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    Trekking in Kerala

    Trekking in Kerala - The call of the backwaters in Gods own country.

    Gods own country is what we know the lush green state of Kerala as. And for those of you who love the idea of thrills and adventures, Kerala treks should be up on your sleeves. This is one place where you can be free to your hearts content and camp around, enjoy paragliding or trek as much as you want. The adventures ahead when you trek around the state of backwaters are incomparable to any other experience you may have had while trekking elsewhere.

    Kerala has the best of both worlds encompassed to the thrill the adventurous at heart. Right from her rugged mystical beauty of the Western Ghats to the flat grasslands that run across Munnar, Kerala will keep you coming back for more. Dont miss out on her enchanting rain forests, Periyar, which is known all over the world by experienced trekkers as a haunt and the best place to live the experience of trekking. And if you still need to bask in pure adventure, Kerala has her mountain ranges to offer.

    These are some of the best trekking locations trails in Kerala:

    1. You dont need to have too much time on your hands when you visit Kerala for a trekking experience. For example, you could opt for the well known Chimmony or the Rainforest Trekking. And for all of this, you would need three days maximum to enjoy and explore around. What you would see over here would be breathtaking dense lush forests. Apart from that, the species of birds and animals around would keep you hooked and clicking. This is an amazing experience for wildlife and adventure seekers. You can trek through the forests, camp at night, stay at jungle huts and even raft in the forests lakes.
    2. Once again, for another three days to the max, you could opt for Parambikulam, which again is Rainforest Trekking. The wildlife population here is high and considered to be the best in southern India. When you are here don't forget to check the Tramway Trek, which is an abandoned trail built for the tramways in 1905. You would get to learn first hand how wood from these forests was taken to the nearest towns using this mode of transportation. The forest is also known to house endangered herbs, rare and very useful for medicinal needs.
    3. If Jungle trekking catches your fancy, one should then look at Periyar or Gavi. You would need to have a week in hand to experience it in full. The trails to trek on at Periyar are well known all over the country, and the wildlife department has various elephant safari and adventure trekking trips on its platter to serve you with. Right from safaris, to bamboo rafting, elephant camps, to plantations, the forest beckons one and all.
    4. For those of you who would like to get a little more close to the natives and tribes of the hills in Kerala, you should check out the Chinnar Trekking plans. For this one would need to keep around four to five days in hand. What you get to see by biking around over here would be dense hills inhabited by the settlers of these jungles. And while you trek around, you would find prehistoric rock art and paintings, holy groves sacred to the tribal folks, settlements and a chance to look closely and learn the culture and traditions of the natives around.
    5. Finally, don't forget the famous Munnar to Kodaikanal trekking experience. And for this, it is best to have a week or more in your hands to enjoy the experience. You would come face to face with the plantations of tea, grasslands, hills, and amongst all of that, you can camp as well.

    With so much said already about trekking in Kerala, wouldn't you want to adhere to the call of the sultry siren down south?

    Also check here: Best tour packages to travel Kerela.

     


Trekking in Kerala

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Chembra Peak

A trekking paradise, Chembra is the highest peak in the Wayanad Hill Range that will take your breath away. Encompassed by verdant greenery of the Western Ghats, Chembra Peak is one of those attractions in Wayanad that one just cannot ignore for its mesmerising views. 

It is where the clouds brush your cheeks and your eyes are greeted with solace of calm and quietness in the midst of nature.

It is known for offering an enchanting vista of the heart-shaped lake also known as the Cupid Lake. It also offers an unparalleled view of Banasura Sagar Dam surrounded by the majestic tea plantations located along the foothills of Chembra Peak.

Height: It is 2,100 metres (6,890 ft) above sea level

Location: Kalpetta, Wayanad

Best Time to visit: The best time to visit is between the months of September and March.

Entry fee: The entry charge for the peak is INR 50/USD 0.77

Timings: Chembra Peak is open to tourists during the day time.

Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: It is about 40 kilometres away from the bus station in Wayanad.

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The Bamboo Factory

If you wish to know how bamboo constitutes an important factor in both the lifestyle and livelihood for the people in Wayanad, then a visit to The Bamboo Factory comes highly recommended. 

This educating and inspiring experience gives a sneak peek into the lives of the locals in Uravu. This place is a great stop to witness the wonder of sustainable tourism and explore the ancient traditions that are still preserved in Wayanad.

The Bamboo Factory stands for uplifting the lives of many rural craftsmen along with offering tourists a unique experience by getting to know how bamboo is converted into your favourite items. Tourists at Bamboo Factory also get a chance to talk to these talented craftsmen and know more from their experiences.

Location: 100 Acres Road Thrikkaipatta, Kerala

Best Time to visit: October to February is the best time to visit here.

Entry fee: The cost to visit here is approximately INR 500/ USD 7.7 per person

Timings: One can visit here between 10 am and 4 pm.

Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: The distance between the two places is around kilometres.

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Pookode Lake

If you’re browsing for the most serene Wayanad tourist places, Pookode Lake should incite your curiosity. Surrounded by the evergreen beauty of Western Ghats and verdant forests, Pookode Lake is a gorgeous freshwater lake. 

One of the most interesting features of this lake is that it virtually appears to be in the shape of India’s physical map. Boasting of picturesque excellence and a mesmerising ambience, this freshwater lake is the initiating point of Panamaram stream in Kerala.

Pookode Lake offers many activities like boating and boasts of a freshwater aquarium, a children’s park and a shopping centre where tourists can empty their pockets on excellent spices and handicrafts. 

Another big attraction of Pookode Lake is the widespread presence of wild animals and birds who can be spotted around the lake.

Location: Pookode Lake, Kunnathidavaka, Kerala

Best Time to visit: August to May are the best months to visit here

Entry fee: INR 10/ USD 0.15 for one person

Timings: The opening hours are from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: Pookode Lake is located 27.3 kilometres from the Bus station in Wayanad

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Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is an esteemed natural habitat of many rare and endangered flora and fauna and a wonderful getaway for wildlife lovers. 

It is one of those rejuvenating retreats where people can appreciate sustainable tourism with a bit of adventure and recreation. The two most important areas in Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is Muthanga and Tholpetty.

Offering an excellent opportunity to see the elephant herds, deer, langurs and tigers roam freely in Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is an absolute delight. 

Tourists here can also indulge in bird watching or undertake trekking in the forest with advance booking. Being a vital part of Nilgiri Biosphere reserve, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is a biodiversity hotspot that one must add to their places to see in Wayanad.

Location: Bathery- Puthupally Road, Wayanad District, Sultan Bathery, Kerala 

Best Time to visit: The months from October to February are considered to be the best time to visit here.

Entry fee: INR 10/ USD 0.15 for Indians and INR 100/ USD 1.54 for foreigners

Timings: It is open from 7:00 am to 10:00 am and then from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: It is approximately 60 kilometres away from the bus station in Wayanad.

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