Discover Wayanad-Tourist Attractions within 30 kms from Himagiri.
It is a 24 km ride inside the forest. You can see a wide variety of animals if you are lucky. You can take the entry pass from the forest office near the Tholpetty forest check-post. Tholpetty is 19 kms away from Himagiri Homes. You can go up to the forest office in your own vehicle. Jeeps are available in-front of the forest office to go for safari.
Timings: 7 A.M. to 9 A.M. in the morning and 3 P.M. to 5 P.M. in the evening.
Though in Karnataka, Irippu waterfalls is only 30 kms from Himagiri Homes and 11 kms from Tholpetty. The falls are a stunning sight during monsoon when water is in abundance. When the water becomes lean in summer you can take bath standing beneath it. Also there is air-conditioned effect in its surroundings. After originating from the Brahmagiri Range, the falls plunge 170 feet in two distinct stages. The ceaseless music of the falls and the hush of the surrounding dense forest make this a great picnic spot. You can take the entry pass from the Sri Rameshwara Temple office near the waterfalls
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It is 27 kms from Himagiri Homes. It is a 950 acre virgin tropical forest surrounded by the east flowing River Kabani, the main tributary of River Kaveri. The island is uninhabited. The murmuring of water, the whistling of wind and chirping of birds together make a mesmeric effect there. You can take bath in the shallow waters between the scattered rocks. Leisurely walk along the river and in the woods is enchanting. This island is a home to rare species of birds, orchids and herbs. Pass is issued by the District Tourism Promotion Council office.
On the other side of the island there is rafting facility also. It is 17 kms east of Mananthavady and 40 kms north west of Sulthan Bathery.
Timings: 9.30 A.M. to 3.30 P.M.
It is a Vishnu temple thousands of years old. It is only 800 metres away from Himagiri Homes. Nestled amidst mountains and forests, the ancient riverside temple of Thirunelli is a fine specimen of classical Kerala temple architecture. It is believed that Lord Brahma, the Creator himself installed in the temple, the idol of Lord Vishnu, the Preserver and the second member of the Trinity in Hindu mythology. Often referred to as Dakshina Kasi (the Kasi of the south), this temple draws pilgrims from all over, primarily for ancestral rites. There are two copper plate inscriptions of the early 10th century A.D, pertaining to the history of the temple. There are no wells in the temple. The water for temple use is brought from a water source called Varaham. The stone aqueduct almost half a mile long through which water is brought even now, is an interesting construction. Very near the temple is the Padma Theertha pond. In the middle of it, on a raised stone, you can find the marks of Lord Vishnuâ€™s feet. People believe that Lord Vishnu stood on this rock and gave divine advice to Lord Brahma. Nearby in a cave, there is a Shiva temple called Gunnika temple.
It is inextricably linked with legends and folklore to Thirunelli temple. The belief is that the Pinnappara at Thirunelli is a continuous stretch upto Thrissilery. Therefore it has been a practice that those who come to do the ancestral rites at Thirunelli, first visit Thrissilery and make a Vilakkumaala offering there. There exists an old route which traverses Narinirangi Mala to connect with Trissilery Siva temple. In earlier days, all devotees who visited Trissilery used to undertake the arduous crossing of Narinirangi mala to pay respect to lord Vishnu and Brahma at Thirunelli. That journey was very dangerous and was comparable to the hardships of early SabarimalaÂ pilgrimages. This temple has been well described in the prose and poetic passages of Unniyachi Charitham. In the 41st stanza of Kokila Sandesham also there is description of Thrissilery.
A short walk from Thirunelli temple enables you to reach the clear mountain spring known as Papanasini. It means ” that destroy the sins”. A ritual dip here is believed to wash one away of all worldly sins. It is called the Southern Kashi. The ashes of Rajiv Gandhi was immersed there in 1991.
It is a cluster of deep rock caves in Brahmagiri mount, almost 11 kms from Thirunelli. It is the abode of various birds and animals. The trekking to Pakshipathalam starts from the forest office which is only 600 metres away from Himagiri Homes. On the way, there are small waterfalls and streams where you can take bath. One forest person will accompany you to give guidance. You can limit the journey to halfway of the distance, called “The Tower”. This is a huge forest tower built in the Karimala hill in 1995, and gives a clear vantage view of the mountains and forests around. At Pakhipatahalam there are huge rocks of various sizes as if someone might have collected and randomly placed one above the other. In the caves you can reach deep down below, where it is almost dark. Nearby the caves, there is a water source. From Pakshipathalam, the Coorg district of Karnataka is visible. If you start from the forest office at 9 A.M, you can return by 5 P.M after visiting Pakshipathalam and the surrounding area.
It is a river originating from Brahmagiri mounts and is flowing at a distance of 500 mts. from Himagiri. It joins River Kabani which is the main tributary of River Kaveri. Interested people can take bath in the pebble strown river.
Pazhassi Rajaâ€™s tomb at Mananthavady is a good historical picnic centre. Pazhassi Raja, the Lion of Kerala, was one of the earliest to strike the banner of revolt against British overlordhip. He organized guerilla type warfare against British East India Company. He remained successful for a remarkably long period. The reward offered by Colonel MacLeod for the seizure of Pazhassi was 3000 pagodas. He was killed in an encounter at Mavilamthode near Pulpally and was cremated at Mananthavady in 1805. Pazhassiâ€™s tomb marks the point where he was cremated.
The temple is 3 kms away from Mananthavady town, on the bank of Mananthavady river, a tributary of River Kabani. It is dedicated to Mother Goddess. It is an important place of worship in Wayanad, especially for the tribal communities. Its historical importance is that, the annual festival of the temple was the platform for the slave trade in Wayanad, decades back. In the olden days ,very large proportion of the crowd that assembled for the temple festival were the triabals like Paniyas and Adiyas and the non-tribals like Nair and Warier employers. Then the tribals, getting a small advance from the employers took an oath before the Goddess that they would do bonded labour for one more year. Next year also the promise was repeated. Thus the treacherous slavery made its triumphant march in Wayand for centuries. The annual 15 day festival is held in the latter half of March (according to Malayalam era from Meenam 1st to 14th). The main festival is on Meenam 14th.
Discover Wayanad-Tourist Attractions Beyond 30 KM from Himagiri.
Banasura Sagar Dam
This is considered to be the largest earth dam in India. The topography here is such that many islands are formed in the upstream of the dam when the dam is full. These islands with the background of the Banasura hill provides a hypnotizing sight to tourists. Here there is facility for riding in speed boat. Nearby there is a childrenâ€™s park.
Distances from: Kalpetta (KPA)-21 Km, Sulthan Bathery (SBY)-46 Km, Mananthavady (MDY)-18 Km Timings: 9 A.M to 5 P.M
Golden Temple Kushal Nagar
It is a Tibetan temple at Kushal Nagar. The Tibetan settlement at Bailakoppa near Kushal Nagar ( Coorg district) is the second largest Tibetan settlement out side Tibet. The 4o feet tall Golden Buddha statues are the major attractions of Bailakoppa. The walls of the temples and the institutions are decorated with colour ful paintings of gods and demons from Tibetan Bhuddist mythology. It is almost 100 KMs form Thirunelli.
It is 3 km south of Vythiri town. It is a natural fresh water lake surrounded by evergreen forest and hills. The weather here is salacious; the scenic beauty hypnotizing and the nature unspoiled. A fresh water aquarium with large variety of fish is an added attraction. Tourists can also make use of the boating facilities, the children’s park, and the shopping centre for handicrafts and spices. The lake has an area of 8.5 hectares. The maximum water depth is 6.5mtrs.
Timings: 7 A.M. to 6 P.M. Boating only upto 5 P.M
It is the gateway of Wayanad and lies atop at an elevation of 700 mts above sea level. Lakkidi commands picturesque scenery. It is about 58 kms from Kozhikode and 72 kms from Thirunelli. The lofty mountain peaks, the gurgling streams, luxuriant vegetation and the bird’s eye view of the deep valley on the south, with its winding roads, are breath taking. The 12 kms long journey from Adivaram to Lakkidi through ghat road with nine hairpins that bend amidst thick forests, is a fascinating experience.
Â Chain Tree
This large Ficus tree, at Lakkidi, bound by a prominent chain is the source of a dramatic local legend. As the tale goes, a tribal youth named Karimthandan was instrumental in guiding a British Engineer through the difficult mountain terrain into Wayanad. Eager to take credit from the discovery, the engineer conveniently killed his guide, whose soul, according to the legend, constantly haunted subsequent travellers. It is further believed that a priest chained the troublesome spirit onto this tree.
The waterfall at Soochippara is near Meppadi . It takes almost one km walk from the road to the waterfalls. Soochipara is a 3-tiered powerful waterfall. The stretches of waterfalls ranging at places from 100 to 300 feet height are a treat to the eyes.
Distances from: KPA-22 Km, SBY-43 Km, MDY-52 KmTimings: 9 A.M to 5 P.M
Trekking to the Chembra peak, the highest hill in Wayanad, starts from a place 7 kms away from Meppady town. At half way of the trek, there is a small lake. Trekkers can stay one or two days at the flat place on the top of the peak, in temporary camps. Trekking starts at 7 A.M from the office of the Vanasamrakshana Samithi on the way from Meppadi to Chembra. District Tourism Promotion Council provides guides, sleeping bags, canvases, huts and trekking implements on hire. The scenic beauty of Wayanad, which is visible from the top of Chembra, is very exhilarating.
Distances from: KPA-14 Km, SBY-42 Km,MDY-46 Km Timings: 7 A.M. to 1.30 P.M
A magnificent and picturesque waterfall about 30 mts in height. Relatively smaller than Soochippara falls, and rather less frequented by tourists. It is situated 6 km east of Meppadi. It is very near to the inter-state road to Ootty and the vehicles can go upto the waterfall.
Distances from: KPA-22 Km, SBY-23 Km, MDY-47 Km
It is the largest and most spectacular waterfalls in Wayanad. A unique feature is that here water drops about 300 metres over three ranges. Beneath the fall you feel air-conditioned climate. From the Ootty main road an interesting two kilometer jungle trek, takes you to the fall.
Distances from: KPA-37 Km, SBY-19 Km, MDY-54 KmTimings: 7 A.M. to 4 P.M
It is three kms from Ambalavayal, 10 kms from Sulthan Bathery and 25 kms from Kalpetta and is at a height of 4600 feet above the sea level. The Edakkal cave in the Ambukuthy Mountain is not a cave in the real sense. It is a prehistoric rock-shelter formed naturally out of a strange disposition of three huge boulders making one to rest on the other two with its bottom jutting out in between and serving as the roof. Edakkal literally means a stone in between. The combination of the curves and protrusions of the boulders in the alignment is such that it virtually brings into existence a two storied natural cleft. The rock wall contains some interesting carvings, which represent human and animal figures and objects of human use and symbols. These carvings speak of a highly civilized people of pre-historic age and inspire the archaeologists and historians to rewrite the history of Wayanad and Kerala as a whole. Tourists have to park the vehicle about one kilometer below the caves. From there you can reach the caves by walk or you go by jeep upto 200 metres down the caves.
Distances from: KPA-27 Km, SBY-12 Km, MDY-50 KmTimings: 9 A.M. to 3.30 P.M. Monday holiday
Wayanad Heritage Museum
Located in the town of Ambalavayal, 10 kms away from Sulthan Bathery, this museum is home to an interesting collection of artifacts that shed light on the history, culture and heritage of Wayanad. These include headgear, weapons, pottery and various objects associated with tribal life. A series of pictorial rock edicts referred to as Hero-Stones, memorialize a bygone age of valiant warriors. Adjoining the museum is a small theatre where you can watch a multimedia presentation on Wayanad. Distances from KPA-26 Km, SBY-11 Km, MDY-49 Km
Timings-9 A.M to 6 P.M
Sulthan Bathery Jain Temple
This temple is one of the most important amongst a series of ruins spread across the state of Kerala that testify to a period of a strong Jain presence in the region. Believed to have been built in the 13th century, it served also as a Hindu shrine and eventually as a battery (ammunition store) for Tipu Sultanâ€™s marching armies. It is from the phrase Tippu Sultanâ€™s battery, that the town was christened in the same name which later semantically changed as Sulthan Bathery.
Distances from: KPA-24 Km, SBY-1 Km, MDY-38 Km Timings: 9 A.M to 5 P.M
Muthanga Wild Life Sanctuary
Muthanga, which is 16 kms east of Sulthan Bathery, is located very near to the Karnataka border. It is a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere region. It is a rain forest reserve connected to two major sanctuaries, Bandipur National Park in Karnataka and Mudumalai sanctuary in Tamilnadu. Elephant, spotted deer, bison, tiger, wild bear, etc. are found in this sanctuary.
Distances from: KPA-41 Km, SBY-16 Km, MDY-55 KmTimings: 7 A. M. to 9 A.M. in the morning and 3 P.M. to 5 P.M. in the evening.