Thursday, April 08, 2010

Southern wilderness - KERALA

If you are not hypnotised by this marvel of nature, something is wrong with your eyes, sense and sensibility

With an unspoilt and serene nature to bank on, Wayanad has turned itself into a popular tourist hub. The hill stations on the Western Ghats of Kerala with their exotic vegetation and vibrant wildlife attract every romantic who is fed up with the boredom and monotony of the day-to-day city life.

Attappady, Idukki, Pakshipathalam, Peerumedu, Silent Valley, Vagamon, Devikulam, Nelliyampathy, Ponmudy....the list of hill stations never ends. The aroma of exotic spices, amazing greeneries, glittering rivers, great ups and downs of topography, thrill of an adventurous drive through the mysterious hair-pin curves....are all a tightly packed combo which guarantees relaxation, peace and trance.

Come to Wayanad and you need not read Wordsworth's lyrics on nature. This entire northern district of Kerala is a full-fledged hill station. Located at an altitude of 700-2100 meters above sea level, Wayanad stands on the southern top of the Deccan Plateau. Kalppetta, Sulthan Batheri and Mananthaavadi towns provide the residential and travelling infrastructure for tourists.

This land was ruled by the renowned Keralavarma Pazhassi Raja among many others. The British took over the reins of Wayanad in the 19th . The wars Pazhassi waged against British with Kurichiya tribals are etched in golden letters in the annals of the freedom struggle. The tomb of Pazhassi Raja, better renowned as the lion of Kerala, is situated in Mananthavady, Wayanad.

Wayanad gives a traveller a unique mix - wildlife, trekking, historical places, pre-historic art and a peek into tribal life. The Wayanad Wild Life Sanctuary at Muthanga is a 344-sq-km abode of elephants, tigers, monkeys, spotted deer, panthers, sloth bears, sambhar, reptiles, bison, jungle cats, civet cats, gaur, wild dogs, wild pigs and other species. Rich in bio-diversity, this sanctuary is an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. The ideal time to visit is from June to October.

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Source :
IIPM Editorial, 2009

An IIPM and Professor Arindam Chaudhuri (Renowned Management Guru and Economist) Initiative

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