Recently I was at Wayanad and that was when I happened to hear the local myth about the 'chain tree'.
This large Ficus tree, bound by a prominent chain is an interesting excursion, approximately 15 km. from Kalpetta. It is said that a British Engineer, with the aid of a tribal guide named Karinthandan, found the difficult mountain terrain into Wayanad. Eager to take the credit for the discovery, the Engineer conveniently killed his guide, whose soul, according to the legend, constantly haunted subsequent travelers. It is believed that a priest chained the troublesome spirit onto this tree and hence name the Chain tree.
Even today, a chain still hangs from a Banyan tree to mark the spot where a British Colonialist murdered an Adivasi tribesman (and thus, the name.
One thing is for sure. This place must attract tourists. The view of the hairpins from the top is incredible. You even have hotels named ' chain tree' nearby. Just another element of the amazing Kerala- truly God's own country.