Wayanad is situated in the northern part of Kerala, bordering Karnataka and Tamilnadu. It is a district of Kerala formed on 01 Nov 1980 as the 12th district. It is now one of the most sought after hill stations of South India, which is not much commercially exploited. The land of spices, coffee, tea and pepper plantations is an amazing place with lot of interesting tourist destinations. It is blessed with a beautiful natural lake, waterfalls, historical caves, earth dams, wildlife, picturesque mountains etc. Some of the resorts in Wayanad, which are famous all over is another reason to come to this hill station. Kalpetta is the district HQ, while Sulthan Bathery and Mananthavady are other major towns. Interesting fact is that there is no specific place as Wayanad and it is the district’s name, often travelers get confused.
The name is believed to be derived from the Malayalam term ‘Vayal nadu’, meaning ‘Paddy Fields’. One of the characteristics of the district is the adivasi population existing in Wayanad, namely Paniyas, Kurichyas, Adiyars, Kurumas, Ooralis, Kattunaikkans etc. Major population of this district is settlers came from other parts of Kerala and some places in Karnataka. Among the total inhabits of this beautiful land a major chunk is settlers came from different parts of Kerala and some parts of Karnataka. There is a fair representation of Hindu, Christian and Muslim religions, while there is a good percentage of Jain community as well.
How to Reach Wayanad
Nearest Airport is Calicut (also known as Kozhikode) International Airport, which is 3 hour drive. Bangalore Airport is close to 7 hour journey.
Calicut is the nearest Railway Station to Wayanad as well. Mysore Railway Station is 120 km from Wayanad.