Wynad

Wynad, with its peculiar and unique geographical position is blessed with mist clad mountains and sylvan valleys. It is situated at a height of 700 to 2100 metres above sea level and is bounded on the east by the Nilgiris and Mysore; on the north by Coorg; on the south by Malappuram and on the west by Calicut and Cannanore.

SIGHTSEEING:

Kalpetta: It is the headquarters of Wynad district. The famous Anathanatha-swami Jain temple is situated at Puliyarmala near Kalpetta.

The Glass Temple of Koottamunda: Lies 20 km from Kalpetta, located on the slope of 'Vellarimala' dedicated to Parswanatha Swami, the third Thirthankara of the Jain faith. Other places of interest in Kalpetta are Chembra Peak (18 km), Banasura Sagar Dam, near Padinharathara (18 km) and Meenmutty Waterfalls, about 40 km from Kalpetta.

Lakkadi: It is a place of great scenic beauty with picturesque hills, streams and luxuriant vegetation, one of the highest locations in Wynad, and has registered the second highest degree of rainfall in the world. 3 km from here is Pookote Lake. The natural fresh water lake, very wide and deep, is one of the rare reservoirs of water in Wynad, surrounded on all sides by meadows and hills.

Mananthavady: It lies on the western ghats of Kerala, southeast of Cannanore, at a height of about 500 metres. Thirunelly Temple: is 32 km from Mananthavady.

Valliyurkavu Bhagavathi Temple: 8 km east of Mananthavady, this temple is devoted to the Goddess Durga.

Pakshipathalam: 10 km from Thirunelli, an important bird watching center. Trekking is the only mode of reaching this place.

Kurva Islands: Located 16 km from Mananthavady, the Kurva islands are situated on the Kabani river.

Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary: it is 40 km from Mananthavady. There is no bus service to Nagarhole; only jeeps and trucks are available (in Karnataka).

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