EXPLORE THE UNEXPLORED
YOURSELF INTO THE NATURE
WHAT TO DO
Sighting animals in the lush green rain forest an experience of the lifetime. However tracking and sighting animals can be a difficult proposition in the thick growth of woods and undergrowth in an undulating terrain...
Palavayal is rich in flora and fauna. Because the nature is in its pure form ie the pancha boothas like Prithvi(Earth), Apas/Jal (Water),Agni (Fire),Vayu (Air), Aakash/Sound (Aether ) which constitute life...
Palavayal again is an ideal location to go for bird watching. The state of Kerala, India has about 509 bird species within its boundary. Most of the birds are sighted in the north Malabar region comprising of Kasargod...
Neeleswaram House Boating
ouse boat ride is one of the prime attractions in Bekal, Neeleswaram. Tourists can enjoy a cruise along the palm fringed backwaters in the Malabar region, while enjoying a peaceful sojourn...
Tenting and Camping
Tabor, the exclusive and integral constituent of Palavayal Trekking and Wellness Centre is magnificent grassland, surrounded by valleys, embedded with beautiful hamlets and towns are indeed great spectacles...
Food is an integral part of the lifestyle and culture of the Malabar Coast. One can say the people of the Malabar live and breathe food, especially the members of the Moplah community, which has a...
Time has come where we need reorganization in all facets of life.If we can redefine food, health, habitat, family, education, art, literature, sports, occupation, technology, social justice, administration and spirituality...
Honey Bee Rearing
Bees play an important and irreplaceable role as pollinators in the environment. Besides providing honey and beeswax, honeybee pollination is crucial for putting on our table four out of the five...
We recognize the value of sport fishing and its multi dimensional benefits to our lives. We practice catch and release the game fish to improve fish populations. We as anglers are also aware of the...
Though swimming is very good for health swimming in a closed pool can harm your health. Disinfectants that are used for swimming pool can affect human health. Too much chlorine can cause eczema and rashes...
Taken care of by the Malabar Mangrove Ecotourism Circuit, the trail has been developed based on the principles of sustainable tourism, with the assistance of the local people. Started a couple of years...
Sighting animals in the lush green rain forest an experience of the lifetime. However tracking and sighting animals can be a difficult proposition in the thick growth of woods and undergrowth in an undulating terrain. But an experienced guide can help you identify the presence of animals by keenly observing the tracks, dugs, pug-marks, left over foods, calls and smell etc. The freshness of the track and other signs will give you a clear idea of the species and proximity of animals in a locality. Western Ghats, in Kerala is home of many wild life sanctuaries and national parks. The forest surrounding the Palavayal, bordering Kannur, Kasargod in Kerala and Coorg in Karnataka the home of Asiatic Elephants , wild Gours , leopards, deers ,monkeys ,wild dogs , bear ,foxes, Malabar giant squirrels and other animals . If you are really courageous We have experts to guide you to trail elephants and sight them and even take photographs at a very close range. Backpack your camera and take the next flight to Palavayalx
Palavayal is rich in flora and fauna. Because the nature is in its pure form ie the pancha boothas like Prithvi(Earth), Apas/Jal (Water),Agni (Fire),Vayu (Air), Aakash/Sound (Aether ) which constitute life are in pure form in this part of Western Ghats bordering Coorg, Karnataka and Kasargod and Kannur district of Kerala. Famous butterfly and insects enthusiast V C Balakrishnan has been able to identify around 70 species of butterflies and insects from our premises within 3 hrs. of survey. He has also discovered some new specious of butterflies from Kottathalachi Hills visible from our Thotayamchal premises in Payalvayal. Southern birdwing, the biggest butterfly India seen in India,endemic to Peninsular India. with a wingspan of 140–190 mm,hovering in the sky in small groups, is a very common spectacle. If you can walk two to three kilometers along the banks of Thejaswani you are sure to come across the magnificent spectacle of “Mud Puddling” of numerous specious of butterflies of various sizes and hues. Mud-puddling is a prominent and eye catching behavior of butterflies. They flock in large numbers in a particular area as they suck out fluids from rotting plant matter, fruits etc.. Banks of Thejaswani is an ideal place to explore to photograph this phenomenon.x
Palavayal again is an ideal location to go for bird watching. The state of Kerala, India has about 509 bird species within its boundary. Most of the birds are sighted in the north Malabar region comprising of Kasargod and Kannur district. Vast extent of beaches, backwaters, rivers and hills of Weston Ghats forms the ideal habitat for birds, which are endemic as well as migratory. There are sightings of great Indian hornbills as well in this region. Some times Malabar hornbills can be seen in groups of excess of 30 inside the woods neighboring Thejaswani river. Ideally a bird watching trip in the Palavayal area should start from the bridge that connect Kerala and Karnataka over Thejaswani in the early morning and end in the same spot in the evening. An avid bird enthusiast can wander around the jungle during the daytime exploring less explored canopy. The services of experienced guides can also be availed.x
A beautiful rain forest near Konnakad, the Kottancheri Hills is an intergral part of the Western Ghats almost at an elevation of 4000 feet. It is an extension of Ranipuram wildlife sanctuary. It lies parallel to Talacavery which is the starting point of the Kaveri River. This trekker’s paradise is 7 kms away from Palavayal. Set almost at an elevation of 4000 feet above the sea level, Kottancheri Hills is a tourism hotspot and an integral part of Western Ghat. Surrounded with dense forest, Kottancheri Hills is a home for many of the rare and endemic species found in the Western Ghat such as deer, wild pigs, wild elephants, wild dogs, rare birds, butterflies and many more. It also provides travelers with much breathtaking view of its surroundings. Being located in proximity to Talacauvery in the Brahmagiri mountain range, the place offers plenty of adventurous and interesting activities such as trekking , picnicking etc. It is a fabulous hills and a perfect choice for travelers who are craving to relax and rejuvenate their mind and soul in the lap of Mother Nature. Many visitors have claimed the scenic beauty of the place to highly resemble with that of Kodiakanal—a much acclaimed tourist destination in Tamil Nadu.x
Kavus are small verdant patches, deemed sacred in the culture and tradition of Kerala, and home to numerous herbs, plants and trees preserving a special gene pool. They act as a layer of protection for the environment system. Normally, a small temple or deity is attached to a kavu to prevent encroachment. The Kammadam kavu, the biggest sacred grove of Kerala, is spread around a span of 60 acres, and is rich in evergreen orchids, medicinal plants and shrubs. Wild animals like Jungle cat, monitor lizard, civets, fox, bats, snakes, various species of birds and butterflies are seen here. The presence of kavu in temples and large families In Kerala is a proof that our forefathers were aware of the importance preserving the ecosystem intact while they resorted to farming and other activities. This kavu is associated with the Kammadam Bhagavathu Temple where Theyyams are performed regularly in the month of December. It is 16 kilometers drive from PTWC.x
Exclusive waterfalls surrounded by rocks and trees, neither far from the land nor from the forest. This fall is a force of nature, both beautiful and brutal. This fall is tranquil from a distance but deafening up in the monsoon. The cascades of water conjured by cascades of equally powerful emotions of the wild is enough to take your breath away. This spectacular fall is an ideal place for taking a private bath. The bliss-pool at the bottom is varnish clear and a perfect fish pedicure is always in geared up.x
The part of Padinalkunadughat Reserve Forest area which starts from Pulingom is a perfect place for trekking in the early hours. This is a Level 1 trekking and can be enjoyed by everyone. It is bestowed with lot of flora and fauna. You can see a lot of birds, squirrels, insects, barking deers etc . The only reason to stay away from or move more closely to the trail is the frequent presence of elephants in the area. The trek area spans to 20 hours of walk through the dense shoal forest to the Talacauvery region. The trekkers can come back to the base camp by walking back through the forest or by crossing the crystal clear Tejaswini in a bamboo raft. If the water levels are low, you will be thrilled to cross Tejaswini by walk. You can also get shelter in the houses of tribes in case you are blessed with the torrential rains while trekking. This is a bird watcher’s paradise in the early hours of the morning. You can see birds viz, Whistling Thrush, The Nilgiri Wood Pigeon, the Great Indian Pied Hornbill, Malaber Grey Hornbill, the Rock Bush Quail, the Red-winged Crested Cuckoo and the Malabar Parakeetx
Josegiri is a village, a valley of mist, an emerging tourist place 18 Kms away from PTWC. This place has a tropical climate. Rainfall is significant most months of the year, and the short dry season has little effect. The climate here is classified as Tropical Monsoon Climate (Am) by the Köppen-Geiger system.It is very pleasant throughout the year. The drive to Josegiri is unforgettable with the enchanting view of range of mountains with crafty mist clutched at the elbow of the mountain as it passed. Best known for trekking, Mount Thirunnetty is a favorite spot for nature enthusiasts, photographers, and trekkers, located in Josegiri, at a height of 2300 ft. The standing rocks on top of the hill are the major attraction in Thirunetti. The cross on the Thirunetti rock also attracts a lot of tourists. You can enjoy the view of the snow-hooded mountains encased in a necklace of white mist.x
Palakkayam Thattu is 3,500 feet above sea level on an area of 65 acres of meadows. Little more than an hour drive from #PTWC, ( 36 Kms), this is a good location to visit all through the year. The beauty of this place during monsoon is inexplicable. During rains it is almost shrouded in dense mist even at noon. Always covered with mist and cool breeze, you can feel the cloud from the top of the hill and see the lush green forest around. The admiring view from the hill top will tranquilize the nature lovers. 10. Paithal Mala Paithalmala is a hill station located near Pottenplave village, at a height of 1371.6 m above sea level, this is the highest geographic peak in Kannur.It is located at 50 km from PTWC. Nestled in the Kerala Karnataka border near to Coorg forests, it lies in the Western Ghats. It has become a favorite spot for the nature enthusiasts, photographers, trekkers and leisurely visitors. The best part of the trek is the walk from the observatory tower to the thick forest where trail from Kappimala ends. One can move on top of the hills enjoying the mesmerizing scenery of the Coorg forest on right and Paithal valley on the left. The grassland looks stunning here and arguably is the best scene of the trek. The best time to start the trek is early morning and finishing it by the evening.x
Paithalmala is a hill station located near Pottenplave village, at a height of 1371.6 m above sea level, this is the highest geographic peak in Kannur.It is located at 50 km from PTWC. Nestled in the Kerala Karnataka border near to Coorg forests, it lies in the Western Ghats. It has become a favorite spot for the nature enthusiasts, photographers, trekkers and leisurely visitors. The best part of the trek is the walk from the observatory tower to the thick forest where trail from Kappimala ends. One can move on top of the hills enjoying the mesmerizing scenery of the Coorg forest on right and Paithal valley on the left. The grassland looks stunning here and arguably is the best scene of the trek. The best time to start the trek is early morning and finishing it by the evening.x
Muthari is a sleepy village situated 13 Km from PTWC, in Kudagu Dt. Karnataka-Kerala boarder. The season here is throughout the year. You can go for trekking and farm visit in our exclusive premises. The area is surrounded with serene and dense forest. You can reach the spot by a four wheel jeep. On the way to Muthari, you can stop over on the big rock of Muthari which is visible when the water levels of Tejaswini is low. The rock is a big flat one with Tejaswini flowing through both the sides. It is a beautiful picnic spot.x
Ezhimala, a hill reaching a height of 286 metres, is located near Payyanur is 52 Kms from PTWC. As the former capital of the ancient Mushika Kingdom, it is considered to be an important historical site. It is a conspicuous, isolated cluster of hills, forming a promontory (a point of high land that juts out into the sea or a large lake; a headland). It was a flourishing seaport and center of trade around the beginning of the Common Era. The name ‘Ezhimala’ is believed to be the malayalam equivalent of ‘Seven Hills’ and is derived from the seven hills dominating the skyline of this area. The place was also known as ‘Elimala’ meaning ‘Rat Hill’ possibly due to the large number of rodents infesting the forests here. Yet another legend has it that the name was derived from ‘Ezhil Malai’ meaning land of beauty. Folklore has it that the seven hills are part of the ‘Rishabadri’ mountain that fell to the earth when Lord Hanuman was carrying the mountain with Mrita Sanjivani and other herbs to Lanka. It’s worth a trip as it gives you a breathtaking view of the virgin beaches of Ezhimala and Zamorin from the mountains. The beach is an unexplored natural habitat with lot of sea weeds and beautiful rocks.x
Neeleswaram House Boating
House boat ride is one of the prime attractions in Bekal, Neeleswaram. Tourists can enjoy a cruise along the palm fringed backwaters in the Malabar region, while enjoying a peaceful sojourn in these exceptionally comfortable houseboats. These houseboat are not only apt for a family or honeymoon vacation, but are built with state-of-the-art technologies making it ideal for business purposes as well.x
Contentment and spirituality is not all about living the present to the full but going back in time to the cultural and historical trails and taking inspiration from age old customs, traditions and culture of the Northern Malabar. The premises, the ambiance, the people and process are carefully designed to impart the very essence of goodness of the rustic way of life prevalent in the good old days. Concepts like unlimited food is served to the guests are to make them feel that they are back to their home which is nature itself in all senses. We are very fascinated to introduce our guests to the rich, unmatched and unseen cultural heritage of Malabar region. Theyyam, an ancient ritual performance art of the region in which a man is dressed symbolically as god. In the Kadathanadan area, it is known as kaliyattam. There are around 400 types of Theyyam, which are conducted on a stage and use elaborate costumes and body-painting. Each type has a distinguishing head-dress and costume made from natural materials, such as coconut leaves and bark. Musical accompaniments are provided by the chenda, elathalam and kuzhal (horn). Kalaripayattu is a martial art that originated in North Malabar and was developed between the 9th and 12th centuries. Thottam Pattu, Vadakkan Pattukal, Thidambu Nritham, Poorakkali, Kolkali also major art forms of Malabar. The major Mappila arts of North Malabar are Oppana, Duff Muttu and Mappila Paattux
Food is an integral part of the lifestyle and culture of the Malabar Coast. One can say the people of the Malabar live and breathe food, especially the members of the Moplah community, which has a long-standing tradition of whipping up the most delicious dishes to be served to their family and the guests. Eating is often a family affair; not only in Muslim homes but across religions. It’s the distinct taste, rich in flavor and ingredients, which makes Malabar food so popular. That and the fact that Malabar food is so varied, comprising main dishes, snacks, sarbaths and what not. In fact, if you visit a home in the area, they pile the food on you and it’s almost an offense if you refuse to eat from there. Almost all the savory dishes are made with fresh masalas, with spices either powdered, ground, crushed or in full – a nod to the Arabic influence on the cuisine. They rarely use red chilly powder and instead rely on green chillies, but the dishes are never overly spicy. The beauty of Malabar food is that it has always been home-style cooking, made by hand by the women of the family with recipes handed down for generations. crispy nei pathiri, lasagne-like chatti pathiri, stuffed erachi pathiri and the like and snacks such as pazham nirachathu,unnakkaya are specialities of Malabar which has crossed the barrier of culture and places.x
Time has come where we need reorganization in all facets of life. If we can redefine food, health, habitat, family, education, art, literature, sports, occupation, technology, social justice ,administration and spirituality based on the laws of nature or natural laws we will be able to recreate the socio economic model which we envisages. Agriculture is the primary wealth creation and production process in any economy. The value based and soulful agricultural practices are the corner stone of building a value based society and nation. By Organic farming we mean the methods and practices of agriculture in such an idealistic society. If we remove ‘agri’ from agriculture, then it becomes culture. Agriculture signifies the basic elements of our culture as well. Let’s work together to create a new socio economic model to herald a futuristic society which is free, peaceful, secure, harmonious, wealthy, rich ,blissful and content. We offer the opportunity to learn basics lessons in organic farming from the award winning planter Sri Joy Perumatty by advance booking. This course will span for a week or two depending upon the requirement of the visitors. You will get opportunity to visit other organic farms in Palavayal and surroundings. Becoming a successful organic farmer today takes a wide variety of skills, from soil management and seed production to marketing and business planning. We believe that success on a farm is when profit is generated in financial, social and ecological forms. You can make beginning in PTWC if you are a farming enthusiast. Children can be involved in farming in a very exciting way viz. by plucking vegetables from the backyard, collecting eggs from the coop, feeding the cows etc. Spending time at a farm can teach children so many things that will be instrumental in their lives far more so than playing video games or hanging out at the mall ever can. Through caring for farm animals, kids learn that in life others often come before self since they have to be fed. Also, they learn the value of hard work, patience etc. Most importantly, kids will learn how to survive. Kids who know how to farm will be kids, who know how to feed themselves, fix things, solve problems, work hard, and respect animals. Mathew P J, who is one of the directors of PTWC, is an internationally accredited certified auditor for organic farming.al, social, and ecological forms.x
Honey Bee Rearing
Bees play an important and irreplaceable role as pollinators in the environment. Besides providing honey and beeswax, honeybee pollination is crucial for putting on our table four out of the five foods we eat – oilseeds, pulses, vegetables and fruits. It is proved with the evidence of data that Bee keeping has improved agricultural productivity in many places. Collection of honey from the forests has been in existence for a long time. Apiculture is the practice of keeping bees as well as the manufacturing of honey and beeswax. Honey bees convert nectar of flowers into honey and store them in the combs of the hive. The growing market potential for honey and its products has resulted in bee keeping emerging as a viable enterprise. Honey and wax are the two economically important products of bee keeping. Cheruthen(honey from stingless bees honey) is considered superior honey in Ayurvedic texts and other medical journals. This honey helps to reduce fever and treat many kind of infections. Benefit of keeping colony of stingless bees in your farm is that you can extract honey anytime of the year. We offer the opportunity to learn Beekeeping with our experts based on advance booking. We will coach you the techniques of the entire Production process including Equipment requirements for bee keeping, establishment of hives, establishing a bee colony, management of colonies and harvesting of honey.x
We recognize the value of sport fishing and its multi dimensional benefits to our lives. We practice catch and release the game fish to improve fish populations. We as anglers are also aware of the importance of clean water and air and pride ourselves on protecting and preserving our environment, natural communities, and valuable habitat. Fishing acts as a stress reliever from the modern life style. It also offers you the chance to improve your self-esteem through respect for the environment, mastering outdoor skills and achieving personal goals. Fishing can also play an important role in one’s personal and social development. Fishing is a lifetime skill and activity that can be enjoyed at any age.x
Though swimming is very good for health swimming in a closed pool can harm your health. Disinfectants that are used for swimming pool can affect human health. Too much chlorine can cause eczema and rashes. Carbon dioxide is released into the water, causing the pH value to decrease. The chlorine used to disinfect the water in swimming pools is a toxin that might cause asthma and other respiratory conditions. Other than letting you free from the health hazards, the feeling of freedom, exhilaration and fun that swimming in open water can provide is unparalleled. Contact with natural waters stimulates and boost the immune system of the body. We also engage our guests in blissful activities like swimming against the currents, crossing the river etc under supervision.x
Taken care of by the Malabar Mangrove Ecotourism Circuit, the trail has been developed based on the principles of sustainable tourism, with the assistance of the local people. Started a couple of years ago, the mangrove trail that has come up at Kizhake Kandankali, about five kilometers from Payannur town, offers visitors a close view of the mangrove ecosystem Managed by Malabar Ecotourism, bird-watching, canoeing and fishing are the main attractions of the tour through the mangrove forest. It is a sprawling property and the tour here is operated on a stretch of otherwise impenetrable mangrove forests. The landscape is marked by many tidal creeks and waterways. With two high tides and two low tides a day, the terrain is tough to negotiate. The mangrove trail is through a tree-lined tunnel for 100 m. It takes about two hours to cover the entire trail. A walk under the canopy offers the visitor a glimpse of exotic birds, squirrels, jackals etc. The mangroves here are nesting places of a large number of local and migratory birds. The avian community here is quite appealing. Birds like the Brown-winged kingfisher, Grey-headed lapwing, Pallas Fish Eagle, Lesser adjutant and Mangrove whistler can be spotted here. Other birds that form part of the usual sightings include the myna, quail, kingfisher, wild fowls, different species of herons and weaver birds. And if you happen to be at the mangrove trail during the rainy season, you might also come across migratory birds. If lucky, one can also spot sea turtles and otters.x
Tenting And Camping
Tabor, the exclusive and integral constituent of Palavayal Trekking and Wellness Centre is magnificent grassland, surrounded by valleys, embedded with beautiful hamlets and towns are indeed great spectacles. The sea of beautiful, blue and misty mountains surround the tabor hills further down the valley, add to the mystic ambience. When sky is clear tabor enchant the visitors with the magnificent spectacle of sunsets in the western and sunrise in the eastern mountains. The nights are equally brilliant with millions of stars, visible because of the clear and unpolluted atmosphere. We have recently introduced camping (night stay) on the Tabor hills equipped with tents, sleeping bags and other amenities to experience the captivating nocturnal life in one of the beautiful mountains of the Western Ghats. Seems interested…?x