Home to a wide number of tourist attractions that are positioned across the entire town, Thiruvananthapuram is also known extensively for being a premium getaway to many of the best hill stations in Kerala. One of these landscaped hill stations near Thiruvananthapuram is Kottancheri, sited around 558 kilometres from the heart of Thiruvananthapuram. It takes only a little more than 11 hours to reach Kottancheri Hills from Thiruvananthapuram by road, regular bus services being available for Kasaragod from Thiruvananthapuram operated by private bus operators. The best season to travel around the Kottancheri Hills comprise the winter months of December, January and February.
Activities at Kottancheri Hills
Positioned in close proximity to Malom town, the scenic hills of Kottancheri are snuggled into the sprawling undulations of the Western Ghats and serve as a premium destination for the trekking enthusiasts. The Ranipuram Wildlife Sanctuary embraces the Kottancheri Hills within its limits, which embodies the impervious splendor of tropical greeneries thriving along the entire range of the gently sloping Western Ghats in Konnakad. Picnicking is a much preferred activity among the sightseers and holidaymakers in Kottancheri, which is sited within 50 kilometres of Kanhangad to its northeast. The source of the Kaveri River, Talakaveri, is a very popular attraction located nearby the Kottancheri Hills. A visit to this charming site along the slopes of the Brahmagiri Hills in Kodagu, a district of Karnataka, is worth enjoying on a trip to the Kottancheri Hills.
Wildlife at Kottancheri Hills
Wildlife exploration at the forest of Kottancheri is an experience quite unique in itself. The tropical setting of the Kottancheri Hills is included as a part of the Kasaragod forest reserve. The most important wildlife forms at Kottancheri are the butterflies, wild boars, wild dogs, wild elephants, leopards, macaques, porcupine, slender loris, wild cats, deer, Malabar Civet, Malabar giant squirrels and several endangered species of birds.
Ranipuram Wildlife Sanctuary - Home to Kottancheri Hills
Ranipuram Shola National Park, also known as Ranipuram Wildlife Sanctuary is about to be formed embracing the area in and around the Ranipuram hill station. The region thrives with a wide variety of flora and fauna, each being native to the mountainous region of the Western Ghats. The Panathady Reserve Forest encompasses the Ranipuram hill station and the planned wildlife sanctuary enjoins with the Talacauvery Wildlife Sanctuary, which lies in Karnataka. The presence of evergreen forest land together with the typical verdant thriving of Shola spread over the region is a typical characteristic of the natural setting in this part of Kerala.
Trekking at Ranipuram
The charming weather conditions prevailing all the year round make trekking in Ranipuram enjoyable and exciting. The luxuriant greeneries extending over the undulating valleys and gently sloping hills impart pure charm to the entire natural setting and make trekking a really pleasurable experience. Morning is the best time to begin a trekking trip in this region since the presence of slippery rocks and leeches make trekking quite difficult as an activity to be enjoyed during the night hours.
How to Reach Ranipuram
Panathandy and Kanhangad are located near Ranipuram and to reach Ranipuram from Panathandy is easier in a reserved tourist jeep than in a bus. The distance of Ranipuram from Panathandy is about 10 Kilometres and from Kanhangad the distance of Ranipuram is 48 Kilometres. Kasaragod is situated within 85 Kilometres of Ranipuram, which is positioned at about 58 Kilometres from Bekal.