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Wayanad,

 

Wayanad
Home to exotic legends, ancient ruins, mysterious mountain caves, aborigine tribes, hidden treasures, tree houses, jungle trails and exotic wild life, Kerala’s Wayanad district is the perfect setting for a hundred great adventures!
The hills, rocks and valleys which contribute to the very unique terrain of Wayanad provide for exceptional adventure experiences. Mountains and forests intersperse to create numerous outback trails, trekking routes and opportunities for other adventure sports. With vast areas still unexplored, Wayanad is truly an adventures cape waiting to be discovered!
Area: 2132 sq. km
Population: 671, 195 (2001 census)
Altitude: 700 - 2100 m above sea level
 
Air: Nearest airport: Kozhikode

Rail: Nearest railway station: Kozhikode
Major towns in the district and distance from the nearest railway station:
Kalpetta: 72 km from Kozhikode
Mananthavady: 80 km from Thalasseri /106 km from Kozhikode
Sulthan Bathery: 97 km from Kozhikode
Vythiri: 60 km from Kozhikode.

Road: Well connected by roads from Kozhikode, Kannur, Ooty (175 km from Kalpetta) and My sore (140 km from Kalpetta).
 
Kuruvadweep
Kuruva Island is situated on the tributaries of the river kabani and is a fabulous picnic spot. Its serene silence and wide expanse of the evergreen forest leaves you astonishing. This island is isolated but an array of uncommon species of birds, herbs and orchids are the monarchs of Kuruva Island. Kuruva Island is 17 kms to the east of Mananthavady.
Kuruva Island is a vast island of 950 acres abundantly rich with green forest. It is very far from the turbulence of city life making it an exotic place for visitors to relax and enjoy the beauty of the nature.
 
Boys Town
15 km north of Mananthavady):Herbal garden, nature care centre, sericulture unit, perma-culture centre etc., established by the Wayanad Social Service Society and Jean Park, (the Indo-Danish project for promoting herbal gardening), are situated here.
 
Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary
20 km east of Manathavady, 13 km from Thirunelly on the Kodagu Road. Open (0600 -0800 hrs 1500 – 1730 hrs) Tholpetty wildlife sanctuary is situated in Wayanad, in the lower hills of Nilgiris, 300 Kms north east of Cochin (six and half hour’s journey) and 100 kms south west of Mysore. Being part of the Niligri biosphere reserve of the Western Ghats, Tholpetty is one of the largest protected areas and best    places to see Asian elephants and Indian bison. The sanctuary covers an area of 345Km.

Thirunelly Temple

(32 km northeast of Mananthavady): Surrounded by Kambamala, Karimala and Varadiga, the Thirunelly temple is a marvel of temple architecture. The shrine is shielded with 30 granite columns and the ground is paved with huge square pieces of granite. The crystal clear waters of the Papanasini River running downhill add to the enchantment of the place.

Pakshipathalam
(10 km from Thirunelly): This place can be accessed only by trekking. Rare species of birds can be sighted from the watch tower of this bird sanctuary.
 
Pazhassi Tomb
(32 km northeast of Kalpetta): The memorial of the 'Lion of Kerala’ - Veera Pazhassi Raja -, who organised 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.
 
Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary
(40 km from Mananthavady) This sanctuary in Karnataka state extends over an area of 643.39 sq km. The park houses diverse species of plant and animal life.
Visiting time: 0600 - 0800 hrs and 1500 -1730 hrs.
 
Chembra peak
(14 km west of Kalpetta): At 2100 m above mean sea level, Chembra is the highest peak in Wayanad and is an ideal area for trekking
 
Banasura Sagar Dam,
Considered to be the largest earth dam in India, as well as the second largest in Asia, this is a mini hydel project. A sprawling Sanctuary and peak with ever flowering trees are major tourist attractions. Boating facilities in the dam and trekking trails leading from here draw out door enthusiasts.
 
Meenmutty waterfall
(12 km east of Meppadi and 29 km from Kalpetta, on the Ooty main road). An interesting 2 km jungle trek will lead to the largest and most spectacular waterfall in Wayanad.A unique feature of Meenmutty is that the water drops from nearly 1000ft over three stages, presenting a triple –decker effect.
 
Sentinel Rock Waterfall
22 km south of Kalpetta near Chooralmala. Locally known as Soochippara and is a very popular leisure destination. This is a three step waterfall more than 200 mts in height. Framed by enchanting scenery. A must to see site! This region is ideal for rock climbing. Soochipara can be reached by a scenic 2 kms. Nature walk and deer and other wildlife can be seen near the waterfront.
 
Kanthanpara Waterfall
(22 km away from Kalpetta): Smaller than sentinel rock, Kanthanpara and its surroundings make for an ideal picnic spot.
 
Sulthan Bathery
Sulthan Bathery, earlier known as Ganapativatom, is a quaint town in the Wayanad district of Kerala. The place became known as Sulthan Bathery after Tipu Sulthan of Mysore invaded the region and used the Jain temple here as a battery. During Tipu Sulthan’s invasion in the 18th century an imposing fort was built here; unfortunately no remains of it stand today. This picturesque town is situated at an altitude of 1000 meters above MSL, flanked by majestic hills with patches of cliffs, valleys and plains interwoven with the mountainous terrain. Present day Sulthan Bathery is not only the largest town in Wayanad but also the hub of all tourism and commercial activities in the district. The regional population predominantly comprises of tribals and the economy is essentially agrarian in nature. Watch the scenic beauty of the place unfold before your eyes as you take a drive from Kalpatta to the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary at Muthanga. The historic town lies close to the Kerala - Karnataka border.
 
Bathery Jain Temple
The Jain Temple of Sulthan Bathery built in the 13th century has withstood the tests of time – having served as a place of worship for Jains, Hindus and later used as an ammunition store (battery) by Tipu Sulthan’s army. This place of historic importance is one of the prominent tourist attractions here. The temple has quite a few exquisite stone carvings.
 
Ambalavayal Heritage Museum
This heritage museum, situated 12 km to the south of Sulthan Bathery, is one of the largest and best archaeological museums in the State. Exhibits in the museum include many 2nd century rare artifacts including ancient stone weapons, hunting equipments, clay sculptures and other interesting related artifacts. These rare exhibits, evidencing the existence of an advanced civilization in the mountainous terrains of Wayanad, lure archaeologists, historians and lay people alike. The museum also has an interesting display of stone engravings known as Hero Stones that portrays the valorous feats of the ancient tribal warriors.
 
Edakkal Caves (Open 0900-1700 hrs)
Edakkal caves are situated on the Ambukuthi Mountains at a distance of about 16 km from Sulthan Bathery. Located at an altitude of 1000 m above MSL, is a set of three caves, considered to be one amongst the earliest sites of human settlement on the face of the planet.  Each of these caves has numerous ancient stone scripts, various animal and human figurines, symbols, ancient weaponry figures et cetera depicted on the walls. These depictions, estimated to be over 3000 years old, have contemporaries only in Stiriya in the European Alps and a few places in Africa.
 
Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary
En route from Sulthan Bathery to Mysore is the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary at Muthanga. The sanctuary is a safe haven for a diverse variety of flora and fauna including many rare and endangered ones. This fragile eco-system falls under the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. The sanctuary shares borders with the Nagarhole and Bandipur reserves of Karnataka and with the Mudumalai reserve of Tamilnadu. Wayanad Sanctuary puts much emphasis on scientific conservation measures that are eco-friendly and sustainable.
 
Chethalayam Falls
This gorgeous cascade is located near Sulthan Batheri. To reach this waterfall one has to trek through 4 km across the hilly terrain.
 
Vythiri
Imagine walking around soft undulating hills, surrounded by lush green plantations in a weather that is wet, cool and a perfect complement to the pristine ambience all around. Welcome to the Wayanad district of Kerala, a must visit while on a tour to “God’s Own Country”! If you are planning a holiday in Kerala, make sure you include a trip to Vythiri, a beautiful hill resort tucked away amidst the green slopes of the Western Ghats in Wayanad.
 
Lakkidi
Popularly known as the ‘Gateway of Wayanad’, Lakkidi is an ideal place to experience the awe-inspiring beauty of Wayanad.  Located at an altitude of 700 m above MSL, Lakkidi is blessed with the abounding gifts of nature. The exciting drive up to Lakkidi along the nine hairpin bends is in itself a thrilling experience. Lying close to Lakkidi is an amazing vantage point – the Lakkidi View Point, offering dazzling views of the surrounding cliffs and valleys.
 
Pookot Lake
The Pookot freshwater lake, 3 km from Lakkidi, has a fresh water aquarium, a children’s park and facilities for boat riding. Pookot Lake, lying amidst picturesque tropical vegetation and hills, is one of the natural, fresh water bodies of Wayanad.
 
PhantomRock
Close to the Ambalavayal town is a skull shaped rock formation known popularly as the Phantom Rock. Locally known as Chancery Mala, this skull shaped rock is situated amidst scenic surroundings.
 



 


 
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