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Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary

Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary has an expanse of 55 km. situated in Kannur district of Kerala, the sanctuary runs along the gradual slopes of the Western Ghats spreading over the rippling highlands. It has different altitudes at different regions. Due to this unique feature, the wildlife sanctuary supports diverse flora and fauna. This sanctuary provides shelter for a large variety of native fauna population of the Western Ghats. Leopards, elephants, herds of deer, wild boar, jungle cats and bison can easily be sighted in the dense forests here. The sanctuary also provides facility of camping. However, the tourists ought to take permission from the forest authorities for camping. Usually 50-60 such camps are organized every year.

Apart from trekking and safaris in the buffer zone, tourist can indulge in the most interesting activity in a wildlife sanctuary - bird watching. Jungle safaris are interesting too, as through these one gets an easy access to the wilderness and one might also get a chance to get a glimpse of rare animals at Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary. Species of Fauna: Deer, Indian Elephants, Three Striped Palm Squirrel, Bison, Leopard, Jungle Cat, Barking Deer, Mouse Deer, Malabar Giant Squirrel. Species of Avian: Great Pied Hornbill, Nilgiri Wood Pigeon, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Ceylon Frogmouth, Broad Billed Roller.

Species of Reptiles :

King Cobra, Ophiophagus Hanna, Hemidactylus Brooki, Calotes Elliotti Gunther, Calotes Versicolor (Daudin), Varanus Bengalensis, Ptyas Mucosus (Linnaeus), Lycodon Striatus (Shaw).

Best Time to Visit : From October to June.

Getting There:

Air : The nearest Airport is at Kozhikode, 113 kms.

Rail : Nearest Railway Station is at Thalassery, 35 kms.


KERALA EXPLORATION TOUR

Duration: 08 Nights/ 09 Days
Destination: Cochin - Periyar - Kumarakom - Alleppey - Cochin - Departure

DAY 01- 02 - 03 : COCHIN - KANNUR

Day 01 - On arrival, you would be greeting you and assisting with hotel check-in. A brief up on your tour plan would be provided. Enjoy a cruise. Overnight stay at Cochin.

Day 02 -Board train to Kannur. Enjoy the picturesque beauty of the places. Check-in at hotel in Kannur. Kannur is a land with a rich past where myths and legends flourish. Overnight stay.

Day 03 - Post breakfast, explore the local areas that include the Parassinikkadavu temple, Kannur Fort and the handloom industries. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay.

DAY 04- 05 : KANNUR - TELLICHERRY

Day 04 - Post breakfast, drive down to Tellicherry. Stay at Ayisha Manzil a 140 -years-old colonial style bungalow, belonging to the Moosa family. It is situated on a hillock overlooking the Arabian Sea. The bungalow is simply furnished with family antiques and consists of six bedrooms all with suite bathrooms. Overnight stay.

Day 05 -Post breakfast, drive to the enthralling Muzhipillangad Beach which is Kerala's only drive – in beach where you can drive along miles of white sands and laze on the beach. Overnight stay .

DAY 06- 07: TELLICHERRY - VYTHRI

Day 06 - Today, drive to Wayanad. This place is bursting with tropical rain forests, dense hills, paddy fields, spice plantations and valleys. Wayanad is a hitherto undiscovered location offering breathtaking views. Discover the enchanting rainforests. Overnight stay at Vythiri Resort .

Day 07 -Take a boating on the Pookot lake. Enjoy the serene atmosphere in the resort. Overnight stay.

DAY 08: VYTHRI - CALICUT

Day 08 - Drive to Calicut, also called as Kozhikode. Mananchira Square is the heart of Kozhikode and surrounds Mananchira tank which used to be the private bath of the Samuthiris. The renovated square today houses important structures such as Commonwealth Trust Factory, Town Hall, and Lalitkala Academy Hall. In the evening, visit Kozhikode Beach known for its amazing sunset views. Lions Park and the Marine Water Aquarium are other places to visit on the beach. Another beach is Beypore Beach, 10 Km from Kozhikode. The traditional boat-building yard is a must visit. Overnight Stay at the property.

DAY 09: CALICUT - COCHIN (FLIGHT) - DEPARTURE

Day 09 - Post breakfast, board flight to Cochin. Check-in at the hotel. Take a tour around fort Cochin, Mattancherry palace, Jewish synagogue, St. Francis church and view the operation of the Chinese fishing nets. In the evening, witness the kerala traditional art Kathakali, performed by professional artist. Overnight stay.

Day 10 - Pack up and get ready for your onward journey

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