Wayanad : In Hues of Green
Fun Fact: Wayanad traces its origin to the etymology ‘Vayal’ which means paddy and ‘nad’ which means Field or land. It is nestled along line the mountains of the Western Ghats, and thus forming the border world with Karnataka and the greener part of Kerala. The archaeological evidences suggest that the forests of the place have been inhabited for over 3000 years.
How to reach Wayanad?
- By Air: Karipur International Airport, Kozhikode is the nearest airport with 100 Km distance from Wayanad.
- By Rail: Kozhikode Railway Station is the nearest railway station (at 110 Kms distance) and can be reached by taxi.
- By Road: It is well connected to other cities by KSRTC buses.
A vivid history is what makes a place worth living in the present. On the same lines, Wayanad has a very rich history. Much evidence of New Stone Agecivilisation can be seen in the hills throughout the present day Wayanad district. The Edakkal Caves have 6000 year old rock engravings from the Neolithic age.
The magnificent Chembra Peak is located in the south eastern part of Wayanad near Meppadi. It is one of tallest peaks in the region and camping is facilitated by the District Tourism Promotion Council.
Banasura Sagar Dam
Banasura Sagar Dam is India’s biggest and Asia’s second largest earth Dam. The dam is located in the southwestern part of Wayanad district and is close to the Karalad Lake. A set of islands were formed when reservoirs submerged the surrounding areas.
As the name suggest you can find an abode of birds and animals. It consists of deep caves and many a boulders. A visit to this region will demand a 7 km trekking through the forests, starting from Thirunelli. Tourists to Pakshipathalam have to seek permission from the DFO of North Wayanad.
It is one of the biggest of waterfalls in the district of Wayanad .It has three stages of falls falling from about 300 metres.
The Meenmutty falls are located near Neelimala. It can be reached through a 2 km trailing route from the main road which connects Ooty and Wayanad.
Thirunelli Temple is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Maha Vishnu. Situated on the side of Brahmagiri hill in Kerala, it is situated at an altitude of 3000m and is accessed through a few wildlife sanctuaries. It is about 30 kilometers away from Mananthavady.
Puliyarmala Jain Temple dates back to the 13th century. The temple is built in Dravidian style architecture. The beams, pillars, engravings on the doors and walls and slab roof are all made out of stone masonry throughout the temple. It is believed that the temple was used as an ammunition store of Tipu Sultan.
The Wayanad Heritage Museum, located in the village Ambalavayal is managed by the District Tourism Promotion Council. The Museum showcases tribal relics and artifacts.
We wish you a very soothing and rejuvenating stay in Wayanad. Be sure to check for the place’s native proceedings in order to have a peaceful stay.