Pakshipathalam is 7 km towards the north-east of Thirunelli Temple, in the Wayanad district in Kerala. Pakshipathalam is snuggled nearly 1740m above the sea level and a heaven for passionate bird lovers. With moist deciduous forests traveling to Pakshipathalam is a venture. Steep hills, streamlets and trekking make this place an ideal picnic spot.
Trekking is the only way from Kerala to reach Pakshipathalam. Rare species of birds are found in abundance. Similarly, exceptional species of fauna can be spotted from the watchtower of the refuge, the sanctuary. Tourists are given permission to travel to Pakshipathalam by the forest department.