The snake park at Parassinikadvu in Kannur is the only snake park in India.
Three snake pits, and 15 glass-cages. King cobras caged in two large glass-cages. The snake demonstration is a major show where the peculiarities of various types of snake are explained. The trained snake handlers play and handle poisonous snakes, including cobras to quell the misconceptions and fear factor of the visitors. Visitors are taught to identify poisonous snakes from their non venomous counterparts. Treatment for snake-poison is undertaken here.
Located at a distance of 16 km from Kannur town in north Kerala, south India, the snake park has large varieties of snakes such as spectacled Cobra, King Cobra, Russell's viper, Krait and various pit vipers apart from many non-poisonous snakes including Pythons. .
Snakes are worshipped in many Kerala temples and ancient homesteads still have sarpakavu (a wooded area where serpent gods are worshipped). Nonetheless there are many superstitions associated with snakes and this snake park plays an important role in spreading awareness about snakes.
The Snake Park, which was set up by the Visha Chikista Kendra at Pappinisseri, has always been a popular destination for both foreign and domestic tourists. The park is committed to the conservation of snakes and many species that are on the verge of extinction find a safe haven here. Did you know that a snake is only responding to the snake charmer’s hand movements and is not dancing to the music as snakes are deaf? You can gather more such interesting information at this snake park.