Ranipuram is an hill station situated in the Panathadi Panchayath , Kasargod District of Kerala. Its old name is Madathumala. It is right at the North Eastern part of the state sharing border with Karnataka. The nearest railway station is Kanhangad, which is about 25 Km south of Kasaragod.
Ranipuram is at a distance of about 43 Km from Kanhangad. One has to hire a vehicle from Kanhangad or opt to travel by local transport buses plying towards Panathur, which is Kerala-Karnataka border. Regular buses are available in this route. Panathadi is the nearest stop from where Ranipuram hill station is about 9KM. There are no other options than hiring a private jeep (Rs 200/-) to move to Ranipuram from Panathadi. One Janakeeyam jeep service is available which is preferably for the locals moving for day to day needs. One bus service from Kanhangad is also available which is at 4PM and reaches Ranipuram at 6.30 PM. There are no established accommodation facilities available in Ranipuram. Some home Stay is the only alternative. The Tourism Department has initiated a project of constructing a Yatri Nivas over there and the building is nearing completion.
I have to say that a person who loves to explore should not spare Ranipuram. The journey through the adventurous road, the flora & fauna, the pictorial view from the peak, the green valley’s can’t be explained by few words. If the Government makes necessary facilities for like food and accommodation and promote Ranipuram, it will be one of the most sought after tourist destinations in Kerala.
I think it is one of the under rated trekking destination in Kerala. The greenery of the hill will change your mood. This is the best trekking place in kasaragod district. You can better visit during rainy season. why because during rainy season the place looks really good. Those who are interested in photography and trekkers i will suggest this place.
On the way you can see a beautiful waterfall. The waterfall is named Jothalag which is Karnataka word means water falls. It will make you refreshed while on your travel, The waterfall is 45 feet height and to reach there is bit risky, it will attract more if there’s a bridge over there and on rainy seasons its quit difficult to walk from there. You can have more here if you like adventure activities, climb rocks and risky ways, Climate is very suitable for everyone. If the government promote well , There will have huge tourist flow will also help local people down there.