Choolannur Peafowl sanctuary was established in May 2007 exclusively for the conservation & protection of the national bird of India. Spreading over approximately an area of 500 hectares of reserve forest in Peringottukurissi Panchayath in Palakkad district and Malesamangalam in Thrissur district this sanctuary has a population of more than two hundred peacocks. Majority of the land area inside the sanctuary are having rocky terrain which provides an ideal habitat for peacocks. A watch tower is located at Malesamangalam for spotting peacocks and the vast terrain of the sanctuaryChoolannur Pea Fowl Sanctuary (Mayiladumpara) is a grove at Nedungathpara takes its name from the large number of peacocks (mayil) found here that can be sighted often at dawn and dusk. About 200 peacocks inhabit the extensive forests of the Choolannur Pea Fowl Sanctuary at Nedungathpara near Palakkad. Not bound by gates, the sanctuary which has been home to peacocks since ages, allows free access to visitors.