Formerly known as Madathumala, it is a conjunction of grassy hills near Panathady Town and linked to Kanhangad by Kanhangad-Panathur state highway. Covered with evergreen shola woods, monsoon forests and grasslands, this beautiful land is known for its trekking trails. Ranipuram’s extensive forests merge into those of Karnataka.
Wild elephants can be seen wandering on the mountain tops here. Tourist cottages provide comfortable stay on the hills. Jeep and bus services are available from Panathady and Kanhangad in kasaragod town.
Ranipuram in its natural beauty is comparable to Ooty - a popular hill station in South India. It is located about 48 km east of Kanhangad. It is breathtakingly beautiful and an ideal place for trekking. Tourist cottages are available here as lots of tourists come here during the off-season too.