Kuruvadweep or Kuruva Island comprises of a cluster of islets over the middle of Kabini River in Wayanad that is popular for the boat rides it offers on specially crafted bamboo rafts. Spread over 950 acres of land, Kuruva Island, is popular for its diverse flora and fauna. These islands contain two small freshwater lakes. They are also a known safe haven for migratory birds along with hornbills, parrots and many butterfly species. it’s famous for natural beauty, experience seekers, lush greenery, the wild orchid and travel and photography.
One of the most exciting things about Kuruva Island for tourists is their famous boat rides on bamboo rafts. Trekkers also visit Kuruva Island to explore the pristine environment and witness the most exotic species of plants, animals and birds here.
Nature lovers throng to this remote destination in large numbers. Trekking enthusiasts will find some of the most beautiful and natural trails here. Massive trees situated next to the river are perfect picnic spots. The surrounding streams are ideal for a boat ride or rafting while enjoying the enchanting beauty of the island. The island surrounded by streams and river is accessible by rafts or fibre boats run by Kerala Tourism Department. Entrance to the island is restricted and monitored by the Forest Department of Kerala, an initiative to protect the forest. Due to the sheer number of elephants and other animals on the island, a pass has to be obtained prior to the visit, from Dept of Forest is mandatory.
The best time to visit Kuruvadeep is from mid-December to late April. Kuruvadweep is usually closed to the public from May last to early December, due to the monsoons. The torrential rainfall floods the streams and the water level rises dangerously high.
The enthralling beauty of this island attracts many people who wish to escape the hustle and bustle of their lives and surround themselves in the serenity of nature. Kuruva Islands is 17 km east of Mananthavady and 10 km north-west of Pulpally, nearby towns in Wayanad District.
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Kuruva island is partially opened, that User cannot enter into the island, but they can use River rafting, Paddling activities.
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.
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.
River rafting and paddling
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.
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.
You can drive only up to the parking space/ Ticket counter
Yes of course.
There might be normal restaurants near Kuruva island. Pure veg restaurants are available in Mnanthavady, Kalpetta and Sulthan Bathery.
Nearly 1 km we have to walk inside Kuruva island, but it not a slope terrain.
Tholppetty wildlife sanctuary, Thirunelli temple, Pazhassi Tomb are near to Kuruva island
Ticket counter can be located just beside the road and closer to the parking area. Roads are good with last few km is single lane. =
Yes. You can book tickets for River rafting and paddling, online by visiting https://booking.wayanadtourism.org/reserve