Jan 082011
 

A bio-diverse region spread across 2,132 square kilometers on the lofty Western Ghats, Wayanad is one of the few 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. And the very first prehistoric engravings in Kerala discovered in the foothills of Edakkal and around Ambukuthimala bear testimony to a pre-historic culture dating back to the Mesolithic Age. Strikingly scenic, it is known for its sub-tropical savannahs, picturesque hill stations, sprawling spice plantations, luxuriant forests and rich cultural traditions. A holistic confluence of wilderness, history and culture, Wayanad is located on the southern tip of the magnificent Deccan plateau.

  • Chembra Peak

    Chembra Peak

  • Elusive Tiger - Wayanad

    Elusive Tiger – Wayanad

  • Refreshing Dip in Rock Pool

    Refreshing Dip in Rock Pool

  • View Point

    View Point

  • Waterfall

    Waterfall

  • Wayanad Wildlife

    Wayanad Wildlife

  • Spotted Deer at Muthanga Wildlife Park

    Spotted Deer at Muthanga Wildlife Park

  • Mountain Stream

    Mountain Stream

  • Muthanga

    Muthanga

  • Jack Fruit

    Jack Fruit

  • Spotted Deer at Muthanga Wildlife Park

    Spotted Deer at Muthanga Wildlife Park

  • Ladies Visiting Waterfall

    Ladies Visiting Waterfall

  • Local Farming

    Local Farming

  • Jack Fruit & Coffee

    Jack Fruit & Coffee

  • Coffee Drying

    Coffee Drying

  • Ladies Leaving Waterfall

    Ladies Leaving Waterfall

  • View Across the Valley

    View Across the Valley

  • View Across the Hills

    View Across the Hills

  • Tea Plantation

    Tea Plantation

  • Elephants in the Road

    Elephants in the Road

Landscapes as diverse as savannahs, wooded hills and evergreen forests, all rolled into one place – Wayanad, make it a truly special destination. The district also has a history as interesting as its landscape. It is believed that human life existed here from as early as 4000 BC. The rock carvings and caves of Ambukuthimala substantiate this belief. Large plantations of tea, coffee and spices can be seen here. Lush green paddy fields, from which Wayanad has derived its name (Vayal meaning paddy fields and Naad meaning village) add to its magnificence.

Things to see

Muthanga Wildlife Park Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, also known as the Wayanad Sanctuary, is situated on the way from Mysore to Sulthan Bathery. The Sanctuary is spread over an area of around 344 sq. km and one can find animals like sloth bears, sambhar, elephants, monkeys, tigers, reptiles, deer, panthers etc. There are many species of rare birds in this sanctuary as well. The Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary is most famous for its ‘project elephant’ site, where herds of elephants are seen roaming freely, frolicking in the mud and the water near the water holes.

Edakkal Caves Edakkal Caves are located at about a 25 km drive from Kalpetta and at a distance of 3 km from Ambalavayal. The Caves are famous for their exceptional rock art depicting human and animal figure carvings by Neolithic and later civilizations. Edakkal Caves were created by a fissure due to changing climatic conditions and the split in the rock is about 22 ft. in width and 90 ft. in length. The gap in the rocks extends to over 30 ft appearing as a cave to the observer. The caves can be reached through trekking trails within the forested area starting at Edakkal and the best time to visit the caves is during the morning.

Chembra Peak Chembra Peak, the highest peak in Wayanad, stands at a height of around 2100 metres above sea level. At a distance of 14 km from Kalpetta, the Chembra Peak is a part of the Wayanad hill ranges in the Western Ghats, adjoining the Nilgiri Hills in Tamil Nadu and Vellarimala in Kozhikode district in Kerala. The elevation makes it an ideal spot for trekking and mountain climbing. The District Tourism Promotion Council provides guides and trekking equipments on hire charges to the tourists. A heart shaped lake en route to the top of the peak is a major tourist attraction. It is believed that the lake has never dried up, even during the hottest of summers. For those seeking some adventure, temporary camps are set up on the top of the peak. Guides, camping apparatus etc are provided by the District Tourism Promotion Council on rent to tourists who are interested in camping. The Chembra Peak is undisputedly one of the most favoured trekking destinations; the breathtaking view from the top is sure to offer the traveller a spectacle worth more than all the hardship undergone while climbing. The picturesque Lake on the hill is an ideal picnic spot. Since it takes almost a day to reach the top of the hill, tourists can spend a day or two in the temporary camps.