Wayanad district

district of Kerala, India

Wayanad District is a district in the northeast of Kerala state, India with headquarters at the town of Kalpetta. The district was formed on 1 November 1980 as the 12th district in Kerala by carving out areas from Kozhikode and Kannur districts. The district is 3.79% urbanised, with three municipal towns Kalpetta, Mananthavady and Sulthan Bathery.

Pulpally in Wayanad boasts of the only Luv Kush Temple in Kerala and Vythiri has the only mirror temple in Kerala which is a Jain temple. The edicts and caves of Ambukuthimala and other evidences state that the place is as old as the beginning of the New Age Civilisation.[1]


It is the least populous district in Kerala.[2] Unlike all other 13 districts of Kerala, in Wayanad district, there is no town or village named same as the district (i.e., there is no "Wayanad town").

According to the 2011 census Wayanad district had a population of 816,558,[2] roughly equal to the nation of Comoros.[3] This gives it a ranking of 482nd in India (out of a total of 640).[2] The district has a population density of 383 inhabitants per square kilometre (990/sq mi).[2] Its population growth rate over the decade 2001–2011 was 4.6%.[2] Wayanad has a sex ratio of 1035 females for every 1000 males,[2] and a literacy rate of 89.32%, the lowest in the state.[2] Paniyas, Uraali Kurumas, and Kurichiyans comprise the tribes in Wayanad. Badagas are present in 21 hamlets spread across Wayanad.[4] The entire Wayanad region fell under the Kannada speaking area as per the linguistic survey and history of Colonel Wilks.[5]


  1. Interesting Facts About Wayanad - Nativeplanet
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 "District Census 2011". Census2011.co.in. 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
  3. US Directorate of Intelligence. "Country Comparison: Population". Retrieved 1 October 2011. Comoros 794,683 July 2011 est.
  4. Hockings, Paul; Pilot-Raichoor, Christiane (1992). A Badaga-English Dictionary. Walter de Gruyter. p. 514. ISBN 978-3-11-012677-8.
  5. Imperial Gazetteer of India, v. 9, p. 301. DSAL. p. 301.

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