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Wayanad Hill Station

Wayanad Hill Station is a green paradise which is nestled among the lofty mountains of Western Ghats in Kerala. Fast flowing mountain rivers of Panamaram, Kabini and Mananthavady cut across the whirling landscape of Wayanad which present a visual delight to the travelers. The enamoring Wayanad is 76 km from Kozhikode. The hill station in wayanad has vast expanses of coffee, tea, cardamom, pepper and rubber plantations. The aroma of spice and coffee plantations could be felt everywhere in the hill station in wayanad. Wayanad derives its name from the expression "Wayanadu" which means the land of paddy fields.

Wayanad wildlife sanctuary is spread over an area of 344 sq km which has a rich collection of mammalian and avian species. Wayanad wildlife sanctuary has two distinct parts, Tholpetty and Muthanga, which extend upto Nagarhole and Sulthan Bathery respectively. Wayanad wildlife sanctuary is an important part of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. Wayanad has largest population of Adivasi tribals in Kerala some of whom like Adiyars, Kurumas, Ooralis, Paniyas and Kurichyas still leave in dense forest areas, untouched from the modern civilization. Wayanad has managed to preserve its natural ambience amid the increasing march of modernity. Tourists come to Wayanad Hill Station to escape from the tensions of fast paced city life. The great ambience of sleepy Wayanad is hard to find in other big commercialized hill stations like Ooty and Munnar which remain crowded throughout the year.

You can even touch the skies while ascending the hilly landscapes of Wayanad. It has a bird sanctuary with the name Pakshipathalam which is on trekking route to Wayanad, just 10 km from Thirunelly. Lakkidi is 55 km from Kozhikode and is known with the sobriquet "Gateway to Wayanad". It has lofty peaks and swirling streams that serve as a precursor to Wayanad. Boy's Town in Wayanad has a herbal garden and an Ayurvedic center where people are treated with herbal medicines with traditional methods during of your Wayanad Hill Station tour.

There is also a sericulture unit in the town. There are two Edakkal Caves in the region in which wall paintings of prehistoric human settlements have been discovered recently. A Glass Temple is located at the slopes of Vellarimala. This Jain temple has mirrors on its walls in which one can view the images of the deities placed in the sanctum sanctorum. On the hilly region of Kottamunda is Thirunelly Temple which is located on the banks of Papanasini River. Devotees come to have holy dip in the clear waters of the river to get rid of their sins.

Pookat fresh water lake is a good destination to enjoy boating and spend some lovely moments around its cool surroundings. There is an aquarium which houses large varieties of freshwater fish. A children park is also nearby which has good facilities for boating and entertainment for children and their family members. Kuruvadweep and Chenbara Peak are popular picnic spots around Wayanad Hill Station from where you can enjoy panoramic view of the surroundings.

Wayanad is also spelled as Wynad, Wyanad, Vayanad, Vynad and Vayanadu.

Access :

Nearest airport and railway station to Wayanad are at Kozhikode while the hill station in Wayanad is well connected by bus service with Kannur, Ooty, Kozhikode, Kalpetta, Mysore and other nearby destinations.


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