This beautiful, peaceful area of northern Kerala of rolling hills, waterfalls and forests, coffee and cardamom plantations is a true slice of rural tropical India. The main town of Sultan's Battery was once known as Ganapathivattom - "the fields of Ganapathi" (or Ganesh, the elephant-headed son of Shiva) - and Tipu Sultan built a fort and battery for his army here in the 18th Century.

Only a few ruins remain, but nearby are the Edakkal Caves, discovered during a colonial hunting trip on the summit of Ambukuthimala Hill, with petroglyphs of humans and animals dating back to 2500BC, and Muthanga National Park, a successful Project Elephant reserve.

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