Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary is located deep within the lush forests in the Brahmagiri hills in Wayanad district of Kerala. Nestled at the heights of 1740 m, the bird sanctuary can be reached after a pleasant trek of 6 km from Thirunelli through blessed environs.
The term Pakshipathalam means ‘birds in the nether region’ and it is a cave located in the northern region of the Brahmagiri Hills. According to legends Garuda ‘the King of Birds’ looks after his subjects here. There are many natural boulders in the area which have become the home to these avian species. The bird sanctuary is haven for various species of bird. The watch tower offers scenic views of the entire bird sanctuary and the beautiful surroundings.
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. Inside the bird sanctuary, cuckoo, babbler, peacock, owl, woodpecker and jungle fowl are the common species. Exotic species can be spotted here as well. Multiple herbs and trees that possess medicinal properties, and orchid plantation occupy the lands.
There is no accommodation in the bird sanctuary. Travelers must return after a day trip. It is advisable to carry equipment for bird watching expedition, and hire a tourist guide for an over-night camping.
Best time to visit:October to January
Visiting hours: 7 am to 7 pm and on weekends and public holiday 7 am to 4 pm