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Wayanad District in the north-east of Kerala, India, was formed on November 1 1980 as the 12th district by carving out areas from Kozhikode and Kannur districts. Kalpetta is the district headquarters as well as the only municipal town in the district. The region was known as Mayakshetra (Maya's land) in the earliest records. Mayakshetra evolved into Mayanad and finally to Wayanad. But the Folk etymologyof the word says it is a combination of Vayal (paddy) and Naad (land), making it 'The Land of Paddy Fields'. There are many indigenous tribals in this area. It is set high on the majestic Western Ghats with altitudes ranging from 700 to 2100 m.

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is adjacent to the protected area network of Nagarhole and Bandipore National parks of Karnataka and Mudumalai of Tamilnadu. 
Lakkidi is called the gateway to Wayanad and is situated at the top of the Thamaraserri Ghat pass. Lofty peaks, rippling streams and luxuriant forests add magic to the journey up the winding roads to Lakkidi. 

Thusharagiri Waterfalls
Nestled cozily in the Western Ghats, are the gurgling waterfalls of Thusharagiri. Meaning the snow capped mountains; Thushargiri displays a distinctive kinship between the land and water. 

Valliyoorkavu Festival
The Valliyoorkavu Festival is a popular event at the Bhagavathy temple at Valliyoorkkavu, 3 kms from Mananthavady town. The idol of the temple is believed to be self- manifested and the annual festival is held here in the month of March. 

Banasura Dam
Located about 15 km North West of Kalpetta, Banasura Dam is the largest earth Dam in India. A vast expanse of crystal clear water is enclosed by blue hills on all sides, except one. It is an ideal picnic spot. 

The headquarters of the Wayanad District are located at kalpetta. A stronghold of the Jains in the past, the famous Ananthanathaswamy Jain Temple is situated at Puliyarmala near Kalpetta.

How to Reach Kovalam?
By Air: The nearest airport is at Kozhikode, Calicut and is at a distance of around 100 kilometers from Wayanad. One can also access this place from the Cochin International Airport, which is at a distance of around 300 kilometers from this place. 

By Rail: The nearest railway station is at Calicut and is at a distance of around 110 kilometers from this place. Wayanad is well connected by a good network of railways and a number of trains frequent this place.
By Road: Wayanad is well connected by a wide network of roads and this place can be easily accessed from anywhere in Kerala and from neighboring states.

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