Changala Maram or Chain Tree is a major attraction for travelers who pass through the Calicut- Wayanad route. You can see steel chains hanging from the branch of the tree. The tree has a story to tell.
The myth of the tree is associated with the tribal chief Karinthandan, who lived between 1700-1750 AD. During the British colonial era, Wayanad didn’t have any developed roads. Wayanad was blessed with dense forests and hills only the tribes knew the paths through these forests. Karinthandan belonged to the Paniya tribe, he was the chief of that tribal community.
He knew every path in the forest.So when the British Viceroy announced a reward for to those who find a way from Thamarassery to Wayanad to through the forest, a British engineer took the help of Karinthandan to find the route. After discovering the hidden routes in the forest the engineer took Karinthandan to the top of the hill and shot him dead so that he could take the credit for finding the route.
The British built the road through the forest, which is now known as the Thamarassery Churam.
Myth related to Karithandan and ChainTree
After making the road the British started to exploiting the resources of Wayanad. But the road became haunted, and a lot of accidents happened on the road, and the people believed that all of this is because of Karinthandan’s ghost. So the people called a priest to find a solution to this problem. After a lot of effort, the priest was able to chain the ghost to a Ficus tree, which is now known as the Changala Maram or Chain Tree. The tree is now grown to 25 feet height. A small temple built near the tree and started to worship Karinthandan.
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Phantom Rock is one of the major tourist destinations close to Ambalavayal in the Wayanad district of Kerala. It is an archaeological structure found seen rarely in the world. This rock naturally resembles a skull, and thus it is known as Phantom Rock. The picturesque place is 26 kilometers away from Kalpetta and can be reached by trekking on the narrow lanes. Like other places of Wayanad, Cheengeri Mala is also one of the favorite spots for trekkers and hikers. The picturesque rock is standing tall at an elevation of 2600 meters above the sea level and is surrounded by the lush greenery; it’s a picture-perfect place for those who are looking for peace and solitude.
This is a major tourist spot because of an unusual skull-shaped rock and attracts many tourists who like exploring the historical places. The rock is named because of its shape which is as same as a Phantom head. The rock has ample spots around him where people can go camping and trekking. Once at the top, you get a splendid view of the city comfortably nestled within the beautiful colors of nature.
This piece of natural art which has a skull-shaped rock over a small boulder is formed out of huge metamorphic rocks and is locally known as Cheengeri Mala or Thalappara. The Phantom Rock of Wayanad has received the name due to its shape, which is similar to a Phantom head. This picturesque destination which is 26 kilometers from Kalpetta; can be reached through a single narrow lane where trekking and camping are also popular activities amongst travelers. Those who are adventurous enough can climb to its upper part.
The surroundings of this rock have potential scenic locations. The scenic surroundings near the phantom rock make it a potential tourist trekking and camping location. The surroundings have a lot of greeneries and rocks. Those who wish to trek or camp have to carry their own gear. Familiarity with the routes and trails is a must as very little or no guidance is available.
The serene environment surrounding the Phantom Rock of Wayanad, which is situated at about 2100 metres above sea level is an amazing destination for people who are seeking peace and solitude along with a bit of adventure. Although Kalpetta and Sulthan Bathery which are close by house a number of scenic places, it is here that an adventurous spirit can find the challenge. Climbing and reaching the top of the rock could lead to immense pleasure and a great sense of satisfaction.
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