3 must- visit places in Wayanad that have History and Legends associated with them

Chain Tree

Chain Tree is situated near the Wayanad Ghat Pass, along the national highway at Lakkidi in Wayanad. It is about 15kms from Kalpetta. The name Chain Tree is self explanatory. It is a large Ficus tree having a massive steel chain hanging on it. There is an interesting story behind this chain tree. During the period between 1700- 1750 AD (British rule in India) there lived an Adivasi (tribal) youth named Karinthandan, who knew every nook and corner of this region. A British Engineer took Karinthandan’s help to discover a way from Thamarassery to Wayanad, in order to build a new road. Since the British had promised a reward for the one who would help make this path, the engineer got greedy and shot Karinthandan on a mountain peak.

Chain Tree

The British developed the road and started exploiting the resources of that forest area. The soul of Karinthandan started haunting the people travelling through that area, and it is believed that a lot of accidents happened due to him. A priest was called to solve the problem, who then chained Karinthandan’s soul to the tree. Hence we have the chain tree today, which has become a famous tourist attraction.

Today the tree has grown to 25 ft. It is said that the chain is also growing in size along with the tree. A small temple is also erected adjacent to the tree in honor of Karinthandan.

Edakkal Caves

Edakkal

25kms from Kalpetta located on the Ambukuthi Hill are two natural caves called Edakkal caves. It requires a trek of 4000ft up the hill reach here. These two caves are believed to be formed after a massive split from a single rock. One famous legend associated with the cave is that Lord Rama shot an arrow which pierced the mountain and created the deep cleft. Inside the caves there are ancient stone scripts including a Tamil Brahmin script, pictorial wall inscriptions of human and animal figures with peculiar headdresses, drawings of tribal kings and queens, trees, knives, bows, wheels etc. which are said to be over 7000 years old. The caves have been occupied by various people at various times in history. Archeologists have found certain symbols that connect it with the Indus Valley Civilization as well.

Pazhassi Raja Tomb

In this place lies the tomb of Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja. Pazhassi Raja was a Prince belonging to the Kottayam Royal family, who decided to revolt against the East India Company when they tried to spread their rule in the southern parts of India. He along with his men orchestrated prolonged guerilla warfare against the British troops which caused them major setback. The British got to know of his whereabouts by bribing someone in his inner circle for 30 silver coins and they managed to surround him in the jungle. There are different theories as to how he died. Some say that he was killed during combat and other say that he poisoned himself to prevent his capture. Today a monument is erected at the site where Pazhassi Raja was cremated.

Pazhassi Tomb