Kuruva Island

The Emerald Green Backwaters

Island Nature Sightseeing Flora And Fauna

Kuruva Island is also popularly known as Kuruvadweep, which lies on the banks of the tributaries of River Kabini. This island is a famous picnic spot which is located away from the main towns of the district. The Island is rich with abundant flora and fauna. Tourists can go on cruising on local bamboo boats called Changadam along the streams.

  • Kuruva is an undeveloped village and the villagers are not modernised. Don’t interfere into their lives or take photographs without consent
  • Do not enter the Wildlife Sanctuary or Plantations without taking prior permission
  • Travel on bikes or private vehicles with your fuel tanks filled. You may not be lucky enough to find petrol bunks as frequent as in towns.

  • Nearest railway station:Kozhikode, about 97 km by road from Sulthan Bathery
  • Nearest airport:Calicut International Airport, nearly 120 km from Sulthan Bathery

  • Cool climate and serene ambience
  • Kuruva Island Visit
  • Jungle Safari and Trekking
  • Changadam Cruise

What is the best time to visit Kuruva?

Thabore is best to visit during the season from November to May.

Is public transportation available to Kuruva?

Yes, there are public transport buses that connect Kuruva to Sulthan Bathery.

Does Kuruva have nearby accommodation facilities?

Yes, there are hotels available in Vythiri and Sulthan Bathery that offer great food and hospitality.

  • Languages Spoken: Malayalam, English
  • Changadam Cruise can be experienced
  • Local Guides and Jeep Safaris are available on request at standard prices.

Detail Description

The Kuruva Islands or the Kuruvadweep is a protected river delta on the Kabini River in the Wayanad district, Kerala, India. Kuruvadweep is the only island surrounded with naturally purified water source in Kerala. These group of islands consists of dense and evergreen forest that is uninhabited and hence home to rare kinds of flora and fauna: endemic species of birds, orchids and herbs namely. Its unique geographical characteristics make it a place where not only the leaves but also silence is evergreen. Its 16.7 km from the nearest town itself and thus it has become a place of attraction. Recently, it has been named as the most visited place in the district by tourists from all over the globe. Kuruvadweep or Kuruva Island comprises of a cluster of islets over the middle of Kabini River in Wayanad that is popular for the boat rides it offers on specially crafted bamboo rafts. Spread over 950 acres of land, Kuruva Island, is popular for its diverse flora and fauna. This island covers a large area of evergreen forest. These islands contain two small fresh water lakes. They are also a known safe haven for migratory birds along with hornbills, parrots and many butterfly species.


Location Map


The island surrounded by streams and river is accessible by rafts or fibre boats run by Kerala Tourism Department. Entrance to the island is restricted and monitored by the Forest Department of Kerala, initiative to protect forest. Due the sheer number of elephants and other animals in the island, a pass has to be obtained prior to the visit, from Dept. of Forest is mandatory. The best time to visit Kuruvadweep is from mid-December to late April. Kuruvadweep is usually closed to the public from May last to early December, due to the monsoons and retreating monsoons. The torrential rainfall floods the streams and the water level rises dangerously high.


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