The Kuruva Island or Kuruva Dweep is a well known tourist destination in Kerala which is known for its exotic natural beauty.It is also a hot spot for river rafting in Kerala. This article include the attraction in Kuruava Islands and some tourist informations.
Kuruva Islands- The Natural Extravaganza
Kuruva Island is one of the best tourist places in the district of Wayanad, which is well known for its enchanting natural beauty. The magical Islands of Kuruva is located on the tributaries of river Kabani, which flows through Wayanad. It is some of the rare places in the world where the nature express its eternal feelings. The place is exclusively known for exaggerating natural beauty. Kuruva Islands is a wonderful tourist place to spend your holidays in the adobe of nature.
Attractions in Kuruva Islands
Kuruva Islands has become a tourist paradise due to its fabulous forest beauty. This is the largest Island in India which is devoid of any human settlements. The visitors to this place are increasing day by day. The wild trees that raise their branched arms towards the sky and the wild flower beds in the side lanes add a special beauty to the Island. Kuruva Island also opens a wide scope for water entertained tourism in Wayanad district. The island which is about 950 acres contains so many water bodies also. Many tourists from different parts of the world visit here to enjoy these marvelous beauties of Kuruva
This island has an ecosystem in which 1000’s of rare plants as well as animals are seen. One can able to hear the rhythm of the forest and can feel it while walking through the Island. Big trees with full of flowers, wild orchids are some other features of this island.
During the month of October migrating birds reaches the island and spend great times here. An awesome feature of this island is the huge trees which won’t allow the hot sunrays to hit the mainland and the forest is that much dense.
River Rafting in Kuruva Island
Kuruva Islands are excellent spots for River Rafting in Kerala. For these special boats are available which is made up of Bamboos. The tourists can raft through the waters of river Kabani. The tourist authority in Kuruva Island is taking a special care in this activity. There are provisions for 10 persons to move through a single bamboo boat at a time. And the journey will be thrilling and full of excitement. So the tourists who love adventure can surely visit Kuruva Islands for River Rafting. The Rafting fee is Rs.300 for three hours per head.
How to Reach Kuruva Island
Kuruva Island is 15 kms away from Mananthavady, a place in Wayanad. One can reach Kuruva Islands by kattikkulam- Palvelicham road. The place is 40 kms away from Kalpetta, which is the headquarters of Wayanad. The Island can be also reached via Panamaram, Punchavayal, Neervaram, Dasanakkara, Kurukkanmoola etc. If you are going via Pulpalli, there is only 12 kms. The Island is 58 kms away from Sulthan Batheri. If you are coming from Kerala, it is better to reach via Kozhikode-Kalpetta or Kozhikode-Mananthavadi route. Tourists coming from Karnataka can reach via Tholpetti or Sulthan Batheri. The nearest Airport is Karipur International Airport and the nearest Railway Station is Kozhikode Railway Station.
Information for the Tourists
Kuruva Island is situated under South Wayanad Forest Division. There is a destination Management council opened in Kuruva to give information for the tourists. Tourist can enquire about the available packages here. The accommodation facilities are also governed under them. The boat service is arranged from a place known as Palvelicham under DTPC. The Forest Protection Council of Kuruva is organizing the River Rafting and Guide Service. The tourists are advised to avoid the monsoon season, since there are many chances of small floods at that time. The tourists can visit here during October to May. The entrance time for the tourists is from 9.00 AM to 4.00 PM. The entrance fee is Rs.10. the same fee is applicable for the boat rides as well.
Accommodation Facilities in Kuruva Island
There are many facilities available near the Island for the accommodation of the tourist. Facilities are arranged in the Forest Dormitories. Tourists can stay in Forest Ebby, Sramby etc. For more details the tourists are advised to contact the Assisitant Wildlife Warden.
Phone Numbers :
Forest Warden- +91 9048097585
Forest Station- 04935 240349
Mananthavadi PWD rest house- +91 9747996770
DTPC- 04936 202134
Thirunelli Tamarind- +91 9446480531