This is the largest earth dam in India. The topography here is such that many
islands will be formed in the upstream of the dam when the dam is full. These
islands with the background of the Banasura hill will provide a hypnotizing
sight to tourists.
The hills, rocks and valleys which contribute to the very unique character of
Wayanad provide a lot for adventure tourism. Trekking to the Chembra peak is a
risky mountaineering endeavor. Chembra peak, the highest hill in Wayanad, is
near Meppady town. Trekking to the top of this peak takes almost a day. Tourists
can also stay one or two days at the top of the peak in temporary camps.
District tourism Promotion Council provides guides, sleeping bags,
canvases, huts and trekking implements on hire. The scenic beauty of Wayanad,
which is visible from the top of Chembra, is very exhilarating.
This location of breath taking beauty is three kilometers from
Ambalavayal which is 25kms from Kalpetta.
The Edakkal cave in the Ambukuthy mountain is not a cave in the real
sense. As stated in the India Antiquary and quoted in the district Gazetteer,
Kozhikode, it is only 'a cleft about 96ft. long and 22ft. wide in the rock'. It
is a fissure made by a corner of rock splitting off from the main body due to
some natural causes. The depth of both the cleft and fissure is 30ft. What makes
it a cave to the ordinary observer is the fact that in the other portion of the
large cleft, an enormous rock, weighing several tones, has fallen forming a roof
over a large part of it. The rock wall contains some interesting carvings, which
represent human and animal figures and objects of human use and symbols. These
carvings speak of a highly civilized people of pre-historic age and inspires the
archeologists and historians to rewrite the history of Wayanad and Kerala as a
The Kuruva island, 950 acre3s of ever green forest on the tributaries of east
flowing river Kabani, is an ideal picnic spot, far away from the disturbances of
city life. The island is uninhabited. Rare species of birds, orchids and herbs
are the sovereigns of this supernal kingdom. It is 17kilometers east of
Mananathavady and 40kms north west of Sulthan Bathery.
One of the highest locations in Wayanad, Lakkidi also commands a picturesque scenery.
It is about 58kms north east of Kozhikode and 5kms south of Vythiri. Lakkidi,
the gateway of Wayanad, lies atop Thamarassery, a ghat pass at an elevation of
700m. above mean sea level.
The lofty mountain peaks, the gurging stream, luxuriant vegetation and the
birds eye view of the deep valley on the south, with its winding roads, are
breath taking. The 12kms long journey from Adivaram to Lakkidi through ghat road
with nine hairpin bends amidst thick forests, is a fascinating experience.
Muthanga, which is 16kms east of Sulthan Bathery, is located very near to the
Karnataka boarder. Wild forests covering an area of 345sq. kms form the Muthanga
Wild Life Sanctuary; the biggest aboad of wild animals in Malabar. Elephant
spotted deer, bison, tiger, cheetah, wild bear, etc. are found in this
sanctuary. The forest department has facilities for providing elephant rides to
Pakshipathalam in the Brahmagiri hills at Thirunelli, is a challenging
tourist spot for any adventure seeking tourist. To reach Pakshipathalam
seventeen kilometers have to be covered through wild forest. The deep rock
caves, formed among the thick blocks of rocks at the northern top end of
Brahmagiri, are the abode of various birds and wild beasts. Special permission
has to be obtained from Forest Department to go to Pakshipathalam. District
Tourism Promotion Council arranges vehicle, guides, camping equipments, etc. to
the tourists, on hire.
Pazhassi Tourist Resort at Mananthavady is a good picnic centre in north
Wayanad. There is a good aquarium here. Coin operated toys for children and
boating facilities for tourist are available here. Pazhassi raja, the lion of
Kerala, who organised guerilla type warfare against British east India company,
was cremated here in 1805.
It is a natural fresh water lake, brimmed with evergreen mountains. The
weather here is salacious; the scenic beauty, hypnotizing and the nature,
unspoiled. Pookot Lake tourist resort in Vythiri is the most sort after
tourist spot of Wayanad. The is an aquarium and a green house here. Boating facilities
also are available. Spices and handicraft items are also arranged for sale at
Pookot. The lake has an area of 8.5ha. and maximum water depth is 6.5m. This
lake is 3kms south of Vythiri.
This waterfall is at Vellarimala village near Chooralmala in Meppadi
Panchayat. It is a picnic spot as well as a trekking centre. The sentinel rock,
a rock of more than 200m. in height, is ideal for rock climbing.
The waterfalls at Soochippara near Meppadi is really a treasure of nature,
yet to be discovered. The stretches of waterfalls ranging at places from 100 to
300 feet height is a treat to the eyes. The pool below, provides for water
rafting, swimming, bathing, etc. The tree top huts at Soochippara give an unique
view of the Valleys of the Western Ghats and the glimmering shallow waters of
the surrounding springs.
Thirunelli is situated 29kms north east of Mananthavady under the Brahmagiri
hills in the reserve forests. The temple at Thirunelli is often called 'Thekkan
Kasi'. It is believed that a bath in the holly water of 'Papanasini' will wipe
off all the sins. Apart from the temple, Thirunelli is a place of scenic beauty.
Pakshipathalam, an interesting trekking centre, is 7kms away from the temple.
Centres of Worship
Ananthanatha Swami Temple at Puliyarmala:
A beautiful jain temple, devoted to Ananthaswami, one of the saints of the
Jaina faith, is located six kms from Kalpetta.
The Glass Temple of Koottamunda: