The place is 85kms. away from Kasaragod situated 750m above sea level. The place is famous for its trekking trails and varied vegetation- Evergreen Shola woods, monsoon forests & grasslands. The place was formerly known as Madathumala. This is an unexplored territory for the nature enthusiast and birdwatcher. Butterflies are in abundance and birds of the evergreen biotope like the black eagle, crested serpent eagle and little spider hunter common. Elephants pay visits in the summer months and leopards have been sighted in the not-too-distant past.
How to Reach Ranipuram
By Air: The nearest airport is at Mangalore, 50 km away.
By Train: Kasargod railway station which is linked to several important towns.
By Road: Motorable roads connect Kasargod to towns in neighbouring Karnataka and towns in Kerala.