The Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary is located at a distance of about 35 km from Thalassery and 60 km from the town of Kannur. Headquartered in Iritty (20 km away), the sanctuary was set up in 1984. Lying along the thickly forested slopes of the Western Ghats, the sanctuary houses a wide variety of animals and birds. The highest peak of the region is Katti Betta, situated at an altitude of 1145 m.
The sanctuary serves as a true delight to nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts with its exciting variety of fauna that include elephant, spotted deer, gaur, bison, jungle cats, leopard, Hanuman langur, barking deer, sambar, Nilgiri langur and Malabar giant squirrel.
The best season to visit the sanctuary is from November to June, and monsoon season should be preferably avoided. It is a hotspot for those who are into bird watching as 215 kinds of bird species and 172 kinds of butterflies are recorded in the region.