Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary – Paradise for Trekkers and Nature Lovers
Spread over a 55 sq. km area of forests on the Western Ghats, the Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary is among the finest of its kind in Kerala. It plays host to an exotic array of flora and fauna and is among the most picturesque locations in the Kannur district. The entire area is covered in tropical and semi-evergreen forests and is a truly riveting sight.
One can catch sight of herds of elephants, gaur, sambar, spotted deer, barking deer, Nilgiri Langur, Hanuman Langur, and the Malabar Giant Squirrel. It is also famous for the vast amount of butterfly species found here. Most of these are endemic to the Western Ghats. The forest is peaceful and many trekking options are available as well.
Aralam village itself houses the famous Central State Farm, a government of India initiative built-in 1971. This is one of the main production centers of hybrid coconut seeds in the country. A visit to the sanctuary is incomplete without visiting the great Katti Betta, the tallest peak in the area, which is 1145 high.
Trekking at Aralam
Day visit to the sanctuary is the standard activity here, but the place also offers interestingly trekking opportunities like trek to Ambalappara, or to Meenmutty falls. In this Ambalappara is a three-day trek where the overnight stay will be at Ambalappara watchtower. The Meenmutty is a one day package and you will be taking to the waterfalls in a jeep along with a guide
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