After 7 hours and 350 kms on road, we reached our home stay in Vythiri. With the luxury of having our own vehicle, we started driving around and found this neat little cafe on the national highway at Lakkidi. Our host for the night was a very smart young guy who started talking to us about our plans. He listed all the things we could do in and around Vythiri. Then, he mentioned this phenomenon about a growing chain tree, merely 500 mts away. Naturally our curiosity grew and we bombarded him with a bunch of questions. Keep reading to know the story.
The story dates back to a time when the British ruled India. They used to transport spices from Wayanad to Beypore Port, Kozhikode via the Kuttiady route. Due to the distance they started searching for a new route. As only the local tribes were aware of the paths through the forests. A tribal leader from the Paniya tribe named Karinthandan Moopan in Wayanad was sought for help.
The chief Karinthandan showed the British engineer route to Lakkidi. This is where the Thamarassery Ghat Pass was built. It is along the national highway NH 212 that connects Kozhikode with Wayanad. The ghat pass begins from Adivaram (downhills), while coming from Kozhikkode and ends at Lakkidi (the first village of Wayanad district). To take all the credit for discovery the engineer killed Karinthandan.