Wayanad district is located in the northeast of Kerala with headquarters at Kalpetta town. The district was carved out on November 1, 1980 and is the 12th district in Kerala.
The district consists of three talukas – Vythiri, Sulthan Bathery and Mananthavady.
Wayanad went to polls in the first phase of panchayat elections on November 2. Voter turnout recorded was 81.58 percent – highest for any district in the first phase. Polling was a little higher than that recorded last time - 81.30 percent.