Sultan Bathery is a town situated in the eastern part of Wayanad. It is 10 km from Kalpetta, the district headquarter. If you are travelling from Bangalore, Sultan Bathery can serve as a base to explore Wayanad. Along with the beauty of wooded hills, Sultan Bathery also offers an access to some of the important heritage sites of Wayanad. This town has a good number of hotels and resorts. So, whether you are a budget traveller or a comfort seeker, you’ll have an array of options to choose from. Here are the places you can visit from Sultan Bathery.
Attractions Near Sultan Bathery
Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary
Muthanga, 16 km east of Sultan Bathery, is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. Muthanga and Tholpetty together from the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary. If you are travelling to Sultan Bathery from Bangalore, you are going to cut through this sanctuary. It is easy to spot an elephant here but it is very unlikely to spot a tiger. Other animals residing here are deer, langurs, bear, wild boar, and bison.
Note: Guided treks into the sanctuary are available. You can also do a jeep safari. The sanctuary isn’t accessible during monsoon.
Edakkal caves are 12 km from Sultan Bathery town. The exertion to reach the caves from car park is worth it. For you are going to witness the inscriptions and carvings dating back to the prehistoric era. It is said that Jain monks used to inhabit in these caves. The caves are surrounded by numerous boulders.
Bathery Jain Temple
Several records suggest that this region had a significant population of Jains in the past. This temple, known as Bathery Jain temple, is a testimony to the fact. It is believed that this temple dates back to the 13th century. The construction of this temple is very different from other popular Jain temples of India. It has a pillared porch leading into the shrine. The top portion is flat without any ‘shikhara’. Historians say that the design shows the influence of Vijaynagara style of architecture.
Wayanad Heritage Museum
Wayanad Heritage Museum, situated at Ambalavayal near Sultan Bathery, is maintained by DTPC (District Tourism Promotion Council). On display here are archaeological objects and tribal artefacts. The exhibition is divided into four blocks, each of them displaying objects of a particular theme. You’ll get to see rock edicts, stone idols, terracotta figurines, hunting tools, and farming equipments.
This waterfall offers an exhilarating trekking opportunity. Reaching this place entails 4 km trek through the dense woods from the parking area. The path is enjoyable and so is the waterfall. But in summer the falls runs out of its volume. So, if you are there in summer, this place can be visited only for enjoying the walk in the forest.
The full name of this rock shelter is Thovarimala Ezhuthapara. The engravings on its walls date back to the prehistoric age. It is 5 km from Sultan Bathery. And the only way to reach there is by trekking.
Ambukuthi Mala is the name of a mountain, 12 km from Sultan Bathery. Three prehistoric caves are perched at a height of 1000 meters on this mountain. These caves have ancient drawings on their walls.
When to go?
Wayanad receives highest rainfall from May to September. Mild to heavy showers can be expected even in other months. However, winter is a good time to enjoy the hills of Wayanad.
How to reach Sultan Bathery?
Railway: The nearest railway station is at Kozhikode which is 98 km southwest of Sultan Bathery. The railway station of Mysore is 116 km northwest.
Airport: Calicut International Airport at Kozhikode is 111 km from Sultan Bathery. Another choice is Mysore Airport, 105 km. However, Bangalore International Airport (269 km) has better connections.
Road: Sultan Bathery is 24 km west of Kalpetta, district headquarter of Wayanad. The distance from Mysore is 110 km, and from Bangalore it is 260 km.