Kuruva Island in Wayanad Kerala
Located along the river Kabini Kuruva Island or Kuruvadweep is an awesome island covered with dense forest region. It is situated in the district of Wayanad in the southern state of India, Kerala. The island inhabits a wide range of various species of birds and plants. Some of the plants and trees are useful herbs and is used in making medicine. The region is full of greeneries with passages of streams flowing through the forest. The entire area which is spread over a huge land looks evergreen and reflects the wild beauty of nature. Due to its evergreen beauty tourists from far off places are attracted towards the island. It is the most visited and the best place in the district of Wayanad where you could get very close to nature.
When to visit
You need to know about the best time to visit as the island cannot be accessed all through the year. Heavy rains create floods in the region and the water level rises above danger level. So you have to make plans accordingly when the monsoon goes way and the winter arrives. The time between mid Decembers to April is regarded as the best time to visit when the stream flows in a gentle manner and you would just like to enjoy it on bamboo boats.
The forest is well protected and is taken care by the Department of Kerala Tourism. Some part of the forest is restricted for tourists to protect the fewer animals. You need to arrange for the entry pass from the forest department in order to enter there. The island is situated near to the state border of Karnataka. There are facilities of rafting and boating accessed by the forest Department and you would have a nice experience wondering through the forest sailing on the boats. And the most interesting thing is that the rafts are made of bamboos and it is such a thrilling experience to do this adventurous activity. The visiting timing starts from 9 in the morning till 5 in the evening.
Exploring the Island
Although the place is perfect for some day picnic or party but keeping in mind the preservation of nature, the Department has restricted all these activities that could be threatening to the flora and fauna of the region. The place has been kept away from such activities that could destroy the pristine beauty of nature. It is a wonderful place where you can spend your day, playing in the water, jumping from one rock to other, watching birds and doing rafting. There are bamboo bridges inside the forest which is an extraordinary feature which you can climb and reach the point from where the boats are available. You can trek through the jungle, or have a calm walk along the stream or inside the forest. There is nothing artificial you can find.
Buses ply from Mananthavady to the island at frequent intervals, the distance between which is just 15 km. It is located at a distance of 40 km from Kalpetta and this is the place from where you need to take permit to enter the forest region. The nearby railway station is quite far away which is 99 km away named as, Kozhikode. And the nearby Airport is Calicut International Airport at a distance of 119 km.
Where to stay
There are many options to stay in Kozhikode but the nearest hotel to stay close to the island is Pepper Villa. Hotel Brahagiri is located in Mananthavadi and also stands near to the island. Other nearby home stays includes Ayurveda Yoga villa, Kabani riverside Home stay and Varnbam Home stay. All these options are just awesome for a comfortable stay.
Beautified with rocks, stream, trees, birds and animals the Kuruva Island is what nature lovers search for. During monsoon the island remains under water and washing the region every year making it clean and pure. It is so serene, enchanting, thrilling, wild and adventurous that you would love to visit again and again. You must go here once, while you are in Kerala not only to have an adventures time but also to heal yourself with the touch of nature.