This is a vast district covered with forests. In fact, certain portions of it come under the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. It is bound by Tamil Nadu in the east, Malappuram district in the south, Kozhikode and Kannur in the west and Mysore and Coorg in the north. Wayanad gets its name from 'Wayalnadu', meaning 'land of paddy fields'. Rice fields are a common sight across the district, interspersed with fields and plantations of ginger, spices and coffee. The district's elevation ranges from 700m to 2,100m above sea level. Wayanad is conveniently located on the National Highway that connects Mysore and Kozhikode. You can hire taxis or take buses from Tellicherry, Kozhikode, Kannur and Malappuram in Kerala, and Mysore, Mangalore, Virajpet in Karnataka, and major cities in Tamil Nadu. Karipur airport is closest at 88km away. Kozhikode railway station is 68km from Wayanad.