Mananthavady is a small beautiful town on the banks of Mananthavadi Puzha in the South Indian state of Kerala. It is located 29 north-east of the district headquarters Wayanad. As Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary is located nearby, trekkers and wildlife lovers will also love the place. The nearest major urban agglomeration is the city of Kannur at a distance of 93 km west.
Places to Stay
Good budget hotels are available in plenty in Kannur (56 km). Some of the lodges which are worth considering are Malabar Residency (Tariff – Rs. 900), Pranav Beach Resort (Tariff – Rs. 900), Kamalalayam Homestay (Tariff- Rs. 1,000), Sky Palace Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000) and others.
The official language of Vatakara is Malayalam. English is also widely understood.
The important festivals celebrated are the fasting Islamic month of Ramadan, the two Eid(s), Vishu in April, Onam in August-September and Christmas.
Places of Interest
Some of the places which are worth visiting in the area are Pazhassi kudeeram – the tomb of Pazhassi Raja; Valliyoorkkavu – this temple is the most important place of worship for the tribal communities; Thirunal Temple is a famous pilgrimage centre while Mananthavadi Park is an amusement park.
How to Get There
Nearest airport is Calicut International Airport in Kozhikode at a distance of 117 km.
The nearest major railway station is in Thalassery at a distance of 76 km.
The travellers are facilitated with frequent buses to Thalassery, Kozhikode, Kadavu and Mysore. You State-run buses are also available. You can book bus online from various bus booking websites.