Wayanad travel

Wayanad District is in the north-east of Kerala, India, was formed on November 1, 1980 as the 12th district, carved out of Kozhikode and Kannur districts. Though the etymology of the word Wayanad is popularly known to be Vayal (paddy) NiCad (land); 'Land of Paddy Fields', the scholars disagree. The region was known as Mayakshetra (Maya's land) in the earliest records. Mayakshetra evolved into Mayanad and finally to Wayanad. There are many indigenous tribals in this area. It is set high on the majestic Western Ghats with altitudes ranging from 700 to 2100 m. The district is going through its worst agrarian crisis.

History :- The modern history of the district is associated with the events that took place during the Mysorean invasion and the long spell of the British rule stretching over a period of about two centuries. There was fierce encounter between the British and Pazhassi Rajah. When the state of Kerala came into being in 1956, Wayanad was a part of Cannanore district; later in 1957 south Wayanad was added to Kozhikode district and north Wayanad remained with Cannanore district. By amalgamating the north Wayanad and south Wayanad, the present Wayanad district came into being on the 1st November 1980 comprising of three taluks; Vitrify, Mananthavady and Sulthan Bathery.

Geography :- Wayanad district stands on the southern top of the Deccan plateau and its chief glory is the majestic Western ghats with lofty ridges interspersed with dense forest, tangled jungles and deep valleys, the terrain is rugged. Quite a large area of the district is covered by forest but the continued and indiscriminate exploitation of the natural resources point towards an imminent environmental crisis.

Climate :- The distance from the mean sea level and surrounding forest creates a salubrious climate. Generally the year is divided into four seasons; cold weather (December to February) hot weather (March to May) South West monsoons (June to September) and North East monsoon (October to November). During the hot weather the temperature goes up to the maximum of 35 °C and during the cold weather the temperature goes down to 10 °C. The more perceived temperature variation in habitational areas since last 5-6 years is in the range of 18-28 degree Celsius. The average rainfall is 2,500 mm per year.

LOCATION - Wayanad is located in the beautiful state of Kerala.

By Air - Kozhikode is the nearest airport, which is about 110 kilometres from Kalpetta.

By Rail - The nearest railhead is Kozhikode, which is connected by rail link to other parts of the country.

By Road - Well connected by roads from Kozhikode, Kannur, Ooty (175 km from Kalpetta) and Mysore (140 km from Kalpetta).

Best Time to travel Wayanad is between June To October.


Pookote Lake :- Pookote lake is located at an altitude of 2100 meters above sea level. The Pookkot Lake is the only one of its kind in Kerala, and sports a fresh water aquarium with numerous varieties of fish. At 2100 meters above sea level the Pookkot Lake is a tourist's paradise. Boating facilities, a children's park and a spices and handicrafts emporium add to the attraction of the place. Pookkot has some of the highest hill ranges in Wayanad.