Palukachippara ~ Photo: Mathrubhumi e paper
Maloor: Recently more visitors have started flocking to Palukachippara in Kannur. The hills and boulders together offer exquisite views in Palukachippara, which is a part of Puralimala. As thick fog covers the 3000-feet-high hilltop of Palukachippara, people from all over the district started reaching here for trekking and enjoying the views.
Palukachipara is a part of the hill ranges from where Pazhassi Raja conducted his guerilla warfare. Efforts are being made to include this site with historical and tourist significance in the eco-tourism project. The hills inhabit a wide variety of rare flora and fauna too. The visitors can spot the Kannur International airport and also the sea on the horizon.
On holidays, Palukachippara is lively with many tourists, especially the students. However, some reach here with liquor bottles often and create nuisance to other visitors. The locals also raise complaints regarding abandoning the empty liquor bottles at the hill itself.
Stringent patrolling has been initiated in the region under Maloor Inspector MV Biju and Sub Inspector BV Abdurahman. There were restrictions to hike on the hill with the surge in COVID cases. But after the restrictions were lifted, the inflow of the travellers have increased compared to previous times.