HISTORY OF WAYANAD
According to prominent historians Wayanad has a long history. Historians are of the view that organized human life existed in these parts, for at least 3 millenniums. There are countless evidences about New Stone Age civilization which can be seen at various spots in the hills of Wayanad, like the ones found in famous Edakkal caves. Pictures and pictorial writings found on the walls of two caves of Ampukuthimala located between Sulthan Bathery and Ambalavayal, speak volumes of the bygone era and civilization. From 18th century onwards recorded history of Wayanad is available. In ancient times, this land was ruled by the Rajas of the Veda tribe; most famous among rajas of that tribe was Vedar Raja Bhashkar Alok. Kurumbranadu Royal Dynasty of near Kottayam Thalassery in Kannur held rights to the land in early 18th century. Then it briefly came under the rule of Kingdom of Mysore as it campaigned in the Malabar Coast under Hyder Ali. Pazhassi Raja of Kurumbranadu helped the British in their fight against Hyder Ali’s son Tipu Sultan. When Tipu fell to British they took control of the region dumping the Pazhassi Raja.