Waynad, Idukki, Thekkady and Vagamon – Sojourn in the wild

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For those who love trekking in its real sense, Wayanad in no doubt, the ultimate choice. This north eastern district of Kerala has many places still unexplored by the local or foreign tourists. Here you encounter nature in its supreme virginity and wilderness. Situated at an altitude of 1,300 m above sea level, Wayanad is known for its fertile farm lands where majority of the locals work to reap fresh vegetables which is distributed all over the state and even abroad. Wayanad is also famous for its spices, tea and coffee plantations.

The Wayanad wildlife sanctuary, the best among the wild life sanctuaries of southern India, offers you a close encounter with rare flora and fauna indigenous to the area. Palces you don’t want to miss in your trip to Wayanad are Malleshwaram and Chembra Peaks, the ancient temple at Thirunelly, a popular pilgrimage spot and it’s nearby Papanisini River, which is believed to wash away the sins of the pilgrims who bathe in it. Edakkal Caves, an ancient cave is another tourist attraction.

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Kuruva Island, the misty island with lush greenery and cascading waterfalls, is another dream destination in Wayand where you can experience blissful harmony with nature.

Another well known hillstation in kerala is idukki famous for its misty rhythms and rocky mountains. Folk tradition is still very predominant in interior parts of the district where you can find evidences of the practical use of indigenous wisdom in almost all areas of human life. Idukki is known for the Thekkadi Reserve Forests where elephants and tigers frequent without fear. A boat trip through the Thekkady will open before you a wild vista of wild life in its natural habitat which is a rare sight one could dream of. Munnar is also a part of this district which is also known for many picturesque waterfalls and verdant views.

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Another tourist destination in Idukki is Devikulam located 16 Km south west of Munnar. Devikulam is a breathtakingly beautiful locale which has a special place in the Hindu mythology. According to legend, Sita, wife of god Rama, is believed to have bathed in the picturesque lake at Devikulam to lend it the name “The Lake of The goddess.” This beautiful lake surrounded by green hills at Devikulam is a sight that will last forever in your mind.

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Vagamon, is another hill station which is situated at an altitude of 1100 m above sea level. Vagamon is famous for its lake and the bare hills with beautiful green valleys. A stunningly beautiful series of gentle hills, valleys, waterfalls and green slopes, Wagamon has to be seen to be truly appreciated. The dairy farm at Kurusimala in Wagamon, which houses thousands of indigenous cows is another sought after destination in the tour of Vagamon.

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