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Lying in the district of Kasaragod, Ranipuram stands at an altitude of 750 m above the sea level. Initially the hill station used to be known by a name, Madathumala but was later renamed as Ranipuram. The place is acknowledged as the Ooty of Kasaragod.

Ranipuram hill is also a component of Panathady reserve forest and is encircled with Thalacauvery wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka. Enveloped with the evergreen shola woods, monsoon jungles and plains, this gorgeous territory is famous for its trekking tracks. The area forms two trekking routes which are available from the South Western Ghats moist deciduous forests

The peak of the hill is known as ‘Mani’ and from the hilltop the entire land is visible all covered with grass, hills and low lying areas. This virgin place is a great treat for the bird watchers and nature lovers. More than 200 species of birds are found in the hills of Ranipuram. Ranipuram is popular for its grasslands, evergreen and shola woods and also incorporates an array of flora and fauna. Lots of elephants can be seen wandering through the mountains.

In summers, elephants are very commonly found in the hills of Ranipuram. Other flora and fauna found here in are leopard, wild dogs, deer, wild boar, macaques, jungle cats, leopards, slender loris, porcupine, malabar giant squirrels, malabar civet and rare butterflies and medicinal plants. The best time to visit the place is in the monthe of October till March.

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