Sulthan Bathery, earlier known as Ganapativatom, is a quaint town in the Wayanad district of Kerala famous for its wild life lush green mountains and tribal cultural heritage. Sulthan Bathery got its current name after Tipu Sulthan of Mysore invaded the region and used the Jain temple 'Sulthan Bathery' as a battery.
Sulthan Bathery at just about 250 kms is a 5-6 hours drive from Bangalore and serves as a beautiful holiday destination for adventure enthusiasts near Bangalore. The lush green hills and totally different landscape of Kerala makes Sulthan Bathery different from any other hill station in Karnataka. The primary tourist attractions in Sulthan Bathery are the millenniums old Edakkal caves and Muthanga wild life sanctuary. Sulthan Bathery is also home to some beautiful waterfalls.
Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary
An ideal destination to watch herds of elephants, Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary is contiguous with the protected area of the Nagarhole National Park and the Bandipur Tiger Reserve in neighbouring Karnataka and Mudumalai of Tamil Nadu.
Spread over 345 sq km the sanctuary is rich in fauna and flora, and comes under Project Elephant. Elephants roam here freely and tigers can be sighted often. Muthanga is about 15 kms from Sulthan Bathery
Kuruva Dweep is an uninhabited island in the Kabini river about 40 kms off Sulthan Bathery. Kuruva dweep is an ideal picnic spot spread over 950 acres in one of the tributaries of Kabini river with rare species of birds, orchids and herbs.
Edakkal caves are two natural caves Ambukuthi mountain about 12 kms from Sulthan Bathery. Inside the caves are pictorial writings believed to date to at least 5000 BC, from the Neolithic man, indicating the presence of a prehistoric civilization or settlement in this region. The Stone Age carvings of Edakkal are rare and are the only known examples from south India.