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About Ranipuram

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Ranipuram, Kasargod Overview

The gentle hills of Ranipuram in Kerala are famous for its trekking trail. Situated at the height of about 750 meters above sea level, this destination has thick forest vegetation and lush green grasslands. The whole place is proposed inside the Ranipuram Wildlife Sanctuary which merges with Talakaveri Wildlife Sanctuary of Karnataka. The sublime beauty of this region is comparable to that of Ooty, and is a must visit for all nature enthusiasts. The innocent life of the village and gentle nature make a perfect blend of delight and enjoyment. 

Blessed with the bounty of nature, this destination is Kerala is a refreshing change from the monotony of concrete jungles. The entire trek route of Ranipuram is very scenic and a delight for nature photographers. Exploring the land on foot while being surrounded by flora is surely a serene experience. You will encounter a small stream en route, which seems like it has been pulled out straight from a painting. The trek lasts for about two and a half kilometers, and the summit has a cave, and reaching it is quite an adventurous experience.

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Biodiversity of Ranipuram

Ranipuram has a wide assortment of flourishing flora and fauna. Ranging from lush green vegetation to multiple varieties of wildlife, this place is the perfect destination to discover the biodiversity of the region. From mighty elephants to delicate butterflies, Ranipuram seems like a real life manifestation of Mowgli's adventures. This destination is also the favorite haunt of many species of birds and will surely awaken the ornithologist in you!

Trekking in Ranipuram

Blessed with a cool climate and eye-catching beauty Ranipuram becomes an ideal place for trek lovers. The modern civilization fades away in this laid-back village with a traditional forefront. Visitors experience the piousness of nature and leave with heaps full of fantastic memories.

Though trekking routes here are shorter than others they over panoramic views of surroundings. Visitors prefer daytime for the trek as it gets slippery during the twilight. It is a half-day 2.5-3km trek from the base. On your way to the top, you catch glimpses of animals, mostly elephants. As you reach atop you, get a chance to relax below the clear blue skies and be a spectator of exquisite views. 

The Forest Department allows you to trek anytime between 5:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

Best time to visit Ranipuram

If you are planning a trip to Ranipuram, it is advisable that you choose winters (October - March) for the same. Travelling here during monsoons is not safe as it is subjected to heavy rains. Hence, visiting Ranipuram as soon as the shower ends is ideally the best time.

How to Reach Ranipuram

  • Air: Nearest Airport to Ranipuram is Mangalore which is 80km from Kasargod. From here, you can hire a taxi to reach Ranipuram. If you are on a shoestring budget, you might take a KSRTC bus which will take you to Kanhangad and further another bus to Ranipuram.

  • Rail: The nearest Railway station to Ranipuram is Kanhangad which is located at a distance of 55km from the hills. You can to hire a taxi from Kanhangad or opt to travel by a local bus moving towards Panathur Regular buses operate on this route. Panathady is 9 km from the Ranipuram hill. From here, you need to hire a jeep charging INR 200 to reach Ranipuram. Another option is the bus service from Kanhangad. The bus leaves at 4:00 PM and arrives Ranipuram at 6:30 PM.

  • Road: Jeep services to Ranipuram are readily available from Panathady, which is linked to Kanhangad by frequent bus services.

Tips

1. Travel to this destination early in the morning to avoid the extreme heat temperatures of noon.
2. Make arrangements for refreshments, as this place does not have many eateries.
3. You are likely to encounter leeches, so beware of the same. Wear footwear having an excellent grip while trekking.
4. Carry a good amount of water as you trek towards the hilltop.

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