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Wayanad, has been a powerful seat of the Vedic Tribes during the pre historic times. Historians claimed that the city has a long history that can be traced back to even ten centuries before Christ. Various evidences like the caves of Ampukuthimala, relate the city to have been present since the beginning of the New Age Civilization.
The recorded history of the city can be dated back to 18th century when the Pazhassi Rajahs of Kottayam
royal dynasty ruled the city. Then, the city fell into the hands of the erstwhile King, Hyder Ali. During the reign of Tipu Sultan, the city was handed back to Kottayam Royal dynasty.
After the truce of Srirangapatna
, Tipu Sultan handed over the control of the Malabar region to the British. As a result, a fierce battle was fought between the British and the Kerala Varma Pazhassi Rajah of Kottayam. Though the king fled but he continued guerilla fights against the British, till his death.
The British hence ruled the city of Wayanad till India’s independence in 1947. After the formation of Kerala in 1956, Wayanad was declared to be a part of the Kannur district. Later, it was added in the Kozhikode
district of Kerala. For proper development of the people and city, the northern and southern part of Wayanad were brought together and merged as the present district of Wayanad on 1st of November, 1980.
Travel within city
Wayanad has many local travel options that one can choose from. Like other parts of Kerala, government bus services are numerous in this city. Travelers can also opt for local auto rickshaws and cabs. The nearest airport as well as the railhead is at Kozhikode. Cab services from Kozhikode to Wayanad are also available.
Many of the hotels in the city have arrangements with the local cabs and taxi services. These are usually mini vans or small cars. They may not be comfortable but they are cheap and quick way to get around the city. They cost approximately Rs 100 for short trips in the city center while for longer trips they may charge per km which is usually around Rs 13 per km. However, the rates can be negotiated and taxi drivers usually reduce the prices after bargaining.
Other local travel options include hiring cycles on an hourly basis. They are cheap and a good way to travel around the city. Cycles cost around Rs 50 per hour and the climate makes it an ideal way to travel around the city. However, they may not be available after dark and can be used only for short distances.
Wayanad has decent options of eating. Most of the restaurants are located inside the resorts and remain open from morning till 11 in the night. The in-house resorts are mostly multi-cuisine and offer various vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian options at a moderate price. Nice Cafe
located on the highway to Kalapetta, offer quick snacks and drinks at a cheap price. If you are in Kalpetta then Green Gates Hotel
on T.B. Road and By-the-Way
on Main Road are the best multi-cuisines. For vegetarian delicacies, tourists can go to Affas Hotel
on Main Road in Kalpetta. The Jubilee Restaurant
in Sulthan Bathery is famous for its yummy and authentic Kerala cuisine
This beautiful town also boasts of a few local shops selling variety of things. The most indispensable item tourists should not miss purchasing includes spices and handicrafts made from coconut shells, ivory, canes, wood and metals. Wayanad is equally popular for its handlooms. There are not many shops per say and most of the souvenirs can be bought from the local vendors who are lined up near the famous attractions of the region.
You can find 63 hotels in Wayanad
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