KERALA INFO: Travel and Tourism of Wayanad District
Travel and Tourism of Wayanad District
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The Chembra peak provides an excellent trekking experience. It is the highest hill in Wayanad, near Meppady town. The scenic beauty of Wayanad, which is visible from the top of Chambra, is very exhilarating.
The Kuruva Island, of ever green forest on the tributaries of east flowing river Kabani, is an ideal picnic spot. Rare species of birds, orchids and herbs are the specialties of this supernal kingdom.
Muthanga Wild Life Sanctuary
Muthanga Sanctuary, to the east of Sulthan Bathery, is located very near to the Karnataka border. It is the biggest home for wild animals in Malabar. Elephant, spotted deer, bison, tiger, cheeta, wild bear, etc. are found in this sanctuary.
Pakshipathalam in the Brahmagiri hills at Thirunelli, is a challenging tourist spot in the deep, thick and wild forest. The rock caves, formed among the thick blocks of rocks at the northern top end of the Brahmagiri, are the abode of various birds and wild beasts.
Pazhassi Raja Tomb
Pazhassi Tourist Resort at Mananthavady is a good picnic centre in north Wayanad. It has a good aquarium. There are coin-operated toys for children and boating facilities for tourists. Pazhassi Raja, the Lion of Kerala, who organised guerilla type warfare against British East India Company, was cremated here in 1805.
Pookot Lake is a natural fresh water lake, brimmed with ever green mountains. There is an aquarium and a green house. Boating facilities are also available. Spices and handicraft items are also arranged for sale at Pookot.
The Soochippara Waterfalls near Meppadi is really a treasure of nature. The pool below, provides for water rafting, swimming, bathing,etc. The tree top huts at Soochippara give a unique view of the valleys of the Western Ghats and the glimmering shallow waters of the surrounding springs.
Banasura sagar Dam
This is the largest earth dam in India. Many islands will be formed in the upstream of the dam when the dam is full. These islands with the background of the Banasura hill will provide an enchanting view.
Located near Ambalavayal, the Edakkal cave in the Ambukuthy Mountain is not a cave in the real sense. It is only a cleft about 96 ft. long and 22 ft wide in the rock'. It is a fissure made by a corner of rock splitting off from the main body due to some natural causes. The depth of both the cleft and the fissure is 30 ft. which makes it look like a cave. 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 inspire the archaeologists and historians to rewrite the history of Wayanad and Kerala as a whole.
The Lakkidi is a beautiful spot and is one of the highest locations in Wayanad. The lofty mountain peaks, the gurgling streams, luxuriant vegetation and the bird's eye view of the deep valley on the south, with its winding roads, are the special features of Lakkidi.
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