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Kuruva Dweep

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Weather:

Time Required: 3-4 hrs

Timings:

9:30 AM - 4:15 PM (200 visitors allowed per day),
DPTC ticket counter closes at 4:15 PM,
Forest Department counter closes at 4:30

Entry Fee:

Entry fee by DPTC: INR 10,
Bamboo Boat to island: INR 5 per head
Forest Department Fee:
Indians: INR 80,
Foreigners: INR 150
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Kuruva Dweep, Wayanad Overview

Kuruvadweep is a beautiful little island in River Kabini in the district of Wayanad in Kerala. It is the only island in India that is surrounded by fresh water. The location and the geographical characteristics of the site make Kuruvadweep a sought-after attraction. The mesmerising beauty of the location draws tourists from all over the world, and its landscape makes it a hotspot for nature walks. One can visit the island to explore the picturesque scenery and experience being close to nature. It is hence frequented by locals. The serenity of the island is sure to put you at ease, an experience everyone wants to have in the fast-paced and chaotic world of today.

Kuruvadweep is about 950 acre in area and is surrounded by River Kabini and several other streams. Since it lies in the delta region, Kuruvadweep is actually a group of islands that can be accessed by boats or rafts. These boats and rafts are run by the Kerala Tourism Department in collaboration with Kerala Forest Department.

The island has dense forests that are home to a variety of flora and fauna and hence is visited quite often by researchers and nature lovers. Certain areas can be explored by foot while others need to be explored in a boat or a raft. The Forest Department officials are very particular about keeping the islands unpolluted and unharmed. Thus, this is the place for travellers seeking uncontaminated natural surroundings.

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Kuruva group of islands is over 950 acres of uninhabited land on River Kabini which is a major tributary of River Cauvery in South India. Kuruvadweep is surrounded by Panamaram and Manathavady Streams. The climatic situation and round the year water supply through River Kabini, other rivulets and streams make it a suitable environment for flowers, orchids and herbal plants and numerous species of birds like parrots, hornbills and butterflies. There are also two small freshwater lakes on the island. During monsoons, elephants from nearby forests pass through Kuruvadweep Island, but this cannot be experienced by visitors as the Forest Departments shuts down entry to the island. The island is almost always flooded during monsoons.

Still Camera: INR 50,
Video Camera: INR 100,
Guide fee: INR 100

Jungle Walk 
The dense natural vegetation and unpolluted and inhabited islands are best explored by foot. Indulge in the jungle walks, cross the streams and rivulets over little bamboo walkway bridges and get mesmerized by the lush greenery, colourful flowers, rare plants, tall trees, birds and butterflies that thrive in the environment. There is no better way to experience nature this close.

River Safari
Kabini River is famous for River Safaris. Kerala Tourism Department and Kerala forest Department work hand in hand to promote eco-tourism and Kuruvadweep is the best site one can ever find. The boats and rafts rides are the best way to sail serenely through the river in between the islets underneath the dense canopying trees. Breathe in the fresh air and soak in the tranquillity which is rarely found in the populated regions of India.

The best time to visit Kuruvadweep Island is between October and March as the weather is pleasant and the water level is safe to explore the islands.

1. The island is monitored by the Department of Forest and entry is restricted to only 200 visitors a day.
2. Passes need to be obtained from the Department of Forest.
3. Visitors queue up for entry passes before 6:00 AM. You may want to purchase passes well in advance.
4. Non-disposable articles are not allowed inside.
5. You may be asked to deposit an amount for carrying a plastic water bottle. The amount is returned only if you get the bottle back with you at the end of the exploration.
6. There are provisions made for restrooms. There are also huts and benches for visitors to halt and rest.
7. Keep the surroundings clean.
8. No foods and drinks are allowed on the island.

There are frequent buses from Manathavady which is just 15 kilometres away from the beautiful Kuruvadweep Island. One can also hail busses from Pulpally which is about 20 kilometres away from Kuruvadweep.

The nearest Railway Station is the Kozhikode Railway Station which is about 110 kilometres away from Wayanad. Travellers can book cabs or hail public transport buses to reach Kuruvadweep. The nearest airport is the Karipur International Airport in Kozhikode which is about 100 kilometres from Wayanad. Travellers can hail public transport or rent cabs to reach Kuruvadweep.

If travelling from Kalpetta, you can cover the 30 km distance in a hired or private car. On reaching the parking lot designated the tourists visiting Kuruvadweep, you need to walk to the riverside for around 50 metres and then cross the lake to reach the island on a bamboo raft.

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Kuruva Dweep Reviews

3 months ago by Lohith Kankanawad

Kuruva dweep is best for family outing there is nothing much interesting since it takes your whole day event.If you love playing in water go for it.Entry fees 80 Rs for adults.Food in nearby hotels is very tasty and affordable. Try out river fish and don't miss bamboo rice payasam...

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