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Wayanad - Quick Facts

Area: 2131 sq. km.
Population: 816558
Altitude: 700 to 2,100 m above sea level
Important Towns: Sulthan Bathery, Mananthavady
Languages: Malayalam, Tamil & English

Wayanad is one of the districts in Kerala that has been able to retain its pristine nature. Hidden away in the hills of this land are some of the oldest tribes, as yet untouched by civilization. Wayanad is known for its picturesque mist clad hill stations, sprawling spice plantations, luxuriant forests and rich cultural traditions. The leading tourist centers of South India like Ooty. Mysore, Coorg, Kozhikode and Kannur are around this region.

By Air
 Nearest Airport: Kozhikode (Calicut).

By Rail

Nearest railway station: Kozhikode (Calicut) [Rail distances from major cities to Kozhikode are- New Delhi: 2851 Km; Mumbai: 1425 Km; Kolkata: 2331 Km; Ahmedabad: 1875 Km; Hyderabad: 1425 Km).

By Road
 Well connected by roads from Kozhikode, Kannur,

•        Ooty - 175 km. from Wayanad
•        Mysore - 140 km. from Wayanad
•        Kannur - 146 km.
•        Kappad - 114 km.
•        Alappuzha - 386 km.
•        Ernakulam - 326 km.
•        Kozhikode - 98 km.

Kuruvadweep (17 km east of Mananthavady / 45 northwest of Sulthan Bathery)
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.

Pookot Lake
This perennial fresh water lake, nested among wooded hills, is the only one of its kind in Kerala. Boating facilities, a children's park, handicrafts and spices emporium and a fresh water aquarium are among the tourist facilities available here.

Ambalavayal Heritage Museum
Near the Ambukuthi hill region is this heritage museum housing artifacts and belongings of the various tribes of the land. This if one of the best heritage museums in Kerala.

Chembra Peak
The hills, rocks and valleys which contribute to the very unique character of Wayanad provide a lot for adventure tourism. Trekking to the Chembra peak is a risky mountaineering endeavour. Chembra peak, the highest hill in Wayanad, is near Meppady town. Trekking to the top of this peak takes almost a day. 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, canvases, huts and trekking implements on hire. The scenic beauty of Wayanad, which is visible from the top of Chambra, is very exhilerating.

Muthunga Wildlife
Muthanga, which is 16 kms East of Sulthan Bathery, is located very near to the Karnadaka border. Wild forests covering an area of 345 sq.kms form the Muthanga wild life sanctuary; the biggest abode of wild animals in Malabar. Elephant, spotted deer, bison, tiger, cheeta, wild bear, etc. are found in this sanctuary. The forest Department has facilities for providing elephant rides to tourists, here.

Pakshipathalam in the Brahmagiri hills at Thirunelli is a challenging tourist spot for any adventure seeking tourist. To reach Pakshipathalam seventeen kilometres 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, are the abode of various birds and wild beasts. Special permission has to be obtained from Forest Department to go to Pakshipathalam. District Tourism Promotion Council arranges vehicle, guides, camping equipments, etc. to the tourists, on hire.

Pazhassi Raja Tomb
Pazhassi Tourist Resort at Mananthavady is a good picnic centre in north Wayanad. There is a good aquarium here. Coin-operated toys for children and boating facilities for tourists are available here. Pazhassi Raja, the Lion of Kerala, who organised guerilla type warfare against British East India Company, was cremated here in 1805.

Soochippara Waterfalls
The waterfalls at Soochippara near Meppadi are really a treasure of nature, yet to be discovered. The stretches of waterfalls ranging at places from 100 to 300 feet height are a treat to the eyes. The pool below provides for water rafting, swimming, bathing, etc. The tree top huts at Soochippara give an 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. The topography here is such that 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 a hypnotising sight to tourists.

Despite the beautiful natural delights of Wayanad, this city also has beautiful shopping centers in and around the city. The major count of the products sold here are the spices of Kerala. Shopping Places in Wayanad India The handicraft and handloom products of this city are a good bought that one can get as a memorandum for visiting the city. The crafts here are mainly done with coconut shells, ivory, canes, wood and metals Shopping Places in Wayanad India. Other items like garments, textiles and furniture are also available in excellent quality and at suitable costs. One can also get fresh nutritious vegetables, fruits, fish and chicken etc Shopping Places in Wayanad India.

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