Wayanad


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Wayanad is the picturesque district located in Kerala. The place is known for its breathtaking scenery and pleasant weather that makes it the perfect getaway for travelers.

Historical Background

On November 1st 1980, Waynad was formed as the 12th district of Kerala. According to the tribals who live in his area, the name Wayanad can be divided as “Vayal” which means paddy and “Nadu” which means land. Therefore, Waynad when translated means the land of paddy fields. It is believed that the forests of Wayanad had human settlements almost 1000 years before Christ. Archaeologists have found evidences, including cave paintings, to the New Stone Age civilization in these forests.

The actual historical records of this place date back to the 18th century when the district was ruled by the Veda Dynasty. It was then ruled by the Kottayam royal dynasty, Hyder Ali and also the British Raj. It was when the British took over Wayanad that the plateau was opened to tea plantations and the cultivation of various cash crops.

The land of breathtaking scenery, a wildlife hotspot and the perfect honeymoon destination

Wayanad is located amidst the Western Ghats which provides breathtaking natural spots that tourists can enjoy. The area is surrounded by mountains like the Chembara Peak and the Brahmagiri that make it a great adventure zone as well. The Kabini River, which is a tributary of the River Cauvery, drains the entire region of Wayanad. This river attracts spectacular species of animals and birds and also forms the popular Kabini Wildlife sanctuary.

In addition to that, the pleasant weather and numerous resorts in this area make it the perfect destination for couples who are looking for a romantic honeymoon away from the bustle of the city.

Climate and best time to visit

The forest cover and the elevated location give Wayanad a pleasant temperature throughout the year. It is the perfect retreat for those looking for some relief from the hot summer temperatures.

Culture

Wayanad is home to many tribal groups like the Paniyas, Adiyas, Kattunayakans, Kurumans and Kurichiyans. As a result, one can witness tribal customs and rituals in abundance in this region.

  • Thirunelli Temple
  • Edakkal Caves
  • Valliyoorkav Temple
  • Pallikunnu Church
  • Sulthan Bathery
  • Tomb of King Pazhassi Rajais
  • Kuruva Dweep
  • Meenmutty Falls
  • HML Tea Factory