Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary

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Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary is located at a distance of about 35 km from Thalassery and 60 km from the town of Kannur. Headquartered in Iritty (20 km away), the sanctuary was set up in 1984. Lying along the thickly forested slopes of the Western Ghats, the sanctuary houses a wide variety animals and birds. The highest peak of the region is Katti Betta, situated at an altitude of 1145 meters.

Aralam is home to a rich variety of Flora and Fauna. Though comparatively a small Wild Life Sanctuary with just 55 SqKms it is unique and considered to be amongst the most Bio-Diverse. It is the northernmost protected area of Kerala. The types of forest in Aralam are Tropical Evergreen, Tropical Semi Evergreen, Hilltop Evergreen and Moist Decidious.

Among the evergreen plants, one can find species like Calophyllum, Cullenia, Elatum and Vellapine among others. Among the semi-evergreen variety, one can find trees like Cinnamomum, Hopea, Mallotus, Zeylanicum and Philippinensis.
Aralam is home to more than 23 species of mammals like Sambar Deer, Barking Deer, Mouse Deer, Wild boar, Gaur,  Malabar giant squirrel, Leopards and even Tigers. It is also home to more than 20 species of Amphibians, 215 species of birds and 22 species of reptiles including the King Cobra.

The best season to visit the sanctuary is from November to June, and monsoon season should be preferably avoided. It is a hotspot for those who are into bird watching as 215 kinds of bird species and 172 kinds of butterflies are recorded in the region.

Aralam, a village in Thalasserry, is also noted for the Central State Farm, a 3060 hectare farm started in 1971 by the Government of India. This is one of the main production centres of hybrid coconut seeds in the country.

How to reach:

Nearest Bus station : Thalassery and Kannur are the nearer bus stations.

Nearest Railway Station : Thalasserry, about 35 km.

Nearest Airport : Karipur International Airport, Kozhikode about 71 km from Thalasserry town.


Nearest Destinations
Arakkal Museum
Kannur Fort
Muzhappilangad Beach
Parassinikkadavu Snake Park
Pythal Mala/Vaithal Mala
Thalassery Fort


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