Pakshipathalam

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Situated at an altitude of 1740m and accessible only by trekking, Pakshipathalam is home to several species of birds and is an ornithologist’s paradise. It is located in the Brahmagiri Hills near Thirunelly in Wayanad. Wayanad is one favorite place for every trekker as it has beautiful trekking tracks and amazing places to see. Pakshipathalam is such a famous spot in Wayanad, which has captured the mindset of every trekker, ornithologists and nature lovers in the world. Here virgin forests, streams, and steep hills together offer challenging avenues for trekking.  It is a natural rock cave at the northern end of the Brahmagiri Hills.

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There is a cave here, which according to legend, was used by rishis (saints) for meditation in ancient times. The deep rock caves; formed among the thick blocks of rocks at the northern top end of the Brahmagiri are the abode of various birds and wild beasts.

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It is believed that Garuda, the vehicle of  Vishnu and the King of birds, stands guard over his subjects at Pakshipathalam, a bird lovers’ paradise.  Pakshipathalam, meaning’ birds in the nether regions’,.

 

The best way to enjoy bird sanctuary’s landscapes is a ‘3-hour trek’ through the area. The place is famous for the ‘Edible Nest Swiftlet.’ There is a belief that the nest, which is used for making bird’s nest is made up of hardened saliva. The place is not only rich in countless bird species but also in a significant number of animal species. The chirping of birds guarding the sky can be seen in the sanctuary. The place has an orchid plantation and numerous species of medicinal trees and herbs. It also has a temple and a watchtower for helping the tourists in navigation.

Pakshipathalam Peak Trek

Located at a height of 1,740 kilometers above the sea level and is one among the challenging spots for tourists across Wayanad. A trek to Pakshipathalam takes you through moist deciduous forests, rolling hillocks, open grasslands, slippery trails, and narrow rocky caves. Trekkers will be met with deep caves, thick rock blocks and wild forests during the trek. Trekkers can reach the top after traveling 16 kilometers. Pakshipathalam is near the Brahmagiri hills, but unlike the latter Pakshipathalam has gentler slopes and is a comparatively easy terrain to climb. With amazingly beautiful surroundings, the hill offers great opportunities for photography. Camping is not allowed here. So, you will have to trek back before the forest gets dark. The fact that the forest is home to several animals and reptiles adds to the excitement of the trek.

Throughout the trek, you’re constantly flitting across the border between Karnataka and Kerala. You require permission from the DFO of North Wayanad to trek to this place. You’ll have to pay a permit fee.  The best season for trekking is from November to April.

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Neelimala Viewpoint

neelimala view point

Neelimala is one of the most famous hill towns, which is beautifully seated in Wayanad district of  Kerala. Neelimala View Point is a frequently visited tourist destination in Wayanad. Neelima Viewpoint has a spectacular view of the Meenmutty falls and valleys surrounding it. From the point, tourists can see the milky white streams gushing through the walk, making its way towards the river. This splendid sight is something that one can never forget throughout life. Mist and aroma around create such a spell that one will be lost in its beauty for a long period of time.

To reach the top one has to trek enormous spreads of coffee plantation as well see numerous purple flowering bushes and further up, small holdings of ginger and areca nut. The sides of the path leading to the viewpoint are also dotted with small bushes of purple flower plants and also chirping sunbirds and other varieties of small birds darting in and out of the bushes.

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Completing the first part of the ascend, which is about half a kilometer, the trekking path gets narrower and goes down before it climbs up again. Now the vegetation on the sides changes to tall, wild grass, including the lemongrass variety. The narrow path goes further up and suddenly opens up into a panoramic view, with the mountain folds of the Western Ghats on your left and a hill slope replete with grass and studded with boulders on the right. You have reached the Neelimala viewpoint.

Have a brief stop. Catch your breath. Feel the cool breeze in your hair, as it dries out the sweat. Take a look around to spot some butterflies with rare color and size, gliding down the slopes and sometimes going behind the mist. As you remain there, your ears slowly get receptive to a rumble down the valley. If you hear it, take the narrow path going down to the left. Make your way through tall grasses leaning on to you. Move gently and watch out for slippery rocks and pits. Meandering to the left, the path would lead you to a spot, where you would find yourself standing behind a rocky spur with the rumbling noise becoming intense manifold.

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Carefully make your descend down and move towards the middle of the rocky spur. It would take some time for you to believe the mesmerizing sight that is right before you. Down flows a track of white water, flanked by evergreen forests. A sight you would never forget. Get your best shots and take in its pristine beauty as much as you can. As you watch the unforgettable sight of Meenmutty waterfall, an occasional blanket of thick mist could block your sight. But, do not get upset. Wait for some time and as the mist clears out, and on occasions, the sheet of mist would split open to reveal the waterfall, which is yet another delightful thing to watch.

This is a very good place for trekking and promises you beautiful scenery as you climb your way up to the viewpoint. Along with trekking, it is also an ideal place for camping if you have time on your hands. There are plenty of trails around the viewpoint to satisfy your thirst for adventure activities. The trails involve climbing up and through the various coffee plantations. One can catch the aroma of ginger and areca nut along with those of coffee beans as the climb intensifies. Neelimala view point offers a mesmerizing view of plenty of waterfalls, gently rolling hills, lush green grasses silently waving with the breeze and of course the enthralling valley with its dense forests.

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“Sulthan” Bathery

Sulthan Bathery, previously known as Sultan’s Battery, is a town and municipality in Wayanad district of Kerala. It is the largest city in Wayanad district.  Sulthan Bathery is situated about 100 kilometers from Kozhikode on NH212 and it was earlier known as Ganapathivattom.

This town was part of Kidanganadu Village, which got its name because of the presence of the Kidangans the tribes. The place owes its new name “Sulthan Bathery” to the erstwhile ruler of Mysore, Tipu Sultan, who during his invasion of the Malabar region dumped his ammunition and parked his artillery battering in an old Jain temple here. The place was hence known as Sulthan Bathery which is a corrupted form of Sultan’s battery. Tipu Sultan also built a fort here, which is in ruins now and a police station stands on the mounds of the fort now.

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Jain Temple in Sulthan Bathery

Sultan Bathery is a historical place and its ancient history goes in sync with the history of Wayanad. The recorded history of this district exists only from the 10th century onward. In 930 AD, emperor Erayappa of Ganga Dynasty led his troops to south-west of Mysore and after conquering, called it Bayalnad meaning the land of swamps. After Erayappa, his sons Rachamalla and Battunga fought each other for the new kingdom of their father’s legacy. Rachamalla was killed and Battunga became the undisputed ruler of Bayalnad. In 12th century AD, Gangas were dethroned from Bayalnad by Kadamba dynasty of North Canara. In 1104 AD Vishnuvardhana of Hoysala invaded Bayalnad followed by Vijayanagara dynasty in the 16th century. In 1610 AD Udaiyar Raja Wadiyar of Mysore drove out Vijayanagara General and became the ruler of Bayalnad and the Nilgiris. Bayalnad is the present Wayanad. When Wayanad was under Hyder Ali’s rule, the ghat road from Vythiri to Thamarassery invented. Then the British rulers developed this route to Carter road.

Sulthan-Bathery.

Situated at an altitude of 1000m above sea level, Sulthan Bathery enjoys a temperate climate throughout the year. The topography interwoven with valleys, plains and mountainous terrain enchants any visitor here.

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Once known as a strategic location in the Malabar region, Sulthan Bathery is now the largest town in Wayanad district and is known for its tourism and commercial activities. The pre-historic caves, jungle trails, sparkling streams and rivers and lush greenery of the undulating hills draw a lot of tourists to the region every year. Though tribes constitute the majority of the population, Sulthan Bathery also houses a settler population (those who migrated from various parts of Kerala). The main occupation of the people here is agriculture.

Sultan Bathery has very good road connectivity with south Indian states. The major Road is NH 766 connected to Mysore, Bangalore and Kozhikode, two State highways connected to Ooty and Coimbatore and a state highway connected to Mangalore, Kannur, Thalassery and Kasaragod. Sulthan Bathery is the biggest transport hub of Wayanad district. It is located near the border with the Karnataka state.

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Myth Behind Chain Tree in Wayanad

Chain Tree Wayanad

Changala Maram or Chain Tree is a major attraction for travelers who pass through the Calicut- Wayanad route. You can see steel chains hanging from the branch of the tree. The tree has a story to tell.

The myth of the tree is associated with the tribal chief Karinthandan, who lived between 1700-1750 AD. During the British colonial era, Wayanad didn’t have any developed roads. Wayanad was blessed with dense forests and hills only the tribes knew the paths through these forests. Karinthandan belonged to the Paniya tribe, he was the chief of that tribal community.

He knew every path in the forest.So when the British Viceroy announced a reward for to those who find a way from Thamarassery to Wayanad to through the forest, a British engineer took the help of Karinthandan to find the route. After discovering the hidden routes in the forest the engineer took Karinthandan to the top of the hill and shot him dead so that he could take the credit for finding the route.
The British built the road through the forest, which is now known as the Thamarassery Churam.
Myth related to Karithandan and ChainTree

After making the road the British started to exploiting the resources of Wayanad. But the road became haunted, and a lot of accidents happened on the road, and the people believed that all of this is because of Karinthandan’s ghost. So the people called a priest to find a solution to this problem. After a lot of effort, the priest was able to chain the ghost to a Ficus tree, which is now known as the Changala Maram or Chain Tree. The tree is now grown to 25 feet height. A small temple built near the tree and started to worship Karinthandan.

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Phantom Rock

Phantom rock in wayanad

Phantom Rock is one of the major tourist destinations close to Ambalavayal in the Wayanad district of Kerala. It is an archaeological structure found seen rarely in the world. This rock naturally resembles a skull, and thus it is known as Phantom Rock. The picturesque place is 26 kilometers away from Kalpetta and can be reached by trekking on the narrow lanes. Like other places of Wayanad, Cheengeri Mala is also one of the favorite spots for trekkers and hikers. The picturesque rock is standing tall at an elevation of 2600 meters above the sea level and is surrounded by the lush greenery; it’s a picture-perfect place for those who are looking for peace and solitude.

Phantom Rock Wayanad

This is a major tourist spot because of an unusual skull-shaped rock and attracts many tourists who like exploring the historical places. The rock is named because of its shape which is as same as a Phantom head. The rock has ample spots around him where people can go camping and trekking. Once at the top, you get a splendid view of the city comfortably nestled within the beautiful colors of nature.

This piece of natural art which has a skull-shaped rock over a small boulder is formed out of huge metamorphic rocks and is locally known as Cheengeri Mala or Thalappara. The Phantom Rock of Wayanad has received the name due to its shape, which is similar to a Phantom head. This picturesque destination which is 26 kilometers from Kalpetta; can be reached through a single narrow lane where trekking and camping are also popular activities amongst travelers. Those who are adventurous enough can climb to its upper part.

Phantom Rock Wayanad

The surroundings of this rock have potential scenic locations. The scenic surroundings near the phantom rock make it a potential tourist trekking and camping location. The surroundings have a lot of greeneries and rocks. Those who wish to trek or camp have to carry their own gear. Familiarity with the routes and trails is a must as very little or no guidance is available.

Phantom Rock Wayanad

The serene environment surrounding the Phantom Rock of Wayanad, which is situated at about 2100 metres above sea level is an amazing destination for people who are seeking peace and solitude along with a bit of adventure. Although Kalpetta and Sulthan Bathery which are close by house a number of scenic places, it is here that an adventurous spirit can find the challenge. Climbing and reaching the top of the rock could lead to immense pleasure and a great sense of satisfaction.

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