Pakshipathalam, at great heights above sea level, is a location about 7 kms away from the Thirunelli temple. It is an ideal spot to take off on a trekking trail. Many different species of birds can be located here. The huge cave here, that was once occupied by sages for meditation, is also another popular attraction at Pakshipathalam. Pakshipathalam - the very name of the place refers to its large population of birds. Here virgin forests, rivulets and steep hills together offer challenging avenues for trekking. A cave which rishis (saints) are believed to have used for meditation in ancient times, has become a major attraction for tourists.Close by is Kuruvadweep, an island (dweep) well known for its rare ecology. Located 17 km from Mananthavady, Kuruvadweep is a 950 acre stretch of evergreen forests on the banks of the Kabani river, and home to rare species of birds, orchids and herbs.Pakshipathalam is about 7 km away from Thirunelli and trekking is the only mode of reaching this place. Thirunelli is about 32 km from Mananthavady.
Nearest railway station : Kozhikode, about 106 km from Mananthavady.
Nearest airport: Karipur International Airport, Kozhikode about 23 km from Kozhikode town.

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