WAYANAD

Wayanad, the Kashmir of Kearala is on the southern most part of the Deccan plateau, which is situated 700-2100 meters above the sea level. The panoramic district is guarded on the eastern side by the Nilgiris of Tamilnadu state and the Mysore district of Karnataka state. The rich cultural heritage of the district is best revealed by the historical ruins excavated by the archeological surveys. The rock carvings on the walls of Edakkal caves throw light on the ancient Neolithic civilization that existed in India. According to recent history the renowned king ‘Pazhassi Raja’ who fought against the British with the bows and arrows of the tribal army (Kurichya Pada) of the district takes his eternal rest here.

Wayanad was previously occupied by tribes such as Paniyas who lived a sustainable life in the forest with natural resources. They were the true children of the green forest here. Later, in the recent centuries, tribes and common people from near by places migrated to the land in search of fertile land. In fact, the present life style based on agriculture is maintained by those migrants from central Kerala since 1930. The British also turned many of the hills in the region into plantations of tea, coffee, cardamom and the black gold ‘pepper’. Wayanad is blessed with a pleasant climate without any extremes. The temperature here ranges from 150- 300 C. the harvest season here is from September to May.

The velvetted hills and whispering valleys with invigorating cool breeze mist clad mountain roads, mysterious caves, gurgling rivulets, magnificent water falls, jungles, exotic legends, tree houses and open paddy field, turn Wayanad into a panoramic paradise of pedestrian tourists.

 
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