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The Wild

The forests of Meppadi are part of the Western Ghats and form part of the Nilgiri biosphere. The tropical rainforest shares borders with the neighbouring states of Tamilnadu& Karnataka. Common trees found in the surrounding forest include Thaani, Erul, Chadachi, Venteak, Kari Maruku, ChoraChadachi, Pala, Aal, Veete, Nelli, Kundhirikam, Znjaval& Bamboo. Medicinal trees like Saracaasoca, elengi, Cassia fistula, Anarcadium&Pterocarpussantalinus are the species commonly found. The forest range is also home to varieties of birds, animals and reptiles. The most common birds spotted from the resort include the black eagle, great hornbill, Indian pea fowl, Asian houbara, Malabar grey hornbill, wood pecker, Whistling trush, Tailor bird, Parrot, Fly catcher, Babbler, Pea cock, King fisher, Cuckoo,Minivet, wood pigeon, Myna, Coucal, Sparrow, Owl and Water hen.

Mammals of the region include the Asian elephant, Blackbug, Gaur, Indian pangoin, Leopard, Nilgirilangur, Nilgiritahr, Sioth bear, Malabar giant squirrel, Indian grey wolf, Nilgiri Marten, Indian crested porcupine, Barking deer, the Indian moupin boar, the Indian hare and many more.

Butterflies and dragonflies are found in abundanceand common species of butterflies includeMalabar bandede peacock, common Mormon, Blue Mormon, Tailed jay, Lime butter fly, Red Helen, Malabar raven, Southern bird wing, Jazebel, Common albatross, Common grass yellow, Blue tiger, Bush hopper, Chest nut bob, Golden Angle etc.

The 'ritu' or seasons of the year play a very important role in the life of the forest. During 'venal'(summer) the region normally dries up , which is recharged at the time of 'varsham' (monsoon). Annual rain fall ranges from 3,000 to 4,000m.m.'Shishiram' (winter) is the best time of the season where flowers blossom, trees are in bloom and greenery is everywhere. High velocity winds are common during the monsoon and dry winds blow in summers.


During monsoon, it is the practice of tribal communities of Wayanad to collect wild edible leaves, wild mushrooms, bamboo shoots
and wild crabs and prepare nutritious food.

The prices of pepper from Wayanad were extremely high in the Middle Ages and the trade
was completely dominated by the Romans. Black pepper, termed black gold, was used as currency.

"Kattunaykar" the hunter clan of Wayanad speaks "paniyah", one of the oldest languages of
the Dravidian family which is inspired from Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Sanskrit.

The Asian palm civet which is found in the area, eat and poop coffee berries
which are globally used for making "Kopi Luwak" the most expensive coffee.

Countless evidences about New Stone Age civilization
can be seen on the hills of Wayanad.

Family resort in Wayanad