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Wayanad Travel Guide Bookmark and Share
Wayanad is one of the districts in Kerala that has been able to retain its pristine nature. Hidden away in the hills of this land are some of the oldest tribes, as yet untouched by civilisation. Wayanad is known for its picturesque mist clad hill stations, sprawling spice plantations, luxuriant forests and rich cultural traditions. The leading tourist centres of south india like Ooty, Mysore, coorg, Kozhikode (Calicut), and Kannur are around this region.

Area - 2132 sq. Km
Population - 671,195

Access
Air - nearest airport Kozhikode (Calicut) (80 kms)
Rail - nearest railway station : Kozhikode (Calicut).
Road - well connected by road from Kozhikode (Calicut), Kannur, Ooty and Mysore.

Places to Visit
Wayanad wildlife sanctuarySulthan bathery - Edakkal caves - 12 km from sulthan bathery : The two caves are located at a height of 1000 m on Ambukutty mala near Ambalavayal. The new stone age pictorial writings on the walls of these natural caves at Deakkal are evidence of the civilisation that existed in these regions in prehistoric times. The caves can be accessed only by a 1 km trekking trail from Edakkal.

Wayanad wildlife sanctuary - Established in 1973, the Wayanad wildlife sanctuary is contiguous to the protected area network of Nagarhole and Bandipur of Karnataka on the northeast and Madumalai of Tamil Nadu on the southeast. Rich in bio-diversity, the sanctuary is an integral part of the Nilgiri biosphere reserve, which has been established with the specific objective of conserving the biological heritage of the region. The sanctuary is very rich in flora and fauna.

Thirunelly Temple
Mananthavady Kuruvadweep - 17 kms east of mananthavady / 45 km northwest of sulthan bathery : this 950 acre, uninhabited island on the eastward bound kabani river is an ideal picnic spot. The wooded stretch of land is home to rare species of birds, orchids and herbs.

Thirunelly temple - 32 km northeast of mananthavady: surrounded by kambamala, karimala and varadiga, the thirunelly temple is a marvel temple architecture. The shrine is shielded with 30 granite columns and the ground is paved with huge square pieces of granite. The crystal clear waters of the papanasini river running downhill add to the enchantment of the place.

Other Attractions in Wayanad :
» Kanthanpara waterfalls : 6 kms east of meppadi
» Meenmutty waterfalls : 12 kms east of meppadi
» Jain temple at sulthan bathery.


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