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Place : Wayanad District, Kerala
Significance : It is a calm and beautiful island to relax
Best Season : December - May
Timings : 9am to 5 pm
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Wayanad is known for its lovely mist clad hill stations, sprawling spice plantations, luxuriant forests and rich cultural traditions. Hidden away in the hills of this land are some of the oldest tribes of people. Apart from various tourist attractions, Kuruvadweep has something that makes it distinct and inspires the tourists. It is a calm and beautiful island to relax and rejuvenate their mind and soul.

Kuruva Island is also popularly known as Kuruvadweep is a 950-acre group of uninhabited islets on the river Kabani along the northeast border of Wayanad. Two streams, the Panamaram, originating from Lakkidi and the Manathavady rivulet originating from the Thondaramudi peak, wind around a wooded island nestled amidst called Kurwadweep.

Located away from the main towns of the district, it is a major picnic spot in Wayanad, situated around 17 km from Mananthavady. This island is close to the Begur Wildlife Sanctuary

There are three main islets along with other islets, rich in natural vegetation such as herbs, orchids and flowers. These heavily wooded environs is a shelter to a variety of birds and butterflies.

Inhabited by rare bird species, herbal plants and orchids, Kuruvadweep covers a large area of around 950 acres of evergreen forest. Its serene silence, picturesque water bodies and wide expanse of the evergreen forest

Its unique geographical characteristics make migratory birds as their home. Besides the birds and vegetation, these islets contains massive trees, that grow on the island. These large trees branches skim the surface of the water, and some of them form arches between the islets.

The island surrounded by streams and river can be accessed using rafts or fiber boats run by District Tourism Promotion Council. It is also famous for its bamboo canopy which provides a glimpse into the natural treasure of the confluence of the rivulets. The major recreational activity is a relaxing walk enjoying the nature’s beauty.

Entrance to the island is restricted and monitored by Vana Samrakshana Samiti, a Dept of Forest of Kerala initiative to protect forest, and at times of heavy rain and frequency of elephants and other animals to the island a pass obtained prior to the visit of spot from Dept of Forest is mandatory. One can also take a guided tour with the help of local guide arranged by the authorities.

It is closed during monsoon (June to September). Note: Being a part of eco tourism, partying is not allowed in the island.