PAKSHIPATHALAM - TRAVEL INFO
Adventure / Trekking
Distance (From Kalpetta (wayanad)): 52 Kms
Commonly Visited From: Thirunelly Temple
Trip Duration (From Thirunelly Temple, Including Travel): Full Day
Transportation Options: Walk/Trek
Travel Tips: 1. This place is visited from Thirunelly Temple (7 Kms)
2. Permission can also be obtained from Deputy Conservator of Forests, Mananthavady (Ph: 04936-240233)
3. Food & water should be carried from the Thirunelly Temple (though some streams are available on the way)
4. Limited accommodation available near Thirunelly Temple. Mananthavady has better accommodation facilities.
At a distance of 52 Kms from Kalpetta, 35 kms from Irupu Falls, 29 kms from Mananthavady & 7 Kms from Thirunelly Temple, Pakshipathalam is located atop the Brahmagiri Hills at an altitude of 1740 meters. It is also a challenging trekking path and a place of great natural beauty.
Pakshipathalam is the abode of large population of several species of birds. Rare species of birds can be sighted from the watch tower here. There is also a cave called Munikal Cave, where birds take shelter during night and early morning. There is a small eagle shaped projection where the Garuda was believed to have been landed. Night camping is not allowed on Pakshipathalam peak, so trekkers need to come back before it's dark.
This can be accessed only by trekking from Thirunelly Temple (about 3 hrs one way). To visit Pakshipathalam, special permission is needed from Forest Department at Tholpetty/Appapara (5 Kms from Thirunelly, Ph: 04835-240233). Vehicle, guides, and camping equipments are can be arranged by District Tourism Promotion Council, Kalpetta (Ph: 04936-602134 / 602712).
Nov to Apr is the best time to visit.