Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary

Distance from Amban Heritage : 57.7 km

Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary is the northernmost wildlife sanctuary of Kerala, southwest India. A mere 55 km2 in area and located on the western slope of the Western Ghats. It was e stablished in 1984. The headquarters of the sanctuary is near Iritty.Aralam wildlife sanctuary is the northernmost protected area of Kerala state, situated in the southeast part of Kannur District.

The sanctuary area falls in Aralam, Kelakam and Kottiyoor revenue villages and is located in the Northwest slopes of Western Ghats contiguous with the forests of Coorg (Kodagu) district of Karnataka state.

It was formed by carving out areas from the Odanthode Malavaram of Thalassery special division which was an erstwhile private forest, subsequently taken over by Govt. as per the provisions of the Kerala Private Forests (Vesting and assignment) Act 1971 and from the Kottiyoor RF of Wayanad Forest Division.