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 never-ending saga of long traffic snarls along Thamarassery ghat road in Wayanad is giving headache to the local residents. The residents say that these are just hollow promises and never materialise. The hairpin bends 1, 3, 7 and 8 of the ghat road have been completely damaged. The Scania buses of the KSRTC and the heavy trucks very often get stuck in the gutters on the hairpin bends, leading to traffic jams.

SRS SCANIA heading to calicut from banglore in wayanad ghat Mets KSRTC SCANIA doing TRIVANDRUM-BANGALORE at wayanad ghat!!!

Video – Noushad Shadz.

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.