Vythiry (Wyanad) Travel Guide
· Banasura Sagar Dam
It is the largest earth dam in India, and is located 21 km from Kalpetta. Due to the undulating topography of the region, islands are formed upstream of the dam when the dam is full. The islands in the backdrop of Banasura hills provide a spectacular scenic view.
It is the headquarters of Waynad district. Kalpetta is 72 km. north east of Kozhikode. The Jain temple dedicated to Vardhamana Mahaveera is one of the few Jain shrines in Kerala. There is also a cave very near to the temple. The town houses the famous Maidani Mosque.
· Edakkal Caves, Ambalavayal
The magnificent cave is 3 km. from Ambalavayal which is 25 km. from Kalpetta. The rock cave in the Ambukuthy mountain is actually a cleft about 96 ft. long and 22ft. wide. The interesting pre-historic carvings on the rock wall are an archaeologists and historians delight. Burial sights and urns dating back to 2000 years and more have been found here.
· Ananthananthaswami Temple
There are many important Jain temples around the town like the Ananthanathaswmi Temple at Puliyarmala : The beautiful Jain temple is located six kilometre from Kalpetta. It is dedicated to Ananthanatha Swami, the third Tirthankara of the Jain faith.
Kerala backwaters provide the excellent opportunity to explore the natural heritage and splendor for a visitor. For luxury boating and exploring pristine backwaters of Kozhikode, houseboats can be availed. The novel concept and excellent hospitality is worth enjoying with family and friends. These are the first fully built houseboats of Kerala, stationed at Purakkattiri, close to Purakkattiri Bridge on Ullery-Perambra road, 10 km from Calicut. The most important festivals of the district are Pooram Festival (March/April), Memunda (March/April), Vadakara (November/December), Kaliatta Mahotasavam (March), and Shivratri (February/March).
How to reach
Nearest Airport: Kozhikode (Karipur)
Nearest Railway Station: Kozhikode [Rail distances from major cities to Kozhikode are- New Delhi:2851 Km; Mumbai: 1425 Km; Kolkata: 2331 Km; Ahmedabad: 1875 Km; Hyderabad: 1425 Km]
Well connected by roads from Kozhikode (Ghat-72 Km from Kalpetta), Kannur (Ghat), Ooty (120 Km from Kalpetta) and Mysore (140 Km from Kalpetta). Please check the distance page.
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