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 500 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 golden opportunities for trekking.The evergreen forest with various species of flora and fauna sets the stage for some delightful outdoor activities.

Keralam,God's Own Country

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. Aralam is a contiguous block of forests stretching to the adjacent Wayanad-Brahmagiri and Wayanad northern slopes. The forests are also contiguous with the protected areas of the Karnataka state namely the Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary and also with the forests of Coorg and assume much importance in meta population management especially with regard to the case of larger mammals such as Gaur,Elephant, Tiger and endemic primates such as Lion-tailed macaque, and Nilgiri Langur.

Near by Places : Chavachi , Meenmutty and Ambalapara Peak.

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

For enquiries and bookings, contact:

Wildlife Sanctuary Office, Aralam Ph: 0490-2493160.
District Tourist Promotion Council, Kannur Ph: 0497-2706336

Dhanesh Ramakrishnan