Among the numerous fresh, green and earthly tourist attractions in Wayanad is this unearthly destination known as Chain Tree. Even if it’s anything but remarkable, it’s a major tourist attraction in Wayanad. The tree has several mythological stories and beliefs attached to it.
Chain Tree is an old fig tree with a chain around it. The chain is rather heavy, hanging from a stout branch and anchored to the ground.
The tree is also a place of worship. You’ll find a small temple, locally known as Karinthandan Temple, built in honour of the martyr/ghost around whom the myths revolve. Truck drivers stop by on their way to pray for a safe journey on this hilly terrain.
Chain Tree Wayanad is about 30 kilometers from Wayanad town on the way to Lakkidi. It’s a quick stop for many travellers. And it should be for you, too, if you like to brush up on myths.
History of Chain Tree Wayanad
Chain Tree Wayanad’s story goes back to the colonial era. During those days, Wayanad didn’t have any developed roads. So, the British took help from the tribes to build a road. Only the local tribal people knew the way from Lakkidi to Wayanad through the thick forests.
Karinthandan, a local tribal chieftain, helped an English engineer identify this route. But after his work was completed, the engineer killed him to take credit for finding the route. And the soul of the chieftain kept haunting the travellers who used this new route.
A priest was then called to get rid of this mischievous soul of Karinthandan. And the priest called his soul into a chain and tied it to a tree.
Although not everyone believes the story, and many people dismiss it as a myth, Chain Tree still attracts curious travellers. That same chain is still in existence, and it’s believed that the chain grows along with the tree. No one really dares to touch it, though.
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Things to do at Chain Tree
There isn’t a lot to do at Chain Tree apart from admiring the tree and nearby views. It’s a good place to take a short break under the shade of the tree. The tree is quite tall and shady now.
A small temple has also been built adjacent to the tree. It’s dedicated to the tribal chieftain Karinthandan who was killed by the English engineer. And many truck drivers take blessings for their safe journey. Tourists mostly stop to satiate their curiosity about the chain on the tree.
While you’re at Chain Tree Wayanad, you can also enjoy some refreshments. A small tea shop near the tree sells tea, cold drinks and snacks to weary travellers. Several coffee shops and restaurants are also close by.
Chain Tree Timings and Entry Fee
This ghost Chain Tree of Wayanad is open throughout the day, but it’s in your best interest to visit it before evening. The hilly terrain isn’t best traversed in the dark. Most people stop here only for 5-10 minutes. You can see the tree and pay your respect to the chained soul anytime between 8 AM and 6 PM.
You don’t need to pay any entry fee to see Chain Tree and the adjacent Karinthandan Temple.
And the best time to visit Chain Tree and Wayanad is in winter. The winter in Wayanad arrives around November and remains until February. It’s that time of the year when the weather is the most suitable for exploring the place. In winter, you also get to see surreal views of the surroundings covered in mist.
How to reach the Chain Tree in Wayanad?
Chain Tree is on the outskirts of Wayanad, close to Lakkidi viewpoint. Wayanad to Chain Tree distance is about 30 kilometers. The nearest bus stand is in Wayanad itself, and the nearest railway station is in Kozhikode (58 km away). The nearest airport is Calicut International Airport (70 km away).
And here are the different ways to reach Chain Tree in Wayanad –
By bus – You can take a bus going towards Lakkidi and get off near Chain Tree/Karinthandan Temple. The bus stop itself is only a few hundred meters from the tree. Keep an eye out for the tree. You can easily miss it if you aren’t looking for it.
By taxi/cab – The best way to visit Chain Tree is by cab or taxi. You can book a cab from the top car rental companies in Wayanad and enjoy the trip. It’s a fascinating drive as your car meanders along the bends of the hills.