This northern district,
with it's rugged landscape and pastoral valleys, pose a delightful challenge
for hikers and nature lovers. The least populous of Kerala's districts,
it is relatively backward and development has not appreciably improved
the lives of the tribes ( called Adi-vasis) who comprise a sizeable section
of the population. Wynad's climate and geography make it ideal for the
cultivation of coffee, tea, pepper and rubber.
Once ruled by the Rajas
of the Veda tribe, it came under the control of the Pazhassi Rajas
of the Kottayam Royal Dynasty. Before the British arrived, it was under
the reign of Tipu Sultan.
Six km from Kalpetta, the
district headquarters, is the famous Ananthanatha Jain Temple at
Puliyarmala. The Glass Temple at Koottamunda, 20km from Kalpetta
is a place worth visiting. The Thirunelly Temple, sometimes called
the 'Kasi of the south' is 32 km from Mananthavady. Near the temple is
the Papanasini, whose waters, the religions believe, can wash away
one's sins. The Valliyurkavu Bhagwathi Temple of Goddess Durga,
is known for the two week long festival attended by hundreds of tribals.
Eco-tourists will love the Kuruva Islands (16km from Mananthavady)
as well as Pakshipathalam .
Sultan's battery - pronounced
as (sul-than-ba-theri) in malayalam, 98km from Kozhikode, derives it's
name from Tipu Sultan of Mysore who built a fort here. The two Edakkal
caves on the Ambukuthi Hills are of immense archaeological significance,
and is known as one of the earliest centres of human habitation. It has
several carvings and pictorial inscriptions on it's walls.The Wynad
Wildlife Sanctuary is located situated about 15km from Sultan's Battery.
District Area - 2131 sqkm
Climate - Tropical monsoon,
seasonally excessive rainfall, Hot summer.
Temperature - Mean Min -
Mean Max - 35 deg C
Clothing - Tropical cottons
Tourist Season - August
The nearest airport is at
Kozhikode. Kalpetta is linked by road to other towns in Kerala and there
are frequent buses to Kozhikode. Though there are hotels in kalpetta, the
jungles do not have any accommodation facilities except Government guest
houses, meant for it's officials, but rooms are available for a day or
two. Facilities are very basic and do not expect any fancy frills.