Aralam - Kannur

The northernmost Wildlife Sanctuary of Kerala, Aralam, 45 km east of Kannur, lies on the western slopes of the Western Ghats. With an area of just 55 sq km, this is one of the smallest sanctuaries in Kerala. Established in 1984, it adjoins the State Farm in Aralam at Kannur district and is headquartered at Iritty, a small town that lies 10 km to the east. About 490 hectares of teak and eucalyptus plantations populate this bio-rich forest range that houses diverse plant and animal life. The tallest peak here is Katti Betta, scaling to a height of 1,145 m. The hilly terrains provide ample opportunities for trekking while the predominantly evergreen forest teeming with various species of flora and fauna sets the stage for some delightful outdoor activities.

Ecotourism Activities

Home to a variety of birds and animals including elephants, sambar, bison, leopard, boar, deer, jungle cat and different species of squirrels, the Aralam Sanctuary is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. An overnight stay in the forest watchtower provides ample opportunity for spotting the wildlife. The Meenmutty Waterfall near the watchtower is an ideal place to relax. Another interesting pursuit is the trek from Valayanchat to Meenmutty covering a distance of 14 km. The placid Aralam River, not far from the Sanctuary, is an ideal picnic spot.

In and Around

Chavachi and Meenmutty Waterfalls are a must-see, while the nearby Ambalapara Peak is also worth a visit.

Accommodation

Nearest stay is at Iritty town, 20 km from the Sanctuary. Night camping with minimum facility is available at Meenmutty as well as dormitory facility for 40 persons at Aralam.

Accessing Aralam

Location: 45 km east of Kannur, 35 km northeast of Thalassery.

Altitude: 50 m to 1,145 m above sea level. The highest peak is Katti Betta.

Distance

Air: Nearest airport is at Kozhikode, 115 km southwest.

Rail: The nearest railway station is at Thalassery. Road: 45 km from Kannur and Thalassery.

For enquiries and bookings, contact:

Wildlife Sanctuary Office, Aralam Ph: 0490-2493160

District Tourist Promotion Council, Kannur Ph: 0497-2706336



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