About Wayanad

Wayanad, the green paradise, is one of the most beautiful hill stations of Kerala with almost one fourth of the total land area under forest cover. Wayanad has a salubrious climate and enjoys uniformly pleasant climate throughout the year. Wayanad is renowned for its extensive spice plantations, mist clad mountains peaks, delightful waterfalls and lush green forests. The forests of Wayanad are cosmic landmasses for animals to enjoy their natural dwelling and thus offer an excellent wildlife viewing opportunities, trekking and other adventure activities. Wayanad district is also home to some of the oldest tribes in South India. Many of them have their indigenous streams of holistic herbal medicine which is getting increasing attention in recent years. Kalpetta is the district headquarters of Wayanad.

Location

Wayanad is located in the north-east of Kerala, India and is at a distance of 76 km from the nearest sea-shore of Kozhikode. It is set high on the majestic Western Ghats with altitudes ranging from 700 to 2100 m. The leading tourist centres of South India like Ooty, Mysore, Bangalore, Coorg and Kannur are around this region.

History

According to archaeological evidence, the Wayanad forests have been inhabited for more than three thousand years.  Recorded history of this district is available from the 18th century. In ancient times, this land was ruled by the Rajas of the Veda tribe. In later days, Wayanad came under the rule of the Pazhassi Rajahs of Kottayam royal dynasty. Both Hyder Ali and Tipu invaded Wayanad and finally fell into the hands of the British and with it came a new turn of development in terms of transportation and plantation. Roads were laid across the dangerous slopes of Wayanad, from Kozhikode and Thalassery. These roads were extended to the cities of Mysore and Ooty through Gudalur. Long after the State of Kerala came into being, in November 1 1980, north Wayanad and South Wayanad were carved out from Kannur and Kozhikode and joined together to form the present district of Wayanad.

Tourist Attractions

Chembra peak ,Neelimala View Point ,Meenmutty falls,Soochippara  water falls,Kanthanpara waterfalls ,Banasura sagar project ,Jain Temple at Puliyarmala ,Edakkal caves ,Chethalayam Falls ,Muniyaras , Muthanga wild life sanctuary,Jain Temple  Sulthan Bathery,Seetha Lava Kusha Temple ,Pakshipathalam ,Pazhassi Raja Tomb ,Pookot Lake ,Banasura sagar Dam ,Karappuzha Dam.