Deriving its name from ‘ The Land of paddy fields’, Wayanad is full of natural resources – plantations, river systems, forests and of course, wildlife. It is bordered by Coorg to the north, Nilgiris to the east and the districts of Calicut and Kannur to the west. Malappuram is to its south.
Kalpetta is the administrative centre and other major towns are Sultan Bathery, Mananthavady and Vythiri. Wayanad is located at the southern end of the Deccan Plateau and has an altitude range of 700-2,100 m which consists of evergreen forests, hills, sub- tropical forests and plains.
Wayanad''s history dates back to 4,000 B.C. when human settlements first started here. The subsequent inquests by conquerors and traders and even missionaries have left their influence on the land. Temples, churches and rock caves stand witness to this. The district has the highest concentration of tribes in Kerala. These tribal groups are also spread over in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.