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Location info:India>Kerala>Wayanad

Distances:From Thirunelli, you have to trek for a distance of about 7 km to reach Pakshipathalam.,14 Kms approx. (both ways)
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Trek Length: 7 km one way, 1-1/2 days.

Route Info:

Bangalore - Srirangapatna - Hunsur - Murkul - Nagarahole - Kutta - Srimangala

Best Time To Visit:

During Summer or Winter.

Worst Time To Visit:

Rainy Season is the worst time to visit.

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Pakshipathalam,1740m above sea level in the Brahmagiri Thirunelly Temple with Karimala in the Backgroundhills at Thirunelli, is a challenging tourist spot for any adventure seeking tourist. Thirunelli is famous for its Lord Vishnu temple. To reach Pakshipathalam sixteen kilometres (to-n-fro) has to be covered through wild forest. The deep rock caves, formed among the thick blocks of rocks at the northern top end of the Brahmagiri, are the abode of various birds and wild beasts.

The trek to Pakshipathalam is quite unique as it lies in the Brahmagiri hills on the border Brahmagiri Peak & Shola Grasslandsof Kerala & Karnataka. Pakshipatalam & Brahmagiri Peak both lie in the Brahmagiri hills range. Part of the hills in Kerala lies in the Begur range of Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary and the Karnataka part is in the Srimangala range. On the Karnataka side Pakshipathalam is alsoBorder Demarkation known by the name of Munekal caves. We trek through the Kerala border, cross into Karnataka border for about 2kms and then cross back into the Kerala border. For miles together there are no border posts but there are regular border patrolling teams from both states. One can clearly see 2 lines (clear path) running parallel to each other all over the grassland area & hillocks clearly demarcating the border.

The deep rock caves, formed among the thick blocks of rocks at the northern top end of the Brahmagiri are the abode of various birds and wild beasts. Pakshipathalam is close to Kuruva Island, a 950 acres of evergreen forest on the tributaries of east following river Kabani, is an ideal picnic spot, far away from the disturbance of city life. The island is uninhabited. Rare spicies of birds, orchids and herbs are the sovereigns of this supernal kingdom. It is 17 kms. east of Mananthavady and 40 kms. north west of Sulthan Bathery.

Things To Look for:

Lots of Leeches around so got to be careful about.

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Have to get permission from the forest office.Per head Rs.150/-