Sulthan-Bathery Tourism

Sulthan-Bathery Tourism

Famous For: 
Heritage and Hill
Rank 24
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5.7 / 7
344 Ratings & 472 Reviews

Sulthan-Bathery Info

  • State: Kerala
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
  • District: Wayanad
Sulthan-Battery is an old town, which lies in the Wayanad district of Kerala. It is the biggest town in the entire district. It is situated at a distance of 98 km from Kozhikode, 115 km from Mysore and around 100 km from Ooty and lies on the Kozhikode - Kollegal National Highway. The town is also connected to Nilambur and lies close to the Kerala - Karnataka border. It is at an altitude of 930 metres above sea level and is bordered by hills.

In the past, this town was known as ‘Ganapativattom’. It was also known as Kidanganadu, because the Kidangans lived here. It derived its present day name after Tipu Sultan of Mysore conquered the region and utilised the Jain temple located here as a battery during the 18th century. Hence, it was named as ‘Sulthan Battery’ or ‘Sulthan Bathery’. The Sultan had also built a fort here. Unfortunately, there are no remains of the fort.

Besides being the biggest town in Wayanad district, Sulthan Battery is also the centre for all commercial and tourism activities in the district. The town is mostly inhabited by tribal people and its economy is based on agriculture.

Among the different tourist attractions in the town, the Jain Temple, which was built during the 13th century, is one of the most popular ones. This temple was not only used for worship by the Jains and Hindus, but was also used for storing ammunition (battery) after invasion by Tipu Sultan during the 18th century.

Sulthan Battery is famous for its architectures and ancient temples. Some historic temples in the town include Ganapathi Temple, which is an eight-century old temple of lord Ganesha and the Mariyamman Temple, which is a place of worship for the tribal people. In fact, the earlier name of this town ‘Ganapativattom’ was named after the Ganapathi Temple situated at this place.

Some other interesting places to visit in this town include the Edakkal Caves located on the Ambukuthi Mountains, the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary that lies between Sulthan Battery and Mysore and Ambalavayal Heritage Museum. 

Chembra Peak, which is the tallest peak in Wayanad, Chethalayam Waterfalls, Pookot Lake, which is a freshwater lake, Lakkidi, which is also known as the ‘Gateway of Wayanad’, Phantom Rock, Kuruva Island, Thirunelli Temple and Pakshipathalam are other tourist attractions of the region.

Sulthan-Bathery is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Kalpetta and Mudumalai (Masinagudi).

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Sulthan-Bathery Traveller Reviews

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Surojit .

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  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews
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"A place with good weather"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Aug 19, 2015
The weather was really good, but people like me who like hill top view will be disappointed. Though it is a tourist destination, we had trouble finding people who could speak either English or Hindi. Since I know a bit of Tamil, the situation was a bit manageable.
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Tanya Gupta

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  • Tanya Gupta
  • Lives in Chandigarh
  • 3 Reviews
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"Too good a place for sightseeing"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jun 27, 2014
Its too good a place for sightseeing in Wayanad. You can easily get transport options and roam around. Book a taxi and he will show you all the sightseeing spots and that too at reasonable prices. Local taxis are available easily. There is much to explore in Wayanad.
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Rakesh Ramesan

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"Sultan battery is a town,..."

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jun 27, 2013
Sultan battery is a town, with all amenities. The major attraction are the mutanga wild life sanctorium and the edakkal caves.the curva deeps are situated arround 40 kilometers away. but the edakkal caves is 7 kilometers away and the mutanga national park is under 10 kilometers from sultan battery

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: edakkal caves, mutanga national park

Activities & things to do: trekking

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: travel road ways, the nearest rail access point is calicut and the nearest airport is calicut international airport
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Karthikeyan Radhakrishnan

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  • Karthikeyan Radhakrishnan
  • Lives in Chennai
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"Place to relax"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 3, 2013
Excellent place, nice claimate and many place to see

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: All type sea-foods are excellent in every where.

Activities & things to do: boat riding is excellent in the dam which is near to kalppatta

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: From chennia I reach through Ooty to Sulthan Battrey
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Harshitha N

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"Memorable wayanad"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 25, 2013
The places near to sultan battery is worth visiting. kerala's nature & its beauty can be seen in wayanad. the Banasura Dam is really a breath taking view, which makes one feel WOW!!! the sochipura falls is fab can enjoy well playing under the falls. edkals caves is a must for all the ppl who enjoy trekking. Many other place together made Wayanad trip a adventurous one

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food was ok. we could not find any such restaurants as worth it. all were enough to make as stay alive der... eddkal caves, sochipura falls, banasura dama, pukat lake, view point, are few gud places for a must visit.
Shopping places weren't attractive

Activities & things to do: Trekking & waterfalls

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Package tour
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Ashish Pallod

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  • Ashish Pallod
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  • 2 Reviews
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  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 31, 2012
Sulthan Battery is a town in waynad district of kerala. Though historical place, people go there to explore surrounding forest, water bodies and peaks.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: S Battery has many good restaurants offering north Indian, south Indian food. It has hotels and resorts to stay at all price points. One can shop there local produce like spices, herbs, scented oils, perfumes and wooden items etc.

Activities & things to do: One can go to Chembra peak for trekking, Bandipur and Waynad wild life sanctuary for wild life sightings, tea estates nearby, banasura sagar dam, pakkoti lake, lakkidi top near the ghat for beautiful valley view.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Sultan battery is easily accessible by road from Calicut and Mysore. Calicut and Mysore are well connected with the country by road, air and train.
Ooty is just 90 km away from Sultan Battery.
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Rajiv Dudhgundi

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"A Perfect Getaway"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Aug 4, 2012
The whole region is picturesque. Just get out of your room and start walking and you are surrounded by hills, kairali houses, spiral roads

A perfect place to lose your worries, get dissolved in the nature.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: We visited edakkal caves, Kanthanpara waterfalls, Lakkidi, Pookot Lake in a day and Wayanad wildlife sanctuary and the Chembra peak on another!
Stayed at KTDC’s Pepper Grove which is decent in location, ambience and doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket ;-)

The food is good. We guys don't do shopping on adventure trips. ;-)

Activities & things to do: The Chembra peak is beautiful, the trek passing through tea estates is not very hard, the views take your breath away!

The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Muthanga Range was a thriller!
We were not expecting to see much fauna as we visited in June end. But in an hours open jeep safari, we spotted two huge herds of deers, a peacock, a wild boar, langoors, 4-6 wild elephants, one of which blocked our way (at around 30 mtrs) and didn't seem to get off the road making us turn back and go the way we came in.

We also saw pug marks of tiger on our run back.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: WAYANAD WILDLIFE SANCTUARY, MUTHANGA RANGE.

Do hire a guide. You will not even notice animals without his awesome sense of sight and experience.

Do not take drizzles lightly!

No one from our helpful staff at Pepper Grove, The Base office at Chembra and our guide (who could not speak a word in hindi/english :-)) warned or stopped us from going to the peak despite of the continuous light showers.

Trusting their experience, we started the trek but the rains started pouring so heavily that we could not reach the top and had to turn back and descent to the camp after the guide received a warning of Wild elephants and heavy rainfall which could trigger soil slides - from base office.

We were trapped midway and had to sit resting against a rock for shelter, for more than an hour drenched in stormy downpour, afraid of wild elephants, soil slipping from below our feet!!!

If weather is good, Do Not Miss this one. !
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