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Salient Features of Wayanad

Updated on May 21, 2010

Salient Features of Wayanad

God had blessed Wayanad with natural beauty. The mist-clad mountains and their sylvan valleys are a feast to every eyes. The deep blue mist covered hills  in bright sunlight feel like a glittering stone. The nearness to Ootty and Mysore also offer attraction of tourists. The only drawback is the lack of railways. But the road being well laid most tourists  reaching Mysore also comes to taste the wild beauty of Wayanad.

As I told earlier the paddy fields are one of the important scene while we travel through Wayanad. Equally you can see plantation crops also. But the state trademark  coconut trees are very less in Wayanad. Coffee plantation, tea plantation , cardamom plantation are common scenes of the district. Of these coffee is the omnipresent cash crop. Pepper  plants creeping on silver oaks here and there , in midst of tea plantation is also a beautiful scene.

Kerala is abundant with rivers. There are 44 rivers with different lengths. 41 of them flow to west and join Arabian Sea. Only three rivers in Kerala flow eastward. One among them is Kabani which is the river in Wayanad. It is a perennial source of water to river Cauvery. Kabani is the result of joining of two rivulets namely Panamaram rivulet and Mananthavadi rivulet.

The population of the district is mostly tribes. The highest concentration of tribes in Kerala is in Wayanad. The main community among them is Kurichyars.  They have a great martial tradition. They were the main part of army of Pazhassi Raja. These tribes war gorilla strategy was an headache to Britishers always. The descendents of those warriors are still expert archers.

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