Trekking in Kerala

7 Most Popular Trekking Places in Kerala for Hikers

Thinking of Hiking in Kerala? Well, this will be one of the very best decisions of your life as this place showcases magnificent vistas and owns a vast bucket of trekking trails. Famous as the "God's Own Land", the visitor traffic of the state is hiking up with every proceeding day drawing an increasing number of revellers. This place is a true utopia for the trekkers as it possesses a numerous variety of pathways to paradise. Ever witnessed a land encircled by the tea estates? Here you can traverse such lands and also, you can delight in camping at such places which will certainly expand a memorable journey.

Kerala is blessed with some of the most alluring hills which have some of one of the most fascinating trekking and also trekking paths to be found.

7 Most Visited and Popular Trekking Trails in Kerala

1. Chembra Peak

Chembra peak is not just beautiful but thrilling to explore. Travelling through Chembra Peak goes through large tea plantations, trails shrouded in misty clouds and also lavish woodlands. It increases to a height of 2100 meters above sea level.

The trip to Chembra Peak is of 14 km and also takes 4-5 hours. It is worth the hard work to hike to the high height when you make a stop at the heart shaped lake. It is an alluring destination of this peak. This lake is known as 'hridhayathadakam'. Marvel at the gorgeous surroundings and enjoy the sight of rare flora. Trekking to Chembra Peak is not for the novice however, for those with some previous experience. The local tribal folks offer their valuable advice as they know most trails and the region.

Best Time to Visit: November to February

2. Meesapulimala Peak Trek

At 2640m (8661 ft.) AMSL, Meesapulimala height is the 2nd greatest summit in the Western Ghats mountain range. Prior consent is required from Kerala Forest Development Corporation (KFDC) for treks. The walking begins with Kolukkumalai Tea, which can be reached through jeeps hired with from Suryanelli. The last 2km to the top is one of the hardest and also most adventurous parts compared to other treks on this list.

Trail Distance – 8km (5 mi.)

Trail Time – 6.5 hours

3. Anamudi Peak

Anamudi, the 2,695-m high mountain sited in the Eravikulam National Park is the highest in Kerala. It is additionally the highest point in India outside the Himalayan Mountain Ranges. Travelling to the lightheaded inducing peak is among the have to do things in Kerala.

4. Dhoni Hills

Dhoni hills in Palakkad are popular trekking spot. It is a 3 hrs trek from the base of Dhoni hills to succeed. A small beautiful waterfall along the way adds to the charm.

Those who enjoy the un-crowded ambience of a farm, there is a hilltop farmhouse there which harbors hundreds of Swiss and other European varieties of cattle.

5. Periyar Tiger Reserve

This being a reserve forest, area remains in the original condition. Every little thing around you is green.

The Forest officer’s help by arranging up a team of poachers turned protectors (a model rehabilitation) to accompany you. They are tough, dependable men. It is necessary; if you stray in to the uncharted territory, a big cat may suddenly appear! For the place is known for their presence.

The Periyar Tiger Trail: - The trek itself takes 24 to 36 hrs, so night stay is a must. Camping will be set up prior. It would certainly be a great experience if you discover a herd of elephants. They do not want to be disrupted; so simply remain silent as well as admire God's development! Thekkady where the book is based is a unique habitat of elephants.

6. Silent Valley National Park

The Silent Valley National Park spread throughout 89 sq. km is a part of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. It is the catchment area of the Kunthi River. The entire valley was declared a national forest in 1985 but is closed to tourists, and there is no habitation within the park. So it was a rare privilege to be allowed to trek through the Silent Valley.

The trails of the Valley take you via remarkable scenery, from exotic evergreen woodland with gigantic trees and also Shola grasslands. Leopards, deer, elephants, Tiger, the Nilgiri tahr, Nilgiri langur, Malabar giant squirrel and a large bird population that includes Malabar whistling thrush, hornbills all live in Silent Valley National Park.

Best time to Visit: October to May

7. Vellari Mala

Situated atop 2200mts over the sea level, the tiny hamlet of Vellari Mala is also referred to as Camel's Hump Mountain as a result of its unique resemblance to a camel's hump. Travelling to Vellari Mala starts from Muthappanpuzha, 3 Kilometres from Anakkampoyil and occupies to one day to reach the peak though the trek is of easy level and accessible for most parts of the year.