The Wayanad district of northern Kerala is blessed with majestic mist-clad mountains and verdant valleys. The name Wayanadu is believed to have been derived from the word ‘Vayalnadu’ which means the ‘land of paddy fields’. The rich cash crop plantations of pepper, cardamom, coffee, tea, spices etc and paddy are the main agricultural produce here. Another feature of Wayanad is the presence of large number of tribals or adivasis. The main places of interest in Wayanadu are Edakkal Caves, Amblavayal – magnificent rock caves with pre-historic carvings, Chembra Peak – Highest peak in the district, ‘a trekker’s paradise’ with breathtaking scenic beauty and Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary – with elephant, spotted deer, gaur and large number of reptiles and birds.