Paithal Mala, about 65 km from Kannur town, stands at an altitude of about 4500 feet above sea level and is the highest peak in the district. It is located at Sreekandapuram, near Kappimala village, at the Kerala-Karnataka border. The hill, which sprawls over an area of about 300 acres, has - like icing on a cake - picture-perfect meadows on its top. From this vantage point, one can have a panoramic view of the surroundings and the patches of forests nearby. The area is also a haven for a variety of flora and fauna, including rare varieties of trees, plants and butterflies. Hundreds of birds can also be sighted in this serene area. The hill's rather cool and salubrious climate, even during the summer season, has made it a popular destination. 

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