Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary

Pakshipathalam is a Bird Sanctuary and a tourist location in Wayanad Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary is among the finest trekking spots in the entire country. Located in Northern side of Wayanad district, where one gets to walk through a thick evergreen forest that provides a safe haven to some of the rarest avian species. Ornithologists consider it a location of great interest and value. At 1700 m above sea level, it is among the most frequented locations in the State. Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary is the perfect place for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts.

People who seek a challenging yet enriching trek shall find their wishes fulfilled at Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary. A local tribal guide leads you on an exceptional trip that canvasses this unique forest area. The deep caves at the northern end give one a great view of the biodiversity of the locality. The range of bird species found here is unmatched. Herds of gaurs can be occasionally seen passing through the place while Giant Malabar Squirrels greet all who pass by.  It is a wonderful way to spend a day in Wayanad while being embraced by nature from all sides.

Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary is best known for the presence of `Edible Nest Swift light.’ It is believed that the nest is made of solidified saliva and is used to make bird’s nest soup. Located 1740 meters above sea level, this bird sanctuary provides a natural habitat for birds of exotic varieties and is every ornithologist’s paradise. Indulging in the Bird watching is a common activity done by the locals as well as tourists here.

A View from Pakshipathalam

The name Pakshipathalam translates to “abode of birds” in Malayalam, and true to its name, it’s the home to several rare species of birds, most prominently, bats. This makes for a great one-day excursion in Wayanad. A bonus is that this trek can also be done from Karnataka, starting at Irpu Falls. 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. We suggest that you take a guide with you. Get your binoculars ready for an enterprising day at Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary.  Pakshipathalam is around 7 km from Thirunelly temple and trekking is the only way to reach this place. Trekking starts from the north Wayanad forest division office. 

Trek fees & Permissions: ₹3100 for a group of 5 (international travellers) and Rs.₹2355- for a group of 5 (Indians). Permissions for the trek are obtained from DFO, North Wayanad –  04935- 240233. Thirunelly forest station –  04935- 210377.

Activities / Things to Do

  • Trekking
  • Day Out in the Nature
  • Untouched flora and fauna
  • Bird Watching
  • Jungle trail
  • Watch Tower
  • Hiking
  • Camping

Quick info

  • Weather / Climate


    Mostly pleasant and comfortable climate

  • Geographical information


    Altitude: 2000 m Above sea level

  • Best month to visit

    August to May

  • Easy- Moderate

    Easy- Moderate

  • Time required


    Usually, it will take almost 1 whole day

  • Nearest Bus station


    Thirunelly and Mananthavady

  • Traveler type

    Birdwatcher / Birders Adventure lovers, Friends, Natural lovers and Hikers

  • Nearest Railway station


    Vatakara BDJ around 92 km and Calicut CLT around 100 km

  • Entry Fee


    Entry Fee/ Trekking Fee starting from ₹2355 (5 Indians), ₹3100 (5 Foreigners) and trekking fees starting from ₹500 for 10 members

  • Nearest Airport

    Kannur CNN around 90 km and Calicut CCJ around 135 km

  • Timings

    7.30 AM - 5.00PM

    Those who wish to take trekking must be there by 7.30AM - 9.00 AM

  • Location

    Latitude: 11.937227, Longitude: 75.962534

  • Tips

    Check whether its opened or not With Forest department Trekking must start between 7.30AM and 9.00AM

Things to carry

  • Packed lunch or snacks
  • Water
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Cotton carry bag
  • Camera / Mobile camera
  • Salt or oil and thick socks (needed to fight leaches)
  • Cap and sunscreen
  • Trekking suitable outfit
  • Binoculars
  • Plastic carry bag
  • Plastic bottle

Ticket rates / Prices / Charges

  • Trekking


    For a group up to 5 members (Indians), Additional ₹375/person

  • Trekking Foreigners


    For a group upto 5 members (Indians), Additional ₹560/person

  • Students


    For each student on the Study tour Accompanied staff ₹190 each

  • Camera


    For Still Camera

Additional information / F.A.Q

Is Pakshipathalam is open now?

Pakshipathalam is open throughout the year except in dry seasons
Contact DFO To check the Pakshipathalam is open or not.

Best Time To Visit Pakshipathalam

Best time to trek to Pakshipathalam is between August and May. Since this period is just after monsoon ends, the forest will be dense and lush green, and the atmosphere will be cool and cloudy. During February and March, as summer settles in, the grass will be slowly turning brown and yellow, and trees may start to shed from the dryness. So, if you're looking for a trek where you are surrounded by greenery, consider going before February.

Tips For Visiting Pakshipathalam

1. Check whether its opened or not
2. Carry adequate supplies of water, packed lunch, extra clothing in case of emergency.
3. it's good if you start your trek by 7:30 or at least by 8 am.
4. It is not advised or allowed to do the trek without a forest guide
5.Best time to do the Pakshipathalam trek would between January –May and October-December. The Rainy season is better avoided.

Is camping is available in Pakshipathalam ?

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.

Can i book tickets online ?

Sorry You can't

What is the difficulty level of trekking

It's Moderate

How To Reach Pakshipathalam

By Road: Pakshipathalam cannot be easily accessed by road as it is located in the midst of thick forests. The nearest town to Pakshipathalam is Thirunelli at a distance of about 15 km. From the town, you need to go trekking to reach this hidden hill station.
By Air: The nearest airport to Pakshipathalam is Kozhikode airport at a distance of about 125 km. From the airport, you can either hire a direct cab to Thirunelli or get a bus to Wayanad and then from there, a cab to Thirunelli.
By Rail: As Pakshipathalam doesn't have its own railway station, you need to catch a train to Kozhikode railway station and then from there,

Is Pakshipathalam is good to visit ?

Yes of course. it's good to visit Pakshipathalam

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