Pakshipathalam, Wayanad

Pakshipathalam in Wayanad district of Kerala. Situated about 1740 m above the sea level, Pakshipathalam is home to several species of birds and is an ornithologist's paradise. It is located in the Brahmagiri Hills near Thirunelly. There is a cave here, which according to legend, was used by rishis (saints) for meditation in ancient times. it is a favourite destination of adventure tourists, ornithologists and nature-lovers.
The tourists have to cover about 17 km through forests to reach Pakshipathalam and prior permission from Forest Department is necessary to visit the place. The District Tourism Promotion Council arranges vehicles, guides and camping equipment, on request.
During the trek into the region, the visitors can also see a watchtower, situated among thick greenery of the forest. Visitors can do bird watching from the tower. Some rare birds like Asian fairy blue bird, the paradise flycatcher, the gold fronted chloropsis, the emerald dove etc. can be spotted in the area.

Best time to visit: October to January
Visiting hours: 7 am to 7 pm and on weekends and public holiday 7 am to 4 pm
  • Location : Pakshipathalam. Thirunelli Pakshipathalam Trek, Thirunelli, Kerala
  • Nearest major Railway Station : Kannur
  • Nearest Airports : Kozhikode (140 kms).