Centre for Eco Tourism
among the High Ranges of the Western Ghats Wayanad district
which lies between 700 to 2100 metres mean sea level has
a predominant place in the tourist map of Kerala. A major
centre of hill products the district is noted contributor
of foreign exchange to the State. Apart from archaeological
and anthropological uniqueness Wayanand has genuine claims
for an enviable position in tourism promotion.
has the highest concentration of tribals in Kerala. They
form 1/5 of the total population of the district. It is
the seat of Kurichiyas the valiant warriors of late King
Pazhassi Veera Kerala Varma Raja who engaged the mighty
British Army in several battles. Their descendants are still
expert archers. Tribals can be seen in their natural habitat
in Wayanad. Reaping the benefits of modern education and
social welfare schemes many of them have developed and became
part of the main stream.
a climate similar to Udhagamandalam alias Ooty Wayanad has
prospects of developing several major hill stations in the
among the hills Lakkidi which is the gateway to Wayanad
has the highest annual rain fall in Kerala. With mist formation
in the atmosphere almost throughout the year the place has
further scope for developing into a tourist centre.
are two caves in the Ambukuthy mountain. The caves contain
several paintings and pictorial writings of the New Stone
Age Civilization. The location is 3 Kms away from Ambalavayal
and 25 Kms from the district Headquarters, Kalpetta.
Wild Life Sanctuary
wild life sanctuary at Muthaga 20 Kms from Sultan Bathery
is developing into a major centre of tourist attraction.
Herds of elephants, bear, deer, wild pig etc can be seen
here. It is near the Begur wild life sanctuary at Karnataka.
in the valley beneath Brahmagiri hill, 66 Kms from Kalpetta,
Thirunelli is referred as 'Kasi of the south' It is believed
that Lord Brahma himself had installed the idol of Lord
Vishnu the presiding deity of the temple. Situated among
the reserve forests the location of the temple has an enchanting
adjoining mountain spring called Papanasini is a major centre
of pilgrimage. Papanasini means the destroyer of all sins.
Thirunelli is a potential centre for eco tourism.
Glass Temple of Kottamunda, located 20 Kms from Kalpetta,
on the slope of Vellarimala, is a famous Jain family Temple
in Wayanad. It is dedicated to Paraswanatha Swamy the third
Thirthankara of the Jain faith. Icons of Parswanatha Swamy
and this temple have thousand reflections in beautiful patterns
on the mirrors placed on the inner side of the temple walls.
between Lakkidi and Kalpetta Pookkode is a very attractive
freshwater lake around 2000 metres above mean sea level.
Contoured by lush green forests the lake has good prospects
for boating facilities. It is one of the major centres of
eco-tourism in Wayanad.