Image of RanipuramRanipuram is a scenic hill station in Kerala known for its trekking trails and abundant wildlife. Green is good for eyes. It eliminates fatigue from the eyes and seeing lush green after spending hours in front of the computer will make a lot of difference.Hence, leave all the stress behind and head to Ranipuram hills for a weekend. Situated in Kasargod district, Ranipuram hills are famous for its lush green.Situated 750 meters above sea level; Ranipuram is famous for its trekking trails and varied vegetation-evergreen shoal woods, monsoon forests and grasslands.

It was known as Madathumala until the 1970s, when it was purchased by a group of Christian community for the purpose of settlement. They renamed it Ranipuram in memory of the virgin mother.The extensive forests of Madathumala merge with the forests of Karnataka. There are two trekking routes through the forest and the way is paved with steps to help climbers.Throughout the joueney, visitors can spot different kinds of butterflies, birds and wild animals such as elephants, boars, deer, macagues, jungle cats, Malabar giant squirrels and leopards wandering on the hillside.

The ambience of the forest trail is remarkable and the view from the top of grass covered hilltop offers a superb view of the entire surroundings.Colourful butterflies are in abundance here with birds like the black eagle, crested serpent eagle and little spider hunter being a common sight. Trekking in the forest during summer should be done with caution as there are chances of encountering wild elephants. Wild elephants can be seen wandering on the top of the mountains.According to the sources, about 24 species of birds,19 species of amphibians and 100 species of butterflies are there in the Shola forest.Those who wish to see the place can use a jeep or bus services to each the place.

Ranipuram in its natural beauty is comparable to Ooty.It has immense potential for eco tourism or a wildlife sanctuary thanks to the Varity of wildlife species which inhabit this place.

Getting There

By Air: The nearest international airport is at Mangalore which is about 125 kms away. International and domestic flights of major companies operate to cities and countries from here. Phone: 0483 2719491.

By Rail: Neares railway station is at Kasaragod which 45 kms away.Kasaragod is well connected with the major towns in and outside Kerala by an extensive rail network.The station situates on the Kozhikode – Mangalore – Mumbai route. Phone:04994 230200.Railway enquiry – 139, 1397.

Road : Jeep services to Ranipuram are readily available from Panathady which is linked to Kanhangad by frequent bus services.Kasaragod is connected by road with several tourist centres and cities in India.Long distance buses and interstate buses operate from the KSRTC Bus Station. Phone: 04994 225677,230677.

Local Transport: Buses, Taxis and Autorikshaws.

Where to stay

Good resorts and hotels are available at Kasargod. For details of hotels and resorts in Kasaragod, see accommodation listing on http://halokerala.com/hotels/kasaragod .


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Published on 31/07/2015

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