Approch and Access

  • The nearest Town is Iritty which is 22.2 KM away from the sanctuary where the Wildlife Warden’s office is situated
  • The nearest railhead is Thalassery,at a distance of 52.2 KM
  • The nearest airport is Kannur which is 40.3 KM away from the Sanctuary.
  • The area is accessible by road from Thalassery, Kannur, Wayanad and Virajpet.
  • Since public transportation is only accessible till Palappuzha (7.5 kms away from the sanctuary), it is better to come in your own vehicle.
  • If you are coming from Kannur side, the easiest route is, from Palappuzha, take the Palappuzha Bridge-Aralam Farm entrance road to sanctuary.
  • If you are coming via Wayanad side, You can reach Sanctuary by taking a right turn from Kanichar Junction to Valayamchal hanging bridge. But You have to cross the hanging bridge of 30 meters in length to reach the Sanctuary entrance. Please note that, the bridge is not suitable for everyone to walk through it. If you would not be comfortable to walk over the bridge, please take the Palappuzha route itself.
  • For those who are relying on public transportation, You can get down at Kanichar (nearest bus stop to the sanctuary), take an auto to Valayamchal hanging bridge. Again, if you don’t want to cross the hanging bridge, you can go to Palappuzha and take an auto from there.
Hanging Bridge
  • The Assistant Wildlife Warden’s office is functioning at Valayamchal on the southwest corner of the sanctuary.
  • The nearest fuel station is at Kelakam where accommodation, communication and facilities are available.
  • The nearest sub-post office is at Odamthodu.