Wayanad is one of the most popular tourist destinations of Kerala. It is known for its pleasant climate throughout the year, and for its scenic beauty. Its proximity to places like Bangalore, Mysore, Chennai and Kochi makes it a favourite destination among travellers in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
There are some interesting facts about Wayanad that you may not know. Let us explore them.
Only District Sharing Borders With Karnataka and Tamil Nadu
Wayanad is the only district in Kerala that shares its borders with Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. For this reason, it is often visited by tourists from these states.
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Origin of the Name
Wayanad is a name coined from two Malayalam words 'Vayal' and 'Nadu' which mean 'paddy field' and 'country land' respectively.
The Only Earth Dam in India
Banasura Sagar Dam in Wayanad is the only earth dam in India. It is also the second largest earth dam in Asia. Offering breathtaking views of the Banasura hills in the bachdrop, you can try speedboating and camping here.
Only Pine Forest of Kerala
The only pine forest of Kerala is Chandanathode at Mananthavady in Wayanad district. You can enjoy trekking up the hills taking in the scent of pine.
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Only Luv Kush Temple
Pulpally in Wayanad boasts of the only Luv Kush Temple in Kerala. The temple named 'Sita Lava Kusha Temple' is believed to be inhabited by Sita Devi once.
The Only Mirror Temple
Wayanad has the only mirror temple (Kannadi Ambalam) in Kerala. The temple is located in Vythiri Taluk and it is a Jain temple.
Existence of the Place since New Age Civilisation
The edicts and caves of Ambukuthimala and other evidences state that the place is as old as the beginning of the New Age Civilisation.
Ooty of Kerala
Due to its pleasant climate and picturesque views, Wayanad is often referred to as the Ooty of Kerala.
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No Coastal Area or Railways
Wayanad is a district with no coastal areas or railway lines.
Tribes in Wayanad
Wayanad is a district that has several tribes residing in it. Some of them are Kurichyas, Kadans, Adiyars, Kurumas, Paniyas and Ooralis.
Wayanad is easily accessible by road from the states it shares its borders with. Here's how to reach Wayanad.
Some of the tourist places in the city include the Banasura Sagara Dam, Pookode Lake, Chembra Peak (where you can find a heart-shaped lake) and Edakkal Caves where you can find inscriptions on roick belonging to the Neolithic Age.
Travel to one of the favourite destinations among South Indians!