A nature lover’s favourite spot, be it for boating in the serene scintillating backwaters, frolicking in the mesmerizing waterfalls, rejuvenating amidst its one too many hill stations or hiking along its breathtaking trekking trails, Kerala has abundance to offer to one and all. Well, no wonder it is so rightly called God’s own country! For the trekking fans amongst us, let’s have a closer look at the best hideouts for trekking in Kerala.
The famous hill station of Kerala, Munnar is a home to the highest peak of south India, Anamudi hills. Standing tall at 2695m, this peak with its natural terrain is ideal for trekking. Prior permission from the forest department is required to trek up Anaimudi. An exotic flower which blooms once in 12 years, called the Neelakurinji is found in the forests of Munnar. Trekking through lovely blue coloured flowers lining the hills is a real treat to the eyes.
Agastyarkoodam Peak said to be the historic abode of bachelor saint Agasthya, this second highest peak in Kerala is located in Thiruvanthapuram. Presently inhabited by tribals, who for some reason detest women, allow only male trekkers to explore this scenic peak!
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The trek through the wilderness of the forests can be done by foot after prior permission with the forest officials. The view from atop the hill is absolutely stunning with the Arabian Sea on one side and mountain ranges on the other. Since there are no medical centres anywhere on the way up the trek, trekkers are advised to carry vital medication along with them.
Chembra Peak visible from any part of Wayanad, this peak is bejewelled with sparkling waterfalls. The hospitable forest department here provides tents, sleeping bags and trek guides for enthusiastic trekkers. The 3 hr trek to the very top of the peak is said to be a risky affair however, at the end of it all, the photography opportunity that beholds, is absolutely worth it! The brilliant aerial view of Wayanad in its entirety just cannot be expressed in words!
Pythal Mala a hill station located in Kannur, seasoned with a variety of flora and fauna and blanketed by dense forests and an adventurous trekking trail is Pythal Mala. The 6km trek to the hill top proves to be an amazing viewpoint over the beautiful plantation centre of Kappimala, positions at the valley of Pythal Mala.
Chimmini thrissur district of Kerala houses the Chimmini wildlife sanctuary, which is a perfect hideout for bird watchers. With a mind blowing 160 odd varieties of birds, this sanctuary also boasts of sheltering the Southern Birdwing, which is the largest butterfly in India! Trekkers can trek just along the outskirts of the sanctuary or a trek through the dense forests is an option for the pure jungle lovers.
These are but a few of the fantastic spots for trekking in Kerala. Stay tuned to get to know about more such exquisite hideouts and adventure destinations that we will be bringing to you.
Also check out 15 most adventurous treks near Bangalore.