the northern hill district of Kerala, forms the rendezvous for the flora
and fauna in the state. Elephants, tigers, jungle cats, civets, bison, peacocks,
woodpeckers among others settle down in the greenery that still remains
untouched by man's vicious hand. And this makes Pakshipathalam, perched
at a 1740 m above sea level a picturesque sleepy little place for the nature
lover to dream of.
Pakshipathalam, literally translated means hell lot of
birds. Here virgin forests, rivulets and steep hills together offer challenging
avenues for trekking. A cave which ascetics of ancient ages are believed
to have used for meditation, has become a major attraction for tourists.
History always sells.
Close by is Kuruvadweep, an island (dweep) well known
for its rare ecology. Located 17 km from Mananthavady, Kuruvadweep is a
950 acre stretch of evergreen forests on the banks of the Kabani river,
and home to rare species of birds, orchids and herbs.
Pakshipathalam is about 7 km away from Thirunelli and
trekking is the only mode of reaching this place. Thirunelli is about 32
km from Mananthavady.
Nearest railway station: Kozhikode, about 106 km from
Nearest airport: Karipur International Airport, Kozhikode
about 23 km from Kozhikode town.