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Located about 30kms from Palakkad, Lakkidi is considered as the gateway to Wayanad district of Kerala. Most of the tourists stop here, on their way to explore the beautiful Wayanad.
The highest location in Wayanad, this area gets an impressive amount of rain every year. Lakkidi has the second highest amount of annual rainfall in the world.
The entire region is known for its impressive mountain peaks, dense forests and beautiful cascading streams. Plantations of coffee, pepper and cardamom surrounding the area gives another added attraction to this area. The 12 km long journey from Adivaram to Lakkidi through ghat road with nine hairpin bends amidst thick forests offers panoramic, breath taking views.
Since this area recieves good monsoon every year, Lakkidi is always wrapped in lush green forests and rinsed by the many streams and waterfalls.
Lakkidi is also a bird watcher's paradise and it attracts birdwatchers from different parts of the world. Bird species like Peacocks, Bulbuls, Cormorants, Egrets, Snipes, Peafowl and Babblers are sighted here. The natural landscape is also a draw for wild animal lovers. Some of the inhabitants include Tigers, Elephants, Sambar, Leopards, Cheetahs and Spotted deer.
Trekking, hiking and camping are the other favorite tourist activities in Lakkidi. Trekers can explore some of the most breathtaking lands. Local guides are available to help and guide the visitors. The equipment is available on rent from the travel operators and tourism department. On the way, one can find waterways, mountain peaks, forests etc. Temples also can be seen along the way as well.
Killikkurissimangalam in Lakkidi is the birthplace of the Malayalam poet and founder of the Ottamthullal art form, Kalakkath Kunchan Nambiar. As a tribute for this famous poet, a memorial named Kunchan Smarakam was built here. It was converted to a national monument by the State government which serves as an institution for young people interested in satirical art form. A three year course on Ottan Thullal, Seethankan Thullal and Paravan Thullal is conducting her with the help of trained artistes. Here Navarathri festival and the poet's birthday which falls on 5th May is celebrated in a majestic way.
Lakkidi View Point