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Interesting Facts About Wayanad

By Siji Ram

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.


Photo Courtesy: Vinayaraj

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.


Photo Courtesy: Samadolfo

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.


Photo Courtesy: Anantharamvanchiprakash

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.

How to Reach Wayanad

Wayanad is easily accessible by road from the states it shares its borders with. Here's how to reach Wayanad.

Tourist Places in 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!

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