Kasaragod hill stations – are there any that worth the travel?
Hill stations are not the most important travel attractions in Kasaragod. There a few small hill stations, if you want a brief escape from the heat of the plains. For truly outstanding hill station experience, get to neighbouring Wayanad district or Coorg in Karnataka.
Ranipuram is the most sought after hill station in Kasaragod. Kottancheri hills and Posadigumpe are two other locations, good enough to spend a couple of hours.
Ranipuram hill station
Ranipuram is a cluster of hills, about 85 kms from Kasaragod. The nearest town in the region is Pananthady, about 10 kms away.
Ranipuram forest is rich in wildlife. Thalakavery Wildlife Sanctuary in Karnataka is a continuation of this forest. Animals found in Ranipuram forest include Elephant, Leopard, wild boar, deer, squirrels, civet cats and several other species. Birds and butterflies are in abundance too.
Proposal to declare Ranipuram as a wildlife sanctuary is under Government consideration.
Scenic Ranipuram is also a good place for trekking.
Overnight stay is possible at cottages run by KTDC as well as others.
Ranipuram is 48 kms from Kanhangad and 50 kms from Mangalore.
Kottancheri is a beautiful picnic spot, about 4000 ft above sea level.
The hills have forests, grass lands and plantations. Kottancheri is part of Konnakkad. Ranipuram is near and the forests have similar wildlife.
It is a great trekking spot. Tourist accommodations aren’t any, so day tours are only possible.
Konnakkad is about 66 kms from Kasargod town and 48 kms from Kanhangad.
Posadigumpe is a picnic spot near Dakshina Kannada border.
The hill top, about 500 m above the sea level, is a place for outstanding panoramic views. The reach extends to Arabian Sea, Mangalore and Kudremukh.
There are no shops atop, carrying food and drinks may be helpful.
The climb up the hill starts after Dharmathadka, which is about 25 kms north east of Kasaragod.