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.

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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.

Pakshipathalam

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Situated at an altitude of 1740m and accessible only by trekking, Pakshipathalam is home to several species of birds and is an ornithologist’s paradise. It is located in the Brahmagiri Hills near Thirunelly in Wayanad. Wayanad is one favorite place for every trekker as it has beautiful trekking tracks and amazing places to see. Pakshipathalam is such a famous spot in Wayanad, which has captured the mindset of every trekker, ornithologists and nature lovers in the world. Here virgin forests, streams, and steep hills together offer challenging avenues for trekking.  It is a natural rock cave at the northern end of the Brahmagiri Hills.

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There is a cave here, which according to legend, was used by rishis (saints) for meditation in ancient times. The deep rock caves; formed among the thick blocks of rocks at the northern top end of the Brahmagiri are the abode of various birds and wild beasts.

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It is believed that Garuda, the vehicle of  Vishnu and the King of birds, stands guard over his subjects at Pakshipathalam, a bird lovers’ paradise.  Pakshipathalam, meaning’ birds in the nether regions’,.

 

The best way to enjoy bird sanctuary’s landscapes is a ‘3-hour trek’ through the area. The place is famous for the ‘Edible Nest Swiftlet.’ There is a belief that the nest, which is used for making bird’s nest is made up of hardened saliva. The place is not only rich in countless bird species but also in a significant number of animal species. The chirping of birds guarding the sky can be seen in the sanctuary. The place has an orchid plantation and numerous species of medicinal trees and herbs. It also has a temple and a watchtower for helping the tourists in navigation.

Pakshipathalam Peak Trek

Located at a height of 1,740 kilometers above the sea level and is one among the challenging spots for tourists across Wayanad. A trek to Pakshipathalam takes you through moist deciduous forests, rolling hillocks, open grasslands, slippery trails, and narrow rocky caves. Trekkers will be met with deep caves, thick rock blocks and wild forests during the trek. Trekkers can reach the top after traveling 16 kilometers. Pakshipathalam is near the Brahmagiri hills, but unlike the latter Pakshipathalam has gentler slopes and is a comparatively easy terrain to climb. With amazingly beautiful surroundings, the hill offers great opportunities for photography. Camping is not allowed here. So, you will have to trek back before the forest gets dark. The fact that the forest is home to several animals and reptiles adds to the excitement of the trek.

Throughout the trek, you’re constantly flitting across the border between Karnataka and Kerala. You require permission from the DFO of North Wayanad to trek to this place. You’ll have to pay a permit fee.  The best season for trekking is from November to April.

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Neelimala Viewpoint

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Neelimala is one of the most famous hill towns, which is beautifully seated in Wayanad district of  Kerala. Neelimala View Point is a frequently visited tourist destination in Wayanad. Neelima Viewpoint has a spectacular view of the Meenmutty falls and valleys surrounding it. From the point, tourists can see the milky white streams gushing through the walk, making its way towards the river. This splendid sight is something that one can never forget throughout life. Mist and aroma around create such a spell that one will be lost in its beauty for a long period of time.

To reach the top one has to trek enormous spreads of coffee plantation as well see numerous purple flowering bushes and further up, small holdings of ginger and areca nut. The sides of the path leading to the viewpoint are also dotted with small bushes of purple flower plants and also chirping sunbirds and other varieties of small birds darting in and out of the bushes.

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Completing the first part of the ascend, which is about half a kilometer, the trekking path gets narrower and goes down before it climbs up again. Now the vegetation on the sides changes to tall, wild grass, including the lemongrass variety. The narrow path goes further up and suddenly opens up into a panoramic view, with the mountain folds of the Western Ghats on your left and a hill slope replete with grass and studded with boulders on the right. You have reached the Neelimala viewpoint.

Have a brief stop. Catch your breath. Feel the cool breeze in your hair, as it dries out the sweat. Take a look around to spot some butterflies with rare color and size, gliding down the slopes and sometimes going behind the mist. As you remain there, your ears slowly get receptive to a rumble down the valley. If you hear it, take the narrow path going down to the left. Make your way through tall grasses leaning on to you. Move gently and watch out for slippery rocks and pits. Meandering to the left, the path would lead you to a spot, where you would find yourself standing behind a rocky spur with the rumbling noise becoming intense manifold.

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Carefully make your descend down and move towards the middle of the rocky spur. It would take some time for you to believe the mesmerizing sight that is right before you. Down flows a track of white water, flanked by evergreen forests. A sight you would never forget. Get your best shots and take in its pristine beauty as much as you can. As you watch the unforgettable sight of Meenmutty waterfall, an occasional blanket of thick mist could block your sight. But, do not get upset. Wait for some time and as the mist clears out, and on occasions, the sheet of mist would split open to reveal the waterfall, which is yet another delightful thing to watch.

This is a very good place for trekking and promises you beautiful scenery as you climb your way up to the viewpoint. Along with trekking, it is also an ideal place for camping if you have time on your hands. There are plenty of trails around the viewpoint to satisfy your thirst for adventure activities. The trails involve climbing up and through the various coffee plantations. One can catch the aroma of ginger and areca nut along with those of coffee beans as the climb intensifies. Neelimala view point offers a mesmerizing view of plenty of waterfalls, gently rolling hills, lush green grasses silently waving with the breeze and of course the enthralling valley with its dense forests.

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“Sulthan” Bathery

Sulthan Bathery, previously known as Sultan’s Battery, is a town and municipality in Wayanad district of Kerala. It is the largest city in Wayanad district.  Sulthan Bathery is situated about 100 kilometers from Kozhikode on NH212 and it was earlier known as Ganapathivattom.

This town was part of Kidanganadu Village, which got its name because of the presence of the Kidangans the tribes. The place owes its new name “Sulthan Bathery” to the erstwhile ruler of Mysore, Tipu Sultan, who during his invasion of the Malabar region dumped his ammunition and parked his artillery battering in an old Jain temple here. The place was hence known as Sulthan Bathery which is a corrupted form of Sultan’s battery. Tipu Sultan also built a fort here, which is in ruins now and a police station stands on the mounds of the fort now.

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Jain Temple in Sulthan Bathery

Sultan Bathery is a historical place and its ancient history goes in sync with the history of Wayanad. The recorded history of this district exists only from the 10th century onward. In 930 AD, emperor Erayappa of Ganga Dynasty led his troops to south-west of Mysore and after conquering, called it Bayalnad meaning the land of swamps. After Erayappa, his sons Rachamalla and Battunga fought each other for the new kingdom of their father’s legacy. Rachamalla was killed and Battunga became the undisputed ruler of Bayalnad. In 12th century AD, Gangas were dethroned from Bayalnad by Kadamba dynasty of North Canara. In 1104 AD Vishnuvardhana of Hoysala invaded Bayalnad followed by Vijayanagara dynasty in the 16th century. In 1610 AD Udaiyar Raja Wadiyar of Mysore drove out Vijayanagara General and became the ruler of Bayalnad and the Nilgiris. Bayalnad is the present Wayanad. When Wayanad was under Hyder Ali’s rule, the ghat road from Vythiri to Thamarassery invented. Then the British rulers developed this route to Carter road.

Sulthan-Bathery.

Situated at an altitude of 1000m above sea level, Sulthan Bathery enjoys a temperate climate throughout the year. The topography interwoven with valleys, plains and mountainous terrain enchants any visitor here.

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Once known as a strategic location in the Malabar region, Sulthan Bathery is now the largest town in Wayanad district and is known for its tourism and commercial activities. The pre-historic caves, jungle trails, sparkling streams and rivers and lush greenery of the undulating hills draw a lot of tourists to the region every year. Though tribes constitute the majority of the population, Sulthan Bathery also houses a settler population (those who migrated from various parts of Kerala). The main occupation of the people here is agriculture.

Sultan Bathery has very good road connectivity with south Indian states. The major Road is NH 766 connected to Mysore, Bangalore and Kozhikode, two State highways connected to Ooty and Coimbatore and a state highway connected to Mangalore, Kannur, Thalassery and Kasaragod. Sulthan Bathery is the biggest transport hub of Wayanad district. It is located near the border with the Karnataka state.

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Myth Behind Chain Tree in Wayanad

Chain Tree Wayanad

Changala Maram or Chain Tree is a major attraction for travelers who pass through the Calicut- Wayanad route. You can see steel chains hanging from the branch of the tree. The tree has a story to tell.

The myth of the tree is associated with the tribal chief Karinthandan, who lived between 1700-1750 AD. During the British colonial era, Wayanad didn’t have any developed roads. Wayanad was blessed with dense forests and hills only the tribes knew the paths through these forests. Karinthandan belonged to the Paniya tribe, he was the chief of that tribal community.

He knew every path in the forest.So when the British Viceroy announced a reward for to those who find a way from Thamarassery to Wayanad to through the forest, a British engineer took the help of Karinthandan to find the route. After discovering the hidden routes in the forest the engineer took Karinthandan to the top of the hill and shot him dead so that he could take the credit for finding the route.
The British built the road through the forest, which is now known as the Thamarassery Churam.
Myth related to Karithandan and ChainTree

After making the road the British started to exploiting the resources of Wayanad. But the road became haunted, and a lot of accidents happened on the road, and the people believed that all of this is because of Karinthandan’s ghost. So the people called a priest to find a solution to this problem. After a lot of effort, the priest was able to chain the ghost to a Ficus tree, which is now known as the Changala Maram or Chain Tree. The tree is now grown to 25 feet height. A small temple built near the tree and started to worship Karinthandan.

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Phantom Rock

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Phantom Rock is one of the major tourist destinations close to Ambalavayal in the Wayanad district of Kerala. It is an archaeological structure found seen rarely in the world. This rock naturally resembles a skull, and thus it is known as Phantom Rock. The picturesque place is 26 kilometers away from Kalpetta and can be reached by trekking on the narrow lanes. Like other places of Wayanad, Cheengeri Mala is also one of the favorite spots for trekkers and hikers. The picturesque rock is standing tall at an elevation of 2600 meters above the sea level and is surrounded by the lush greenery; it’s a picture-perfect place for those who are looking for peace and solitude.

Phantom Rock Wayanad

This is a major tourist spot because of an unusual skull-shaped rock and attracts many tourists who like exploring the historical places. The rock is named because of its shape which is as same as a Phantom head. The rock has ample spots around him where people can go camping and trekking. Once at the top, you get a splendid view of the city comfortably nestled within the beautiful colors of nature.

This piece of natural art which has a skull-shaped rock over a small boulder is formed out of huge metamorphic rocks and is locally known as Cheengeri Mala or Thalappara. The Phantom Rock of Wayanad has received the name due to its shape, which is similar to a Phantom head. This picturesque destination which is 26 kilometers from Kalpetta; can be reached through a single narrow lane where trekking and camping are also popular activities amongst travelers. Those who are adventurous enough can climb to its upper part.

Phantom Rock Wayanad

The surroundings of this rock have potential scenic locations. The scenic surroundings near the phantom rock make it a potential tourist trekking and camping location. The surroundings have a lot of greeneries and rocks. Those who wish to trek or camp have to carry their own gear. Familiarity with the routes and trails is a must as very little or no guidance is available.

Phantom Rock Wayanad

The serene environment surrounding the Phantom Rock of Wayanad, which is situated at about 2100 metres above sea level is an amazing destination for people who are seeking peace and solitude along with a bit of adventure. Although Kalpetta and Sulthan Bathery which are close by house a number of scenic places, it is here that an adventurous spirit can find the challenge. Climbing and reaching the top of the rock could lead to immense pleasure and a great sense of satisfaction.

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Soochipara Waterfalls / Sentinel Rock Waterfalls

Soochipara WaterFalls

Soochipara Falls also known as Sentinel Rock Waterfalls is a three-tiered waterfall in Vellarimala, Wayanad, surrounded by Deciduous, Evergreen, and Montane forests. Locally referred to as Soochipara the 15-20 minute drive from Meppadi to Sentinel Rock Waterfalls offers scenic views of some of the best tea estates in Wayanad. The name Soochipara given from the words soochi means rock and para and needle. One can see needle-shaped rock here so it is also called as Sentinel Rock Waterfalls. One of the most attractive falls in the district, the water hits the sharp spikes of granite at the base and hence the name, Sentinel Rock waterfalls.

Soochipara Falls (Sentinel Rock Waterfalls) is perhaps the most picturesque spot located in the periphery of Wayanad. It is a treat for eyes to see the milky white stream of water making its way to the rivers by passing through the rocky cliffs and clinging trees. The Sentinel Rock Waterfalls is 200 metres (656 feet) and offers a cliff face that is ideal for rock climbing. The water from Soochipara Falls later joins Chulika River or popularly known as Chaliyar River after Velarimala Hills near Cherambadi.

This waterfall, surrounded by dense green forest, is one of the best waterfalls in Wayanad. A 20-minute drive from Meppadi will take you to this splendid waterfall. Visitors have to trek down for about 2 kilometers to reach the falls from the road point through well-laid path. The trekking is of an easy level, which takes about 30 minutes one way. There are high chances that visitors may get a glimpse of wildlife like Deer.

While walking towards the main pool of the waterfall, visitors can see tea plantation, rocky edge and dense forest where the chances of spotting a tiger are quite bright. Many guesthouses and homestays are available on the waterfall stretch that offers the striking view of the mountains. Soochipara Falls is the latest fad for the adventures because it serves as an ideal base for trekking and rock climbing.

The Sentinel Rock, a huge rock which is about 200 meters in height, is an ideal place for rock climbing. The route between Meppadi and Soochipara is lined up with beautiful tea estates with a breathtaking backdrop of Chembra Peak. The drive to Soochipara itself is a wonderful experience. There are few tree-top accommodation facilities provided by the forest department. One can have a spectacular view of the valleys of the Western Ghats from the tree-top hut. Water rafting, swimming and viewing from tree-top huts are common activities amongst visitors at Soochipara waterfalls.

Best time to visit Soochipara waterfall is during monsoon season as you can see the waterfall to its fullest. The pool beneath the waterfall has facilities for rafting, bathing, and other recreational water activities. Tourist can see this falls after the security check at the entrance where they make sure you don’t carry any plastic.

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Brahmagiri Trek

Brahmagiri Trek Wayanad

This is one of the most picturesque views of nature’s artistic present to Wayanad. On your trek you will come across little streams all along the way that is beautiful. The hill presents a stunning and mesmerizing view of the surroundings from its slopes. The only peak that is higher than the Brahmagiri peak is that of the Chembra peak which you can see once you reach the top. Trekkers can reach the top after traveling 9 kilometers.

Brahmagiri, at 1608 m above sea level, is a hill range on the Western Ghats bordering Kerala and Karnataka. It is situated on the border between Wayanad District of Kerala state on the south and Kodagu District in Karnataka on the north side. Pack your bags and head to this trekkers’ paradise that is graced by the ancient Thirunelli temple in the Wayanad district on the south and adorned by Iruppu falls from the Kodagu district of Karnataka in the north.

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November to February is the best time to visit the hill and one should avoid the monsoon. The hill is at an approximate distance of 270 km from Bangalore. If you’re trekking from Kerala, you have to begin at Thirunelli and whilst trekking from Karnataka, you have to begin from Iruppu falls. Permission from the Thirunelli Forest Range Officer and Srimangala Forest Range Officer has to be taken while trekking. The nearest towns to Brahmagiri hill are Kutta, Srimangala, and Gonikoppal.

The area has mainly evergreen and semi-evergreen forest, and in the higher altitudes, there are grasslands with shola forest patches. Bamboos are well represented in these forests.

Attractions

Thirunelli Temple: Legend has it that the Thirunelli Temple was built by Lord Brahma himself and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It lies on the side bordered by Kerala. Also celebrated as the Kasi of the South or Dakshina Kasi, the temple has 30 granite pillars constructed in traditional style.

Thirunelli Temple
Thirunelli Temple

Papanasini is a stream that originates from the Brahmagiri Hills which later joins River Kalindi. It is almost 400 mtrs away from the temple, on its western side. Literally, it means, extinguisher of sins. It is believed that River Ganga and River Saraswathi join in Papanasini. Therefore Papanasini is called the Southern Kashi. A ritual dip in Papanasini is believed to wash one away, of all worldly sins committed in a lifetime.

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Papanasini

Pakshipathalam: Pakshipathalam at an altitude of 1740 meters is another attraction on Brahmagiri Hills. Pakshipathalam is a cave that is said to have been used by rishis in ancient times. Pakshipathalam is home to several species of birds and is an ornithologist’s paradise. The deep rock caves, formed among the thick blocks of rocks at the northern top end of the Brahmagiri are the abode of various birds and wild beasts. It is also known as the Munikal cave in Karnataka.

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Pakshi Pathalam

Iruppu Falls: Originating from the Lakshmana Tirtha River in Karnataka, Iruppa Falls is one of the most sought-after destinations in Karnataka. According to fables, Lord Rama and Lakshmana were in search of Sita when they became thirsty. Lord Lakshmana shot an arrow to Brahmagiri hill from where the Lakshmana Tirtha River sprang. It eventually flows into the Kaveri River.

Wildlife and Birds

The top of Brahmagiri Hill is well forested and has a lot of wildlife. Mammals in the Sanctuary include Lion-tailed Macaque, Elephant, Gaur, Tiger, Jungle Cat, Leopard Cat, Wild Dog, Sloth Bear, Wild Pig, Sambar, Spotted Deer, Nilgiri Langur, Slender Loris, Bonnet Macaque, Common Langur, Barking Deer, Mouse Deer, Malabar Giant Squirrel, Giant Flying Squirrel, Nilgiri Marten, Common Otter, Brown Mongoose, Civets, Porcupine, Pangolin.

Python, cobra and king cobra are some of the reptiles found in the Brahmagiri wildlife sanctuary.

Interesting birds in the Sanctuary include emerald dove, black bulbul, and Malabar Trogon.

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