T. B. Road, Kalpetta, Wayanad - 673 122, Kerala
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Green Gates Hotel is ideally located on a hillock in Kalpetta, the district headquarters of Wayanad. An exquisite hotel with all comforts befitting a luxury hotel.

All our cottages & rooms are elegantly appointed that leave no room for disappointment. The in-house facilities include among many other things, swimming pool, a games parlor with pool table, table tennis, carrom, chess, darts ... etc., state-of-the-art fitness centre, an ayurvedic spa, children's play area, meticulously maintained lawn & garden. The service at the hotel is exceptional & unobtrusive.

Service with a smile is the dictum here

Green Gates Hotel is the abode to the multi-cuisine - PAZHASSIRAJA - restaurant. Choose from a delectable range of Continental, Tandoori or authentic Kerala delicacies like appams, veg or lamb stew, puttu - kadala & you will savor them all. A pleasurable gastronomic experience awaits you all here.

Wayanad offers excellent scope for outdoor & adventure activities & Green Gates Hotel excel in these departments. Trekking or raft building or rafting or camping out at nights or rock-climbing & rappelling, we do them all. Our four professional guides cum trekkers will ensure with utmost care & attention that no mishap, however slight, happens to our esteemed adventure loving patrons during these daring activities. Green Gates can proudly claim that no Hotel or Resort here shows Wayanad better than us.

Wayanad is a hill station in North Kerala, a jewel in God’s Own Country - Kerala. Nature reigns here & is at its best. Wayanad literally means “the land of paddy fields.”

This land is rich in natural wonders, history & tradition. Its vast expanse of greenery, spice scented breeze, mist capped hills, salubrious climate & the hypnotizing beauty dazzle all visitors.

Scaling Edakkal caves & Chembra peak will delight all trekkers. Chembra peak, in particular, will dare all trekkers, a true trekker’s paradise.

Kuruwa Dweep, Soochipara & Meenmutty Waterfalls, Pookot Lake are few of the unblemished water spots in Wayanad. Rafting, boating, angling, swimming & exotic birds watching could all be done here.

Wayanad’s two wildlife sanctuaries - Tholpetty & Muthunga - share borders with Nagarahole, Bandipur & Mudumalai sanctuaries. These reserves are home to Tigers, Leopards, Elephants, Gaurs, Sambas, Deers & many more. A true treat to our animal loving patrons.

Camping out at nights is another joyful option that will delight all our nature loving & adventurous patrons.

LEISURE OR ADVENTURE HOLIDAY, HEAD TO GREEN GATES HOTEL AT WAYANAD

WAYANAD – THE LAND OF SPICY HILLS – A JEWEL IN GOD’S OWN COUNTRY

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. The Folk etymology of 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.

According to archaeological evidence, the Wayanad forests have been inhabited for more than three thousand years. Wayanad was originally ruled by Vedar kings. However, after a Kshatriya Prince (Raja of Kumbala), was captured and held hostage in Tirunelli by the Vedars, it was invaded and annexed by a combined force lead by the Raja of Kottayam and the Raja of Kurumbranad. The Vedar king (Arippan) was killed and most of his subjects were massacred. However, the Raja of Kumbala asked a Nair aristocrat, Nanthillath Nambiar to marry the daughter of the Vedar king, who had survived the massacre. Nambiar was appointed as the Moopil Nair of Veliyambam, where the surviving Vedars were resettled. It was decided that Wynad should be partitioned between Kottayam-Malabar and Kurumbranad. The Kottayam Raja was awarded North West Wynad and the Raja of Kurumbranad was awarded South East Wynad. As a result of disputes between them, the Kurumbranad Raja gave up his country to the Kottayam Raja, except for the palace and some landed properties. The Raja of Kottayam divided Wynad in to 10 Swaroopams (Naads) and appointed governors (Usually Nairs with the tile of Vazhunnor) to rule each one of them. These swaroopams were again divided into Chiefdoms, which were ruled by Moopil Nairs.

Senior Raja of Kurumbranadu helped the British in their fight against Tipu Sultan. Following Mysore's withdrawal, Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja (the head of western branch of the family) and the British parted their ways. And in 1799, after the fall of Tipu, the British took over Wayanad. Pazhassi Raja engaged in a prolonged guerrilla war with the British until he was killed in 1805. When the state of Kerala came into being in 1956, Wayanad was a part of Kannur district; later in 1957 south Wayanad was added to Kozhikode district and north Wayanad remained with Kannur district. By amalgamating north Wayanad and south Wayanad, the present Wayanad district came into being on the 1st November 1980 comprising of three taluks; Vythiry, Mananthavady, and Sulthan Bathery.

Wayanad district stands on the southern top of the Deccan plateau and its chief glory is the majestic rugged terrain of the Western ghats, with lofty ridges interspersed with dense forest, tangled jungles and deep valleys. Quite a large area of the district is covered by forest but the continued and indiscriminate exploitation of the natural resources point towards an imminent environmental crisis.
Chembra Peak (2,100 metres (6,890 ft)), Banasura peak (2,073 metres (6,801 ft)), Brahmagiri (1,608 metres (5,276 ft)) are some of the important mountains in the district.
The Kabini River, one of the three east flowing rivers of Kerala, is an important tributary of the Kaveri River. Almost the entire Wayanad district is drained by Kabini and its three tributaries, the Panamaram, Mananthavady, and Kalindy rivers. The Banasura Sagar Dam is built on one of tributaries of the Kabini River.
The distance from the mean sea level and the amount of forest cover creates a pleasant climate in the region. Generally the year is divided into four seasons; cold weather (December to February), hot weather (March to May), South West monsoon (June to September) and North East monsoon (October to November). During the hot weather the temperature goes up to a maximum of 35 °C (95 °F) and during the cold weather the temperature goes down to 07 °C (45 °F). The greater temperature variation in the last 5–6 years is in the range of 18 °C (64 °F) to 28 °C (82 °F). The average rainfall is 2,500 millimetres (98 in) per year.
Wayanad is 3.79% urbanised. Agriculture, is the main stay of the economy. Coffee, tea, cocoa, pepper, plantain and vanilla are the main crops. Besides these cash crops, the most important crop in the district is rice. Dams and aqueducts have been constructed to take water to the otherwise dry areas in the district. Price of land is going up even though Agrarian crisis.
The district is very susceptible to an agrarian crisis, due to the high dependence of the population on agricultural income. Between 1997 and 2005, more than 150,000 farmers across India have committed suicide, of which nearly 8% were from Kerala (11,516). 90% of these were in Wayanad. A major reason for the high farmer suicide rate was the crash in prices of locally-grown crops such as coffee, pepper, ginger, arecanut, etc. as well as plant epidemics. The NREGS (National Rural Employment Guarantee Act) enacted by the current UPA government has helped and Wayanad and Palakkad were the only districts selected to receive the benefits under this scheme because of the acute need in these areas.. The daily wage under NREGS at Rs. 125, regardless of gender, in Kerala is the highest among all the states. Work under NREGS includes building elephant trenches (crop-raiding by wild elephants is another problem in Wayanad), roads, etc. Due to a combination of the NREGS and measures undertaken by the state government, in 2007, the state reported 10 farmer suicides as opposed to 131 in 2004.
Area: 2132 km²

Population (2001 census): 780,619

Density of Population: 369 people/km²

No. of Taluks: 3 (Mananthavady, Sulthan Bathery, Vythiri)

No. of State Legislative Assembly Constituencies: 3 (North Wayanad, Sulthan Bathery and Kalpetta)

Lok Sabha Constituencies: North Wayanad Assembly Seat is in Kannur Lok Sabha Seat, the other two in Kozhikode.

District Headquarters: Kalpetta (Municipality, population: 29,602 in 2001 census)

Other Important Towns: Sulthan Bathery & Mananthavady

At present, the area is still occupied by tribal populations who still practice age-old customs and rituals and live a nomadic life. Some of the tribal populations include Paniyas, Adiyas, Kattunayakan and Kurichiyans. It is the district with the highest share in the adivasi population (about 36%) of Kerala. Wayanad also has a large settler population. The Jains from Karnataka came in the 13th century. The Hindu Nairs from Kottayam-Kurumbranadu, in Kannur district, made an entry in the 14th century and established their feudal system. They were followed by Muslims. There were large scale migrations from southern Kerala in the early 1940s. Their hard work helped them to build prosperous lives. Christians who came in the 1950s from Travancore, were well established as plantation owners until the crash in the price of plantation crops. On the other hand, the last few decades have seen the complete marginalisation of the indigenous people. Alienated from their land, exploited by the settlers and neglected by the state, their struggle for rights to the land has so far been unsuccessful.
  • Kalpetta | Mananthavady | Sulthan Bathery | Vythiri | Meenangadi | Pulpally | Panamaram
The Kozhikode - Mysore National Highway 212 (NH 212) passes through Wayanad district. The nearest railway station is at Kozhikode, 75 km from Kalpetta. Kozhikode airport at Karipur is the nearest airport. Wayanad is well connected by road to various parts of Kerala and other neighboring states. Buses go frequently between important centers. While travelling from Mysore on NH 212, at a place called Gundlupet the road forks, one goes to Ooty and the other goes to Sultan Batheri, which is a prominent town of Wayanad.

NH 212 passes through Bandipur National Park and then through the Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary which is the Kerala state border. The roads are good except for some sections inside the Bandipur Forest.
Malabar cuisine, which is one of the most tastiest varieties of Kerala cuisine, is distinguished by its style of preparation and unique recipes. A blend of influences from Arab, Brahmin, Zamorin, and Chirakkal cultures give Malabar a full range of vegetarian options as well as a wide variety of non-vegetarian options, particularly with poultry, mutton, and lamb. To accompany, there are a number of distinctive rice preparations, rice breads, and flatbreads. Malabar also has an unusually bountiful selection of traditional snack options. The extreme north of Malabar has a lot of Konkani influence, with distinctive recipes focusing more on seafood.

Dum biryani - One of Malabar's most distinctive specialties.
Malabar paratha - The local variant of the unleavened flatbread is especially fluffy and soft.
Pathiri - A type of rice bread.
Rice - Popular preparations include ghee rice, saffron rice, and fried rice.