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Pakshipathalam is situated in the Brahmagiri Hills, at an altitude of 1740 m above sea level. Located at a distance of 7 km from Thirunelli, as the name itself suggests the affluence of birdlife, Pakshipathalam is a home to several species of birds. Its awe-inspiring features of untouched forests, streams and steep hills together offer a challenging as well as adventurous venue for trekking. One of its major tourist attractions is a cave which is believed to have been used for medical purpose by the saints in the ancient times. Bats seem to be the main inhabitants of this cave and one other species of birds known as ‘Edible Nest Swift’ which built their nest with their saliva is found in this cave. The adventurous part of this cave is that you will have to trek through the dense forest for about 8 km which is about 3 hrs, to reach this cave. There are also many other Locations in kerala to visit. for Kerala packages, visit:

How to Reach:
By Road: As there is no proper road to this place, you will have to trek through the wild forest for about 16 km. Pakshipathalam is about 7 km from Thirunelli and Thirunelli is about 32 km from Mananthavady.

By Rail: The nearest railway station to this place is Kozhikode which is about 106 km from Mananthavady.

By Air: The nearest airport to this place is Karipur International Airport which is about 23 km from Kozhikode town.

Special permission must be taken from the forest department in order to reach Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary.

Major Attractions:

As the name of this place itself refers to the huge inhabitants of birds, one of the major attractions of this place is the huge cave that was used by the saints for medical purposes. . Though bats are considered as the main inhabitants of this cave, it is a home to several species of birds like babbler, cuckoo, owl, woodpecker, peacock and jungle fowl. The cave is also famous for the endangered species of bird known as ‘Edible Nest Swift’ which makes its nest with the help of its saliva. This cave is a favored place by Ornithologist because of the variety of birds living over here. Endangered animals like elephant, tiger, leopards, jungle cat, civet and bison are also found to be inhabitant of this sanctuary. There is also a watch tower in this place which can be used for watching birds and animals.

Another major attraction of this place is that it is also renowned for the trekking activities as the sanctuary itself has to be reached through trekking trails. But you have to take permissions from the forest authorities in order to gain a pass for trekking to this place. Other tourist destinations neighboring Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary includes Kuruvadweep Island which is renowned for its extraordinary ecosystem. Near to Pakshipathalam is a 950 acre stretch of evergreen forests located close to the banks of Kabani River. This evergreen forest is home to rare species of orchids, birds, and herbs.

So if you want to see some birds and animals in the wilderness of Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary, this is the right place to be, to indulge in your interest.

Places to Visit:

Kakanakotte Forest
Begur Reserve Forest
Waynad Wildlife Santuary

Best Time to Visit:
The best time to visit Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary, Tholpetty is as following: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Oct, Nov, Dec. And it is better to avoid the Rainy season.

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