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North Kerala

Wynad

This northern district, with it's rugged landscape and pastoral valleys, pose a delightful challenge for hikers and nature lovers. The least populous of Kerala's districts, it is relatively backward and development has not appreciably improved the lives of the tribes ( called Adi-vasis) who comprise a sizeable section of the population. Wayanad is known for its picturesque mist clad hill stations, sprawling spice plantations, luxuriant forests and rich cultural traditions. The hill ranges of Vythiri taluk (taluk is a sub division of a district), through which the road from Kozhikode ascends the Wayanad plateau over the mind boggling bends and ridges, are the highest locations of Wayanad district. The leading tourist centres of South India like Ooty, Mysore, Coorg, Kozhikode and Kannur are around this region. Wynad's climate and geography make it ideal for the cultivation of coffee, tea, pepper and rubber. Before the British arrived, it was under the reign of Tipu Sultan.

Wynad at a glance :
Area 2131 sqkm
Population 671,195 (2001 census)
Altitude 700 - 2100 m above sea level
Climate Tropical monsoon, seasonally excessive rainfall, Hot summer.
Temperature Min 20° C
Max 35 ° C
Best Season August to March

How to reach


By Air
The nearest airport is at Kozhikode.

By Train
The nearest railway station is at Kozhikode.

By Road

Kalpetta is linked by road to other towns in Kerala and there are frequent buses to Kozhikode. Though there are hotels in kalpetta, the jungles do not have any accommodation facilities except Government guest houses, meant for it's officials, but rooms are available for a day or two. Facilities are very basic and do not expect any fancy frills.

Distance from Kalpetta to :

Kozhikode, Kannur, Ooty     175 km
Mysore     140 km

Places of Interest

Picnic Spots

The picturesque Banasura Project is the largest earthern dam in India and the second largest in Asia. Located in the midst of lovely, mist-clad hills with a wildlife sanctuary and park full of flowering trees, this spot of enchantment has no parallel elsewhere. With its placid crystal clear waters Banasura is a wonderful picnic spot. At Kalpetta, which once used to be the stronghold of the Jains in Kerala, you also have the attraction of historic monuments like the Ananthanathaswami Jain Temple near Puliyarmala. Banasura Project is located at Padinjarathara, about 25 km northeast of Kalpetta. Kozhikode about 72 km away from Kalpetta and Karipur international airport is about 23 km from Kozhikode town.

Pookkot Lake
Location :, Wayanad district.
Altitude : 2100 metres above sea level.
Tourist season : August to May.

A natural fresh water lake surrounded by evergreen forest and rolling hills. a fresh water aquarium with large variety of fish is an added attraction. Tourists can also avail of boating facilities, children's park, and a shopping centre for handicrafts and spices.

Wayanad lies at an altitude varying from 700 - 2100 metres above the sea level. The district has the highest number of tribal settlements in Kerala. It is located 3 km south of Vythiri town. Kozhikode is the nearest railway station about 63 km away and Karipur International Airport, Kozhikode about 63 km away.

Hills

Tranquil Home Stay

Set amidst the tropical lush green forests of Wayanad in North Kerala, 'Tranquil' is a private Coffee and Vanilla plantation in a 400-acre land with many sights, sounds and colours. A quite and serene getaway, Tranquil Home Stay has an environment of exquisite natural beauty and options for relaxation. In the estate, one can go for bird watching or may go for invigorating walks titled The Teaser, Indiana Jones, Braveheart etc. Some of these walks would lead you to a viewpoint rock situated at a height of about 3000 ft above sea level, from where the panoramic view of the mist laden plains below will take your breath away. Adjoining attractions include the Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, which is just an hour's drive from Tranquil, where one can witness wildlife in abundance from the safety of a jeep. Also, one may go trekking to the historic Edakal Caves and explore the engravings there dating back to the Stone Age. For those with an inclination for adventure, climb up the Kuppamudi peak to enjoy an exhilarating view of the surroundings.

Contact
Tranquil
Kuppamudi Estate
Kolagappara P.O.
Wayanad - 693591, Kerala, India.
Tel: ++91-4936-220244

Wild Life

Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, Wayanad

An ideal destination to watch herds of wild elephants, the Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary is contiguous with the protected area network of the Nagarhole National Park and the Bandipur Tiger Reserve in the neighbouring State of Karnataka and Mudumalai of Tamilnadu. This sanctuary spread over 345 sq km is rich with fauna and flora, and comes under Project Elephant. Elephants roam freely here and tigers are sighted frequently. Various species of deer, monkeys, birds etc also live here. The trees and plants in the sanctuary are typical of the south Indian moist deciduous forests and west coast semi evergreen forests. A drive along the road to Muthanga and further, offers chances to watch these roaming beasts. Elephant rides are arranged by the Forest Department. It is situated 16 km east of Sulthan Bathery and Kozhikode is about 97 km by road from Sulthan Bathery. Karipur International Airport, Kozhikode is nearly 120 km away from Sulthan Bathery. Best time to visit is between June to October.

Begur Wildlife Sanctuary

The district of Wayanad lies on an elevated picturesque mountainous plateau in the Western Ghats. Historians are of the opinion that organised human life existed in these parts of Kerala at least ten centuries before Christ. In this virgin land, which has not seen much human habitation later, is the Begur Wildlife Sanctuary. The forests here are amongst the most beautiful locales of Kerala. The region has a wealth of diverse species of plants and animals and is of great interest to nature lovers. It is located 20 km east of Mananthavady and Thalassery in Kannur district is about 80 km from Mananthavady is the nearest railway station. Karipur International Airport, Kozhikode is about 106 km away.

Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary

This sanctuary in Karnataka state extends over an area of 643.39 sq km. The park houses diverse species of plant and animal life. It is located 40 km from Mananthavady. It is open for visitor from 6 am to 8 am and 3 pm to 5.50 pm.

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

Established in 1973, the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is contiguous to the protected area network of Nagarhole and Bandipur of Karnataka on the northeast and Mudumalai of Tamil Nadu on the southeast. Rich in bio-diversity, the sanctuary is an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, which has been established with the specific objective of conserving the biological heritage of the region. The sanctuary is very rich in flora and fauna. The management lays emphasis on scientific conservation with due consideration for the general lifestyle of the tribals and others who live in and around the forest region.

For Permission Contact
Wildlife Warden, Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, Sulthan Bathery

Museums

Ambalavayal Heritage Museum

The Ambalavayal Heritage Museum, the archaeological museum in Wayanad, has Kerala's one of largest collections of the remnants of an era dating back to the 2nd century A.D. The exhibits here are evidences of an advanced civilisation that existed in the mountains of Wayanad. The articles on display are a fascination for the historian, the archaeologist and the ordinary man alike. At the museum one can see articles as varied as clay sculptures, ancient hunting equipments like bows and arrows, stone weapons and other curios. It is situated 12 km south of Sulthan Bathery which is about 98 km from Kozhikode city. There are frequent bus services between Sulthan Bathery and Kozhikode. Karipur International Airport, Kozhikode is about 120 km from Sulthan Bathery. It is open from 10 am to 5 pm.

Historical

Edakkal caves

Edakkal caves in the Ambukuthi Hills in north Kerala, considered to be one of the earliest centres of human habitation. Inside the cave one will find ancient stone scripts, pictorial wall inscriptions of human and animal figures with peculiar head dresses, the swastik form, symbols and cave drawings of human figures, wheels, bows, knives, trees and so on. Similar cave drawings, considered to be 7000 years old, are found only in Stiriya in the European Alps and a few rocky places in Africa. The caves, which are found around 10 km from Sultan Bathery, are two natural rock formations believed to have been formed by a large split in a huge rock. Kozhikode railway station is about 97 km from Sultan Bathery. Karipur international airport is about 23 km from Kozhikode.

Places of Interests

Thirunelly temple

Surrounded by Kambamala, Karimala and Varadiga, the Thirunelly temple is a marvel of temple architecture. The shrine is shielded with 30 granite columns and the ground is paved with huge square pieces of granite. The crystal clear waters of the Papanasini river running downhill add to the enchantment of the place. It is situated 32 km northeast of Mananthavady.

Others

Kanthanpara Waterfall
It is situated 6 km east of Meppadi.

Meenmutty waterfall
It is situated 12 km east of Meppadi.

Chethalayam waterfall
It is situated 12 km from Sulthan Bathery.

Sentinel rock waterfall
It is situated 12 km southeast of Meppadi.

Jain Temple at Sulthan Bathery
Puliyarmala Jain Temple
It is situated 4 km north of Kalpetta.

Panamaram Jain Temple
It is situated 29 km from Sulthan Bathery.

Pallikkunnu Church
It is situated 12 km north of Kalpetta Kallianathum.

Pallickal Mosque
It is situated 10 km southwest of Mananthavady.

Ambalavayal Agriculture Research Station
It is situated 15 km south of Sulthan Bathery.

Kalpetta Chembra peak
It is situated 14 km west of Kalpetta at 2100 m above mean sea level.

Pazhassi tomb

The memorial of the 'Lion of Kerala' - Veera Pazhassi Raja - who organised the guerilla warfare against the British East India Company, is situated at Mananthavady. The Pulpally cave is where Pazhassi took refuge until he was captured by the British. It is situated 32 km northeast of Kalpetta.

The Glass Temple of Kottamunda

This temple is located on the slope of Vellarimala and is dedicated to Parswanatha Swamy of the Jain faith. The mirrors inside the temple walls reflect images of the icons in the temple's sanctum sanctorum.

Chembra peak

At 2100 m above mean sea level, Chembra is the highest peak in Wayanad and is an ideal area for trekking. It is situated 14 km west of Kalpetta.

Boys town, Lakkidi

Herbal garden, nature care centre, sericulture unit, perma-culture centre etc., established by the Wayanad Social Service Society and Jean Park (the Indo-Danish project for promoting herbal gardening) are situated here. It is situated 15 km north of Mananthavady.

Lakkidi, Vythiri

Lakkidi, the gateway to Wayanad, is situated 700 m above mean sea level, at the crest of the Thamarasseri Ghat pass. Lofty peaks, gurgling streams and luxuriant forests add magic to the journey up the winding roads to this hill station. It is situated 55 km east of Kozhikode/5 km south of vythiri.

Kuruvadweep,Pakshipathalam

This 950 acre, uninhabited island on the eastward bound Kabani river is an ideal picnic spot. The wooded stretch of land is home to rare species of birds, orchids and herbs. It is situated 17 km east of Mananthavady /45 km northwest of Sulthan Bathery.

Pakshipathalam

This place can be accessed only by trekking. Rare species of birds can be sighted from the watch tower of this bird sanctuary. It is situated 10 km from Thirunelly.