Wayanad, the green abode, is a rural district burrowed in the Western Ghats flanking the south- western borders of India. Lush, pristine and enchanting, this is a region rich in culture, history and biodiversity. It is located at the junction of three South Indian states – Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala – and is an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere reserve. This verdant hill station is home to many plantations, forests, wildlife and indigenous tribes.
In terms of geographical location, Wayanad district stands on the southern tip of the Deccan plateau and its chief glory is the majestic Western Ghats with lofty ridges and rugged terrain interspersed with dense forest, tangled jungles and deep valleys. The place also enjoys a strategic location as the leading tourist centres of South India like Ooty, Mysore, Bangalore, Coorg and Kannur are situated around this region.
Covering an area of 2132 km², at an elevation of 700m ASL, and a population density of 383 people/km², Wayanad consists of 3 taluks - Mananthavady, Sulthan Bathery and Vythiri. The district headquarters is located at Kalpetta which also serves as the centre for tourism.
Wayanad enjoys an agreeable tropical monsoon climate throughout the year. It is often on the receiving ends of high velocity winds and dry winds which is common in this part of the country. Owing to its geographical location, high levels of rainfall are common in Wayanad. However, the rains and winds aid in dropping the temperature by several degrees. October through to May are some of the best months to visit this charming district.
The misty vicinage of Wayanad offers a wide range of trekking opportunities, plantation visits, cultural exploration and wildlife tours.