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Aralam Wild Life Sanctuary-another hill area in kannur-the beauty spot near Iritty

Aralam Wild Life Sanctuary- Covered with Tropical Evergreen, Tropical Semi Evergreen and Hilltop Evergreen Forest, it is the northernmost protected area of Kerala state, situated in the southeast part of Kannur District. It was established in 1984.

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Aralam, a small village near Iritty, in Kannur dist., 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 centers of hybrid coconut seeds in the country.

The sanctuary is situated on the slopes of the Western Ghats and it includes parts of 3 beautiful towns nearby named Aralam, Kelakam and Kottiyoor.

The 55 sqkm sanctuary/forests is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. The main water source which nourishes this sanctuary is Cheenkannippuzha. Narikadavuthodu, Kurukkathodu and Meenmuttithode nourishes this river.

The sanctuary terrain is rugged in most places with hillocks. Here one can feel the best combination of forest and mountains. The Altitude ranges from a lower 60 m to a top 1489 m. (The highest peak is known as 'Katti Betta')

Climate and Best time to visit:

The hottest months are April and May. December to February is relatively cool. The period from October to June is suitable for visiting the area.

Flora and Fauna:

A variety of animals and birds usually found in the Western Ghats are seen here. Different kinds of deer, boar, elephant, and bison are quite common. Leopard, jungle cat and various types of squirrels are sighted.

The Aralam Farm:

The Aralam Wildlife sanctuary adjoins the State Govt: Farm. The state govt:Farm spread around 2000 hectores of land in the north - east side of Kannur district. The State Government
has bought 3060 hectare Aralam farm from the State Farming Corporation of India. Half of the land is provided for adivasis ( tribal peoples ) in Wayanad and Kannur district.


Eco-tourism is promoted in a big way in this forestland. Enthusiastic trekkers can look forward to a 20-km trek route that commences from the beginning point of the sanctuary and ends at Ambalapaara (1400mts above sea level) located on the border area of Wayanad. Camping equipment like tents and sleeping bags are made available to the trekkers.

Different trekking facilities are arranged here for the visitors such as:
*Adventurous trekking to Ambalappara
*Trekking to Meenmutty falls
*Day visit at Aralam Sanctuary


*Keep Silence while trekking. Avoid White and Dark Coloured clothes
*Visiting Time: 8 am to 4 pm
*Smoking, liquor, Polythene bags are prohibited
*Approved Guides are available


Various accommodation facilities are available in this area. for advanced booking or for any enquiries, feel free to contact these addresses:

The Wildlife Warden
Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary
Iritty 670703., Kannur, Kerala
Ph: 91- 490-2493160
Email: wildlifewarden@aralam.com

or Asst. Wildlife Warden
Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary
Aralam Farm P.O
Valayamchal, Kannur, Kerala,
Ph: 91-490-2413160

How to reach there:

Nearest railway station is Thalassery, 45 km away. Kannur Railway station is 60 km away.
There are a large number of buses from Thalassery and Kannur to Iritty.

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