Sep 30, 2009

Wayanad > Kerala > India

Luxuriant plantations of coffee, tea, cardamom, pepper and rubber stretch over the hills of Wayanad as far as the eye can see, with the fast-flowing rivers- Panamaram, Mananthavady and kabini- cutting across the undulating panorama and lending picture-postcard look to the whole region. Not surprisingly, based on evidences still found on these hills, historians contend that civilization existed in these parts at least a thousand years before Christ.


SIDELIGHTS:

Edakkal Caves:

The two rock vaves at Ambukuthy Hills, 12 kms south of Sultan's Battery (travel time: 20 min), contain ancient carvings and pictorial writhing with human and animal figures in peculiar headdresses along with geometric from and symbols. They speak of highly civilized people at an early centre of human habitation
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Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary:

The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is adjacent to the protected area network of Nagarhole and Bandipore National parks of Karnataka and Mudumalai of Tamilnadu.

Thirunelly:

At just 32 kms from Mananthavady (travel time; 1 hour), the eye-catching backdrop of Brahma -giri hills lend an idyllic charm to Thirunelly where the Vishnu Temple touched by the soothing streams of Papanasini provides eternal bliss to the searching pilgrim.
Pookot Lake:

With its own dream-like serenity, this natural fresh water lake surrounded by meadows and trees on all sides is a haven for peace-seeking travelers. You'll find it on your way from Calicut half an hour ahead of kalpetta.

Thusharagiri Waterfalls:
Nestled cozily in the Western Ghats, are the gurgling waterfalls of Thusharagiri. Meaning the snow capped mountains; Thushargiri displays a distinctive kinship between the land and water.

Kalpetta :

A stronghold of the jains in the past Two historic jain temples-one of which, through a network of mirrors bedazzle the visitor with a thousand linkages of the icon-are found here.

Mananthavady:

Historically important as the last resting place of Pazhassirajah who fought a guerilla war against the British.
Nearest available accommodation options
Hotels:
How to reach Wayanad (from CHENNAI):
Nearest station – Kozhikode
Train 1: 5 PM (from Chennai) – 4.15 AM (reach Kozhikode)
Train 2: 8.15 PM (from Chennai) – 7.45 AM (reach Kozhikode)

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