Wayanad is rich in history which dates back to the Neoliths. It boasts of many places of historical importance.
The Edakkal Caves are at Ambukutty Mala, 40 km from Vythiri Meadows. It is a pre-historic rock shelter
formed naturally out of a strange disposition of three huge boulders making one to rest on the other
two with its bottom jutting out in between and serving as the roof. Edakkal literally means a stone in
The discovery of the cave was and its identification as a prehistoric site was quite accidental by F. Fawcett, the then superintendent of police. Fawcett, an enthusiast in pre-history was exploring the Wayanad high ranges and discovered Edakkal rock-shelter in 1894. He identified the site as a habitat of Neolithic people on the basis of the nature of representations on the cave walls, which appeared to him as engravings made of Neolithic's Celts...
Edakkal rock engravings stand out distinct among the magnitude of prehistoric visual archives of paintings and graphic signs all over the world. It is the world's richest pictographic gallery of its kind.
The profound memorial made in the memory of Veera Pazhassi Raja, the Lion of Kerala and a freedom fighter who revolted against the British for the independence of India. The Pazhassi Memorial monument stands at the place where Pazhassi Raja of Kottayam royal family was cremated. Inside the Pazhassi Memorial, tourists can see the prized possessions of the freedom fighter like his Royal Sword.
Wayanad is considered an important Jain centre. These ruined Jain Temples are situated within 36 km of Vythiri meadows and are a representation of the migration of Jains to the banks of Kabani River.
It is one of the most important among the many Jain temples in Kerala and is believed to have been built during the 13th century. Its design is strongly influenced by the architectural style of the then reigning Vijayanagar Dynasty. The temple has a rather chequered history as it first served as a shrine, next as a centre of commercial trade and finally, as the ammunition store or battery of Tipu Sulthan's army. It is generally known as Tippu's Fort and situated within the Sulthan Bathery town.