Manandhavady is a small town located near the banks of Manandhavady Puzha River. This river is a tributary of Kabini River, which flows through the district of Wayanad in the state of Kerala. The town is famous for the Tomb of Pazhassi Raja, who once used to rule this place. Manandhavady is the main headquarters of the Adivasi Gothra Mahasabha, which is also known as Adivasi Autonomous Council.
This town is popular for a small temple, named Valliyoorkavu, which is situated at around 3 km from the main town. Mata Amritanandamayi Math, Thirunelli Temple, Malakari Temple, Paalamandhapam Devi Temple and Brahmasthanam Temple are other important religious sites to be visited in and near the town. Manandhavady Park and Gandhi Park are two main parks in the town that hosts several political meetings.
Tourists coming to Manandhavady can also plan excursions to nearby places like Begur Wildlife Sanctuary, Kuruvadweep, Boys Town, Pallikkal Juma Masjid and the pine forest of Chandanathope. There is also an ancient church within the town, which has been constructed in traditional Kerala style, with gabled roof.
Manandhavady is known for its coffee estates and is located at around 32 km from the municipal city of Kalpetta. Calicut Airport, which is situated at around 110 km from Manandhavady, is the nearest airbase. The railway station at Kozhikode is one of the major railway stations located near Manandhavady. Daily buses are available from Kannur, Kozhikode, Idukki, Thalassery and Payyanur for the destination.
During summer season, the weather is usually very hot, with the maximum temperature reaching up to 350 Celsius. This region receives heavy rainfall from the end of May till September. North East Monsoon also brings heavy rainfall, between October and November. Winter season is the ideal time to travel to the religious town of Manandhavady.