Visit to tourist places (Optional and paid tour)
A post-conference trip on payment basis will be arranged on 21st February to visit Wayanad hill ranges (75-1500 m above msl), part of Western Ghats 85 kms from Kozhikode city, provided there is good response from the delegates. The unique geographical features of Wayanad, expressed in rugged mist-covered mountains and pastoral valleys, lend this northern district a peculiar charm and a delightful challenge for hikers and nature lovers. Wayanad is one of the districts in Kerala that has been able to retain its pristine nature. Hidden away in the hills of this land are some of the oldest tribes who are still strictly following their customs and traditions.
Wayanad is known for its picturesque mist clad hill stations, sprawling spice plantations, luxuriant forests and rich cultural traditions. The leading tourist centres of South India like Ooty, Mysore, Coorg and Kannur are adjacent to Kozhikode. Wayanad’s climate and geography make it ideal for the cultivation of coffee, tea, pepper and rubber. Before the British arrived, it was under the reign of Tipu Sultan. In ancient times, it was ruled by the Rajas of the Veda tribe and later came under the control of the Pazhassi Rajas of Kottayam’s (North Malabar) royal dynasty, Tipu sultan of Mysore and then British. This district has the highest concentration of tribals in Kerala. Famous Anathanthaswami Jain temple is situated Puliyarmala near Kalpetta. It is the headquarters of Wayanad district.
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