#9 of 33 Places to Visit in Wayanad
Distance (From Wayanad): 26 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): 2-3 Hours
Transportation Options: Bus / Cab
Travel Tips: This place can be visited on the way to Thirunelly Temple (20 Kms), Papanasini (21 Kms) and Pakshipathalam (27 Kms)
At a distance of 13 km from Mananthavady, 26 km from Kalpetta, 35 km from Irupu Falls & 32 km from Sulthan Bathery, Kuruva Island, also known as Kuruva Dweep, is a protected river delta in Wayanad district of Kerala. Kuruva Dweep is being developed as eco-tourism project and is one of the popular places to visit in Wayanad.
Kuruva Island is a cluster of small islands formed by the delta in the River Kabini and is spread over 950 acres of uninhabited area. These are true natural islands with no other activities. Kuruva Island is densely populated with rich flora and fauna. Rare species of birds, orchids and herbs are the main attraction of the island apart from its breathtaking natural beauty. Several migratory birds are also seen on the island. The main island contains two small fresh water lakes. Other unique features of these islands are the bridges made of bamboo and rare species of trees. The island is very famous for Bird Watching, and Bamboo Rafting.
Kuruva Island is about 6 km from Mananthavady - Mysore road. One has to take diversion towards right side before Kattikulam to reach the island (sign boards available). Best way to reach this place is to avail private transportation from Mananthavady or Kattikulam. The island, surrounded by streams and river, is accessible by rafts or fiber boats run by Kerala Tourism Department. Entrance to the island is restricted and monitored by the Forest Department of Kerala.
The island is open to visitors from October to May, remains closed during peak rainy season that is from June to September. The best time to visit Kuruva Dweep is from mid-December to late April.
Timings: 9 AM to 4 PM
Entry Fee: Rs. 80 for Indian Adults, Rs. 55 for Indian Child, Rs. 150 for Foreigners, Rs. 10 for Boat, Rs.300 per 6 Persons for Bamboo Rafting & Rs. 50 for Camera