|Altitude||: 2100 meters|
|Rainfall||: Mid June to Mid september|
|Best Tourist Season||: October to May|
|Languages spoken||: Malayalam|
|Clothing recommended||: Light cottons for summer day-time, thermal wear for winters and summer nights, rain jackets and protective clothing for monsoons|
|Adventure sports||: Para gliding, trekking, boating|
|Food Specialties||: Appam, kuttu, Kerela style Parathas|
Cradled up in a cosy corner of the Western Ghat Mountain Region, Wayanad, located about 76 km from Kozhikode, truly lives up to its name of a “Green Paradise”. Derived from two different words of ‘Vayal’ and ‘Nadu’, meaning ‘Paddy Fields’ and ‘Land’ respectively, this natural hub of Wayanad thus promises some of the breathtaking views of a pristine hinterland or a “land of Paddy fields”. The district of Wayanad is located on the southern tip of the Deccan plateau and in the North Eastern part of “God’s own country, Kerela”. It is spread over an area of 2132 square km and includes three talukas, namely, Mananthavady, Sulthan Bathery and Vythiri. The headquarters of the district is situated at Kalpetta.
Carpeted with stretches of sub tropical savannahs, misty mountains and sprawling expanses of spice plantations, Wayanad is a dream destination for any nature lover. Wayanad, apart from being a hill station is also host to an exotic Wild life sanctuary that faithfully preserves all that is wild and wonderful. The abundance of water bodies and a steep terrain also makes Wayanad an ideal place for trekking, mountain climbing, water rafting, kayaking and all other sorts of adventure sports. Wayanad is a revenue state due to foreign exchange of cash crops such as vanilla, tea, coffee, pepper, cardamom and many other condiments. It is at a short distance from popular tourist destinations like Ooty, Kannur, Bangalore, Mysore and Coorg.
History Of Wayanad
Wayanad is enriched with a rich historical background. The hills of Wayanad bears the distinct evidence of the new Stone Age civilization. The prehistoric epoch is suggested by a number of relics bad edicts. Historians are of the view that Wayanad was originally rules by the Vedic tribes. It was then handed over to the Pazhassi Rajas, after whom it was Hyder Ali who took over Wayanad. When his son Tipu sultan ascended the throne, Wayanad once again passed hands and this time it landed in the hands of the British, who introduced cash crops, laid roads and brought about significant modernization of Wayanad.
What To Eat In Wayanad
The district headquarters of Wayanad, Kalpetta, is dotted with small restaurants that serve certain Kerela style food like