; only jeeps and trucks are available.

Brahmagiri :A trekker’s paradise is a vast area of scenic wildland forming part of the Western Ghats.It is 11km trek from Tirunelli.Brahmagiri lies 1600m above sea level.Pakshipathalam and Munimala are other attractions. The Thirunelli Mahavishnu Temple, popularly called ‘Thenkasi’ or “Dakshin Gaya” nestles in the lap of Brahmagiri.

Sulthan Bathery :The hill station and historical centre is noted for a fort built by Tipu Sultan in the 18th century. The famous Panamarram fort here played an important role during the Pazhassi Rebellion.

Chethalayam Waterfall :The beautiful falls amidst scenic surroundings are just 12kms from Sulthan Bathery.


Tourism in Wayanad

Tourism in Wayanad


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Tourism in Wayanad