Wayanad District is a district in the north-east of Kerala. It incorporates few areas from Kozhikode and Kannur districts. It lies towards the southern tip of the Deccan Plateau. The region was known as Mayakshetra (Maya's land) and then as Wayanad. The folk etymology says it is a combination of Vayal (paddy field) and Naad (land), which translates to 'The Land of Paddy Fields'.
The Wayanad District has a number of ancient caves with cave paintings, making it frequented by history lovers and archaeologists among many others. The two caves of Ampukuthimala (Edakal Caves) in Sulthan Bathery have pictures and pictorial writing on their wall and at the foot of the Edakal Male (hill) caves, Kannada inscriptions belonging to Kutumbiya clan of Mysore date back to 500 CE, speaking volumes about the rich history. Historians say that the town which was conquered and ruled by many dynasties has history least ten centuries before Christ. Bangalore bike rentals offer bikes on rent to travel to Wayanad District and allow travellers to have a great time learning about rich and glorious past of South India.
The Wayanad District also has a number of major tourist attractions. Anantnath Swami Temple at Puliyarmala, the Gandhi Memorial Museum and Library in Kalpetta, M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Botanic Garden, Butterfly Garden and Regional Coffee Research Station, Wayanad are few of the greatest attractions of the district. The places provide a lot of insight and knowledge along with awe-inspiring beauty. Those who wish to travel by road can approach bike rentals in Bangalore and get two-wheelers on rent to visit the Wayanad district.
Myladippara is a cliff which offers a charming trekking experience. Other tourist attractions of Wayanad District include Pookode Lake, Karalad Lake Wayanad Ghat Road View Point, Banasura Sagar Dam, Philately and numismatics museum.
Meppadi is the most picturesque part of Wayanad district and attracts photographers from all over the country. It has a number of waterfalls and valleys which make it look like paradise on earth. Soochipara Falls, also known as Sentinel Rock Falls are breath-taking. The spectacular Meenmutty Falls and Kanthanpara Falls take one to another world. Sunrise Valley is a great place to witness the sun rise and sun set from the mountains. Chembra Peak is the highest peak of the district and the top allows one to see the whole city beneath, a spectacular view. Mango Orange village near Pandallur has undulating and lush green tea estates that leave one spellbound.
Wayanad Sanctuary at Muthanga is an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, which has been established with the specific objective of conserving the biological heritage of the region. The vegetation comprises mostly deciduous forests with small stretches of swamps, teak forests, bamboo and tall grass while it is also home to jungle cats, panthers, civet cat, monkeys, wild dogs, deer, spotted bears, bisons, gaurs, cheetah, wild bears, peacocks, owls, jungle fowls, woodpeckers, babblers, cuckoos, and tigers.
Wayanad District being close to Bangalore sees a number of people every weekend who come to the town to get away from the city hullabaloo. Many people even prefer to hire two-wheelers and get bikes on rent in Bangalore to get to Wayanad by road, beating the city traffic.