WAYANAD

Wayanad is bounded on the east by Nilgigris and Mysore districts of Tamilnadu and Karnataka respectively, on the north by Coorg district of Karnataka, on the south by Malappuram and on the west by Kozhikode and Kannur. Wayanad district stands on the southern top of the Deccan plateau and its chief glory is the majestic Western ghats with lofty ridges interspersed with dense forest, tangled jungles and deep valleys, the terrain is rugged. The etymology of the word Wayanad is Vayal (paddy) Naad (land); ‘Land of Paddy Fields’. There are many indigeneous tribals in this area. It is set lofty on the majestic Western Ghats with altitudes ranging from 700 to 2100 Metres above mean sea level.
In ancient times the land was ruled by the Vedar Rajas. Later Wayanad came under the rule of Pazhassi Raja of Kottayam Royal Dynasty. The modern history of the district is associated with the events that took place during the Mysorean invasion and the long spell of the British rule stretching over a period of about two centuries. There was fierce encounter between the British and Pazhassi Rajah. When the state of Kerala came into being in 1956, Wayanad was a part of Cannannore district.The present Wayanad district came into being on the 1st November 1980 comprising of three taluks; Vythiry, Mananthavady and Sulthan Bathery.
One important characteristic feature of this district is the large adivasi population, consisting mainly of Paniyas, Kurumas, Adiyars, Kurichyas, Ooralis, Kadans,Kattunaikkans are the different aboriginal tribes of Wayanad. The Kurichyar is the most developed among them. Wayanad district stands first in the case of adivasi population (about 36%) among other districts in the state.

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Banasura sagar Dam
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Banasura Sagar Dam, which impounds the Karamanathodu tributary of the Kabini River, is part of the Banasurasagar Project consisting of a dam and a canal project started in 1979
Chain Tree
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The large Ficus tree bound by a prominent chain is the source of a dramatic local legend
Chembra Peak
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The Chembra Peak is the highest peak in Wayanad at a height of around
Chethalayam Falls
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Chethalayam Waterfalls is about 12 km from Sulthan Bathery on the Pulpalli main road, Wayanad District.
Edakkal Cave
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This location of breathtaking beauty is three kilometres from Ambalavayal which is 25 kilometres from Kalpetta
Kanthanpara Waterfalls
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Relatively smaller than Sentinal Rock Waterfall and rather less frequented, Kanthanpara
Kuruva Island
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The Kuruva island, 950 acres of ever green forest on the tributaries of east flowing river Kabani
Lakkidi
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Lakkidi, the gateway of Wayanad, is situated 700 m above sea level, at the crest of the Thamaraserri ghat pass. Lofty peaks
Meenmutty Falls
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Wayanad is blessed with some of the best falls within the state of Kerala.
Soochippara Waterfalls
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The three-tiered waterfalls in Soochipara, Wayanad District cascade down from a height of 100 to 300 feet
Muthanga Wild Life Sanctuary
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Established in 1973, the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary( also known as Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary)
Pakshipathalam
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Pakshipathalam in the Brahmagiri hills at Thirunelli, is a challenging tourist spot for any adventure seeking tourist
Papanasini
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A short walk from thirunelli temple is the clear mountain spring known as Papanasini
Pazhassi Raja Tomb
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Pazhassi Tourist Resort at Mananthavady is a good picnic centre in north Wayanad
Pookot Lake
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It is a natural fresh water lake, brimmed with ever green mountains.
Sentinel Rock Waterfalls
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This waterfall is at Vellarimala village near Chooralmala in Meppadi panchayat