In the sylvan solitude of Wayanad, the northern hill district of Kerala covered with moist deciduous forests and teaming with elephants, tigers, jungle cats, civets, bison and peacocks, perched at a 1740 m above sea level is Pakshipathalam, a picturesque sleepy little place.
Pakshipathalam, as the name suggests has a large population of birds. This hill station offers great opportunities for bird watching. The deep rock caves formed among the thick blocks of rocks at the northern top end of the Brahmagiri is the abode of various birds and wild beasts. One can watch rare species of birds from the watch tower of the Bird sanctuary located nearby.
Located 7 kms north east of Thirunelli Temple in Brahma Giri Hills, Pakshipathalam is a challenging tourist spot. A trekkers’ paradise, this place is accessibe only by trekking. Virgin forests, rivulets and steep hills together offer challenging avenues for trekking.
Close by is Kuruvadweep, an island (dweep) well known for its rare ecology. Located 17 km from Mananthavady, Kuruvadweep is a 950-acre stretch of evergreen forests on the banks of the Kabani River, and home to rare species of birds, orchids and herbs.
A cave which saints are believed to have used for meditation in ancient times, has become a major attraction for tourists.
One has to obtain special permission from forest department to go to Pakshipathalam. District Tourism Promotion Council arranges vehicle, guides and camping apparatus to the tourists on hire.
- Nearest railway station: Kozhikode, about 106 km from Mananthavady.
- Nearest airport: Karipur International Airport, about 23 km from Kozhikode town.