Wayanad district stands on the southern tip of the Deccan plateau and its chief glory is the majestic rugged terrain of the Western Ghats, with lofty ridges interspersed with dense forest, tangled jungles and deep valleys. Wayanad is explicitly beautiful with mist-clad mountains, intense forests and fertile green plantations. Wayanad, the green paradise is nestled among the mountains of the Western Ghats, forming the border world of the greener part of Kerala. Clean and pristine, enchanting and hypnotizing, this land is filled with history and culture. Located at a distance of 76 km. from the seashores of Kozhikode, this verdant hill station is full of plantations, forests and wildlife. The British authorities opened up the plateau to cultivation of tea and other cash crops by constructing roads across the dangerous slopes of Wayanad, to Kozhikode and Thalassery. Later, they extended these new roads to the cities of Mysore and Ooty through Gudalur. It is a revenue state due to foreign exchange of cash crops such as vanilla, tea, coffee, pepper, cardamom and many other condiments. Hidden away in the hills of this land are some of the oldest tribes, as yet untouched by civilization. And the very first prehistoric engravings in Kerala discovered in the foothills of Edakkal and around Ambukuthimala bear testimony to a pre-historic culture dating back to the Mesolithic Age. Edakkal Caves, Kuruva Island, Soochipara Falls, Pookote Lake, Meenmutty Falls, Chembra peak, Neelimala View Point, Vythiri Hill Station, Banasura Sagar Dam, are some of the places that you should not miss. Wayanad also acts as a corridor to the 4 major sanctuaries in South India like Mudumalai, Bandipur, Nagarhole and Wayanad.
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