WYANAD

Wyanad is one of the northernmost districts in Kerala. It covers 2,131 square kilometers, and has a population of 672,128. Wyanad received its name from the expression Wayalnadu which means the land of paddy fields. Wyanad is ideal for groing many crops, including pepper, cardamom, coffee, tea, and rubber.

See some pictures of Wyanad here

Much of Wyanad is still covered in thick forest, which povides beautiful scenery from any angle. The present district of Wyanad has an interesting history of changing borders. When Kerala became a state in 1956, Wyanad was a part of the Kannur district. Then South Wyanad was added to to the Kozhikode district. Eventually, on November 1, 1980 North and South Wynad were combined to create the present day district of Wyanad. Kalpetta, which is the center of Wyanad in the past, used to also be considered a stronghold of the Jains.

We visited a small city named Mananthavady, historically important because it holds the grave of a very popular military figure, Pazhassi Raja. He was cremated here with full military honors. The tomb of Pazhassi Raja stands on a hill in the middle of the city, part of a park which is dedicated to his memory.