Lakkidi is the entry point to the Wayanad district of Kerela as it is at the crest of the Thamarassery ghat pass. Through steep mountains 9 pin curves are there from Adivaram (Downhill) to Lakkidi and therefore the journey through serpentine ghat pass is worth an experience. Lakkidi is about 2296 ft above sea level and major city nearby is Vythiri that lies 5 kilometre away. Tourists usually stop by Lakkidi View Point that offers dazzling views of the surrounding cliffs. Lakkidi’s rich and colourful flora will make it difficult even to blink, in the fear of missing out on the lovely sights it offers. The lush greenery of the hills and streams seen on each side of the passage up the hill are sure to linger within the visitors’ mind for a long time. The green meadows and serpentine roads give Lakkidi an artistic stroke.
PLACES TO VISIT IN LAKKIDI
Pookot Lake is a natural fresh water lake surrounded by heavily populated forests, lofty mountains and wooded slopes, is a must-visit location near Lakkidi. The boat ride will take us away from our worries and provide a sweet escape. Surrounded by lush greenery all around, this idyllic lake, with its breathtaking scenic beauty and peaceful ambience, mesmerizes every visitor on tour to Pookot Lake. Enjoy the gentle pitter-patter of the freshwater as you skim pass it in your cozy boat. The place also has a greenhouse and an aquarium in proximity which is a hit among tourists. The pathway around the lake is lined by thick bushes and tall trees which further add to the overall charm. For a day dedicated to relaxation and discovery, Pookat Lake fulfils both these needs to your utmost satisfaction.
You can see monkeys frolicking through the roadside and once you start travelling through the road to Vythiri, you will see a ficus tree on the left side. A natural occurrence gains cultural importance at the Chain Tree in Lakkidi. You will also notice a heavy chain anchored to the ground and tied around the stout branches of the tree. This celebrated spot is a Ficus tree that is bounded by steel chains from all sides. A must-visit spot for those interested in the small yet important Indian figures in the colonial era who suffered at the hands of the British. The chained tree is believed to be housing the chained spirit of Karinthandan, a tribal who was killed by a British official for personal gains. A temple, near the tree called the Changala Muneeswaran Kovil has been built in honour of the tribal.
The highest peak in the Wayanad district, the Chembra Peak located 2,100 meters above sea level on the southern part of Wayanad, offers heart-warming views of entire valley. You can trek towards the worthy peak from the Meppadi town, encountering on the way lush greenery and sweet animals. There is a heart-shaped lake on the way to the top of the peak it is knowns as Hridaya thadaakam. It is believed that the lake has never dried up, is a major tourist attraction here. The District Tourism even provides proper hiking equipment for your expedition. A worthwhile walk to the top, you will be taken aback by the natural beauty of Kerala by visiting the mighty Chembra Peak.With permission from the Forest Department, one-day treks and two-day wildlife treks are possible. You can have group treks of up to ten people or hike on your own, accompanied by a guide.
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
Tholpetty and Muthanga are the two ecotourism centers in Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary. The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is the perfect place to spend time with your family and bond over the thrill of the jungle, a core component of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.. Visits to these ecotourism centers provide unforgettable wilderness experience, frequent sightings of free ranging wildlife like herds of elephants, guars, deer, monkeys, tigers, leopards, bears, many species of reptiles, fishes, butterflies, birds including vultures etc, valuable nature education information from interpretation centres etc Medicinal plants’ garden, Birth Star Plants’ (Zodiac Plants) Garden, Muthanga Elephant Camp with 3 tuskers and one female calf, traditional tribal folk lore etc are other attractions in Muthanga. Nature acts as a safe haven for endangered vultures, getting you glimpse of these majestic birds. Travel deep into the forest to discover some interesting facts about Indian wildlife.
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