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Tourist Places To Visit In Wayanad
Wayanad is a beautiful, scenic paradise situated at the southernmost tip of the Deccan Plateau. With a lush, deciduous cover of forest and a range of flora and fauna (peacocks, elephants, deer, tigers etc), this sleepy little district in Kerala becomes the most coveted tourist destination. You can visit the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary to catch a glimpse of all the above mentioned animals and more, picnic by the Sentinel Waterfall, pay your respects at the Thirunelli Temple or check out the Edakkal Caves, with its 6000 years old petroglyphs. Read on for some more exciting tourist places to visit in Wayanad.
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
Also called Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, this stretch of haven is especially preserved for the host of flora and fauna inhabiting the Western Ghats. Take a Safari here to experience the sweet, wet fragrances of wet deciduous and tea and coffee plantations while you catch a glimpse of the odd peafowl (peacock), herd of wild elephants, gaurs, deer, monkeys, leopards and the occasional Bengal Tiger if you are lucky. You will also spot vultures, butterflies and exotic fishes treading through this jungle. This also doubles up as an educational trip as your host and guides keep you informed about the medicinal plants, weeds and their healing powers. You will also be entertained with the traditional folklore of the tribals.
Location: 22 km south of Kalpetta
Soochipara Falls / Sentinel Waterfall
It is a three tier waterfall in the lap of Deciduous, Evergreen forests; a real marvel of nature. If you can imagine cold, crisp water in the middle of dark green forests, then this is it. The waterfall is 200 metres high and rocky in nature. You can picnic here and have the view of some of the best rolling tea estates of Wayanad. There is also white water rafting, swimming, rock-climbing etc for the adventure seekers while the leisure traveler can loll in the pool at the base of Sentinel. The place is also famous by the name of Soochipara (needle rock) Fall.
Edakkal means ‘a stone in-between.’ The rock deposition boasts of two huge boulders with a third resting over them as roof. The caves are famous for their prehistoric petroglyphs (images made by carving out on stone wall). They are said to date back 6000 years and become a major tourist attraction, especially for those history buffs. The images are varied and some vague, ranging from kings, queens, animals to the tools that the prehistoric man used. The Caves themselves are at a trek of around 45 minutes up the Ambukuthi Hills, but every drop of sweat on the way up is worth the rich discovery of our ancestors and India’s Deccan Plateaus.
Location: 16 km away from Sulthan Bathery
The island of Kuruwa is situated in the Kabini river, the only place in Kerala surrounded by naturally purified water. This is the place to sight rare birds, herbs, fishes. Kuruva is accessible by rafts and fibre boats that are run by the Tourist Department of Kerala. Entry pass to this island has been made mandatory due to the presence of elephants and other wild animals.
On the bank of Kabini river, the great Lion of Kerala Veera Pazhassi is buried. He organised the valiant guerrilla war against the East India Company. The memorial was built in admiration of his bravery and sees a throng of tourists who come to pay their respects. There is a cave nearby called the Pulpally Cave, where Pazhassi sheltered himself during the war. It has now become a museum of his remains.
Location: 32 km from Kalpetta
Initially named ‘Our Lady of Lourdes,’ this Latin Catholic church was built in 1908 by Fr. Jefreno. Devotees throng here to be blessed by Mother Mary, and every year during February, there is a large sea of worshippers who come to visit and celebrate the annual festival.
Location: 14 kilometers from Kalpetta
Thirunelli Temple is an ancient temple dedicated to the protector of the world, Lord Vishnu. In Hinduism, a trinity of powers exist in the form of Brahma (creator), Vishnu (protector) and Shiva (destroyer). Since this is the shrine of the protector, it is thronged by pilgrims all year round to pray for a healthy, long life. The temple and the river Papanasini are also spots of ancestral rites (Shraadh), a Hindu ritual done to bring peace to the souls of ancestors.
People come here to pray for their forefathers and wash away sins in the river. This becomes a truly intriguing destination on your list. A few minutes sitting in the sanctum of the temple leaves you peaceful and relaxed. That is how quiet this place can be.
Sulthan Bathery Jain Temple
Sulthan Bathery Jain Temple is many things wrapped into one. The place is also known as Tipu’s Fort because Tipu Sultan used this temple as the ‘Battery’ for his army. The temple dates back 800 years. It was first a shrine, then became a commercial hub, and later served as the storage house for ammunition and battery for Tipu Sultan. The structures of this place scream history, bravery and sacrifice, ensconced in the lasting peace left behind since its worship years many centuries ago.