Phantom Rock is a natural attraction located about 2 kms
from Ambalavayal town in Wayanad. While it is fascinating to see the weird
shaped rock, its surroundings are also quite pretty to justify a stop by.
The top of the rock looks like a skull. It resembles the head
of Phantom and hence the name.
One of its names in Malayalam is Thalappara, which means ‘head rock’. The
more popular name for this location though is Cheengeri mala.
If you look at the whole structure, may even notice a slight
resemblance to the Sphinx.
If you are sightseeing near Mananthavady or Kalpetta, it
doesn’t worth travelling a long distance just to see Phantom Rock. It is more
likely that you will be arriving at Ambalavayal to see Edakkal Cave, which is one of the not to be missed attractions of
Wayanad. If so, you can also reach the pretty location of the rock, which is only about 7 kms from
Are you interested in plants? Then there is a good place to
visit – the Regional Agricultural
Research Station of simply RARS. It is also at Ambalavayal, within a few
kms distance from the rock and the cave.
phantom rock - facts at a glance
Location: North Kerala
Nearest town: Ambalavayal
at 2 kms, Sulthan Bathery at 12 kms, Kalpetta at 25 kms and Mananthavady at 36
Bus Station: Ambalavayal
at 2 kms.
Taxi/ Auto-rickshaw Hire: Ambalavayal at 2 kms.
Railway Station: No
rail access to Wayanad District. Nearest Railway Station is Kozhikode at 92 kms.
Air port: Kozhikode
Int’l Airport (CCJ) at 113 kms.
Food Options: A few restaurants
at Ambalavayal. Better choice at Bathery and Kalpetta.
Accommodation Options : Limited
choice at Ambalavayal. Hotels at Kalpetta and Bathery. One of the best ways to
stay in Wayanad is in good resort in a lovely location.
Best time to visit: Throughout
Nearby Attractions : Chembra
peak, Edakkal Caves, RARS, Soochippara waterfall, Kanthanpara waterfall,
Kalpetta town (shopping & food), Banasura Sagar Dam, Jain Temple, Muthanga
Sanctuary, Tholpetty Sanctuary, Pakshipathalam, Pookote Lake, Pazhassi
Monument, Chethalayam waterfall, Karalad Lake, Karappuzha Dam, Sun Rise Valley
View Point, Meenmutty falls and Thirunelli Temple.
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