Wayanad - Tourist Spots
Without a bit of history a stranger would find it hard to have the real ‘Wayanad feel’.
The name Wayanad is originated either from Vayal Nadu (Vayal means Paddy field in local language and Nadu means region) or from Vana Nadu (Vanam means jungle). Situated at an altitude of 700-2100 meters above sea-level in the Western Ghats, Wayanad offers pleasant weather entire year.
Comprising an area of 2126 sq kms, Wayanad has a turbulent past of battles, guerrilla warfare, struggles for freedom, invasions and resistance.
Even at the Neolithic age (about 4000 BC) ‘organised human settlements’ existed in Wayanad, says historians. Wayanad was under the rule of Vedar (hunter) kings earlier. Later Kottayam and the Kings of Kurumbranad conquered the hill district. After few years Wayanad came under the direct control of King of Kottayam.
Tippu Sulthan, the Lion of Mysore entered into an agreement with the Raja of Kottayam asserting his power over Wayanad in 1786. In 1799 Wayanad became part of the British Empire. The legendary King of Kerala, Kerala Varma Raja of Kottayam dynasty (Pazhassi Raja) revolted against the British power and was killed in 1805. Up to 1812 the tribal warriors Kurichiars and Kurumbers rebelled against the British Raj.
Pazhassiraja of kottayam royal family was one of the earliest to revot against the british. Taking refuge in the wayanad hills, he resorted to guerrilla war fare against the superior british force. This fighter known as lion of Kerala, was defeated in a ferocious encounter in 1805 and the tomb marks the place where he has cremated.
Chembra peak is the highest peak in Wayanad at 2100m. above mean sea level. Tourists can also stay one or two days at the top of the peak in temporary camps. District Tourism Promotion Council provides guides, sleeping bags, canvas huts trekking implements on hire charges to the tourists. The scenic beauty of Wayanad which is visible from the top of Chembra is very challenging and thrilling.
Pakshipathalam in Bramha Giri hills at Thirunelly is a challenging tourist spot. It is 7 kms. north-east of Thirunelly temple and is situated 1740m. above mean sea level. To reach ‘Pakshipathalam’, 17 kms. have to be covered through wild forest. The deep rock caves formed among the thick blocks of rocks at the northern top end of the Brahmagiri is the abode of various birds and wild beasts.
Kanthan Para Water Fall
4km away from meenmutty (meppadi-vaduvanchal road ). Enjoy the mind blowing view in the back drop of mountains and forest.
950 acres of evergreen forest surrounded by east flowing river, Kabani. Rare species of birds, orchids and herbs are sovereigns of this supernatural kingdom. It is 17kms. east of Mananthavady and 45 kms. north-west of Sulthan Bathery.
Lakkidi Ghat Pass
It is the Gate Way of Wayanad above the Thamarassery Ghat Pass of western ghat, at an elevation of 700m above mean sea level. Deep valley to the south with winding roads through thick forest attract many. It is 55 kms. east of Kozhikode and 5 kms. south of Vythiri.
A vishnu temple has been built in the 12th century with perfect architectural propotions. Ii's a pride and mind soothing architectural piece for devotees in the brahmagiri valley. Myth says, the cretor Brahma dedicated this temple to lord vishnu. There is a belief that the ritual dip in papanasini washes all your sins.
The Edakkal Caves are at Ambukutty Mala. I The discovery of the cave and its identification as a prehistoric site were quite accidental by F. Fawcett, the then superintendent of police. An enthusiast in pre-history, Fawcett went around exploring the Wayanad high ranges which eventually led to the discovery of the Edakkal rock-shelter in 1894. The cave was formed in the crevice of a broken rock, thtched by another massive rock. Etchings seen on the walls of these caves have drawn the serius attention of archaeologists and historians all over the world.
Tholepetty Wildlife Sanctuary
Several species of animals like elephant , bison, spotted deer, tiger, leopard, bear and wild boar are found in this sanctuary , which is just 100 kms from Vythiri. When animals from the neighbouring Bandhipur, Nagarhole and Mudamalai frequent this sanctuary due to scarcity of water elsewhere. Day trips are organized from various resorts in Wayanad.
Soojipara water falls
The natural scenic beauty of Wayanad and its rich natural resources offer several opportunities for adventure tourism. The hills, rocks and valley which make the very unique character of Wayanad, provide a lot catering to the ever increasing demand of adventure tourists.
Sunrise Valley provides some excellent trekking opportunities in Wayanad. Sunrise Point, which overlooks the valley, is located only a couple of minutes drive from Glenora Homestay. It's a stunning place to visit at any time of the day.