Chembra Peak-Ideal Place for Trekking in Wayanad

       Wayanad is a place of charming beauty situated on the north eastern region of Kerala. The tallest peak in the Wayanad district Chembra Peak (ചെമ്പ്ര കൊടുമുടി) at 2,100 m (6,890 ft) above sea level lives up to its billing of being a beautiful location. It has managed to maintain its perfect nature over the years offers an up close view of rare flora and fauna. One can come across many exotic species in these parts and the peak itself has a brilliant view along with waterfalls and lush greenery the whole way. The place comprises of some exotic locations and sights to behold as well as excellent opportunities for trekking and other adventure activities.

The route Chembra is located near the town of Meppadi and is 8 km (5 mi) south of Kalpetta. It is part of the Wayanad hill ranges in Western Ghats, adjoining the Nilgiri Hills in Tamil Nadu and Vellarimala in Kozhikode district in Kerala. It is the highest and the largest peak in Western Ghats of India in between Nilgiris and Himalayas. From the town of Meppady you can reach the peak through walking. Visits to this peak organized by ‘the Chempra Peak VSS’ under the control of South Wayanad Forest Development Agency. Chembra Peak is a beautiful delight and prime spot for trekking. The peak, its surrounding lush greenery and the famed heart-shaped lake make it a paradise for travellers to explore. The peak is famous among trekkers for providing an awesome one day trekking experience with relatively low cost on energy and pocket. This part of the state allowing one to discover the glories of nature, the wealth of biodiversity in the region and explore one’s lust for the outdoors. Permission from the forest office in Meppadi is required for trekking up to Chembra Peak.

A heart-shaped perennial lake, nearly 1,100 m above sea level on the way to the top of the peak is a major tourist attraction. The lake where drinking water is available from the nearby springs throughout the year is believed to have never dried up. This lake is known as ‘hridhayathadakam’.You can find the lake halfway to the peak, after getting to the lake need to trek through about a km or two of dense trees. A 5 km (3 mi) journey from Meppadi town through tea estates to Erumakkolli.Earlier, the Forest Department had allowed trekking to the pinnacle but, now it is restricted up to the perennial lake owing to the ecological significance of the region.

If you are an admirer of soothing natural beauty and if you love to have an adventure trip, then Chembra Peak in Wayanad will be a perfect stop for you. The peak is visible from almost all parts of Wayanad.From the top of the peak; you will get wondered by seeing the whole Wayanad. You can also see Kozhikode, Malappuram and Niligiri districts from here. There are numerous peaks nearby Chembra peak. But it is difficult to climb into those, as they are covered with dense forests. Chembra Peak is worth visiting all year around. But it might be good, if you avoid the place on rainy season, as the descent can be quite slippery during heavy monsoon seasons. There are lots of bus services, both government and private, to reach Chembra. Ecological and wildlife experts in the State have for long been demanding a sanctuary by incorporating the forest stretch on the Chembra and Camel Hump Mountains to conserve the rare flora and fauna of the region. You will get amazed with the enthralling beauty of the nature here.

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Spice Plantation in Wayanad

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The fragrant spice plantations in Kerala is a must-see while on a Kerala Tour. Kerala, popularly known as God’s Own Country, is an ideal destination for the business traveler as well as holidaymaker. One of the most sought-after tourist destinations in Asia, Kerala is India’s only tropical paradise. The state is blessed with mass features like dense tropical forests, beautiful beaches, cliffs, rocky coasts, and an intricate maze of backwaters, still bays and amazing 44 radiant rivers and a large variety of geographical and climatic conditions that make it ideal for spice cultivation.

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The spice plantation in Wayanad is one of the major spice plantations in Kerala. Wayanad is one such hill destination of Kerala where nature makes music with soothing climate, romantic waterfalls, evergreen hill ranges and variety of spice cultivation all over. This high altitude district is characterized by the cultivation of perennial plantation crops and spices.

spices in wayanad

There are various kinds of spices cultivated in Wayanad. Coffee, cocoa, pepper, ginger and lately, plantain, vanilla are the main cash crops of the region. The coffee-based farming system is a noteworthy feature of Wayanad. Coffee is grown both as pure crop and as a mixed crop along with pepper. The black pepper produced here is renowned in the world of spices because of its unique quality and aroma. Wayanad has dominated pepper farming in the country for many years, producing more than 40,000 tonnes of the crop every year until the mid-1980s. It is also rich in Rice fields, Ginger and Turmeric cultivation along with Coconut, Cardamom, Cocoa, Beetle nut, Cinnamon, a huge variety of Bananas etc. Pepper is grown largely along with coffee in the north eastern parts of the district, especially in Pulpally and Mullankolly areas. Coffee in Wayanad (66,999 ha.) shares 33.65 percent of the total cropped area in the district and 78 percent of the coffee area in the state. Other major crops are rubber (63,015 ha.), coconut (59,452 ha.), cardamom (38,348 ha.), tea (31,792 ha.) cassava and ginger. Ginger cultivation in Wayanad has also substantially increased in recent times and the ginger produced is mainly marketed in the form of green ginger. Homestead farming assumes importance in this district. The crops grown include coconut, arecanut, pepper, vegetables, tuber crops, drumstick, papaya, etc. and fruit trees like mango and jack.

Besides several spots of interest such as the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Lakkidi, Thusharagiri Waterfalls, etc, the spice plantation in Wayanad is a prime attraction of this scenic land. Wayanad Spice Plantation Tour is specifically designed for travelers who want to understand about various spices used in Kerala. You can go for nature walks, bird watching treks, taste the various spices and breathe in the fragrant air while exploring the spice plantation in Wayanad. You can observe stretches of cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, ginger and vanilla plantations in the district.  If you sign on in any of the spice plantation tours, you can enjoy walking through the hillocks covered with greenery of the plantations and you can also observe the process involved in collecting the produce from the plantations. Pick up a few packets of the tea and spices grown here that make for a good buy. The spice plantation in Wayanad is the main stay of the economy.

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The natural scenic beauty of Wayanad and its rich natural resources offer several opportunities for adventure tourism. The hills, rocks, and valleys which make the unique character of Wayanad provide a lot for catering to the ever-increasing demand for adventure tourism. Needless to say that it will be incomplete if you do not find time to take a tour through these splendid spice plantations when you visit this area of Western Ghats.

Best Time to Visit for Spice Plantations:

The best season to visit a spice plantation is between September and March. This is the time when the spices will be ready for harvest. You can also spot many birds during this season. The winter season will have a mild climate making sightseeing much easier.

The worst time to visit a spice plantation is during the rainy season. The path will be slippery and the plants will not be in bloom. Monsoon starts in July and ends in September. Early summer is the harvest season and tourists might not be able to enjoy the plantation to the fullest. Moreover, the humid climate will make the journey harder.

Your Wayanad journey is not complete without a plantation tour!

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BANASURA SAGAR DAM

Across the Karamanathodu River, a tributary of River Kabini, in Kalpetta, Banasura Sagar dam located.  It is considered to be the largest earth dam in India and the second largest in Asia. It got its name from ‘Banasura’, the son of King Mahabali, the famous ruler of Kerala. Banasura Sagar dam is ideally placed in the foothills of Banasura hills. It’s said that ‘Banasura’ undertook severe penance on the top of the hills. Banasura hill is the third largest peak in the Western Ghats.

BANASURA SAGAR DAM

To support the Kakkayam Hydroelectric power project, the dam here was constructed on behalf of the Banasura Sagar project in 1979. The main purpose is to fulfill the water demand for irrigation and drinking purposes. The dam, situated around twenty-one kilometer away from Kalpetta is a lovely tourist destination in Wayanad. Banasura dam is made up of large stacks of stones and boulders. This spot of enchantment has no parallel elsewhere. It’s located in the midst of lovely, mist-clad hills with a wildlife sanctuary and park full of flowering trees. With its placid crystal clear waters Banasura could be a tremendous picnic spot.

A set of islands in the dam’s reservoir was formed when the reservoir submerged the surrounding areas during monsoon season. It’s one of the beautiful sights over here. For those who visit the dam, this island with the Banasura hills in the background is a visual treat. The tourists are attracted towards Banasura Sagar dam because of this peculiarity. The dam is very close to Karalad Lake, another tourist hotspot in Wayanad.

BANASURA SAGAR

We can engage yourself in trekking and boating at Banasura Sagar dam, where trekking is one of the top attractions here. We can plan a trek to the dark forests of Banasura Peak. A boating trip in the lake and the dam is also a unique experience for the travelers. We can choose either speedboat or pedal boat. We can also plan a trip to the small nature park, very near to the boating place. This park with its traditional tree swings will provide cheerful moments for kids. The best season to be at Banasura Sagar dam is from November to May. We can also plan a visit to temples like Shri Ayyappa Mandir, Shri Nath Mandir, Nirur Shiva Mandir very near to Banasura Sagar Dam.