Wayanad is an alluring destination that is on the bucket list of most nature lovers. The spectacular views of this mountainous region start once you drive up the winding ghat road.
Many travellers, especially Wayanadphiles, might boast that they know Wayanad inside out but this sought-after tourist spot houses many hidden gems that are yet to be explored extensively. One such place is the mesmerizing Nellarachal that is tucked away in the pristine beauty of Wayanad.
Slice of paradise amidst water
The rustic hamlet of Nellarachal is the one of the most beautiful places in Wayanad. What makes Nellarachal extraordinary is that this village is surrounded on three sides by the waters of Karapuzha.
The tour through the hamlet starts against the backdrop of the majestic Karapuzha reservoir. As the Karapuzha tour is conducted by the Kerala tourism department, a guide will accompany the tourists to explain in detail the mystical magic of this hidden treasure. Though Nellarachal is not recognized as a tourist center, scores of travellers flock to this paradisaical place in droves.
The main attraction is the myriad of eye-catching vistas offered by the Karapuzha dam.
Many tourists come to Nellarachal to be on the lap of nature and indulge in angling and observe the lifestyle of the villagers.
One could spend tonnes of quality time at Nellarchal, which is far away from the madding crowd, inhabited by tribal people. It is worth noting that this sleepy village is a hotspot for photo shoots. Many people also come to Nellarachal to experience the thrill of off-roading on the hills.
A little bit of history
History has it that Nellarachal was a mute witness to many bitter battles. Malabar’s lion Pazhassi Raja along with archery exponent Govindan hailing from Nellarachal had spearheaded a guerrilla war against the British with the help of tribal people belonging to the Kurichiya tribe.
The travellers can take a sneak peep into the bygone era as they get an opportunity to see Govindan’s collection of arrows and know more related details.
‘Thudi’, a musical instrument made by Paniyan tribals of Wayanad, can be bought from Nellarachal and the proceeds from its sale helps the tribal people make ends meet. Moreover, the visitors can know more about the medicinal effects of eucalyptus and get a first-hand experience of how the popular eucalyptus oil is made.
The other attractions of Nellarachal are the spices gardens, Tribal Art Centre and Uravu Bamboo Village, among others.
How to reach
You can reach Nellarachal in 35 minutes via the Ambalavayal-Meenangadi road and 50 minutes while travelling through the Varyadu-Kulavayal road.