In an Old KSRTC bus through the high ranges of Wayanad – VIDEO

Travelling by bus in India is always great fun. Kerala being densely populated with people everywhere offers you that extra bit of excitement and fun. Here I am travelling from Calicut City in Calicut district, north Kerala to Kalpeta in Wayanad district through the beautiful ghats road in the mountainous areas of Wayanad and Calicut districts.

This is a bus run by the K.S.R.T.C (Kerala Road Transport Corporation) and these drivers are true masters of their craft. Look at him drive through those tricky ghat roads!

Video – Krishnakumar Sreekandath.

Thamarassery Churam is a mountain pass in India across the Western Ghats. “Churam” is the Malayalam word for mountain pass. Hence, it is more prominently called Thamarassery Churam.

The British used to transport spices from Wayanad to Beypore Port, Kozhikode via the Kuttiady route. Between 1700 to 1750, they searched for a new route which could reduce the distance. For which, they sought the help of Karinthandan Moopan (chief), a tribal leader from the Paniya tribe in Wayanad. The route via the Thamarassery ghat was found with the help of Karinthandan. Karinthandan was later shot to death.

It is located around 800 meters above sea level along National Highway NH766 in Kozhikode District. This area is a popular tourist destination that offers a unique blend of landscape, wildlife sanctuaries, waterfalls, dams, coffee plantations, beautiful hilltop view and varied flora and fauna.

This mountain range connects the Kozhikode and Wayanad Districts. It lies within the Western Ghats that run parallel to the western coast of the Indian peninsula, located entirely in India. The highway has nine hairpin bends. Churam is about 14 kilometers in length, starting from Adivaram to Lakkidi View Point.