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'''Wayanadu''' (Name derived from Vayalnadu - meaning the land of paddy fields in Malayalam) is one of the most beautiful and loveliest hill stations of Kerala.It is located in the heart of the Western Ghats, north east of Kerala.
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A large percentage of the population in this region is tribal. The native Adivasis mainly consist of various sects like Paniyas, Kurumas, Adiyars, Kurichyas, Ooralis, Kattunaikkans, etc
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== '''Local Attractions''' ==
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'''Banasura Dam''' This is regarded as the largest earth dam of India. Many islands type of landscape emerges here during the monsoons, when the dam is full of water. These islands with the background of the Banasura hill can surely provide a hypnotizing sight to tourists.
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'''Chembra Peak''' Located about 2000 meters above the sea level, Chembra is the highest peak in Wayanad hills and provide ideal conditions for trekking. You can enjoy the scenic beauty of Wayanad, from the top of Chembra. The picturesque surroundings never fail to charm you with its beauty. Trekking to the Chembra peak is a risky mountaineering endeavor. Tourists can camp for one or two days at the top of the peak.
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'''Edakkal Cave''' Edakkal caves are situated on Ambukuthi Hills about 10 kilometers from Sultan Bathery, in Wayanad district of Kerala. It has been formed due to a large split in a huge rock, and the resulting landscape represent the world's richest pictographic gallery of its kind.
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The depth of both the clefts is about 30ft. On the rock walls you can spot some interesting carvings, which represent human and animal figures and objects commonly used by people at that time. These carvings speak of a highly civilized people of pre-historic age and inspire the archeologists and historians to rewrite the history of Wayanad and Kerala as a whole.
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'''Kuruva Island'''  The Kuruva Island having green lush cover of evergreen forests is situated on bank of river Kabani and it is an ideal picnic spot. You can spot rare species of birds, orchids and herbs here.
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'''Muthanga Wild Life Sanctuary''' Muthanga wildlife sanctuary is situated about 16km east of Sultan Bathery. It is regarded as the biggest abode of wildlife in Malabar region of Kerala. Main wildlife here includes elephant, spotted deer, tiger, and panthers etc. you can enjoy elephant safari in this sanctuary.
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'''Pookat Lake''' it is a natural fresh water lake surrounded by evergreen forest and sloppy hills. A fresh water aquarium with large variety of fish is an added attraction here. Tourists here can enjoy boating. The weather here is lustrous and rich in the scenic beauty. Spices and handicraft items are also arranged for sale at Pookat. The lake is situated 3 km east of Vythiri.
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'''Sentinel Rock Waterfalls''' Located at 22 km south of Kalpetta and locally known as Soochippara is a very popular leisure destination. It is famous as a picnic spot as well as a trekking center. It is about 200m high and ideal for rock climbing.
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'''Thirunelli Temple''' A piece of great temple architect Thirunelly temple is situated 29kms north east of Mananthavady in the Brahmagiri hills. The temple comprises of 30 granite columns. Papanasini River running downhill adds beauty to the place. It is believed that a bath in holy water of the river washes away all the sins.
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