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Wayanad
 

The Wayanad District was historically a Jain stronghold, and a Jain community called Gowders still dwell in this area. Puliyarmala, which is near Kalpetta, has one of the finest Jain monuments in Kerala. One of the important monuments here is the Ananthanathaswamy Temple, with its medieval carvings and interesting stone architecture. Ruined Jain temple can be seen at Sulthan Bathery. Apart from the Sulthan Bathery temple, there are other significant Jain remnants in Wayand. The temples at Punchavayal and Puthanangadi are the best known of these. With their beautifully carved pillars now partly ruined, and the area rather derelict, these sites exude a peculiar air of mystery. Passing through a period of Jain dominance, we come to the modern era wherein there are markes influences from prominent historic figures like Tippu Sulthan and the Pazhassi Raja.

 
Wayanad is situated in an elevated scenic mountainous plateau in Western Ghats. Wayanad lies between north latitude 11degree 26'28'' and 11degree 48'22'' and east longitude 75 degree 46'38'' and 76 degree 26'11''. Providing a panorama of undulating mist clad hills and a dale, Wayanad is blessed with an exclusive geographical position.
 
Wayanad is well known for the luxuriant plantations of coffee, tea, cardamom, pepper and rubber, which are strewn all over the hills. The Nilgiris and Mysore bind Wayanad on the east. Wayanad also shares the borders with Coorg district of Karnataka on the north, on the south with Malappuram district and on the west with Calicut and Cannanore districts. The natural scenic beauty of Wayanad and its rich natural resources offer several opportunities for adventure tourism.
 
Wayanad Pepper wayanad Coffee
   
Wayanad tea Wayanad Rubber
 
Chembra Peak
Chembra Peak soars upto 2100 metres and is perhaps the tallest summit of the Wayanad region. It is popular amongst tourists for the simple reason that it provides some spectacular views of the surrounding area from its zenith. However, trekking up the hill itself is not so simple. Usually it takes around four hours to climb up but for the starters it might just take another extra hour.
 
Pookote Lake
Either on your way to Lakidi from Vythiri or back, Pookote Lake can be visited anytime. It is a freshwater lake surrounded by evergreen forests and hills. The lake is crowded during holidays and it is difficult to find isolation. Still if that is what you want then tread the walkaway around the lake and you will experience much tranquility.
 
Suchipara and Kanthampara Fall
The literal meaning of Suchi in the local language is needle. The fall is 50 m from valley view avenue and is perhaps the most attractive one around. The three layered fall, also known as the Sentinel Rock Falls, is situated amidst thick equatorial forests and you will need to undertake a 1-2 km walk to reach it. On reaching as you look up, the beauty of fall hits you almost instantly. The Kanthanpara Waterfalls are comparatively smaller in both size and attraction still it makes for a popular picnic spot. The water here falls from a height of 30 m.
 
Chembra Peak Pookote Lake Suchipara
       Chembra Pookote Lake Suchipara       
 
Banasura Sagar
The dam is located in the close vicinity of the Karlad Lake and is an excellent base to start off a trekking expedition to the Banasura peak. Also, what will catch your imagination here are the set of islands that are seen in the surroundings.
 
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Muthunga
The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is located at a distance of 18 km east of Sultan Bathery in the rainforest of Muthunga. The sanctuary forms an integral part of the Nilgiri Bio Sphere Reserve. Animals that can be seen in this sanctuary include Tigers (though there number is slightly less), Elephant, Jungle Cats, Panthers, Civet Cat, Monkeys, Wild dogs, Deers, Spotted Bears, Bisons, Gaurs, Cheetah, Wild Bears, Peacock, Owls, Jungle fowls, Woodpeckers, Babblers, Cukoos. Off late, the shrinking of waterholes in the the sanctuary is posing a great problem for the forest department.
 
Edakkal caves
Edakkal literally translates into 'a stone in between' in Malayalam. The two Edakkal caves are not caves in strictest of sense since there is merely a 96 feet long and 22 feet wide split in the rock. The caves, that stand on Ambukutty mala (a mountain) at a height of 1000 m, were discovered quiet accidently by the F. Fawcett, the then superintendent of police. The caves preserves prehistoric rock engravings including a human figure with headgear, a human figure on wheeled cart, images of a tribal king & queen, a deer and an elephant.
 
Banasura Sagar Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary Edakkal caves
   Banasura Sagar Wildlife Edakkal        
 
Thirunelly Temple
The temple is situated 32 km northeast of Mananthavady and is protected by 30 granite columns. The floor has square tiles of granite too. The architecture of the temple, which faces the eastern direction, is worth examining and appreciating. An aquaduct, which was commissioned by a brahmin woman, successfully brings water to the temple from the holy Papnashini stream. The steps at the back of the temple actually leads to the stream and tank (Panchteerth). The Papnashini stream is said to have acquired its sacred cleansing power (a holy dip is considered soul purifier) from the drop of amrita that fell into the water from the pot of Garuda. Panchteerth, at one point of time was a meeting point of five rivers.
 
Pakshipathalam
Pakshipathalam is located in deep forest and atop the Brahmagiri hills at a height of 1700 m. The place is a delight for the lovers of birds since the deep caves found here are abode of a large range of birds. It is believed that Garuda, king of birds kept a watch over his subjects from a what is today known as the Garudapara. It is a small projection in form of an eagle.
 
Kuruvadweep
This is an island that sprawls over an area of 950 acres of evergreen forest on the banks of river Themkabani. The island gives you a wonderful feeling of entering into a bygone era. There are shallow stream and marshes in abundance which you need to traverse in order to get to the land. Keep plenty of time to have a good look around at the nature's wondorous work. A large variety of birds can be spotted here
 
Thirunelly Temple Pakshipathalam Kuruvadweep
  Thirunelly Temple Pakshipathalam       Kuruvadweep    
 
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Banks & Foreign Exchange:
State Bank Of Travancore, Canara Bank, Federal Bank, Catholic Syrian Bank, Central Bank.
 
Area: 2,132 sq.km.
Population: 671,195.
Altitude: 700-2100 m above sea level.
Climate: Tropical monsoon, seasonally excessive rainfall and hot summer.
 
Temperature:
Mean Min: 20C
Mean Max: 35
 
 
 
 
 
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Wayanad [also spelled as Wynad, Wayanadu, Wyanad, Vayanad, Vayandu, Vynad etc.] is one of the districts in Kerala that have been able to retain its pristine nature.
 
 
 
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