The Wayanad that I saw….Part III

I travelled 6 km from Chedattinkavu and reached the very ancient Veliyambam Siva Temple.  It is said that the deity in this temple was installed by Parasuraman.  The temple has been carved out of a type of thin granite.  There is a Koovalam Tree [Aegle marmelos] standing near the temple, the age of which is not known.


Veliyambam Siva Temple

Irulam Seethadevi Lava Kusha Temple is situated 18 km on Bathery route.  Legend says that on his way after leaving Seetha, Lord Ram reached this place at night.  So, he decided to spend the night in this place.  Therefore, this place came to be called as Irulam [in Malayalam, the word irul means darkness]. 


Irulam Seethadevi Lava Kusha Temple

Travelling 12 km on Bathery-Mysore route, I reached Ponkuzhi.  It is believed that this is the place where Seethadevi sat and cried when Lord Ram left her.  There is a large pond here which is believed to have formed from the tears of Seethadevi.  There is a temple here the deity of which is Seethadevi.  Kuruvadweep or Kuruva Island is a major tourist spot on Pulpally-Dasakara route.


Kuruvadweep

It is a cluster of islands located in one of the tributaries of River Kabani.  Kuruvadweep is a group of islets famous for rare flora and fauna.  There is facility for pedal boating.  It is a place apt for spending time in the lap of nature, listening to the song of birds and enjoying the scenic beauty of the forest.


Pookode Lake

On the way back, I also visited a prominent tourist attraction, Pookode Lake.  It is a freshwater lake in Vythiri.  There are groups of blue water lily flowers in this lake.  The sight of full-grown blue water lily flowers is soothing to the eyes.  The lake is surrounded by dense forests and hills.  There is a walkway built around the lake.  There is facility for boating as well as a children’s park and stalls selling handicraft items, spices, etc.  There is also a Sri Narayana Gurukulam here.


Water Lily

With this, I decided to conclude my trip.  In a nutshell, Wayanad can be said to be a place full of scenery and legends.  Banasura Sagar Dam, Chembra Peak, Lakkidi, Pakshipathalam, Muthanga, Soochipara Falls, Meenmutty Falls, Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary, etc. are places suitable for sightseeing.  I made up my mind to visit all these later.  I bid farewell to Wayanad and started my journey back home.

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