This township, despite its bustle, is surrounded by peaceful wilderness. Rather isolated from the other towns located on NH 212, Mananthavady has its own distinctive Nananthavady is the base for Pakshi- pathalam, a boulder-strewn area in the forests of the Bramhagiri hills, ideal for trekking and watching birds. The enchanting Kuruva Dweep Island and the f I lolpetty Hildlife Sanctuary are close by.This town has close links to the history of Wayanad as well. The Pazhassi tomb, a kilometre from Mananthavady, marks the 1 WI ce where the body of the fiery warrior, nip Pazhassi Raja, was cremated after his defeat at the hands of the British.
Thirunelly Temple, literally, ‘the temple with the sacred gooseberry (nelli) tree’, is located in a valley surrounded by the south Bramhagiri peaks. Myth relates this shrine to the Hindu gods, Brahma and vishnu. The surrounding peaks are a trekker’s delight.
During their wanderings, saints and god men are believed to have taken shelter in the numerous caves and rocky hillocks hewn across this area. However, today Pakshipathalam is the haven for a large avian colony – mainly around the mama I rock caves. It draws avid trekkers and birdwatchers during the summer months.
This architecturally pleasing Shiva Temple, with its antiquity shrouded in the distant past, is so inextricably linked to the Thirunelly Temple that the performance of rites at the latter shrine remains incomplete until it is followed by offerings at Thrissileri.
When Tipu Sultan ceded Malabar to the British, the Pazhassi Raja, scion of the Kottayam royal family, was the first to revolt. Forced to flee into the jungles of Hayanad, he engaged the British in guerrilla warfare. Finally defeated in the jungles of Mavilamthode near Pulpally, a tomb marks the spot where he was cremated. The small structure nearby houses a collection of memorabilia.
Two streams, the Panamaram, originating from Lakkidi, and the Mananthavady rivulet, originating from the Thondaramudi peak, wind around a 950-acre wooded island nestled amidst sylvan surroundings called Karuva Dweep. DTPC operates bamboo-raft rides from Pulpally. The heavily wooded environs provide a home to a variety of birds and butterflies.
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