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WAYANAD

 

Wayanad District is in the north-east of Kerala, India, was formed on November 1, 1980 as the 12th district, carved out of Kozhikode and Kannur districts. Though the etymology of the word Wayanad is popularly known to be Vayal (paddy) NiCad (land); 'Land of Paddy Fields', the scholars disagree. The region was known as Mayakshetra (Maya's land) in the earliest records. Mayakshetra evolved into Mayanad and finally to Wayanad. There are many indigenous tribals in this area. It is set high on the majestic Western Ghats with altitudes ranging from 700 to 2100 m. The district is going through its worst agrarian crisis.

History :- The modern history of the district is associated with the events that took place during the Mysorean invasion and the long spell of the British rule stretching over a period of about two centuries. There was fierce encounter between the British and Pazhassi Rajah. When the state of Kerala came into being in 1956, Wayanad was a part of Cannanore district; later in 1957 south Wayanad was added to Kozhikode district and north Wayanad remained with Cannanore district. By amalgamating the north Wayanad and south Wayanad, the present Wayanad district came into being on the 1st November 1980 comprising of three taluks; Vitrify, Mananthavady and Sulthan Bathery.

Geography :- Wayanad district stands on the southern top of the Deccan plateau and its chief glory is the majestic Western ghats with lofty ridges interspersed with dense forest, tangled jungles and deep valleys, the terrain is rugged. Quite a large area of the district is covered by forest but the continued and indiscriminate exploitation of the natural resources point towards an imminent environmental crisis.

Climate :- The distance from the mean sea level and surrounding forest creates a salubrious climate. Generally the year is divided into four seasons; cold weather (December to February) hot weather (March to May) South West monsoons (June to September) and North East monsoon (October to November). During the hot weather the temperature goes up to the maximum of 35 C and during the cold weather the temperature goes down to 10 C. The more perceived temperature variation in habitational areas since last 5-6 years is in the range of 18-28 degree Celsius. The average rainfall is 2,500 mm per year.

LOCATION - Wayanad is located in the beautiful state of Kerala.
 

 

HOW TO REACH
By Air - Kozhikode is the nearest airport, which is about 110 kilometres from Kalpetta.

By Rail - The nearest railhead is Kozhikode, which is connected by rail link to other parts of the country.

By Road
- Well connected by roads from Kozhikode, Kannur, Ooty (175 km from Kalpetta) and Mysore (140 km from Kalpetta).

WHEN TO GO

Best Time to travel Wayanad is between June To October.

WHAT TO SEE
 

 

Pookote Lake :- Pookote lake is located at an altitude of 2100 meters above sea level. The Pookkot Lake is the only one of its kind in Kerala, and sports a fresh water aquarium with numerous varieties of fish. At 2100 meters above sea level the Pookkot Lake is a tourist's paradise. Boating facilities, a children's park and a spices and handicrafts emporium add to the attraction of the place. Pookkot has some of the highest hill ranges in Wayanad.


 

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary :- It is a must visit. The sanctuary is part of the Wayanad plateu and is home to tigers, leopards, elephants and a number of other animals. The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is located 16 kilometres east of Sultan's Battery and is also known as Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary. The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is adjacent to Bandipur National Park, which is in Karnataka and Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu. The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and is rich in bio diversity. The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary comprises of deciduous forest. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is home to a number of animals that include monkeys, Elephant, Panther.
 


 

Papanasini- Thirunelly Temple :- It is 64 kms away from wayanad.It is known as the southern Kashi. A ritual dip here is believed to wash one away of worldly sins. The Thirunelly Temple is a fine specimen of classical Kerala temple architecture. The crystal clear waters of the Papanasini river running downhill add to the enchantment of the place.


 

Chain Tree :- Chain Tree legend has it that an Adivasi youth named Karinthandan was instrumental in guiding the British Engineer through the difficult mountain terrain into Wayanad. Eager to take credit for the discovery, the engineer conveniently killed his guide, whose soul, according to the legend, constantly haunted subsequent travellers. It is believed that a priest chained the troublesome spirit onto this tree and hence the name the Chain Tree.

 


 

Chembra Peak :- Chembra Peak 18 Kms Away from Wayanad. At 2100 metres, the spectacular Chembra Peak located towards the southern part of Wayanad is the tallest summit in the region. Climbing this peak is a challenging endeavour and would take a full day.
 


 

Kuruva Dweep :- The Kuruva Island with 950 acres of evergreen forest lies on one of the tributaries of the River Kabini. This calm and peaceful island is home to a variety of birds, butterflies and orchids.
 


 

Pazhassi Raja's tomb :- One of the earliest to strike the banner of revolt against the British overlordship in this part of India, Pazhassi Raja took refuge in the Wayanad hills, and resorted to classic techniques of guerrilla warfare against the superior British forces. He was downed in a ferocious encounter that took place at Mavilanthode in 1805. Pazhassi's tomb marks the point where he was cremated.


 

Jain Temple :- This temple is one of the most important amongst a series of ruins spread across the state of Kerala that testify a period of strong Jain presence in this region. Believed to have built in the 13th century, it served as a Hindu shrine and eventually as an ammunition store for Tipu Sultan's marching armies.
 


 

Meenmutti Waterfalls :- An interesting 2 km jungle trek off the main Ooty Road, Meenmutty is the largest and most spectacular waterfall in Wayanad. A unique feature is that water drops about 300 metres over three stages.


 

WHERE TO EAT
There are few good restaurants in the city and you can also try the restaurants at the luxury hotels



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