mananthavadi

Mananthavady is a municipality and taluk in the Wayanad district of Kerala, India. The town is located on the banks of Mananthavady Puzha, a tributary of the Kabini River. Mananthavady has been referred to as “Hosenkadi” in a dictum scribbled under a copper artifact found at the Ananthanathaswamy Temple at Varadoor. The dominant view on the etymology is that the word is derived from “Mane Eytha Vady (The place where an arrow was shot at the deer)”. This view is strengthened by the existence of a place called Ambukuthy, literally the location where the arrow pierced, on the outskirts of the town. This area was once ruled by the Pazhassi dynasty and the tomb of Pazhassi Raja is an important heritage site located in the heart of the town. Mananthavady was a major army camp for the British during their campaign against Pazhassi. One can still see the vestiges of the colonial period – canteen, club, barracks, rest house, cemetery – around Mananthavady. This is also the headquarters of the Adivasi Gothra Mahasabha. The District Hospital in Mananthavady is the only major treatment facility for the service of the tribal communities and other less privileged sections of Wayanad.

The Government College Mananthavady was established in 1981. It was the only centre for higher learning in North Wayanad for a long time.Mananthavady is located 28 km north-east of the district headquarters Kalpetta, 80 km east of Thalassery and 92 km north-east of Kozhikode(via.kutyady) Thalassery-Bavali Road is the major road passing through Mananthavady, which is well connected with both Mysore and Kodagu. Mananthavady is connected with Mysore (110 km away), via Kartikulam, Bavali and H D Kote through Nagarhole National Park.