Reopening of Kuruva Islands, Chembra may stimulate tourism in Wayanad


Chembra lake

Wayanad: Two major picturesque spots of Wayanad, Chembra peak and Kuruva islands, have been opened recently after months of shutdown. For the past six months, ecotourism destination Kuruvadweep was shunned from the view of visitors due to the rise of Covid-19 and surge of water level in the River Kabani during monsoon.

River crossing on bamboo rafts is the major attraction of tourists to Kuruva island. They can enjoy the uninhabited dense forests of the islands which are home to different rare species of flora and fauna. Many endemic species of plants and animals thrive in the forests of the islands and it is the favourite ground of several migratory birds and butterflies too.

Though its a 950 acres protected river delta, tourists are allowed to enter only on 20 hectares of the islet. Torrential rainfalls and floods are usual, hence Kuruvadweep remains normally closed during monsoon.

Kuruvadweep
Bamboo rafting at Kuruvadweep

Now two ticket counters function for Kuruva at Pakkom and Palvelicholam. Only 1,150 travellers are allowed to visit here a day between 9.30 am and 3.30 pm. 100 visitors can enter at a time and their visiting time has been limited to two hours.

Chembra, the highest peak among Wayanad hills, has also reopened after nine months. It was closed due to an intense forest fire that destroyed the wildlife on the grassy hills.

Chembra lake
Chembra lake

Chembra towering with a height of 2,100 m above sea level is best-loved by the trek lovers. It is located near Meppadi town and the visitors can start to trek from here to relish the flawless beauty of the hills and valleys. On top awaits the heart shaped lake adored by all romantics.

Earlier the travellers could visit onto the top of the peak, but now they are restricted to travel till the lake considering the eco sensitivity of the region.

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