Aralam being the only wildlife sanctuary in Kannur is also one of the best spots for ecotourism 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. The forest is peaceful and many trekking options are available as well.
Though the best time to visit Aralam is from November to May, the Sanctuary remains open throughout the year. The park operates from 08.00 am to 04.00 pm. The entrance of the Sanctuary is Valayamchal. Vehicles can be parked here. It is preferable to use own vehicles as the sanctuary is stationed quite far from town limits.
Day visit to the sanctuary is the standard activity here. Interestingly there are trekking opportunities inside the sanctuary like trekking to Ambalappara, or to Meenmutty falls.
It is a one day package. You will be taking to the waterfalls in a jeep along with a guide. On the way, you can see tiny colorful winged beauties following you as pair or as a rally. Aralam is haven for numerous varieties of butterfly species. The first stopover in this package is the Pothenplavu Watchtower. From here you can see the bird’s eye view of the thick forest cover of Aralam. You can also see the majestic Western Ghats and the green cover. From watchtower, if you are lucky and an ardent birdwatcher you can spot hornbills, minivets and more. From there you will be taken to the falls. A gushing waterfall, full in monsoon, is an eye soothing sight. Don’t forget to take a dip here.
You have to hire a jeep (private vehicle available at the entrance) for this trekking and in one jeep maximum people to accommodate are five.
Rs.115/- Indian adult
Rs. 40/- per Indian child (13 years to 18 years )
Rs. 10/- per Indian child (below 13)
Rs. 360/- per foreigner
Vehicle entry (LMV): Rs.110
Trekking trip to Ambalappara takes up to 3 days. Overnight stay will be at Amabalppara Watch Tower. Trekking trip to Meenmutty is comparatively easier and faster. The camping spot here is Meenmutty Watch Tower. Camping facilities like tents and sleeping bags are available in Aralam. However, prior permission from the forest department is required for camping. Usually a group of 6 tourists is allowed for 3 days package with 5 guides.Cost of the package
Trekking 3 hours
Rs. 500/ for minimum 5 persons
Rs. 60/ for additional person (max upto 10)
Trekking 6 hours
Rs. 800/ for minimum 5 persons
Rs. 100/additional number (max upto 10)
There are nature camps conducted as well, generally either for 2 days or 3days for school students. NGO’s associated with environmental conservation of Aralam sanctuary too can be part of this. Every year, 50-60 camps are conducted. As mentioned earlier, advanced booking is essential for camping. It is advisable to have a prior booking even for day visits. Office of the Assistant Wildlife warden is nearby for any assistance.Cost of the package
Rs. 15 for Adults (Indian National)
Rs.7 for children
Rs.150 for foreigners
Movie/Video camera fee: Rs.150 & Rs.25/-
The Wildlife Warden
Aralam Wildlife Division
Ph: +91 490 2493160, 2413160
By Road: Iritty is the nearest town and is about 42 kms from Kannur Bus Station
By Rail: 55 km from Thalassery Railway Station
By Air: 96 Kms from Calicut International Airport
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