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Surojit .

Surojit .2.9/5

3 reviews

A place with good weather

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.

Tanya Gupta

Tanya Gupta4.3/5

3 reviews

Too good a place for sightseeing

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.

Sulthan-Bathery Overview

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.

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The Heart Lake on the way to Chembra Peak
Chethalayam Falls , Sulthan-Bathery

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Chethalayam Falls , Sulthan-Bathery

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