Wayanad District within the north-east of Kerala, India, was shaped on Novemeber
1, 1980 as the twelfth district by carving out areas from Kozhikode and Kannur districts.
Kalpetta is that the district headquarters and the sole municipal city in the district. The region was referred to as Mayakshetra (Maya's land) within the earliest records. Mayakshetra evolved into Mayanad and then to Wayanad. The etymology of the word says it's a mixture of the words Vayal (paddy field) and Naad (land), thus referring it as 'The Land of Paddy Fields'.
There are several aboriginal tribes in this area. It is set high on the Western Ghats with altitudes starting from 700 to 2100 m. It is the least populous district in Kerala.
TOURIST SPOTS IN WAYANAD
Chembra Peak: :-Chembra Peak being the highest hill in Wayanad, trekking there is a risky and exhilarating mountaineering venture. It is near Meppady town. It almost takes a day to reach the top of the peak.Read More
Edakkal Cave: :-Edakkal cave is located 28 kilometers from Kalpetta and is much closer to Ambalavayal. This cave is not a cave in real sense; rather it's a cleft about 96 ft long and 22ft wide in the rock.Read More
Kuruva Island :-The uninhabited island, lying on the tributaries of east flowing river Kabani and having a cross sectional area of 950 acres of evergreen forest, far away from the disturbances of city life is an ideal picnic spot.Read More
Lakkidi :-Lakkidi does command an eye-catchy and breathe taking setting and it is one of the highest locations in Wayanad. It is about 58 kms north east of Kozhikode and five kms south of Vythiri.Read More