Traveling for hours through the air, crossing mountains standing still with twisty river waves feels like heaven. Hitting the gorgeous shores, enchanting lakes providing rich music, feeling a sense of superiority simply because now you are thousands of feet above sea level. This green paradise is a bunch of forests and wildlife. This place is none other but Wayanad in India.
“LOOK DEEP INTO NATURE, AND THEN U WILL UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING BETTER.”
Experience of Wayanad, the beautiful place
Wayanad’s captivating sights, fragrance and alluring leaves one with astonishment. The specialties of Wayanad market are honey jars, tea leaves, various types of spices, coffee products, bamboo crafts, and herbal plants and trees.
Throughout the year, Wayanad experiences swanky and salubrious weather condition. The best time to visit this place is between October to February month. Travelers find tranquil beauty and magical look of this place incorporated of fog clad hills, natural green forests & vegetation, and verdant & intense green agricultural fields. Wayanad is well-connected to other major parts of the country as it is at a distance of 260 km from Bangalore.
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History of Wayanad
In days of old, Veda tribe’s Rajas ruled this place. Furthermore, the place came under the Kottayam Royal dynasty which was ruled by Pazhassi Rajas. At time immemorial, Hyder Ali, ruler of Mysore, invaded and then acquired Wayanad. However, when the rule of Tipu Sultan came into existence, the Kottayam Royal Dynasty restored Wayanad.
But, Tipu Sultan handled entire Malabar to Britishers, thus the place faced complete change in that era. This new turn became remarkable in the history of Wayanad. The Britishers then focused on the development of Wayanad. For, instance, they set up plateau for the cultivation of tea, coffee, green vegetation, extended roads to Ooty and Mysore through Gudalur.
Wayanad District is a plateau of height between 700 meters and 2100 meters above sea level. This district was declared as 12th District of Kerala and came to quiddity in November 1980. Wayanad name is derived from Tamil word Vayal Nadu means “the land of paddy fields“.
By1992, Coffee Board completely synchronized the coffee marketing of entire coffee produced in the district. Due to commence of coffee policy in 1995-1996, the government exempted the pooling of coffee plantation from small scale farmers having less than 10 hectares. Additionally, declared only 60% of coffee pooling to the coffee board by farmers having more than 10 hectares land. Lately, from 14 September 1996, Government of India abolished whole coffee pooling system. Currently, coffee farmers export coffee and also sell them in the market.
Locations to visit in Wayanad
1. Soochipara Falls
Alluring milky falls of water splattering through the rocks on the fringes of the forest are a three-tiered waterfall. The sweet enchanting of this waterfall surrounded by evergreen and montane forests makes it the best waterfall in Wayanad. Adventurers explore and enjoy with a lot of fun doing Cliff Jumping and Rock Climbing.
There are various tree-tops at strategic locations in Soochipara Falls that one can relieve and relish an enthralling view of valleys all around away from the hustle-bustle of the city. Waterfall’s serene ambiance is a perfect treat for eyes and mind.
2. Banasura Sagar Dam
In India, Banasura Sagar dam is India’s largest earth dam also second largest dam in Asia. This dam is made of humongous stacks of large stones, is tributary of Kabini river and is placed in the foot of Banasura hills. In the Western Ghats, Banasura hills are the third-largest peaks. However, Banasura Peak is the start point for trekking and also it is set of islands to contrive whenever reservoir obscures the surrounding areas.
Banasura hills in its background serve visual treat and provide a unique experience which tourists admire. Above all, Banasura dam is one of the most attractive and appealing destinations not in Kerala only but in the whole country.
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3. Lakkidi ViewPoint
Wayanad’s gateway town, Lakkidi is famous for its beautiful luxurious greenery and relishing plantation and fascinating wooden and royal homestays. Lakkidi View Point is a must-visit spot for history buffs, adventurers and photograph seekers.
Lakkidi View Point is dazzling standpoint around 2296 ft above sea level at the entry of Wayanad having nine catchy twists, through serpentine Thamarassery ghat pass, from Adiam to Lakkidias it is arranged at the pinnacle of the serpentine Thamarassery ghat pass.
4. Wildlife Sanctuary
Wayanad’s Wildlife Sanctuary is opulent in biological variety and bio-diversity and was entrenched in 1973. The Sanctuary surrounds Nagarhole National park & Tiger Reserve and Bandipur National Park of Karnataka on the north-east and on the south-east by Mudumalai of Tamil Nadu. It has a huge count of flora and fauna and is also an essential part of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.
5. Edakkal Caves
It is located 25 km away from kalpetta town in a mountainous region of Wayanad district. To reach the cave, one needs to track about 1200 m of height from sea level. Pictorial writings inside edakkal caves on the wall of around 6,000 BC. is one of the major attractions for tourists.
6. Pookode Lake
This is a freshwater lake with scenic hypnotizing beauty of evergreen forests and a breathtaking cluster of fishes provide mesmerizing peaceful charm to tourists and visitors from all around the globe. This rejuvenating spot provides recreational activities like Boating and motorboats.
The most endearing thing about Wayanad hill station is its fascinating tribal population and their lifestyle Visitors and tourists can abide at tree house and mud huts and enjoy the thrills of jungle life. Let me know by commenting in the section below, how useful was this article in providing relevant information about Wayanad.
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