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Thamarassery Churam- An Amazing Road Journey to Wayanad in South India

A travel enthusiast, Sunil Kunnoth finds pleasure in making trips to historic places and share his experience with the readers.


Thamarassery Ghat-The Gateway to Wayanad

Amazing! Eyecatching! Breathtaking!

You may struggle for words to express your real feelings the moment your eyes capture a fascinating panorama called "Thamarassery Ghat". It is known by some other names too like Thamarassery Churam, Wayanad Churam, Thamarassery Ghat, Wayanad Ghat, Kozhikode-Wayanad Churam/Ghat, etc. The correct name is but Thamarassery Ghat.

"Churam" is the Malayalam word for ghat. Hence, it is more prominently called Thamarassery Churam. Since it takes you to Wayanad, the ghat is also known as Wayanad Churam.

This Ghat Road connects Calicut (Kozhikode) with Wayanad on National Highway (NH 212). This is not a place coming under Wayanad as some thinks. It is in Kozhikode district. This wrong thought may be a reason for the Ghat to be known as Wayanad Ghat or Churam. The district Wayanad actually begins after the ghat and at a place called Lakkidi. You could see the welcome board to Wayanad, just after the top viewpoint of the Ghat Road.

The Ghat is not a tourist destination. It is just a road to Wayanad from Calicut beginning from Adivaram. Nevertheless, it has more importance and relevance than a tourist place thanks to its fascinating charm. You cannot stay anywhere here as it has no facility for that. Still the Ghat attracts hundreds of travelers every day. Starting from Adivaram and covering a distance of 12km the ghat road ends at Top View Point, Lakkidi. It has 9 sharp curves described as Hair Pins.

You can start your journey either upward or downward. The up journey starts at Adivaram in Calicut and down journey starts at Lakkidi. To feel the real thrill of any ghat journey, you have to travel upward rather than downward. The vehicles can go only with a limited speed and utmost caution.

I do admit I do not have a sound vocabulary to describe the thrill and pleasure of the wonderful journey through this ghat road. It is an experience, one needs to explore and experiment. The ecstasy you experience here would be something extra special and may be your first such experience as far as a road travel is concerned.

A video journey through the Thamarassery Ghat Road

A picture is worth a thousand words. It shows you the real charm, thrill and excitement. Look at some of the photos of the Thamarassery Ghat Road I uploaded here. I am sure these are tempting and illustrative. These snaps were taken by my close associate Mr Benny Sebastian. His impressive pictures reduced my writing job to some extent. Why should I share more when the pictures convey it all !


The journey covering 12 km will take minimum 30 to 45 minutes. You can alight at each curve (Hair Pins). It has been numbered from 1 to 9. Do a break journey allowing to click some good snaps of this mountain marvel. There are monkeys along the way to give you some interesting scenes. Your kids may be the happiest when they spot these animals. Please avoid feeding monkey as requested by the Forest Department. The monkeys may snatch your personal belongings. So take care about it.

The thick fog (Koda Manhu in Malayalam) is the real thrill of the ghat. It may cloud the area any moment. Once it starts, the environment change drastically and there may be heavy darkness around you. You can't move then smoothly. Light your Fog (Yellow) Lamps and move on cautiously on convey basis.

The ghat road is now wide and there are some preventive blocks or railings to avoid any mishap. By the time you reach the top, it is 2000 feet above sea level. From here yo can have the most splendid view of the surrounding. Yes, a bird's eye view!

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The surrounding area is under thick dense forest. Heavy rocks are there at both sides and deep valleys also. The journey through this way is a danger during the rain season (mainly June to September). Police and security measures are there for safety purpose. So don't panic.

The Chain Tree at Lakkidi, Wayanad.

The Chain Tree at Lakkidi, Wayanad.

Helping a monkey with some drinking water, but the authority and environmentalists are against this practice.

Helping a monkey with some drinking water, but the authority and environmentalists are against this practice.

The Ghost Story

The view of ghat road is amazing. But the stories behind the same is alarming and have the ingredients for a proper Ghost story.

How a road of this magnitude constructed through this sharp mountain and that too in the dense forest is still a mystery. Anyone travels through this path would be surprised about it all. This path was found by a tribal man, a few centuries back. He showed the way (from Wayanad to Calicut) to a British Engineer. (Then, India was under British rule). The engineer was impressed on this finding as the people that time was struggling very much to reach Calicut. They were travelling through some difficult paths, which were time-consuming too. To take credit of the new found route, the engineer killed the tribal man. But things turned to a different and shocking level afterwards. Vehicles or travelers passing through the way either met in accidents or killed by some unknown power. Later, it was found that the soul of the killed tribal man was behind all these cruel game. A priest was brought in and who chained the founder's soul on a nearby tree. Thereafter things settled and no casualties occurred. The tree and chain are still there at Lakkidi. You can see it on your journey. Photos of the same are given above. Please watch it. There is still some surprise about this chain as though the train grows further, the chain remains intact there without any damage. People still worship the chain tree.

How to reach

Wayanad is well connected by road from all towns in Kerala and nearby cities like Mysore, Bangalore and Ooty. There is no rail route. The notable point is that though the district carries the name Wayanad, you cannot spot a place by that name. It means you can't find a bus with that name board. To travel through this ghat road, you can catch any bus going to Kalpetta, Sultan's Bathery, Mananthavady, Mysore or Bangalore. The bus journey is a good experience. But to feel real thrill you need to travel by Car or Bike, the advantage being stopped and proceed at your own convenience for sightseeing and taking photos. Cycling is tough since it is high steep.

Nearest Railway Station: Calicut (Kozhikode)

Nearest Bus Stand : Adivaram

Nearest Airport: Karipur International Airport Kozhikode and Airport at Bangalore.

My personal experience

As I had worked in Wayanad for three years, I had a rich travelling experience through this ghat road. Except for some heavy road block, I had no other difficulty during my journeys. The block may at times lasts for hours. It is a troublesome experience. You cannot find a shop to buy some water or eatable elsewhere here. So it is advisable to carry some snacks and water with you when you start. It was really troublesome and terrific when I traveled some 25 years back. But it is past and the ghat has got a new face lift, which gives you a smooth and safe ride now.

On a couple of occasions, I had done some solitary bike rides through this mountain road. Frankly speaking, I enjoyed these journeys the most. I plan to do some journey with my wife soon. Fortunately, she too loves travel.

The Thamarassery Ghat journey, I am sure, will awake the poet in you. It is nature's wonderful poem. Don't miss it. This is one of the world's most amazing mountain passes providing you a different travel experience, which you would never forget.

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Sunil Kumar Kunnoth (author) from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on February 09, 2016:

So happy to hear that you love long drives and had a lengthy travel once. Please do visit Malabar portion of Kerala and make a journey through this wonderful ghat road. all the best.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on November 14, 2015:

Very interesting hub. I also love long drives and once drove 4600 km from Shillong to Coimbatore

Sunil Kumar Kunnoth (author) from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on April 13, 2015:

Your readings and comments are appreciated. Thank you for the vote and sharing. You can travel through this route when you travel to Kozhikode from Mysore/Bangalore, etc. It is a fantastic experience for all.

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on April 13, 2015:

Very interesting place to visit. You have described the place so beautifully and descriptively with thrilling information and images. I feel very excited reading this.

Voted up, interesting, beautiful and sharing on G+.

Sunil Kumar Kunnoth (author) from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on February 19, 2015:

Wow! That's a wonderful idea. I too have similar plan since most of my journey was by bus. Hope to hear your experience after the ride.

babu thomas on February 13, 2015:

Wonderful information I plan a bike journey tomarrow from kottayam eager to see after reading your postings

Ishfaq Shams on August 31, 2014:

നടന്നു കൊണ്ട് ചുരം കയറുന്നതിനെ കുറിച്ച് എന്താണ് നിങ്ങളുടെ അഭിപ്രായം..?

Sunil Kumar Kunnoth (author) from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on August 29, 2014:

Yes, it is an amazing trip, I travel through this ghat road for the last five years continuously. I am happy that you liked the hub and related photos as well video. Thanks for your visit and comments.

Micheal from United Kingdom on August 29, 2014:

What an interesting hub Sunil, and the photos and video are truly awe inspiring.

The road seems to bend in very peculiar ways.

It must be an exciting experience to travel along.

Sunil Kumar Kunnoth (author) from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on July 16, 2013:


You have left an impressive comment. I am humbled. I was little bit confused when you wrote money drinking water. Soon I got what you meant. My confusion was mainly because I had done a hub on the excessive liquor consumption of Malayalees and we often describe it as 'drinking water'. ha ha ha. You unknowingly gave me a fun moment. Thanks for your visit, comments, sharing and vote.

Richard Ricky Hale from West Virginia on July 16, 2013:

Sunil, what a trip! Loved the video, would love to race on that mountain! lol Beautiful area in your country. I thought the money drinking water was cool. A very fun article, you did great! Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, and shared! Best wishes.

Sunil Kumar Kunnoth (author) from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on June 19, 2013:

Thank you Mohanji for your visit and comments.

MOHANAN on June 19, 2013:

Very good, keep the spirit

Sunil Kumar Kunnoth (author) from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on June 15, 2013:

Emnate Pressence

Your kind words gives me lot of pleasure and it doubles my responsibility to write more and keep a sort of writing standard. I am trying my level best to keep that enthusiasm and spirit. Glad to note you had a pleasant journey in India at a different location. I welcome you to Kerala as well for a more enchanting experience. For your information, I have done a couple of hubs on Kerala and reading the same will update your knowledge on this beautiful land. Thanks for your appreciation and encouragement.

Gary R. Smith from the Head to the Heart on June 15, 2013:

Your enthusiasm comes through your writing and makes the journey even more enjoyable. In 2001, Kati and I traveled from New Delhi to Jamnagar. It was an amazing experience, but nothing to compare for poetry with the one you shared with us here. Up, interesting and beautiful.

Nivya on June 04, 2013:

Interesting one...Gave a real feeling of travel whle reading..

Sunil Kumar Kunnoth (author) from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on June 03, 2013:

Thanks for stopping by and the comments made.

travmaj from australia on June 03, 2013:

Great hub - great story and pictures - thank you

Sunil Kumar Kunnoth (author) from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on June 03, 2013:

Thank you Nitin for your comments. The ghost story is a real fact.

Nitin on June 03, 2013:

The article was awesome.Ghost Story Really added an spicy content onto ur work

Sunil Kumar Kunnoth (author) from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on June 03, 2013:

Hi Dghbrh

Thanks for stopping by and leaving some valid comments. Glad to note you loved it.

deergha from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!! on June 03, 2013:

Very nice hub and the pictures are all breathtakingly beautiful. The ghost story is really surprising too read. A real travel hub with all the necessary ingredients in it. Thanks for sharing your wonderful experiences with us here. Shared and votes +++++++++++++++++

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