Popular for its history and ancient temples, Sultan Bathery is a town in Wayanad district of Kerala. Situated on theKozhikode-Kollegal National Highway, it is the biggest town in the Wayanad district. Along with tourism, the town is also an important commercial centre.
The town was earlier called as ‘Ganapativattom’ and ‘Kidanganadu’. The present name of the town ‘Sultan Bathery’ is a corruption of the phrase ‘Sultan’s Battery’. When Sultan of Mysore Tipu Sultan invaded Kerala, he had stationed his battery of field guns which gave the town its name. Tipu Sultan also built a fort to protect his forces and secure the region; however, there are no remains of the fort.
Besides its history, Sultan Bathery is known for its magnificent beauty. Lush green hills and cool climate make it an ideal holiday destination. The town, like rest of Wayanad, is known for its spice plantations.
The major attraction of the town is the Jain temple, which was built during the 13th century. It was worshiped by both Hindus and Jains. Other attractions of the town are the Ganpati temple and Mariyamman temple. The Ganpati temple is an eight century old shrine dedicated to Lord Ganesha. In fact the earlier name of the town ‘Ganapativattom’ was derived from this temple.
There are several festivals celebrated with huge fervour in the town. The most distinguished is celebrated in February-March.
The town is also a shopper’s paradise. It is the biggest shopping place in Wayanad. One can get all agricultural, textiles, electronics and home appliances.
There are ample accommodation options in the town. One can find many budget, mid-range hotels and resorts in the town. There are several restaurants in the town, which serve local, Chinese, South Indian and North Indian cuisine. The best time to visit the town is during the months of October to March.