Wayanad City

Thirunelly temple (32 km northeast of Mananthavady): Surrounded by Kambamala, Karimala and Varadiga, the Thirunelly temple is a marvel of temple architecture. The shrine is shielded with 30 granite columns and the ground is paved with huge square pieces of granite. The crystal clear waters of the Papanasini river running downhill add to the enchantment of the place.

Pazhassi tomb (32 km northeast of Kalpetta): The memorial of the ‘Lion of Kerala’ – Veera Pazhassi Raja – who organised the guerilla warfare against the British East India Company, is situated at Mananthavady. The Pulpally cave is where Pazhassi took refuge until he was captured by the British. The Glass Temple of Kottamunda (20 km away from Kalpetta): This temple is located on the slope of Vellarimala and is dedicated to Parswanatha Swamy of the Jain faith. The mirrors inside the temple walls reflect images of the icons in the temple’s sanctum sanctorum.

Pakshipathalam (10 km from Thirunelly): This place can be accessed only by trekking. Rare species of birds can be sighted from the watch tower of this bird sanctuary.

Boys town (15 km north of Mananthavady): Herbal garden, nature care centre, sericulture unit, perma-culture centre etc., established by the Wayanad Social Service Society and Jean Park (the Indo-Danish project for promoting herbal gardening) are situated here.

Festivals :

Valliyurkavu Bhagavathy Temple: Located 8 km east of Mananthavady town, the temple is dedicated to goddess Durga. The two week long festival in February/March is attended by hundreds of tribals Thirunelly temple (August) Seethadevi Temple (January) Pallikkunnu Church (February) Nadavayal St. Thomas Church (January) Varambatta Mosque (March) Mardoni Mosque (March – April)

How To Reach Wayanad

Air : The nearest airport is Calicut. 109 km from Kalpetta, district headquarters.

Road : N H 212 (Kozhikode-Mysore) passes via Kalpetta and Sulthan Bathery.

KSRTC Bus Station in Sulthan Bathery operates round-the-clock services to Kozhikode sector.

Buses to Bangalore and Mysore are from Sulthan Bathery and Kalpetta.

Interiors of the district are connected to Kalpetta and Sulthan Bathery.

Mananthavady is also connected to Kalpetta, Sulthan Bathery and Kozhikode.