Lakkidi, the gateway of Wayanad, is situated 700 m above mean sea level, at
the crest of the Thamaraserri ghat pass. Lofty peaks, gurgling streams and
luxuriant forests add magic to the journey up the winding roads to this hill
station. Lakkidi is one of the highest locations in Wayanad, and registers
the second highest degree of rainfall in the world.
Killikkurissimangalam in Lakkidi is the birthplace of Kunjan Nambiar,
Kerala's famous satirist poet, who is regarded as the progenitor of
Ottanthullal, the traditional solo dance narration.
songs combine satirical barbs with rib tickling laughter. Some of the famous
lines are still quoted to lampoon contemporary social injustices. The poet's
house is preserved as a monument by the Government of Kerala.
Unique Travel Attractions of Lakkidi
Pookot Lake, a natural fresh water lake surrounded by evergreen forests and
rolling hills is located 3 kms from south of Vythiri town. Pookot Lake is
undoubtedly the most beautiful tourist spot in the whole of Wayanad. The
lake nestles in the lap of mountains surrounding it.Boating in the Pookot
Lake is a memorable experience. Tall trees and dense forests that line along
the pathway around the lake provide a visual treat. A freshwater acquarium
with a large variety of fish is an added attraction.
Situated on Ambukuthi Hills, Edakkal caves are 10 kilometers from
Sultanbathery, in Wayanad district. Formed by a large split in a huge rock,
the two natural rock formations represent the world's richest pictographic
gallery of its kind.
The two caves located at a height of 1000m on Ambukutty Mala near
Ambalavayal can be accessed only by a 1 km trek trail from Edakkal. Edakkal
literally means 'a stone in between'. Edakkal rock engravings stand out
distinct among the magnitude of prehistoric visual archives of paintings and
graphic signs all over the world.