Mananthavady is located north east of Wayanad at a height of about 500 m above sea level. The verdant forests deliver scenic beauties. Mananthavady also has good options for trekking and rafting. Mananthavady has a historic back- ground of being the last resting place of Pazhassi Raja. Main attractions of Mananthavady are:

Pakshipathalam It is a bird-watcher’s paradise. Located just around the border with Nagarhole National Park in Karnataka, this area is populated by large migratory and other birds. There are rocky cliffs and caves, which make it an oft-visited trekkers’ region. The caves are said to have used by saints and sages many centuries ago. The best time to visit is in the summer, just before the Monsoon.

Thirunelly Temple It stands in a valley at the south of the famous Brahmagiri Hills. It gets its name from the sacred nelli (gooseberry) tree in the compound. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Brahma.

Pazhassi Museum and Tomb The tomb houses the remains of Pazhassi Raja, who belonged to the Kottyam royal family. He fought the British from within the jungles. But he was defeated and killed near Pulpally.

Kuruvadweep This 950-acre island stands between two streams-the Mananthavady and the Panamaram that are part of the mighty Kabini River. You can take boats from Pulpally. There are also bamboo raft rides. This area is home to a lot of birds. Varieties of butterflies are plenty here. These uninhabited islands lay 17km east of Mananthavady and 45km northwest of Sulthan Bathery.

Thrissileri Temple This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is closely associated with the Thirunelly Temple. During festivals and special occasions, both the temples conduct poojas together.

Boy’s Town It is situated 15km north of Mananthavadi and is the brainchild of the Wayanad Social Service Society. There is a nature care centre, sericulture unit, herbal garden and a permaculture centre situated in and around this small town. An Indo-Danish project for promoting herbal gardens is another popularly visited attraction.