Wayanad District is a district in the north-east of Kerala state, India with headquarters at the town of Kalpetta. The region was known as Mayakshetra (Maya’s land) in the earliest records. Mayakshetra evolved into Mayanad and finally to Wayanad
The Wayanad forests have been inhabited for more than 3,000 years. Wayanad district stands on the southern tip of the Deccan plateau and includes part of the Western Ghats.
The natural scenic beauty of Wayanad and its rich natural resources offer several opportunities for adventure tourism. The vast stretches of mist – capped mountains green meadows of valleys, white water springs, blue water lakes and wild forest fabricate the splendid natural beauty of Wayanad.
Historically and culturally the importance of Wayanad lies very closely linked with its temples. Thirunelly temple, Jain temples at SulthanBahery and Panamaram and Valliyoorkav at Mananthavady historically date back from 12th to 16th centuries and the temples show that Wayanad was a habitat of mankind and place of civilization even in very old times.
Kabini is one of the most astonishing wildlife destinations of Karnataka. Kabini is located 80 km away from Mysore and 205 km from Bangalore. Kabini also constitutes the south-eastern part of Nagarhole National Park. Lying on the banks of River Kabini, it sprawls over 55 acres of forestland. Presently, it is regarded as one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in India
The Kabini Forest Reserve derived its name from the River Kabini, a tributary of River Cauvery, which flows through Nagarhole. This forest area was once the private hunting lodge for the Maharajas of Mysore. Later it became a popular hunting destination for the British Viceroys and the Indian royals as well.
The Kabini forest area, consisting of tropical, moist and dry deciduous types of trees, is home to diverse species of flora and fauna. The Forest Reserve is spread over 55 acres of forestland that consists of steep valleys, dense woods and water bodies.