Situated at an altitude of 1740m and accessible only by trekking, Pakshipathalam is home to several species of birds and is an ornithologist’s paradise. It is located in the Brahmagiri Hills near Thirunelly in Wayanad. Wayanad is one favorite place for every trekker as it has beautiful trekking tracks and amazing places to see. Pakshipathalam is such a famous spot in Wayanad, which has captured the mindset of every trekker, ornithologists and nature lovers in the world. Here virgin forests, streams, and steep hills together offer challenging avenues for trekking. It is a natural rock cave at the northern end of the Brahmagiri Hills.
There is a cave here, which according to legend, was used by rishis (saints) for meditation in ancient times. 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.
It is believed that Garuda, the vehicle of Vishnu and the King of birds, stands guard over his subjects at Pakshipathalam, a bird lovers’ paradise. Pakshipathalam, meaning’ birds in the nether regions’,.
The best way to enjoy bird sanctuary’s landscapes is a ‘3-hour trek’ through the area. The place is famous for the ‘Edible Nest Swiftlet.’ There is a belief that the nest, which is used for making bird’s nest is made up of hardened saliva. The place is not only rich in countless bird species but also in a significant number of animal species. The chirping of birds guarding the sky can be seen in the sanctuary. The place has an orchid plantation and numerous species of medicinal trees and herbs. It also has a temple and a watchtower for helping the tourists in navigation.
Pakshipathalam Peak Trek
Located at a height of 1,740 kilometers above the sea level and is one among the challenging spots for tourists across Wayanad. A trek to Pakshipathalam takes you through moist deciduous forests, rolling hillocks, open grasslands, slippery trails, and narrow rocky caves. Trekkers will be met with deep caves, thick rock blocks and wild forests during the trek. Trekkers can reach the top after traveling 16 kilometers. Pakshipathalam is near the Brahmagiri hills, but unlike the latter Pakshipathalam has gentler slopes and is a comparatively easy terrain to climb. With amazingly beautiful surroundings, the hill offers great opportunities for photography. Camping is not allowed here. So, you will have to trek back before the forest gets dark. The fact that the forest is home to several animals and reptiles adds to the excitement of the trek.
Throughout the trek, you’re constantly flitting across the border between Karnataka and Kerala. You require permission from the DFO of North Wayanad to trek to this place. You’ll have to pay a permit fee. The best season for trekking is from November to April.