Kuruva Island: An Idyllic Picnic Spot

Most of the 40 odd rivers that originate in the Western Ghats flow west into the Arabian Sea. Three of them however, flow east into the neighboring states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. One of them is the Kabani. It has its origin as two separate rivulets – the Panamaram originating from Lakkidi and the Manathavady rivulet originating from Thondaramudi peak. These two streams wind around a 950-acre densely wooded area called Kuruva Island (called Kuruvadweep locally). Primarily, Kuruva Island comprises three islands and a few submergible satellite islands. The main island contains two small water bodies as well.

Kuruva Island is 17km east of Mananthavady and 40km north-west of Sultan Bathery. It has a unique ecosystem, and is a must-see destination for nature lovers visiting Wayanad. It is a reserve forest, and entry is monitored by the Forest Department. The islands can be accessed using bamboo rafts or fiber boats deployed by Kerala Tourism Department. You can buy tickets for the raft ride from the Tourism Department’s office at Pulpally. From the Mananthavady side though, you can leap across half-submerged boulders to hop onto the island. Wayanad District Tourism Promotion Council operates a boat ride from here. A kilometer long walk under a canopy of bamboos takes you to the far end of the island where the two rivulets converge.

The heavily wooded environs of Kuruva Island make it the ideal habitat for rare species of birds and butterflies. Several migratory birds have also adopted the islands as home, making it another region of Kerala where visitors can get enthralled by a bevy of feathered friends.

Kuruva Island makes an idyllic spot for visitors to relax and enjoy the beauty of the nature, but if you are seeking solitude, go during weekdays when there is hardly anyone around, and soak in the tranquility. The best time to visit Kuruva Island is from October to May. Tourists are advised to avoid the monsoon season, since there are chances of minor floods happening during that period.

Kuruva Island is about 40km from Banasura Hill Resort.


Friday, November 28, 2014
Eventhough I had visited Wayanad earlier, this was my first trip to Kuruva Island. The only sounds here are the cries of birds and the ripple of water. It was a most cherishing and memorable experience bamboo raft riding in the Kabini river. Serene and stunning, the place is a far cry from the modern world.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Kuruva Island is a great place to visit, there is a entry fee and camera charges. Its complete forest there is a track that will guide you to walk inside forest and the same will guide you back.

Thursday, December 18, 2014
Kuruva Island is about 30kms from Kalpetta town and the drive will take about an hour. The road condition is not bad. Once you reach there you have to walk about 500 meters from the parking area to the river side and cross the river by bamboo rafts that will take about 10 minutes. Its a great place to visit. If you are nature lover you would love this place

Wednesday, December 24, 2014
A small island seperated from the land by a stream. Once u get inside you can have a pleasant walk amongst dense vegetation. Plenty of green and photography spots.

Thursday, December 25, 2014
I have been to this place, Great place for large groups to enjoy

Friday, December 26, 2014
We started from Jungel retreat wayanad after lunch and in 20 minutes reached Kurva island. We had to wait in the queue for 10 minutes, there were other families there and then we took the bamboo raft and reached the island. We did not see too many birds as thought, but it was a nice experience to lazily walk around.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Nice place to travel but only november to april,river rafting is awesome and friendly staff for guidance.on the way to kuruva we can see so many wild animals also(from thirunelly to kuruva)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Would definitely like to visit this exotic place

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