(Last Updated on : 12/06/2015)
Lakkidi is the hill station and the gateway of Wayanad district
. This hill station in Wayanad District of Kerala has the second highest range of rainfall region.
Location of Lakkidi
Lakkidi gets the second highest degree of rainfall in the world. Lakkidi is one of the highest locations in Wayanad. It is situated 700 m above mean sea level, atop Thamarassery ghat pass. Vythiri
is the nearest town, just 5 km from Lakkidi.
Geography of Lakkidi
The lofty mountain peaks, the gurgling stream, luxuriant vegetation and the bird's eye view of the deep valley on the south, with its winding roads, are breathtaking. Three kilometres from Lakkidi is the Pookot Lake, the natural fresh water lake, very wide and deep, one of the rare reservoirs of water in Wayanad. Lakkidi is surrounded on all sides by meadows and hills which made its a favourite picnic spot.
Climate of Lakkidi
Lakkidi has a heavy rainfall averaging 600-650 cm annually. It is one of the richest biodiversity areas in the Western Ghats Mountain Range in India
. There are a number of species including lion tailed macque, rare birds, Indian Shag (phalacrocorase fuscicollis
), Little Cormorant (Phalacrocorax Niger
), Little Green Heron (Ardeola striatus
), and Pond Heron (Ardeola grayii
) . Lakkidi is a true rainforest along some deciduous forests in the Ghats section of Wayanad so rains starts in May and ends in December, due to the rainfall and beauty it is often called "Chirapunjee of Kerala". It has an average rainfall ranging from 600-650 cm or above. It experiences chilly climate throughout the year with mist and fog. It is said to be coldest place in Wayanad district as well as one of coldest in Kerala. It enjoys highland climate. Generally monsoons come with torrential rainfall and windy weather
Soil of Lakkidi
Lakkidi has highly rich soil with an average height of 700 m above sea level thus forming one of highest mountains in Wayanad district. Good soil has resulted in plants like coffee, tea, oranges, spices and many other cash and food crops.
Tourism in Lakkidi
The Chain tree, Pookot Lake, sight seeing point on Ghat road and number of tourist resorts are within 5 km from Lakkidi. It is about 58 km northeast of Kozhikode district. Once during the colonial rule, Lakkidi was a secret route for local adivasis of Wayanad. Later the British identified the route and asked an adivasi how he could export things such as pepper, spices, etc. The tribal or adivasi helped him to find the route way out. Once the British found out the way they killed the adiviasi. Later it was seen that the travellers who passed by the routes had not reached their destination. Hence a priest was called and in a chain his spirit was called, and tied in a small tree. Then it started growing along with the tree. Every year there will be a festival also known as utsavam
in Malayalam with the feast along the roadside of temple.