Thamarasserry Churam Mountain Pass is known as the gate way to Wayanad. This place is above the mountains and it was with great difficulty the path was formed and it is called in malayalam language as Wayanadan Churam or Thamarassery Churam. The length of Thamarassery Churam Wayanad is around 14 km and is on the way from Kozhikode (Calicut). There are around Nine dangerous hairpin bends in Thamarassery Churam and it became popular after it was mentioned in few Malayalam movies by Kuthiravattom Pappu.
The Lakkidi view point at the top of Thamarassery Churam gives a great view of the road routes that the vehicle came up all the way. Route through Thamarassery Ghat to the Gateway of Wayanad is great and one of the major tourist attractions in Kerala. Discovery of Thamarassery Churam has a great story and is connected to the Chain Tree which was about Karinthandan the tribal Paniya man, who helped the British to discover this place.
He was later cheated by English men. One of the best Wildlife Sanctuary at Wayanad is Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary, where you can easily see wild animals than in the Muthanga area. It is because the Tholpetty forest area is far away from people and so the animals have a better area to wander without any disturbances. Tholpetty jeep safari timings are from morning 7 am to 9 am and from evening 3 pm to 5 pm. November to May is considered as the season of Tholpetty Wildlife safari and getting jeeps to see the wildlife is difficult at many times, because of the rush by people to this place. Many wild animals like elephants, bisons, deer, monkeys, birds .etc. are found at the Tholpetty area. This area can also be seen while on travel to Thirunelli temple.
Tholpettysanctuary is near to Mananthavady and special permission is required from Forest office to enter this protected area. There are cameras installed in trees to prevent unauthorized trespassers into this forest.
From morning 8 am to 1 pm you can go on a forest trekking at the Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary which is also known as the Wayanad Wildlife sanctuary. Distance to this sanctuary is 20 km from Mananthavady, 13 km from Thirunelly.
The Tholpetty wildlife sanctuary entry fee is around Rs.650 for jeep safari and for trekking through the forest there are affordable rates for a group of members.
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Thamarassery Churam Wayanad – Thamarassery Mountain Pass
Wayanadan churam – Thamarassery Churam
Google Map of Thamarassery Churam in Wayanad, Kerala
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Thamarassery Churam Dialogue Video – Kuthiravattom Pappu
Kuthiravattom Pappu malayalam dialogue of Thamarassery Churam in the malayalam movie Vellanakalude Nadu made it famous.
Pookode Lake Wayanad Beautiful Pookkot Lake
Pookode Lake is one of the best lakes that is chosen for boating and spending a day relaxing with your family. Pookode Lake Wayanad is at a distance of just 5 km from Kalpetta and is chosen by many tourists due to the relaxing atmosphere with lot of big trees around the lake.
There is also a children’s park at the Pookode Lake for your kids. The walkway around the lake is suitable for taking photos and and everywhere near the entrance and park you can see monkeys. Boating is one of the main activities done at the Pookot lake in Wayanad.
Pookode Lake Wayanad Boating destination
What i enjoyed with my family at Pookode lake is the peaceful atmosphere. It is a must see place and there is a cool breeze that comes to you even at hot sunny days because the whole place is covered by trees.
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Pookot Lake gives you the opportunity to walk romantically through the woods. The lake is spread over 8.5 hectares and is near the Vythiri.
How to Reach Pookode lake at Wayanad
It is 60 km from Kozhikode town and just 5 km from Kalpetta.
Timings of Pookot lake in Wayanad
The Boating at Pookode lake is thrilling and there are Pedal boats, Row boats .etc. available. The lake is open for public from morning 9 am to evening 5 pm
Wayanad Heritage Museum Ambalavayal Tourist Destination
Wayanad Heritage Museum is located at Ambalavayal. Those who are interested in visiting heritage museums can choose this one at Wayanad.
The Heritage Museum is at a distance of 12 km from Sulthan Bathery. The speciality regarding this museum is that it is the largest archaeological museums established in Kerala.
Most of the places around Wayanad has left overs of ancient pre-historic men from civilizations that lived in forests decades before. Many discoveries from places like Edakkal Caves, Ambalavayal, Sultan Bathery .etc. are kept for everyone to see at heritage museums in Wayanad.
Thise people who are interested to study and see the items of archaeological importance should surely visit this Heritage Museum.
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Rare items are among the exhibits displayed at this Heritage Museum in Ambalavayal and in cludes clay pots, stone-weapons, potteries .etc. which were used by older generations. This museum is divided into 4 parts and named as Devasmruthi, Jeevanasmruthi, Veerasmruthi, Gothrasmruthi.
Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary Wayanad Tour Jeep Safari, Timings, Rates
If you came to Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary to see wild animals like Elephants, Deer and even Tiger or Leopards then you will have to come at the best times of the year. To see these animals you can choose the Jeep Safari that is done with the help of Forest office. There is limited number of jeep safari’s allowed per day and given using tokens.
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Muthanga wildlife sanctuary Jeep Safari
You will have to reach the token counters earlier during the season times to get the tickets. In other times of the year you may get jeeps to do safari, but there is lesser chances to see wild animals.
It is because only during summer the animals can be seen, because they come to drink water and at other times they will ahve plenty of water inside the forest and there is no need for them to come looking for water. Also in months from August to January the plants (Adikkad) near the jeep routes will be over grown and is not possible to see animals who may be behind the overgrown plants.
But in summer times the plants will become dried and in some special months the plants will be cut off , making it easy to see animals. If you go out in other times you can have a ride in jeep through the bad roads, but you cannot see anything , unless any animals stands or is crossing the mud roads in front of you. To see it you have to be in the jeep safari at early mornings or late evenings when the animals cross these routes.
The rates of Jeep safari in Muthanga is little higher and is about Rs.650 for Indians and for foreigners it will be higher.
Many people recommend the Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary at Wayanad to be an area where many animals can be easily seen than in Muthanga Sanctuary. Animals seen at the Muthanga Wild life are Lion tailed macaque, monkeys, deers, bears, tigers,elephants, peacocks .etc.
Muthanga wildlife sanctuary timings are from morning 7 am to evening 5 pm.
Thirunelli Temple Wayanad Thirunelli Maha Vishnu Temple
Thirunelli Maha Vishnu Temple at Wayanad is one of the most visited hindu temples in Kerala by people allover the World. this is because of the belief that al our sins can be washed away in the Papanasini river that flows below the hills of this temple. Thirunelli Temple Wayanad is believed to wash away all sings of this life and earlier life and gives us moksha.
The Papanashini river flows from the Brahmagiri Hills and flows through the Thirnuelly Temple area and it reaches the Kalindi River taking off all our sins.
So people on a tour to Wayanad take their time to visit this temple at the top of a hill.
Even if you are not interested in temples or hindu beliefs, your travel to Thirunelli Temple will never disappoint you, because you will be traveling to the Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary area and there are many chances to see wild animals.
You will be lucky to spot elephants if you are starveling in early morning or evening after 6 pm to 7 pm. But traveling in night time is dangerous.
Thirunelli Temple Wayanad Travel
So make sure you leave the Tholpetty forest area before 6.45 pm to 7 pm. The best time is to return from Thirunelly temple by 6.20 pm or 6.30 pm and travel through the forest area and on looking at the sides you can see elephants standing with the help of your vehicle headlights.
Do not stop your car or use flash cameras, because the elephants will get angry. Also don’t stop your vehicle on seeing animals and don’t make the mistake of switching off the headlights because the elephants will comes towards you if there is no headlights. At the times till around 7 pm they will be standing in road sides and when sunlight goes away fully .
The elephants will be mud covered and will be of cement color and with the help of your headlights you can see them standing at sides of road. Make sure you get out of the area before 7 pm , because the elephants will get down to te roads and stand in middle of the road giving you no chance to turn back as there is no space to reverse the vehicle in this short road. Traveling at night in this roads is unsafe and risky to two wheeler riders, because at any time the elephants can jump to the roads in front of you.
Rituals at the Papanasini in Thirunelly temple
Pinnappara is a sacred rock at the Papanasini and is used for making rituals to souls and is known as Bali. This is an area where Lord Vishnu the avatar of Lord Vishnu came to offer rituals. Lord ram and Lakshmanan also came to this place.
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Thirunelli temple timings
The Thirunelli Maha Vishnu Temple is open on all days from morning to evening at the timings 5.30 am to 12.00 pm and 5.30 pm to 8.00 pm.
Papanasini River Wayanad
Thirunelli temple is also known as the Papanasini Temple. This is one of the most visited pilgrimage temples in Kerala and people come here to get Moksha or wash away the sins. The bath in Papanasini river will be a great relief to everyone and they will feel blessed.
Google Map of Papanasini River in Wayanad, Kerala
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Papanasini River Wayanad near Thirunelli Temple Tour
Wayanad is a hindu pilgrimage destination due to the presence of the beliefs of Papanasini River that flows through it. Many people come here to conduct rituals at the Thirunelly temple located near the Papanashini river in the belief that the water has power to wash away the human sins from all previous births or lives.
The is famous allover the World due to the Hindu beliefs and the story that God Vishnu has blessed this river Papanashini to wash away the sins as an offering to Lord Brahma after a Lord Vishnu idol was erected here at this temple.
Thirunelli temple is located high above a hill and is inside a dense forest and the path through the vehicles to the Papanashini river is thrilling and beautiful.