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WAYANAD



Leaving the busy Kozhikode station, also known as Calicut, driving an upward spiraled route to Wayanad is about 2.5 to 3 hours from Calicut by road.The coiled winding roads have diverse plant kingdoms to gaze at while driving up the cool mountain path. The lush greens, verdure and wildlife fruits are a splendid gratification.The feeling of being in an exotic retreat strengthens your being, as nature has been living in peace and solidarity, for what seems like eternity. The flawless land will deepen your mind, body and soul into wisdom, with its backdrop of Gordian mis-en-scène from neigbouring landscapes.

Wayanad is a virgin terrain marked with lengths of savannahs, vibrant hues of greens, pinks, purple and blues from the grandeur of hill stations, including the mystical spice gardens.Your car, takes the hairpin curves slowly, monkeys watch solemnly from the sidelines of the edges, within moments you reach the Mountain Peak.

AROUND WAYANAD

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Chembara Peak

The mountains are painted as on a canvas with oil paintings of natural hues, the shades of light and dark rainbow colours, a unique shade of emerald green and the nature talking in whispers of the sounds of the crickets, the melody of the birds, and the cool breeze swaying through your hair. The mountainous feel of being through a time warp of, a modern age to the cradle of Mother Nature, is sheer bliss. It is truly an untouched land, and non-commercialized, is the best part of Wayanad.

At a height of 2100 metres, the towering Chembra Peak is located near Meppadi in the southern part of Wayanad. It is the master of peaks in the region and climbing this peak is a test of stability, determination and passion. Climbing up the Chembra Peak is an exhilarating experience, as each stage in the climb unfolds great wonders of Wayanad, with the view becoming wider as reaching its pinnacle. Moving up and moving down the peak is a full day expedition. A camping experience, at the top of the peak enlivens your life, as “King of the World”.

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The Edakkal Caves

As legends tell the story of the gigantic fissure at Edakkal, people believe that Lord Rama, an earlier visitor of this area, shot an arrow penetrating the mountain creating a deep crevice there. Ambukuthy is derived from this legend, in Malayalam, Ambu means arrow and kuthy means `to pierce’ and hence the name. Local people devote themselves to the local deities of the caves as there are many idols near the caves.

These caves lie at the height of 1,000 metres on Ambukuthy Mala, near Ambalavayal. Nature representations on these cave walls, were made by Neolithic Celts, first identified by a British man on a hunting escapade. The drawings are carved into the stone, which are more than 3,000 years old. The New Stone Age images prove that prehistoric civilization existed in these regions. Images of a tribal king, a queen, a child, a deer, an elephant, a human figure with headgear, another on a wheeled cart and some male and female figures too can be seen.  There are images of tools used by earlier human beings and many other symbols which suggest the presence of pre-historic men. The images can be adorned by a kilometre’s trek upward, where thousands of people from around world, including archaeologists have travelled to see them.

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Banasura Sagar Dam

It is considered to be the largest dam in India, located in Padinjarethara, as well as the second largest dam in Asia. A park with ever flowering trees is a sight not to miss! 15 km from Kalpetta Area, the dam holds a large breadth of water and its serene sensual beauty is envisaged by the terrain of mountains witnessed on the backdrop.  It is constructed in the Banasura Lake and the nearby mountains are known as Banasura Hills. Legends have it as, Asura King of Banasura, undertook a severe sacrament for himself, on the top of these hills and thus it was named after him.  Asura was the son of King Mahabali. (King Mahabali is believed to visit Kerala during every Onam festival.) As the mountains are scenic, it beckons adventure tourists for a trekking spree to the dam site and mountains. During monsoon, visitors may also be able to see small islands in the dam’s reservoir. They are formed while the flooded reservoir submerges the surrounding areas too.  The vast expanse of the crystal clear water of the dam dotted with small islands is a photographer’s delight 

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Kuruva Island

This 950 acre sprawled amongst rich flora and fauna, uninhabited land on the eastward bound Kabani River is an ideal nature’s delight. The wooded stretch of land is home to rare species of birds, orchids and herbs, living in serenity of greenery, pollution free and environment cozy. It surely is a fascinating place, as you walk into the island. Kuruva Island also known as Kuruva Dweep is a protected river delta, comprising of a huddle of islands over the middle of Kabini River in Wayanad.

Deepening into this island, bridges made up of bamboo trees and other rare species of trees are truly exotic. Surrounded by streams, cruising on boat ride or rafting through this stream gives the rejuvenation of mind, body and soul through the enchanting beauty of the island. The shallow river sparkles as you can literally see the clear stream flow along your dipped feet in the cool water. This justly is Mother Nature at her best. The boats and rafts are provided by the Kerala Tourism Department and it will take few hours to cover each or every island. International tourists flock here for this fabulous rafting adventure. The rafts are built of bamboos, leaving a thrilling exciting journey of sailing the streams. Another amusement is to simply have a calm and soulful nature walk, on a trekking expedition in Kuruva Island.

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Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary

The sanctuary has been declared a Project Elephant site. A number of wild animals have been spotted here, leopards, gaurs, sambars, tigers, and a variety of birds, butterflies and insects are absolutely awesome! A vast wild birds population such as peacocks, babblers, cuckoos, owls, woodpeckers, jungle fowls etc are endless in this forest. Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary is a massive rainforest connecting Nagarhole and Bandipur parks in Karnataka and Mudumalai in Tamil Nadu. Spread over an area of 345 sq km, the sanctuary vibrates with green nature of flora and fauna homes. Semi-evergreen, moist deciduous and dry deciduous forests are known in this jungle.

Wayanad wildlife sanctuary consist of four ranges – Sulthan Bathery, Kurichyad, Muthanga and Tholpetty, of which Muthanga and Tholpetty ranges are mostly targeted by the tourists’ to Wayanad. The regions are simply estranged by plantations. The eco-tourism programmes consist of elephant camp visit, jeep safari, trekking, bird watching, tribal folklore etc.

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Karapphuza Dam

A combination of, approximately a dozen lakes form altogether at the Karapphuza Dam. The water is immaculately clean therefore Nature invites you there for a bath in pristine, clear mountain waters running down or for a gentle stroll in the beautiful hills quietly located between the different lakes. The dam was designed by building a barrage of the dam to cross the river to divert waters to Vaithiri, Sulthan Batheri and Manantawaditaluks in the district.   Karapphuza Lake is a huge fresh water lake. It is very scenic which makes it an ideal picnic spot. The dam is situated at a distance of 16 kms from Kalpetta.