Ranipuram Hill Station is about 780 m above the sea level near the Bhagamandala forest range. It was called Madathumala until 1970, when the Catholic diocese of Kottayam took over the area and renamed it after the “Virgin Mother.”
The Ranipuram forest – comprising evergreen shola forests, monsoon forests and grasslands – is renowned for its bio-diversity that provides habitat to about 24 species of mammals, 200 species of birds and a variety of reptiles and insects. Elephants, wild bison, flying squirrels, Paradise flying catcher and Malabar grey horn bill are some of the rare species that can be spotted here.
Kanhangad has the nearest railway station at a distance of 48 km. Kasargod to Ranipuram distance is about 85 km. Distance from Kannur to Ranipuram is 120 km.
The nearest airport is Mangalore Airport at about 150 km. Kozhikode’s Karipur International Airport is farther away at 220 km.