The trek to Ranipuram usually begins in the morning from Panathady, where you can stay in rest houses run by DTPC, or by a few private establishments. The trek progresses through the grasslands, shola and monsoon evergreen forest vegetation of Kasaragod. Thick woods welcome you as you start off, on a good note, as you feel relieved seeing your trail lay with black stones. Climb on! An hour into the arduous trek, you emerge into rolling meadows, the shola grassland, that stretch as far as the eyes can see. A draft of cold wind hurries in from nowhere. It is a one-day 2 km trek.