Wayanad is an amalgamation of two terms "Vayal" meaning paddy field and Nadu is interpreted as the land comprising it. The distinctive features of Wayanad include misty mountains, dense vegetation and rich plantations. The animals enjoy the luxury of forests of Wayanad as if it is their natural dwelling. Tucked away in the Western Ghat mountains, Wayanad is one of the most exuberant hillstations of Kerala. It is a revenue producing town owing to plantation of crops like vanilla, coffee, tea, pepper, cardamom and certain other condiments. Owing to a wide array of flora and fauna, Wayanad is enriched in habitation of endangered species as well. Wayanad wild life sanctuary is an ideal place to visit for adventure seekers and nature lovers. Wayanad is an all weather favorite getaway and witnesses pleasant climate the whole year. As per historical findings, the Veda tribes ruled Wayanad, then it was invaded by Pazhassi Rajas and later Hyder Ali conquered Wayanad. When Tipu got hold of it, he gave it to the British. Major festivals celebrated are Makar Sanjranti, Onam and Vishu. Rice, sambhar, rasam, poricha kootu and pal payasam are the staple diet of this region.
Places To SeeEdakkal Caves
Located about 12km from Sultan Bathery, these fascinating Neolithic caves comprise three sets of caves which testify to the existence of human settlement in pre-historic times. The ancient carvings and writings provide an interesting insight into the pre-historic times. On the walls, you can also see various animal and human figurines, ancient stone scripts, weaponry figures and symbols. Meenmutty Falls
One of the most spectacular waterfalls in the Wayanad district, and the second largest falls in Kerala, Meenmutty Falls present a sight to behold. Literally translated in Malayalam, the name means’ where fish are blocked’. The waterfall is so named because the fish found here cannot swim further due to some natural reasons. On the way to the waterfalls, you can also visit the Neolithic age caves. Chain Tree
Legend has that a British national used the help of a local guide to access Wayanad via an arduous mountain trail. On reaching, he killed the guide to take full credit for discovering the route. The spirit of the guide kept haunting all people who came via this route. Finally a priest conducted prayers and chained the spirit of a guide to a tree and ever since the tree came to be known as the Chain Tree. Even today, a chain hangs from the Ficus tree and attracts thousands of tourists every year.
Things To DoKuruva Dweep
The place refers to the delta on Kabini River. Bursting with evergreen trees, the delta is a natural habitat for diverse range of flora and fauna. Several exotic herbs and orchids also grow here. In fact, it is the bounty of nature found here that has given Kuruva Dweep the distinction of attracting the maximum number of tourists from across the world. Pookot Lake
Also known as Pookode Lake, Pookot Lake is a fresh water body set amidst dense forests. You can enjoy a picnic on the banks or hire a boat and boating on the lake. There is also an ashram located by the side of the lake and flowering trees. Phantom Rock
The rock is naturally structured in the form of a skull and hence its name. There are some trekking trails and camping places nearby. However, you would need to carry your own camping gear. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
The sanctuary is located on the Wayanad plateau. You can spot a range of animals such as deer, elephant, Indian Bison and tiger. The sanctuary is home to several resident and migratory birds. There are several interesting trails within the sanctuary that you can explore with a guide. Neelimala View Point
The place is good for trekking and camping. There are plenty of trails you can explore and try out various adventure activities. There are some trails that lead you through coffee plantations. Chembra Peak
Standing at an overwhelming height of2100 meters above sea level, Chembra Peak is one of the highest peaks in the Wayanad district. The peak is much favored by the trekkers and you will find several temporary camps set up along the way. The peak also houses a mountain lake. To trek to the peak, you need to take permission from the Forest Range Officer at Meppadi.