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Kelakam is a fast growing hill town in the Kannur district of Kerala. It is serene; the people are very friendly and peace loving. The town has started to grow due to the migration of people from the south side of Kerala. It is a centre of hill produce, textile and jewelry shops. Kelakam is located in North Kerala, of the Kannur district. It is 7km from the famous Kottiyoor temple. The beautiful Bavali river flows through Kelakam. People from all the surrounding villages come here to shop. Nearby cities are Kacherikadavu and Virajpet. Kelakam is also famous for its arrecknut plantations.
Places Around Kelakam
Kottiyoor Siva Temple: Kottiyoor is one of the very few shrines in India for Sati Devi. It is believed that the shrine is blessed with the divine presence of the Holy Trinity or the Trimurthy (Brahma- Vishnu- Shiva).The Vaisakha Maholsavam is held during the months of May & June. It is a twenty eight day festival, which begin with the ritual of bringing a sacred sword from Mathiverikavu of Wayanad. Also gold, silver vessels, heavenly ornaments etc. are brought from nearby Manathana village of Kottiyoor. The highlight of the Rohini Aaradhana festival is a procession (Ezhunnallippu) with 2 elephants carrying the idols of Lord Shiva and Parvathy. At the end of this procession, the elephants are fed well (Aanayootu) and given a formal farewell.
Kottiyoor Wildlife Sanctuary: It is located in the Northwest slopes of Western Ghats adjoining the forests of Coorg (Kodagu) district of Karnataka state. The Bavali river flows through Kottiyoor and the water of this river is considered as a medicine for all sins and diseases. The Government of Kerala has declared Kottiyoor as the 23rd wildlife sanctuary of the state. It is classified as a Tropical broad leaf forest. This region is protected as a critical biodiversity hot spot. Kottiyoor is an exciting tourist spot for biologists, naturalists and mountaineering trekkers. Neendunokki, Palukachiyamala, Kelakam are all serene green places suitable for eco-tourism. These forests are rich with a large variety of birds, and seasonal butterflies are seen here.
Palukachi Hills: This is a scenic marvel for any nature lover or adventurer. This has been a place with religious importance also. It is a perfect trekking location during Dec. to May. The peak offers a panoramic view, and on a clear day you can see as far as 40-50 kilometers. There are a few small temples at the Palukachi mala. The best time to visit his area is Dec. & January.
Wayanad: For a tourist there are many attractions in Wayanad which are promoted by the Wayanad Tourism Organization (WTO). It is an organization taking the lead role in fostering a culture of Responsible and Sustainable tourism in Wayanad.
Chembra Peak: At a height of 2100 meters, the towering Chembra Peak is located near Meppadi in the southern part of Wayanad. It is the tallest peak in the region. Those who would like to camp at the top are assured of an unforgettable experience. Those who require camping gear may contact the District Tourism Promotion Council located at Kalpetta in Wayanad.
Neelima: Neelima is located in the South eastern part of Wayanad. It is a trekker’s delight with options to different trekking routes.
Meenmutty Waterfalls: The spectacular Meenmutty falls can be reached through a 2 km trekking route from the main road connecting Ootty and Wayanad. It is the largest waterfall in Wayanad. It falls in 3 stages dropping from about 300 meters.
Chethalayam: Chethalayam falls is located close to Sulthan Bathery in the northern part of Wayanad. The falls and the surrounding area are ideal for trekking. It also provides birdwatchers with some exciting opportunities.
Pakshipathalam: It is located deep within the forest in the Brahmagiri hills at an altitude of more than 1700 meters. The region predominantly has large boulders. Some of them have such an imposing presence. The deep caves found here are home to a wide variety of birds, animals and rare species of plants. Pakshipathalam visits require prior permission from the DFO of North Wayanad.
Banasura Sagar Dam: The dam at Banasura Sagar is the largest earth dam in India. The dam is located in the south western part of Wayanad district and is close to the Karalad Lake. This area is the starting point for many trekking routes. A few islands can be seen here that were formed when the reservoir submerged the surrounding low areas.
Muzhappilangad Beach: Stretching across four kilometers of sand, this is the only drive-in beach in Kerala. One can drive down the entire stretch. This is an excellent place to experience the many unique cuisines of Malabar at a variety of restaurants all along the beach.
Arakkal Museum: The Arakkal museum is dedicated to the Arakkal family, the only muslim royal family in Kerala. The museum is a section of the Arakkal Palace. Actually, the durbar hall section of the palace has been converted into the museum by the Government of Kerala. The Government has taken a keen interest in preserving the heritage of the Arakkal family, which had played a prominent role in the history of Malabar.
Payyambalam Beach: This beach in Kannur district attracts many tourists as well as local people. It is recommended by tourism related publications as a beautiful beach. It also has a garden close to it which is quite popular among children. The beach is just 2 km from Kannur town.