It is at a height of 700m to 2100 m above sea level. Wayanads climate and geography make it ideal for the cultivation of coffee, tea, cardamom, pepper and rubber.
It lies between north latitude 11degree 2628 and 11degree 4822 and east longitude 75 degree 4638 and 76 degree 2611.
Providing a panorama of undulating mist clad hills and dales, Wayanad is blessed with a unique geographical position. Luxuriant plantations of coffee, tea, cardamom, pepper and rubber are strewn all over the hills of Wayanad. It is bound on the east by the Nilgiri and the Mysore districts of Tamilnadu and Karnataka respectively. It shares the borders with Coorg district of Karnataka on the north, on the south with Malappuram district and on the west with Calicut and Cannanore districts.
The natural scenic beauty of Wayanad and its rich natural resources offer several opportunities for adventure tourism. Located at the northeastern tip of Kerala, Wayanad was earlier a part of Kannur district. Panorama, Manathavady and Kabini, the fast flowing rivers lend a unique beauty to the whole region.
The unique geographical features of Wayanad, expressed in rugged mistcovered mountains and pastoral valleys,lend this northern district a peculiar charm and a delightful challenge for hikers and nature lovers. Once ruled by Kalpetta, the district headquarters, is the famous Ananthanatha Jain Temple at Puliyarmala. This district is said to have been a stronghold of Jains in the past.
Another pointer to this fact is the Glass Temple Of Koottamunda, 20 km from Kalpetta. Located on the slope of the Vellarimala hill, this temple is dedicated to Parswanatha Swami of the Jain faith. The mirrors inside the temple walls reflect in thousands of beautiful patterns, the images of the icons in the temple’s sanctum sanctorum .
Trekkers would like to head for the Chembra Peak , 18 km away, the Banasura Sagar Dam near Padinharathara, also 18 km away, as well as the Meenmutty waterfall, 40 km from Kalpetta.