Sulthan Bathery, once known as a vital location in the Malabar region, is now the largest town in the Wayanad district.
Located at about 930 metres from sea level; Sulthan Bathery has pleasant climatic conditions throughout the year.
Along with many tourist attractions in and around the vicinity, this place is now among the favourites of software professionals from India’s software valley – Bengaluru (also known as Bangalore) along with tourists from other places.
Rich with a history which historians believe dates back more than 3000 years, Sulthan Bathery is an ancient place.
Chroniclers strongly are of the opinion that the area was occupied even during the times of early man! Before its current name the town was known by many other names.
Some of them are Sultan’s Battery, Bathery, Hennaredu Veethi, S. Bathery, Ganapathivattom, Dodappan Kulam Mahaganapathivattam and Kidanganadu. Sulthan Bathery got the name Ganapathivattom due to the presence of a temple (mandir) in the place. Ganapathi (also known as Ganesha or Vinayaka) was the main deity worshipped in the temple.
The town was known as Kidanganadu due to the presence of the of the Kidangan tribes.
Sulthan Bathery was originally called Hennaredu Veethi, a Kannada word which meant 12 streets.
The name later changed to Sultan’s Battery during the 18th century when Tipu Sultan used the Jain temple for his armoury.
Reaching Sulthan Bathery in Wayanad
The place has good connectivity with major south Indian states through road. Sulthan Bathery town is a common point shared by three different states, namely Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka and so is known as a tri-junction.
Sulthan Bathery lies on NH 766 (Kozhikode-Kollegal Highway). This major town in Wayanad is 98 km from Kozhikode in Kerala, 100 km from Ooty in Tamil Nadu and 115 km from Mysore in Karnataka.
NH 212 is connected to Kozhikode (also known as Calicut), Mysore and Banglore.
Two state highways connected to Coimbatore and Ooty and another state highway which is connected to Kannur, Kasaragod, Thalasseri and Mangalore.
Kozhikode International Airport is the airport nearest to Sulthan Bathery.
Calicut railway station is the railway station located near to Sulthan Bathery.