Thamarassery Churam (Wayanad Churam) is the gateway to fascinating Wayanad district. This pass connects Wayanad to Kozhickode district. There are nine hairpin bends in this 14 km long pass. This great pass is known for it's beauty and danger. This is the main pass in four or five passes to Wayanad. Crowded with the traffic, it starts from Adivarum,a small town in Kozhikode district. The nine hairpin bends are very amazing. The view from the top to the bottom of the pass will give you a small picture of how the vehicles are moving,slowly through the great pass.
History behind Thamarassery Churam
Sometime, you may feel the history as a funny one. But it has been told by the ancestors. During the time of foreigners' rule, it was difficult to get into the green paradise Wayanad. But most of the foreigners liked Wayanad the most. It's spices and beauty attracted them the most. But there was not a better route to Wayanad. They tried to make many passes. But it didn't reach any where. The head of a tribal community know the best access to Wayanad. He told them the way, the Thamarassery Churam. They constructed the pass and said that it was their idea and plan. Moreover the real founder was hanged to death. Then it is said that his soul made the travel through the pass difficult. He threw away the vehicles into the valley and all. Then he was chained to a tree and the problem is then solved.
The main attractions in Wayanad Churam
A walk through this mountain pass itself is an energetic journey. You will really enjoy the trip through the lush greenery of Western Ghat. You can see the monkeys here and there, playing with tourists and trying to get something from the visitors. In some occasions, some monkeys even get into the vehicles and will take away the visitors bags and suits. So while watching the monkeys, don't be fooled by them.
The view point is another attraction. This is situated above the ninth hairpin bend, at a height of 2000 feet above sea level.. This place provides an excellent view of the green forest beneath. You can see the heavy vehicles moving up, taking long turns in the hairpin bends and the miniature view of small towns beneath. The cunning monkeys will be here too. You can feed them.
No problem, but you have to take every responsibility.
Chain tree is the place where the real founder of the Pass is chained. There is an interesting feature about this tree. Although this tree is getting taller, the straight chain hanging on the tree has been just touching the ground.
Things to Note
1.There is no need to plan a tour to Thamarassery pass.
2.When you are visiting Wayanad you can easily enjoy the pass.
3.There are many tourist destinations near the pass. Pookot, Lakkidi are very close to the pass.
4.Try to avoid your trip during monsoon. This is the time when there are large traffic blocks in the pass and chances of accidents are more.
A new hope
There is a program conducted by the schools near Thamarassery pass in the second Saturday of June month in every year. The program includes a up and down walking of the students and teachers through the pass, spreading some seeds to the green forests and cleaning the great pass. This program was started in 2006. This year, it will be conducted on June 12 and the organizers expect more than 7000 participants. Last year the total participation was 5000. Any way, this is a new hope for a green world.
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