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Glimps of South ...... Mangalore – Nileshwaram – Wayanad - Calicut  ( 05 Days / 04 Nights )
Nileshwaram : (1N) - Wayanad : (2N) - Calicut : (1N)

Day 1 : Arrival at Managalore
Arrival at Mangalore and drive to Bakel (Nileshwaram), on arrival check into the hotel. Afternoon proceed for local sightseeing in and around Nileshwaram. Overnight stay in Nileshwaram.
Day 2 : Managalore – Wayanad
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Wayanad, on arrival check into the hotel. Spend the day at leisure. Overnight stay in Wayanad.
Day 3 : Wayanad Sightseeing
After breakfast proceed for local sightseeing of Wayanad. Set at an altitude of 700 - 2100 m above sea level, Wayanad is one of the districts in Kerala that has been able to retain its pristine nature. The fast-flowing rivers - Panamaram, Mananthavady and Kabini add to the beauty of Wayanad. Sightseeing attractions in Wayanad include Pookoda Lake, Lakkadi, Kuruva Island, Edakkal Cave. Overnight stay in Wayanad.
Day 4 : Wayanad - Calicut
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Calicut, on arrival check into the hotel. Afternoon proceed for local sightseeing of Calicut - once the traditional capital of Northern Kerala under the Samuthiri rule. The sightseeing attractions in this legendary city include Calicut Beach, Thali Temple, Kappad Beach, Pazhassiraja Museum, Beypore Beach. Overnight stay in Calicut.
Day 5 : Departure from Calicut
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Calicut for onward journey.

In the year 1120 AD, the Chola King, Veera Ballalla ruled the Deccan plateau or the South of India. On a hunting trip in the forest he lost his way. After a long search he met an old lady in the forest who offered him shelter for the night and served him baked beans for dinner. To show his gratitude to this lady for having saved his life, the King constructed a town and named it as Benda Kalooru, which means Baked Beans. Later in 1537, a local chieftain, Kempe Gowda helped design this town and give it its modern shape.

Today Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka ranks as one of the fastest growing cities in Asia. Its pleasant climate, friendly people, and its highly educated population have made this the Silicon Valley of India with almost all Computer related multinationals setting up their India head office at Bangalore. Jawaharlal Nehru, India`s first Prime Minister termed this as `India`s city of the future`.

Bangalore is the `Garden City of India` with its many gardens and boulevards. Its pleasant climate and laid-back charm attracted many senior citizens and thus later on came to be called at `the retired man`s paradise`. And of course what is Bangalore without all its Pubs. Its is now also called the Pub City with over 200 Pubs all over the town.

Air Network

Bangalore International Airport has flights to all the main cities of India and also flights to many West Asian destinations as well as London and Frankfurt.

Rail Network

Bangalore city railway station is an important destination in the Indian Railway network with trains connecting to most parts of India including the Rajdhani Express, Sampark Kranti non stop express (from Yeshwantpur) and Karnataka Express to Delhi, Shatabdi Express, Lalbag Express to Chennai, Udyan Express to Mumbai.

Road Network

Bangalore is connected to some of the major cities of India through the National

Highways NH4, NH7 & NH48.

BangaloreToTrivandrum761 Kms
BangaloreToChennai334 Kms
BangaloreToHyderabad566 Kms
BangaloreToGoa (Panaji)570 Kms
BangaloreToMumbai1033 Kms

Places of Interest

Vidhana Soudha
The State Legislative and Secretariat House was built in 1956 in the Neo Dravidian Style with granite entirely sourced from the city itself. This imposing structure represents the best of Bangalore`s monuments. Do not miss the sight of the illuminated building on Sundays between 7 and 8 PM.

Attara Kacheri
Directly opposite to the Vidhana Soudha is the State High court. This magnificent building was constructed in 1867 in the Gothic Style of architecture.

Venkatappa Art Gallery
One of the country`s oldest art museums, this gallery houses many interesting antiques and archaeological objects. (Closed on Wednesday).

Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum
Named after the famous Sir M. Visveswaraya , an engineer par excellence who built many famous dams in Karnataka, this Science museum houses models of machines. It is a highly recommended spot for children.(Closed on Monday).

Cubbon Park
Lieutenant General Sir Mark Cubbon laid out this beautiful park in 1864. Over 250 acres of this green park is just right for long walks and hosts a children`s amusement park, a doll museum and a toy train for children. Children`s parties can be arranged with cartoons characters etc. in the park. The Vijayranga Theater complex screens children`s films and stage plays.

Lalbagh Gardens
Bangalore`s other sprawling park is in the South of the city. HyderAli laid out the Lalbagh Gardens in the year 1760. It covers an area of 240 acres. The Glass House, inspired by the Crystal Palace in London is a favourite spot in Lalbagh which hosts the famous Flower show during the month of August.

Bangalore Palace
The Bangalore Palace was built in the year 1887 by the Wodeyar dynasty. It is built similar to medieval castles in Normandy and England . It`s interiors boasts of elegant woodcarvings and Tudor -style architecture.

Seshadri Iyer Memorial Hall
This houses the State Central Library. This place has a rich collection of reference books. Open between 0830 and 1900 all through the week except on Mondays.

Tipu`s Palace
The Palace was constructed first by Hyder Ali and completed by his son Tipu Sultan in the year 1791. Tipu called it as `The Envy of Heaven`. It is constructed mainly in wood and has fine intricately sculpted arches surrounded by exquisite minarets.

The ISKCON provides much more for the soul, than those rituals. ISKCON are centers of spiritual learning through Godly association, where a visitor is inspired to learn more about Spiritual life. There is a magnificent main temple hall, which houses the altars of Their Lordships Sri Radha Krishna-Chandra, Sri Krishna Balarama & Sri Nitai Gouranga. Also one can see the Golden Chandelier that is shaped like an inverted Lotus Flower.

Fun World:
Fun World is a 12 acre Disney Land Like Amusement Park, tucked into Palace Grounds, Bangalore.

Shiva Statue:
It boasts of Awesome 65 feet high depiction of Lord Shiva seated in Lotus position. It has the backdrop of Mount Kailash the Lord`s heavenly abode and the river Ganga flowing from his matted locks as depicted in the mythology.

Bull Temple:
At Basavangudi is one of Bangalore`s oldest temples. Built for Nandi, the sacred Bull, the vehicle of Lord Shiva, this temple has a 4.6 meter tall-carved statue of the sacred bull.

Gandhi Bhavan:
Gandhi Bhavan displays the life of the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi with pictures and Photostats of his letters.

The second largest Aquarium in the country it has a large varsity of aquatic life.( Closed on Monday).

Jawahar Lal Nehru Planetarium:
Befitting the `science city` title that it carries, the Planetarium is an interesting site for children. The English shows are held daily at 1630 Hrs. The Aquarium remains closed on Monday.

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Fast Facts
  • Area : 121 Sq. Km
  • Temperature : Summer: 31 -26 C
Winter: 28.9-18.3C
  • Best Season : October to February
  • STD Code : 0824

Getting There

Mangalore is well connected by Air India and private airlines with major cities

Mangalore is connected by rail with major cities and towns.

Mangalore is well connected by road with:
Bangalore 365 km
Belur 265 km
Bidar 856 km
Bijapur 585 km
Cannanore 132 km
Chikmangaore 155 km
Hassan 180 km
Hospet 433 km
Karwar 285 km
Kollur 119 km
Madikere 139 km
Manipal 61 km
Mumbai 988 km
Mysore 265 km
Shimoga 256 km
Sringeri 130 km

The port city of Mangalore is situated at the source and confluence of two rivers :--
               Netravati and Gurpur. It derives its name from Queen Mangaladevi who is said to have lived here in the 10th century AD. Mangalore was ruled by several dynasties, including the Kadambas, Vijayanagar, Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas, and Hoysalas, followed by the Portuguese from 1498, when the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama landed at St Mary`s Island near Mangalore.
Eventually, the city was annexed by the British in 1799. Today, Mangalore is a major port of South India and handles over 75 percent of India`s coffee exports and the bulk of the nation`s cashew exports.

Sights to See :--
SrimanthiniBai Memorial Government Museum :
                Located in the Srimanthini Bhavan, it has a collection of art, archaeological and ethnological exhibits and natural history specimens. Timings: 0900 to 1700 hrs. Closed on Mondays & Wednesdays.

Kadri Manjunatha Temple :
             The temple on Kadri hills is dedicated to Lord Manjunatha. There is also a `Matha` here of the Jogis of the Natha Pantha.

Sultan`s Battery:
              This is a watch tower built by Tipu Sultan to prevent the entry of warships into the Gurpur River.

Mangaladevi Temple :
                A Sakti temple which gives Mangalore its name.

St. Aloysius Chapel :
               Built in 1885, the chapel inside the St. Aloysius College has marvellous murals covering its walls and ceilings depicting the life of Jesus Christ.

Kaup Beach (48 Km from Mangalore)(12 Km from Udupi) :
                South of Udupi on the coastal belt that passes through the West Coast National Highway, Kaup has a lovely beach, a ruined fort & 100 ft high lighthouse.

Ullal (13 Km) :
               A lovely beach just outside Mangalore, Ullal is famous for its silvery sands.

Surathkal (20 Km) :
               It is famous for the Sadashiva temple on top of a rocky hill on the sea shore, and also has a fine beach. An annual car festival for the deity of the temple is held in December.

Bajpe (25 Km) :
The Mangalore airport is located at Bajpe, which also has a waterfall.

Kompadavu (25 Km) :
           This small village is famous for the Nelli Theertha Somanatha Temple.

Mulki (29 Km) :
               Famous for the Narasimha Temple. The deity of the Janardhana Temple in Sinantur, 5 Km from Mulki, was the family deity of the Savantas. The ruins of the palace of the Savantas and the fort built by Venkatappa Nayaka of Bedmir can also be seen here.

Katil (30 Km) :
              On the banks of river Nandini, Katil has a temple dedicated to Durga Parameswari. The main deity of the temple is in the form of a linga.

Mudabidri (36 Km) :
             Mudabidri is known as the Jaina Kashi of the south. Situated in the midst of hills, there are 18 Jaina bastis here. The Jaina Matha here has rare manuscripts of `Dhavala` and `Jayadhavala` two great Jain texts.

Karanje (37 Km) :
The holy place of Karanje, well known for it`s Shiva temple, is situated on a hill 1,500 feet high and commands a panoramic view of the surroundings.

Dharmasthala (75 Km) :
             This popular pilgrim centre is an outstanding example of religious and cultural tolerance. Dharmasthala derives its sanctity from its temple dedicated to Manjunatha. The striking feature of this Shiva temple is that the priests are Madhwa Vaishnavites and the family of the Heggade who is the Dharmadikari of the place, are followers of Jainism. There is also a huge monolithic statue of Lord Gommateswara, a Jain saint here, which was installed in 1973. The Manjunatha Temple authority has boarding and lodging facilities for visitors and thousands of devotees thronging the temple are fed free of charge, irrespective of caste and creed.

Kollur (146 Km) :
88 Km from Udupi and 42 Km from Kundapur, Kollur is famous for the temple dedicated to Goddess Mookambiga. The image of the goddess was consecrated by Adi Shankaracharya.

Venur (55 Km) :
                Venur was once the capital of the Ajilas and is famous for the 9 metre high statue of Gomateswara built in 1605 and the Shantinatha Basadi

Karinthe (35 Km) :
This rock temple situated on top of a small hillock is dedicated to Shiva as Karintheswara.

Pilikula Nisarga Dham (12 Km) :
               An integrated theme park with a wide variety of features, Pilikula has many attractions of cultural, educational and scientific interest. The park is spread over an area of 370 acres comprising of a tropical forest and the enchanting Pilikula Lake. The project presently includes a Biological Park, Arboretum, a Science Centre, a Lake Park with Boating Centre, a Water Amusement Park and a Golf Course.
Udupi (60 Km) :
               Considered as one of the seven sacred spots of the region, Udupi is famous for the Krishna Temple. The Krishna idol was installed by Madhwacharya, the propounder of the Dwaitha philosophy and all the eight `mathas` founded by him, have their headquarters within the temple square. The Parayaya festival which is the most important festival of the temple is held once in two years usually in January when there is a ceremonial change of title of the head priest of the Madhwa matha.

Belthangady (60 Km) :
               There is an old Somanatha temple made of granite, a Venkatarama temple, a Jain Basadi with an inscription of the 15th century and a ruined fort in Belthangady;

Manipal (61 Km) :
               Manipal is a progressive educational and industrial centre with well known medical and engineering colleges. There is a modern Venugopalakrishna temple built in 1973 and a museum in memory of Dr. T.M.A. Pai, the architect of the township.

Karkala (62 Km) :
              A Jain pilgrim centre, it has a huge 42 feet tall monolithic Gomateswara statue, which was installed in 1432 AD. The beautiful granite Chaturmukha Basti, the temples of Anantasayana and Venkataramana, the old palace of the Bhairarasa Wodeyars are the other notable monuments here.

Malpe (63 Km) :
           Malpe has a lovely beach ideal for sun and sea bathing and boating. It is on the mouth of the Malpe or Udyavara River and has an old fort and a few temples.

Saint Mary`s Island (68 Km) :
                    A group of small islands lying north of Malpe port are noted for their basalt rocks which have crystalised into columns and split into hexagonal mosaic. In 1498, Vasco-da-Gama landed on these islands and called them Padron De Sante Maria. Boats are available from Malpe to St. Mary`s Island.

Kudremukh (102 Km) :
               Known for India`s largest iron ore project, Kudremukh is also famous for its splendid scenic beauty. The iron ore is run down through a pipeline in liquid form from Kudremukh to Mangalore harbour.

Maravanthe (103 Km) :
               16 Km north of Kundapur, this beautiful place has a lovely beach.

Kundapur (104 Km) :
             The name of the town can be traced to the Kundeswara temple built by Kundavarma, close to the Panchagangavali river. There is another temple dedicated to Mahalingeswara. The Portuguese built a fort here in the 16th century and called it Barcelore.

Kukke Subramanya (104 Km) :
              One of the seven sacred places in the region, Subramanya is famous for the temple dedicated to Lord Subramanya worshipped in the form of Naga (serpent). Other shrines of this temple are those of Lakshminarasimha and Umamaheswara. An annual templefestival is held in November-December.

Sringeri (152 Km) :
               Sringeri is famous for the `math` of Jagadguru Shankaracharya, the founder of the Advaita philosophy. The Sharadamba Temple here was founded by the Shankaracharya himself. The other places of interest in Sringeri are a Jain basadi dedicated to Parsvanatha and the beautiful Vidyashankara temple. Kigga, 8 Km from Sringeri has a temple dedicated to Rishyashringa and an old ruined fort.

Jog Falls (225 Km) :
                  The famous Jog Falls are about 16 Km from Talguppa, the railway terminus on the Birur line. Jog is 104 Km from Shimoga, 256 Km from Belgaum, 348 Km from Mysore and 378 Km from Bangalore. Bus services connect the Jog Falls with Bangalore, Mangalore, Bhatkal, Karwar, Hubli and Shimoga. The Gerusoppa Falls, commonly referred to as the Jog Falls are one of the highest and most beautiful in India. The falls are formed by the descent of the river Sharavathi down a chasm 256 metres deep. The water falls in four cascades namely the Raja or Monarch, Roarer, Rocket and Rani, presenting a scene of grandeur and sublimity. The Mysore Power Corporation releases water to the Jog Falls on every second sunday of the month.

Gokarna (227 Km) :
             Gokarna, a pilgrim centre 56 Km from Karwar is famous for the temple of Mahaballeshwara which for devotees is next in sanctity only to the Varanasi Vishwanath temple

Karwar (261 Km):
              Karwar, the district headquarters and port town, situated in Uttara Kannada, traces it`s history to the time of Arab traders. With a chain of five islands protecting it from storms, Karwar is famous for its beautiful stretch of sandy beaches. Places of interest in Karwar are the Sadashivgad Hill Fort with a Durga temple, the Dargah of Peer Shah Shamsuddin Kharobat-a Baghdadi saint and the Octagonal Church at Sunkeri. A visit by launch to the Kurmagad Island which has an old fort and a Narasimha shrine is an added attraction. Accommodation in Karwar is available at an Inspection Bungalow, Tourist Bungalow and Circuit House.

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About Nileshwar :
                   Nileshwar once served as the seat of the Nileshwar Rajas of the Kolathiri family. It derives its name from Nilakanta Eshwara. The region is associated with the war between the Nileshwar Rajas and the Bednore Nayaks. Nileshwar is also known as the cultural centre of the Kasargod District.
                     There are many Kavus (shrines) around Nileshwar and the most important among them is the Mannan Purathu Kavu, where the finale of the main temple festival takes place. The Porattu of Anjoottambalam Veerarkavu is also popular among devotees. Porattu is a satirical depiction of everyday life.

About Adoor
                Adoor is situated near the town of Kasargod and is popular for the Lord Shiva temple. It is believed that the founder of this temple was Arjuna. According to mythology, Adoor is the region where the battle of Kiratha Yuddham took place between Lord Shiva and Arjuna. The forest situated adjacent to the temple is regarded as the dwelling place of Lord Shiva.
             A sanctuary is situated in the Adoor-Kuttikol Panchayath, which is known as the Adoor Wildlife Sanctuary. This reserve forest is home to several species like jungle cat, slender loris, porcupine, wild pig, peacock and more. Beautiful butterflies and many medicinal plants are also found at Adoor.

About Ajanoor :
                Ajanoor village is a well known tourist destination, popular for the Madiyan Kulom temple. The village is situated in proximity to Kanhangad, the Hosdurga Taluk Headquarters.
                 Lord Bhadrakali is the main deity of the Madiyan Kulom temple that also has idols of Bhagavathi, Kshetrapalan and Bhairavan. In the noon, pooja is performed by a Brahmin priest; while in the morning and evening Maniyanis (a local sect) does the pooja. The temple remains crowded during the festivals held in the months of May, June, December and January.

About Anandashram and Nityanandasramam :
                   Anandashram and Nityanandasramam are the two well known asramams in the district. The Anandashram was established by Swami Ramadas in 1939, near the Kanhangad Railway Station. The highlights of the ashram are the beautiful surroundings of the asramam and other structures that lie amidst the groves. For meditation in peace, one can visit the hill located on the east of the asramam.
                    Swami Nityananda was the founder of the Nityanandasramam and built 45 caves on the mountain slope. A temple is located near the asramam, which has architecture similar to that of the Somanatha temple in Gujarat. The main attraction of the asramam is the beautiful idol of the Swami Nityananda, built of Panchaloha.

About Ananthapura Lake Temple :
                  Ananthapura Lake temple, the only lake temple in Kerala, is situated in a deserted area near the Kasargod town. This structure is built out of a massive rock and is dedicated to Anantha Padmanabha Swami. The temple walls have mural paintings that depict stories from the Puranas. It also has a cave that leads to a pond.
                     The Ganapathy temple is situated atop the cave. The industrial park of the Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (KINFRA), located at this site can also be visited

About Bellikoth :
               Bellikoth is situated in the Ajanoor village, which is the birthplace of the famous poet P. Kunhiraman Nair, freedom fighter Vidwan P. Kelu Nair and playwright Rasika Siromani Kanan Nair. It is also one of the cultural centres of the Kasargod District.

About Bela Church :
                 Bela Church, also known as Our Lady of Sorrows Church, is considered as the oldest structure in the district, built in 1890. The Church is under the management of the Mangalore Diocese.

About Chandragiri Fort  :
                    Chandragiri Fort is in proximity to the town of Kasargod. It has a square that lies on the southern bank of the Chandragiri River. It is believed that Sivappa Nayak of Bednore constructed this fort in the 17th century. He constructed several forts during his reign in this region.
                     A beautiful bridge over the Chandragiri River as well as a mosque is situated nearby. The tourism department has recently developed a boat club for the tourists.

About Cheruvathur :
                     Cheruvathur is renowned for scholars and poets belonging to the Kuttamath Kunniyar family. It is also a popular picnic spot. The Veeramala Hills situated at this place is known for the ruins of the 18th century Dutch Fort.

About Edneer Mutt : 
                      Edneer Mutt is regarded as the seat of art and learning of the Sanakracharya tradition. Travellers can visit the nearby temple of Daiva Kuntipala Chamundi. The deity is considered to be the guardian Daiva of the Mutt. Tourists can also explore the four Bhoota Sthanas around the Mutt, at Bhairamoole, Chambrampadi, Koorkapadi and Kandatteveed.

About Hosdurg Fort :
                       Hosdurg Fort was constructed by Somashekara Nayak, who belonged to the Ikkeri dynasty. It can be recognised from a distance due to its round bastion. The Nithyanandasram is situated nearby which consists of around 45 caves. The Hosdurg Fort comprises a few government offices and a school. The Poonkavanam Karpooreshwar Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is in proximity to the Hosdurg Fort.

About Kottancheri Hills :
                        Kottancheri Hills is a rain forest located near Konnakkad and acts as an extension of the Ranipur Wildlife Sanctuary. The site is popular for trekking and is often referred to as the `trekker’s paradise`. The site is home to many animals, including deer, elephant, pig and wild dogs.

About Kudlu :
                      Kudlu is situated 4 km north of the Kasargod suburb. It is popular for the eight day discourse between the Dwaita Philosopher Madhavacharya and the renowned Adwaita Scholar Trivinkrama Pandit. Madhavacharya was declared the winner of the discourse that took place in front of King Jayasimha of Kumbla. This resulted in acceptance of the philosophy of Dwaita by Trivikrama Pandit. The site also has the premier research institute of plantation crop, which is around 75 years old.

About Kumbala :
                      Kumbala, once the seat of Raja of Kumbala, is about 13 km away from Kasargod. The site lies on a peninsula in a lagoon which is segregated from the sea by a sand spit. The prime attraction of this site is the renowned temple of Lord Gopalkrishna.

About Madhur :
                      Madhur is situated about 8 km north-east of Kasargod and is famous for the Srimad Anantheswara Vinayaka temple. This temple is popular for its beautiful architecture and comprises striking gables and turrets. The Madhuvahini River that flows in front of the temple is another highlight.
                      Srimad Anantheswara is the presiding deity of the Madhur temple, which is also known as the Lord Shiva temple. At this temple, the idol of Maha Ganapathy is prominent. A harijan woman, named Madharu, found a Shiva Lingam that has now been placed inside the temple. The temple remains crowded during the festival of Moodappa Seva, when the huge idol of Maha Ganapathi is covered with appam, made of rice and ghee.
                     The temple has a Namaskara Mandapam, embellished with wooden figures of puranic warriors. The wood carvings depict stories from the epic Ramayana, starting from the Seethga Swayamvaram. It is believed that the temple was once attacked by Tipu Sultan. As per a legend, Tipu Sultan was thirsty and drank water from the well of this temple. After drinking the water, he changed his mind and left the site undamaged. Tourists can notice a mark on the site which is believed to have been formed by the sword of Tipu Sultan.

About Malik Deenar Mosque :
                    Malik Deenar Mosque is one of the main attractions of the Kasargod District and is considered to be the centre of Islam of the west coast region. Malik Ibn Dibar is said to be the founder of one of the mosques of the site. The Juma Masjid is the most beautiful mosque of the district and is situated in Thalangara.
                   The mosque has the grave of Malik Ibn Mohammed, a descendant of Malik Ibn Dinar. In the centre of Kasargod, is another mosque named Theruvath Mosque. Every year, a local festival is organised in honour of Malik Ibn Dinar.

About Maipady Palace :
                 Maipady Palace is located about 8 km away from Kasargod, on the Kasargod-Perla Road. The site is popular for the ancient palace belonging to the Kumbala Kings. The Maipady Palace is located in proximity to the Madhur Village.

About Manjeshwar :
                  Manjeshwar is situated in the northern region of Kerala. This place was the hub of a community known as Konkini Brahmins or Gaud Saraswatha, for a long period. The Rashtra Kavi Govinda Pai was born at this site. The historical legend Manjula Kshethra Mahathmya is also associated with Manjeshwar.

About Mallikarjuna Temple :
                   Mallikarjuna temple is at the centre of the Kasargod town and is famous for a festival and musical theatre, Yakshagana. It is believed to be one of the oldest temples of Kasargod and the main deity Lord Shiva is worshipped as Mallikarjuna. According to mythology, Arjuna decorated the statue of Lord Shiva of this temple.
                     The temple festival is held every year in the month of March or April. During the five day long festival, many cultural programmes are organised in the temple courtyard. On the last day of the festival, Yakshagana is performed, which is the main highlight of the festival. At the time of the festival, Payasam is offered to all the visitors.

About Nileshwar :
                     Nileshwar once served as the seat of the Nileshwar Rajas of the Kolathiri family. It derives its name from Nilakanta Eshwara. The region is associated with the war between the Nileshwar Rajas and the Bednore Nayaks. Nileshwar is also known as the cultural centre of the Kasargod District.
                       There are many Kavus (shrines) around Nileshwar and the most important among them is the Mannan Purathu Kavu, where the finale of the main temple festival takes place. The Porattu of Anjoottambalam Veerarkavu is also popular among devotees. Porattu is a satirical depiction of everyday life.

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Once the capital of the powerful Zamorins and a prominent trade and commerce centre, Kozhikode was the most important town of Malabar in the days gone by. Today, lush green countrysides, serene beaches, historic sites, wildlife sanctuaries, rivers, hills, a unique culture and a warm, friendly ambience make Kozhikode a popular destination.

Calicut is the anglicised form of Kalikut. The Arabic for the Malayalam, Kozhikode.. According to the historian, K.V Krishna Iyer, the term means koyil (Palace) Kodu (Fortified). Anyhow, it is a historical town with a hoary past. From time immemorial, the city attracted travellers, with its charming physical features and prosperity. Even today, the glory that was Calicut has not faded. The political history of Kozhikode is a story of treacherous and ill-conceived conspiracies hatched by the Western powers. Vasco Da Gama landed at Kappad in May 1498, as the leader of a trade mission from Portugal and was received by the Zamorin himself.

The history of Kozhikode district as an administrative unit begins from January 1957. When the states of the Indian Union were reorganized on linguistic basis on 1st November 1956, the erstwhile Malabar district was separated from Madras state (Tamil Nadu) and added to the new anilingual state of Kerala.

General Information
Area :2,206 sq. km.
Population :2,613,683 (2001 census)

Location :Kozhikode district is situated on the south west coast of India. The district is bounded on the north by Kannur district, on the east by Wynad district, on the south by Malappuram district and on the west by the Arabian Sea.

Climate : The district has a humid climate with a very hot season extending from March to May. The most important rainy season is during the South West Monsoon, which sets in the first week of June and extends up to September. The North-East Monsoon extends from the second half of October through November.

Air : Nearest airport: Karipur (23 km from Kozhikode town): Daily flights to Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and the Middle East. The Chennai flight also touches Coimbatore and Madurai.
Rail : Links to all the major cities and tourist centres in India.
Road : Well connected to all the major cities and tourist centres in India.

Places of Interest
Beypore - Beypore town is about 9.65 Kms from Kozhikode at the mouth of the Beypore River. The Place was formerly known as Vaypura and Vadaparappanad. Tippu Sultan named the town "Sultan Pattanam" .It is one of the important ports of Kerala and naturally an important trading centre. It is famous for it"s boat building yard where mammoth country crafts known as "Urus" are built. It is a major fishing harbour of Kerala. There are two man made extensions to the sea to facilitate easy access for fishing boats. This is an ideal place for outing Kozhikode - Aqua tourism: A land of serene beaches, ancient monuments, lush green countrysides, historic sites, wildlife sanctuaries, rivers, hills, a unique culture and a warm, friendly ambience.

Feroke is the cradle of the tile industry in Kerala. The rapid rivers from the Western Ghats after passing through forest carry the clay, which is the raw material for tiles, pottery and ceramic wares. There are more than a dozen tile factories in Feroke alone

Ghat Section - This is thick dense forest and is called the "Cherapunjee" of Kerala because of the heavy rains. It is about 44 Kms from Kozhikode and is the boundary to Wayanad district. A journey through this Ghat section is enjoyable experience. It is 14 kms long with nine hairpin curves amidst a number of hills and thick forests. A view from the top will be a breath taking experience.

Kakkayam: (45 km from Kozhikode) This picturesque dam site, teeming with exotic wildlife, offers excellent trekking and rock climbing opportunities. The best time to visit is between November and April.

Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary: Location: Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary, about 25 km from Kozhikode and 7 km from Beypore port on the Arabian Sea, Malappuram district, north Kerala.

Kappad - On 27th May 1498, Vasco-De Gama landed here with three vessels and 170 men. If you travel 16 Kms north of Kozhikode by kannur road, a small road near Tiruvangoor health centre guides you to this beach of historical inportance. A monument is here to commemorate the historical landing. An ancient temple on a hillock, facing the deep sea, is an added attraction.

Kallai - Kallai was known as the world"s best timber trading centre. Even now, it is the place for timber trade in Malabaar

KIRTADS (7 km from Kozhikode) - This unique museum houses the tools and devices used by the ancient tribal communities of Kerala. A good library with books on Anthropology and Sociology is and added attraction
Kozhikode Beach - The Beauty and serenity of Kozhikode beach is not yet exploited to develop it into a tourist centre. Still People from all around gather here to enjoy the sunset and it is a popular retreat for local people. Two sea piers almost 125 years old extending well inside the sea are a speciality. The Lions Club Children’s park along with the near by ice cream parlours make evenings pleasant for visiting families. Fisherman with their small rowing boats entering the sea, fighting the waves and returning with varieties of fish is worth watching. A marine water aquarium is situated at Kozhikode beach and varieties of marine and fresh water fish can be seen here

Krishna Menon Museum - Situated adjacent to the Pazhassi Raja Museum, the art gallery houses painting of Raja Ravi Varma among the other collections. The museum has a section dedicated to V K Krisha Menon. The personal belongings and souvenirs gifted by this world leader are exhibited here.

Kuttichira: The stone inscriptions found in the Muccunti Mosque at Kuttichira reveal an interesting aspect in the history of the Zamorins of Kozhikode and their patronage of Islam in Kerala.

Lokanarkavu Temple: This temple, associated with the heroes and heroines of the Vadakkanpattu combines an arresting simplicity and a legendary aura. The candid murals and carvings here are a delight to art lovers.

Mishkal Masjid, Kuttichira: One of the oldest mosques in the city, this four-storied structure supported by wooden pillars proudly proclaims the architectural splendour of yester years.
Mananchira Square - A new attraction in the heart of the city, Mananchira -maidan, is the sublimation of the concept of a planned modern city. The historic maidan, adjacent to Mananchira has been converted into an arcadia with beautiful trees and plants, artificial hill, shrubs, sculpture, an open-air theatre and above all a musical fountain. No doubt, locals and tourists seeking leisure and relief from the mad rush outside, find shelter here. The Corporation of Kozhikode manages Mananchira Maidan.

Mannur Temple: Modeled like the Siva Temple at Tiruvannur, this exquisitely carved Gajaprathista styled laterite structure is more than two centuries old.

Pazhassiraja Museum and Art Gallery: Location: About 5 km from Kozhikode town at East Hill, Kozhikode district, north Kerala.

Parsi Anju Amman Baug: This Fire Temple on S M Street dates back to the period when the Parsis, lured by the trade opportunities, settled in Kozhikode about 200 years ago.

Science Centre & Planetarium: Regional science centre Calicut houses a 250 seater Planetarium fitted with a sophisticated Zeiss projector. The Science centre abounds with puzzles, which make mathematics easy. An array of rolling balls moves in a circuitous path and performs acrobatics. They ring bells, generate electricity and play musical chimes on their way. Parabolic reflectors carry whispers from one end of the park to the other end. Objects float in space defying gravity. Chemistry brings magic at home. The Science Centre unravels mysteries, explains things which otherwise would be called supernatural.

St. Mary"s Church: The Church was founded in 1860 for the civil members of the collectorate and the English military. In the cemetery adjacent to the church, there is a tomb dated 1717.

S M Street: Sweet Meat Street is the busiest street in Kozhikode and derives its name from the times when the street was lined with sweetmeat stalls. Kallai This was once the second largest timber trading.

Thusharagiri - Thusharagiri is situated 55 kms away from Kozhikode City and the "Green Splendor" considered as the major tourist destination in Malabar region with four water falls right in the middle of the forest. The waterfalls and streams amidst the hilly regions are really a feast to eyes.

Tali Temple: Built in the 14th century by Swami Thirumulpad, the Zamorin, within his palace complex, this temple was the venue of Revathy Pattathanam, the annual cultural and intellectual event.

Badagara: (48 km from Kozhikode) The birthplace of Thacholi Othenan - the legendary hero of the Vadakkanpattu (ballads of North Malabaar), Badagara boasts a great martial tradition and was a flourishing trade. This ancient place is now the headquarters of the taluk as well as of the municipality of that name. There is ruined fort in the town. Badagara was the scene of many exploits of Tacholi Othenan, the hero of the ballads of north Malabaar (Vadakkan Pattukal) Five kms south east of Badagara in Memunda amsom, is the Lokanarkavu, which has three rock-cut caves in its vicinity. Annual ceremonies are conducted in memory of "Othenan" whose bith place is Manikoth near Meppayil. Badagara is also called because of its location just north ( Vadakku) of kotta river. The Orkattery cattle fair is held between February at Orkattery 6.45 kms from Badagara

Vellari Mala and Iringal: Verdant, rolling landscape, with numerous brooks, cascades and breathtaking waterfalls, Vellari Mala offers is a true abode for you to unwind and to immerse in the whiff of its limitless fresh air.

Velliyamkallu: This is yet another beautiful stretch of golden sands with shallow waters that border Velliyamkallu Planetarium

Wayanad Ghats: The green ghats enroute to Wayanad has nine hairpin bends, each turn taking one to a higher altitude offering a better view of the picturesque plains below.

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Wayanad is one of the districts in Kerala that has been able to retain its pristine nature. Hidden away in the hills of this land are some of the oldest tribes, as yet untouched by civilisation. Wayanad is known for its picturesque mist clad hill stations, sprawling spice plantations, luxuriant forests and rich cultural traditions.

Kalpetta is the headquarters of the district. Mananthavady, Sulthan Bathery and Vythiri are other important towns in the district. The leading tourist centers of South India like Ooty, Mysore, Coorg, Kozhikode and Kannur are around this region.


Summer: 36 -20 C

Winter: 32 -16 C

Best Season :

October to May

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Languages spoken :

Malayalam, English

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The nearest airport is Kozhikode connected with flights by different cites in India.


Kozhikode is nearest railhead connected with major cities and places in India.


Wayanad is connected by motorable roads with major cites and places in South India.

Wayanad (Kalpetta ) is:

72 km from Kozhikode

175 km from Ooty

140 km from Mysore

Sights to See


Thirunelly temple (32 km northeast of Mananthavady)

Surrounded by Kambamala, Karimala and Varadiga, the Thirunelly temple is a marvel of temple architecture. The shrine is shielded with 30 granite columns and the ground is paved with huge square pieces of granite. The crystal clear waters of the Papanasini River running downhill add to the enchantment of the place.

Pazhassi tomb (32 km northeast of Kalpetta)

The memorial of the `Lion of Kerala` - Veera Pazhassi Raja - who organised the guerilla warfare against the British East India Company, is situated at Mananthavady. The Pulpally cave is where Pazhassi took refuge until he was captured by the British.

The Glass Temple of Kottamunda

This temple is located on the slope of Vellarimala and is dedicated to Parswanatha Swamy of the Jain faith. The mirrors inside the temple walls reflect images of the icons in the temple`s sanctum sanctorum

Boys town (15 km north of Mananthavady)

Herbal garden, nature care centre, sericulture unit, perma-culture centre etc., established by the Wayanad Social Service Society and Jean Park (the Indo-Danish project for promoting herbal gardening) are situated here.

Kuruvadweep (17 km east of Mananthavady /45 km northwest of Sulthan Bathery)

This 950 acre, uninhabited island on the eastward bound Kabani River is an ideal picnic spot. The wooded stretch of land is home to rare species of birds, orchids and herbs.

Pakshipathalam (10 km from Thirunelly)

This place can be accessed only by trekking. Rare species of birds can be sighted from the watch tower of this bird sanctuary.


Begur Wildlife Sanctuary

About 20 km east of Mananthavady, Wayanad district is in north Kerala. The district of Wayanad lies on an elevated picturesque mountainous plateau in the Western Ghats. Historians are of the opinion that organised human life existed in these parts of Kerala at least ten centuries before Christ.

In this virgin land, which has not seen much human habitation later, is the Begur Wildlife Sanctuary. The forests here are amongst the most beautiful locales of Kerala. The region has a wealth of diverse species of plants and animals and is of great interest to nature lovers.

Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary (40 km from Mananthavady)

This sanctuary in Karnataka state extends over an area of 643.39 sq km. The park houses diverse species of plant and animal life.

Visiting time: 0600 - 0800 hrs and 1500 -1730 hrs.

Banasura Project at Padinjarathara (about 25 km northeast of Kalpetta)

The picturesque Banasura Project is the largest earthern dam in India and the second largest in Asia. Located in the midst of lovely, mist-clad hills with a wildlife sanctuary and park full of flowering trees, this spot of enchantment has no parallel elsewhere. With its placid crystal clear waters Banasura is a wonderful picnic spot. At Kalpetta, which once used to be the stronghold of the Jains in Kerala, you also have the attraction of historic monuments like the Ananthanathaswami Jain Temple near Puliyarmala.

Sulthan Bathery

Edakkal Caves

What kind of people were our ancestors what kind of lives did they lead Often, the paths leading to the answers to these questions are as fascinating as the answers themselves. If you would like to walk a little way along one such wonderful path of discovery, one good place to visit would be the Edakkal caves in the Ambukuthi Hills in north Kerala, considered to be one of the earliest centres of human habitation. Inside the cave you will find ancient stone scripts, pictorial wall inscriptions of human and animal figures with peculiar head dresses, the swastik form, symbols and cave drawings of human figures, wheels, bows, knives, trees and so on. Similar cave drawings, considered to be 7000 years old, are found only in Stiriya in the European Alps and a few rocky places in Africa. The caves, which are found around 10 km from Sultan Bathery, are two natural rock formations believed to have been formed by a large split in a huge rock.

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

Established in 1973, the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is contiguous to the protected area network of Nagarhole and Bandipur of Karnataka on the northeast and Mudumalai of Tamil Nadu on the southeast. Rich in bio-diversity, the sanctuary is an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, which has been established with the specific objective of conserving the biological heritage of the region. The sanctuary is very rich in flora and fauna. The management lays emphasis on scientific conservation with due consideration for the general lifestyle of the tribals and others who live in and around the forest region.

Permitting authority:Wildlife Warden, Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary

Lakkidi,Vythiri(55 km east of Kozhikode/5 km south of Vythiri)

Lakkidi, the gateway to Wayanad, is situated 700 m above mean sea level, at the crest of the Thamarasseri Ghat pass. Lofty peaks, gurgling streams and luxuriant forests add magic to the journey up the winding roads to this hill station

Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary :( About 16 km east of Sulthan Bathery)

An ideal destination to watch herds of wild elephants, the Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary is contiguous with the protected area network of the Nagarhole National Park and the Bandipur Tiger Reserve in the neighboring State of Karnataka and Mudumalai of Tamilnadu. This sanctuary spread over 345 sq km is rich with fauna and flora, and comes under Project Elephant.

Elephants roam freely here and tigers are sighted frequently. Various species of deer, monkeys, birds etc also live here. The trees and plants in the sanctuary are typical of the south Indian moist deciduous forests and west coast semi evergreen forests. A drive along the road to Muthanga and further, offers chances to watch these roaming beasts. Elephant rides are arranged by the Forest Department.


Ambalavayal Heritage Museum(12 km south of Sulthan Bathery)

The Ambalavayal Heritage Museum, the archaeological museum in Wayanad,- has one of Kerala`s largest collections of the remnants of an era dating back to the 2nd century A.D. The exhibits here are evidences of an advanced civilisation that existed in the mountains of Wayanad. The articles on display are a fascination for the historian, the archaeologist and the ordinary man alike. At the museum you can see articles as varied as clay sculptures, ancient hunting equipments like bows and arrows, stone weapons and other curios.

Pookkot Lake ( 3 km south of Vythiri town)

A natural fresh water lake surrounded by evergreen forest and rolling hills. A fresh water aquarium with large variety of fish is an added attraction. Tourists can also avail of boating facilities, children`s park, and a shopping center for handicrafts and spices.

Wayanad lies at an altitude varying from 700 - 2100 meters above the sea level. The district has the highest number of tribal settlements in Kerala. The hill ranges of Vythiri taluk (taluk is a sub division of a district), through which the road from Kozhikode ascends the Wayanad plateau over the mind boggling bends and ridges, are the highest locations of Wayanad district.

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