Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary (Kannur)
35 Kms from Thalassery, Kerala
1145 m above Sea Level
Sloth Bear, Mouse Deer
: Katti Betta
Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary is a tranquil little sanctuary on the slopes of the Western Ghats. The highest peak of Katti Betta, covered with tropical and semi-evergreen forests rises to a majestic height of 1145 m above sea level.
A variety of flora and fauna endemic to the Western Ghats is found here. Herds of deer, elephants, boar and bison are quite common. Leopards, Jungle Cats and various types of Squirrels have also been sighted.
The elevation varies from 50m to 1145m. The highest peak is Katti Betta, which is 1145m. high.
The temperature at the foothills varies from 21° C to 40°C and at the higher reaches from 8°C to 25°C. The sanctuary receives an annual rainfall of about 3,000 mm. The wettest part of the year is from June to August. (South-west monsoon).
Forest coast tropical evergreen and west coast semi evergreen forests are predominant. There are about 490 ha of teak and eucalyptus plantations within the forest area.
In the evergreen areas the following species are found: vellapine (Vateria indica), Mesua ferrea, Mechilus macrantha, Calophyllum elatum, Cullenia rosayroona, Magnifera indica, Toona cillata, Myristica Species, Euphorbia Longana, Strobilanthes. The common trees in the semievergreen areas are Cinnamomum Zeylanicum, Hopea parviflora, Largestroemia lanceolata, Xyliaxylocarpa, Mallotus, Philippinensis.
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.
One can reach the Aralam sanctuary by road from Thalasseri (45 kms) and Kannur (45kms). The nearest railway station is Thalassery and the nearest airport is Kozhikkod, 113 kms from Irutti. The infrastructure for tourism development is limited at present, but steps are being taken by the Forest Department to improve the situation.
Pappinisserry 16 kms from Kannur town, the snake park here houses about 150 varieties of snakes including the Spectacled Cobra, King Cobra, Russell Viper, Krait and Pit Viper. There is also a large collection of non-poisonous snakes including Pythons.
A research laboratory to extract venom from snakes is proposed to be set up here. The park is dedicated to
the preservation and conservation of snakes, many species of which are getting extinct gradually.
Parassinikkadavu (Snake Park)
Parassinikkadavu Snake Park signifies the immense role played by Snakes in keeping the ecology of nature. The park is dedicated to preservation and conservation of snakes, most of which are getting extinct gradually. It has many snake pits and glass cases especially made only for king Cobras. In all there are about 150 snakes including spectacled Cobras, Monosialed Cobras, Russell, Vipers, Pit Viper and three glorious king cobras. There is also a large
collection of poisonous snakes and large Pythons.
HOW TO GET THERE
Air : The adjacent Airport is at Kozhikode, 113 kms.
Rail : Nearest Railway Station is at Thalassery, 35 kms.