Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary in Kannur District is the northern most Wildlife Reserve of Kerala. It is located on the western slopes of Western Ghats mountain ranges.The Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over 55 sq km of undulating forested highlands on the slopes of the Western Ghats. The highest peak here – Katti Betta – rises to a majestic 1145 m above sea level.
Tropical forests of Aralam Sanctuary support diverse plant and animal life.About 23 species of mammals spotted here include Sloth Bear, Mouse Deer, Elephant, Sambar, Barking Deer, Wild Boar and Gaur.Leopards, Tigers and other Wild Cats are also present though they are hard to be sighted on a typical sanctuary visit.Bird enthusiasts love Aralam WLS because of the 188 types of birds found here including scores of endemic and endangered species. Those attract our attention include Great Pied Hornbill, Malabar Grey Hornbill, the Blue Winged Parakeet, Ceylon Frogmouth, Broad Billed Roller and Nilgiri Wood Pigeon.
Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary was formed in 1984 subsequent to Kerala Forest Department taking over privately held forest properties of Odanthode region. They created three divisions- Narikkadavu, Aralam, and Chavachi – which unitedly form wildlife sanctuary of Aralam..Wildlife Warden’s office is at Iritty, a small town 20 km away from the sanctuary.
Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary