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Tholpetty Tourism

Replete with natural forest and wildlife reserves, Tholpetty is a part of Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary. Around 20 kilometres away from Mananthavady, this region is known for its abundant flora and fauna. It is the home to several species of wild animals and birds including leopards, bear, monkeys, elephants, tigers, langurs and more. The night safari is one of the main highlights of Tholpetty. It offers ample opportunities to the visitors to spot the wild creatures in their natural habitat.

The watchtower is another attraction where a herd of elephants, bison and other wild animals can be spotted drinking water from the lake. A major part of the forest is covered in Eucalyptus, Teak and Silver Oak trees. With jungle safari taking place twice a day, the sighting of wild animals has been reported at Tholpetty. It is indeed a must-visit destination for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers across the country.

It is also famous for its giant squirrels, mouse deer, spotted deer, langurs, tigers, panthers and leopards. History tells that Malabar King Pazhassi Raja fought his battles with the Colonial British in Tholpetty. Popular places in and around Tholpetty include the Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary, Thirunelly Temple, Kuruva Dweep, Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary and the Papanasini river. The Papanashini river flows down through this town and makes the city look even more picturesque.

Things to do in Tholpetty

1. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
Also known as Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, this area is home to a large variety of wild animals such as Indian Bison, tigers, elephants, and deer, Panthers, jungle cats, civet cats, monkey, wild dogs a (Read More)nd bears.

2. Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary

Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary
Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary is another place in Kerala that houses several rare species of birds. This place is located about 7 km from Thirunelli Temple in the northeast. The sanctuary is a favouri (Read More)te amongst campers as well. Some rare species of birds and plants are also found here. Other than the well-preserved natural terrain of the sanctuary, there are also some rock-cut caves that one can explore.

3. Papanashini

Papanashini River is believed to wash away all worldly sins of all mortals, and thus draws a huge crowd to it. Special permission has to be obtained from Forest Department to go to Pakshipathalam. Con (Read More)tact: Wildlife Warden (Sultan Bathery) Phone: 04936-220454

4. Kuruva Dweep

Kuruva Dweep
Situated on the tributaries of river Kabani is the Kuruva Island surrounded by enchanting evergreen forests. The site serves as a popular place for a quiet get-away.

5. Panchatirtha

Located to the south of Thirunelly Temple is the Panchathirtha, a holy pond believed to be the meeting point of five tirthas or rivers- Sankha, Chakra, Badma, Gatha and Sreepaada, and hence its name.

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How to Reach Tholpetty

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Calicut at 100 kms away has the closest railway station and airport. However, it is advisable to take the road from any major city in South India.

Local transport in Tholpetty

Safaris and jeeps are the best way to explore Tholpetty

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Tholpetty, Kerala
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FAQs on Tholpetty

What is the best time to visit Tholpetty?

Winters are the best time to visit Tholpetty as the weather is very pleasant during this time. However, one can visit this area the entire year except for the monsoons.
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What is the local food in Tholpetty?

In Tholpetty, one can have the most popular items of a conventional and popular Keralan cuisine. So, though the area may not have a standout menu from the places around it but it makes up for the same by simply fostering the food cultures of the state. Hence one can try Ghee Roast Dosa and Malayalee Parotha, Biriyani, Appams and Idlis . One might not want to miss Toddy , a local alcoholic bevarage prepared from palm trees and coconut palms.
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What is the best way to reach Tholpetty?

Calicut at 100 kms away has the closest railway station and airport. However, it is advisable to take the road from any major city in South India.
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What are the places near Tholpetty?

The top places near to Tholpetty are Wayanad which is 27 km from Tholpetty, Coorg which is located 63 km from Tholpetty, Mysore which is located 73 km from Tholpetty, Nagarhole which is located 12 km from Tholpetty, Ooty which is located 91 km from Tholpetty

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