Parassinikkadavu Snake Park
At a distance of 17 km from Kannur, the Parassinikkadavu Snake Park is located at Parassinikkadavu village in the Kannur district of Kerala India. It is regarded as one of the finest snake sanctuaries of Asia and among the must visit places in Kerala as part of Kannur Tour Packages.
Parassinikkadavu Snake Park is the only snake park in Kerala and one of the most prominent reptile preservation centers in India. The park was established by the Visha Chikista Kendra, a medical institution that offers diagnosis and treatment for snakebites. The main motto of this park is to educate the common man about these species and create the right awareness among them. Visiting this park is an absolute treat for the wildlife enthusiasts and animal lovers.
The park houses more than 100 varieties of venomous and non-venomous snakes including king cobra, spectacled cobra, Russell's viper, pythons, krait and pit viper. There are three snake pits, fifteen glass cases for snakes and two large glass houses for King Cobras in the park. Each enclosure has a brief description about the habitat, moods, peculiarities and interesting titbits of these exotic and truly extraordinary species. Live demonstrations are also conducted at the park by trained personnel to eradicate superstitious beliefs about snakes.
Besides, one can also find crocodiles, monitor lizards, porcupines, jackals, foxes, eagles, storks, peacocks and monkeys here. There are statues of different animals dotted along the entire park, but the most famous figure here is Steve Irwin's statue holding a crocodile.
The Chikista Kendra offers effective treatment for snake bites. This is the only place, perhaps where Ayurveda and Allopathy are effectively combined for curing snake bites. Another major attraction of the village is the Parassinikkadavu Muthappan Temple which attracts both domestic and foreign tourists as this the only place in Kerala where the ritualistic dance 'Theyyam' is performed all around the year.
Timings: 9 AM to 5.30 PM
Entry: Rs. 30 for Adults, Rs. 20 for Children & Rs. 25 for Camera