Orange villa Homestay is the home of Mr. Purushothan, his wife Lathika and his son Akash. The family is the host of the villa. They are the descendants of the EdanadanChetty community, a small community of around 2500 people living in the Thirunelli, Tholpetty and Pulpallyareas in Wayanad district of Karnataka.
The roots of the lineage can be traced back to around 600 years back and it is believed that they are originally from Karnataka. However, there is a dispute regarding the exact place of their origin. One idea suggests that the family originally belonged from Manglore (Mangalapuram). It is believed that the family name EdanadanChetty was derived from EdandanKotta, a place that exists in Mangalore.
Due to a dispute there the family moved out of Mangalore and settled down in Wayanad. The second idea suggests that the family migrated from Hampi in Karnataka. They belonged to the VijayaNagara Kingdom and came to Wayanad due to the invasion of Tipu Sultan. Though there is no proper evidence supporting this theory, the idea was derived from the rituals and songs followed by the family that has a strong resemblance to the same followed at Hampi. This small community is a group of peace loving people who follow vivid culture, customs and language. The main occupation of the community is farming and they mainly cultivate coffee, pepper, orange, ginger and Gandhakashala rice.