Wayand is often called as the Green paradise in god's own country-Kerala. It's a Hill station district in the northern part of Kerala, with mist claded peaks. The place is famous for it's scenic beauty, wildlife and traditional concepts. The name "Wayanad" is derived from "Vayal nadu" Which means the country of paddy fields.
Wayanad lies between north latitude 11 degree 26’28’’ and 11 degree 48’22’’ and east longitude 75 degree 46’38’’ and 76 degree 26’11’’. It lies in the altitude of 700 to 2100 metres above Mean Sea Level. This district is the meeting place of the southern states of India viz. Kerala, Tamilnadu and Karnataka.
Wayanad has cool weather throughout the year (December and Jan are the coolest - averaging about 15 degree C) though March-April is hotter and dry winds blows.The relative humidity is between 74-95%
Nearest Airport - Kozhikode/Calicut (90 kms).
Nearest International Airport - Kochi (285 Kms)
Reach KozhikodeCalicut or Mysore by rail from major cities in India then by road to Wayanad.
You can also reach here by bus:
From Trivandrum - Cochin(280) - Calicut(90) - Wayanad.
From Bangalore(260) - Mysore(120) - Wayanad.
From Mangalore(270) - Kasargode - Cannanore - Tellicherry - Wayanad.
From Coimbatore - Ooty(110) - Gudalur - Wayanad.
Wayanad is well connected to other cities Kochi, Kozhikode, Mangalore, Chennai, Bangalore, Coimbatore, Madurai by road.
Bus - Plenty of local bus services are available for transportation between the townships. But if you want to go to some tourist places you have to rely on a taxi.
Autorickshaw - Autorickshaws are cheaper compared to taxis and can be used to reach the interior places from the townships.
Taxi - Local taxis are also available at cheap rates (In Wayanad, the term Taxi is mostly in reference with Jeep).
Car - You can hire a car from most of the townships if you want to travel effortlessly.
Walk - Many places of attractions are near by the towns so you could walk between them ( It's a good excercise you know ;) ).
Begur Wildlife Sanctuary
Chembra Peak - 2100 m peak above sea level, ideal area for trekking.
Edakkal Caves - This location of breathtaking beauty is 25 kilometres from Kalpetta. The Edakkal cave in the Ambukuthy mountain, is not a cave in the real sense. As stated in the India Antiquary, it is only'a cleft about 96ft. long and 22ft wide in the rock'. It is a fissure made by a corner of rock splitting off from the main Entrance to Edkal Cavesbody due to some natural causes. The depth of both the cleft and the fissure is 30 ft. What makes it a cave to the ordinary observer is the fact that in the other portion of the large cleft, an enormous rock, weighing several tonnes, has fallen forming a roof over a large part of it. The rock wall contains some interesting carvings, which represent human and animal figures and objects of human use and symbols. These carvings speak of a highly civilized people of pre-historic age and inspires the archaeologists and historians to rewrite the history of Wayanad and Kerala as a whole. The caves accessible only by a 1 Km trekking trail from Edakkal.
Kuruva Dweep - The Kuruva island, 950 acres of ever green forest on the tributaries of east flowing river Kabini, is an ideal picnic spot, far away from the disturbances of city life. The island is uninhabited. Rare species of birds, orchids and herbs are the sovereigns of this supernal kingdom. It is 17 Kms east of Mananthavady and 40 Kms north west of Sultan Bathery. As a precaution don't stay on this island after dusk.
Lakkidi - hill station situated 700 m above sea level, at Thamarasseri Ghat pass. Winding roads, Lofty peaks, gurgling streams and luxuriant forests.
Mananthavady Kuruvadweep - uninhabited island Kabani river is an ideal picnic spot in the woods.
Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary - Deer, Monkeys, Birds, Elephants and tigers.
Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuaries - This sanctuary extends to Karnataka State.
Padinjarathara - Famous for Bansura mini hydro project with the largest earth dam in India, and with a sanctuary and park with ever flowering trees.
Pakshipathalam - bird sanctuary, bird watching accessible only be trekking.
Papanasini - See Thirunelly Temple in the list below
Pazhassi Raja Tomb - Memorial of the Lion of Kerala Veera Pazhassi Raja, who organized a guerrilla warfare against the British East India Company.
Pookote Lake - It is a natural fresh water lake, brimmed with ever green mountains. The weather here is salacious; the scenic beauty, hypnotising and the nature, unspoiled. Pookode lake tourist resort in Vythiri is the most sought after tourist spot of Wayanad. There is an aquarium and a green house here. Boating facilities also are available. Spices and handicraft items are also arranged for sale at Pookode. The lake has an area of 8.5ha. and the maximum water depth is 6.5mtrs. This lake is three kms.south of Vythiri
Thirunelly Temple - Thirunelly is situated 29 Kms.north east of Mananthavady under the Brahmarigi hills in the reserve forests. The temple at Thirunelly is often called 'Thekkan Kasi' It is believed that a bath in the holy water of 'Papanasini' will wipe off all the sins. Apart from the temple, Thirunelly is a place of scenic beauty. Its Famous for its architecture, the shrine is shielded with 30 granite on the bank of Papanasini river. Pakshipathalam, an interesting trekking centre, is 7 kms. away from the temple.
Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctury
This is the ideal place for trekking. Go around the hills and stay overnight camping. For those who love adventure tourism, wayand will be a paradise.
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