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Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary

 

Location- The headquarters of Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary is near Iritty, a small town about 55 kilometers from Kannur. The sanctuary is adjacent to the Central State Farm at Aralam.

 

This is a relatively small & new wildlife sanctuary located on the western slopes of the Western Ghats. This wildlife sanctuary is nearly 55 sq kilometers in land area and it was established in 1984.

 

 There are around 490 hectares of teak and eucalyptus plantations within the forest area. In the evergreen forest areas the following species of flora are commonly spotted; Calophyllum elatum, Cullenia rosayroona, Magnifera indica, Toona cillata, Myristica Species, Euphorbia Longana, Strobilanthes vellapine (Vateria indica), Mesua ferrea, Mechilus macrantha,. The common trees in the semi evergreen forest areas are Cinnamomum Zeylanicum, Hopea parviflora, Largestroemia lanceolata, Xyliaxylocarpa, Mallotus, Philippinensis.

 

 A large variety of animals and birds usually found in the Western Ghats are commonly spotted here. Different kinds of deer, boar, elephant, and bison are very common here. Leopard, jungle cat and various types of squirrels are also sighted. The sanctuary comes under the management of Wayanad Forest Division with headquarters at Sultan Bathery in Wayanad District. The sanctuary is under the direct charge of an Assistant Wildlife whose office is at Chathiroor near Iritti.

 

 The nearest railway station to this wildlife sanctuary is Thalassery and the nearest airport is Calicut, 113 kilometers away from Iritti.