Wayanad is a place in Kerala that can easily be described as paradise on Earth. It is a trekking haven, surrounded by the mountains and offering you the best views in Kerala. In Wayanad, you can build a strong connection with mother nature.
The best part about the trails in Wayanad is the versatility. There are mountains, suited for different kind of trekkers. You have those that are easy and a few challenging ones. If you are planning on going for a trek to Wayanad and are confused about where to start, here is a post that will certainly help you find the best trekking places in Wayanad.
Trekking Places In Wayanad
1. Chembra Peak
The Chembra Peak is the best place for trekking in Wayanad. It is situated to the south of the Kalpetta township and is surrounded by a picturesque backdrop. It takes 4 hours to get to the top of the Chembra Peak and the effort is worth it. Take a break at the heart-shaped lake in case you are tired, it is a relaxing and enjoyable place.
To trek at the Chembra Peak, you need the permission of the forest department, this can be done at the office located a few miles away from the starting point at the base. Night treks are not allowed at Chembra Peak.
2. Banasura Hills
Located away from all the noise, crowd and fuss, Banasura Hills are a great spot for trekking. Hikers who love peace, quiet and space to themselves will love what this place has to offer. The trekking trail starts from the Banasura Dam and as you move ahead to the peak, you will encounter difficult and challenging routes.
The best parts are the rolling grasslands which you will come across throughout the trek. It will take you a day to complete the trek and best time to visit the place is between the months of September to January.
3. Edakkal Caves
The trail to the Edakkal Caves is the easiest one to walk along as there is a fixed path to get to the top. The path is lined with stores selling handicrafts, clothes and snacks. Although it is easy, walking along the route will take you an hour to get to the camp from the parking lot, so be prepared to walk a lot and wear comfortable shoes.
As you get closer to the caves, you will have to climb up a few rocks. Carrying a water bottle inside the caves will require you to pay a fee of Rs. 20. Tour guides are available, if you want to tour the caves and learn about the history.
The hiking trail at Pakshipathalam passes through a variety of beautiful terrains. You’ll encounter hills, meadows, grasslands and even dense forests. Added benefits of trekking at Pakshipathalam is bird watching and cave diving.
There are many caves along the way where experts try their hands at cave diving. If you go during winter, you might come across a variety of bird species. Many migratory birds flock here to make the hills their temporary home.
The best time to go on a Brahmagiri Trek is in the monsoon season. The rain brightens up the green foliage around, and the meadows along the trekking trail turn into a majestic kingdom.
The weather is cool, making it the perfect season for trekking. The trekking trail takes you to the Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary. Astonishingly, this trail has very few rocky areas, making it an easy route to trek on. Along the way, you can stop at a guest house if you want to take a break from trekking.
The Thusharagiri trekking trail is a favourite for trekkers from across the world. Each year, many visit Thusharagiri to climb the hill and enjoy stunning views of the hills and nature at its best.
The trail begins from the Adivaram village and passes through scenic and charming backgrounds such as meadows, waterfalls and dense forests. The fun portion of the trek is the end leg – you have to pass through steep and narrow paths that lead you to the beautiful waterfalls.
7. Kalladi Forest
This trek is more of a walking trail and it passes through tea estates and spice gardens. The walking trail is ideal for those who love straight and easy-to-do walks. On this trek, you do not have to climb or step on steep slopes.
The trail leads you to the Kalladi Forest and you will pass through streams, rivers and pathways surrounded by a variety of beautiful trees.
This trek follows a splendid route to the top of the Brahmagiri Hill. You start off from a scenic and quaint village, and then pass through streams and meadows where you will come across a massive river.
The river is the stop point for tourists, they halt here to take a break. Some even stop for a snack (you will have to carry your own food). From then on, the route gets a bit tedious, trekkers will have to encounter steep and rocky slopes as well as unleavened terrain.
Wayanad is a fantastic place for tourists, and probably more so for trekkers and adventure enthusiasts because of its stunning backgrounds and exciting trekking trails. The treks we have mentioned above are the best to take in Wayanad. They are the most popular trekking trails and they are great fun to hike on.
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