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Wayanad is the northernmost hill district in Kerala, with its headquarters in the town of Kalpetta. It is far from the tourist hubs of Kerala, such as Munnar and Alleppey, which has kept the region relatively less crowded. It was also a fairly unknown tourist location in recent past. However, its beautiful setting in the hills and greenery is attracting travelers in larger numbers every year, and the days won’t be very far when it would become another prized destination in the God’s own country.

Tea estates, green hills, lakes, rivers and waterfalls can be seen wherever you go in Wayanad. While some of these have access to roads, some require an easy to moderate trek. Wildlife is plentiful, thanks to the presence of a sanctuary that is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. If you would like none of the activities but prefer just a getaway or a break, there are many well kept properties in all corners of the district that can help you enjoy a leisurely holiday.

Being part of the Western Ghats, it can be pouring heavily in the district during the monsoon season. If sitting in a porch and watching the rain is your idea of a great holiday, this is the place to be in. The climate remains pleasant in summers, thanks to the hilly terrain and thick greenery. Winter is an ideal time to see beautiful foggy landscape and also to see migrant birds of the Western Ghats.

There is evidence of life in Wayanad from pre-historic times. Clear historical data is available only from the time when Wayanad fell into the hands of Hyder Ali in 18th century. It was later conquered by the British, who started cultivation of tea in these parts.

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