Know the amazing trekking sites of Wayanad

Wayanad is emerging as a well-cherished trekking spot with its skyscraping hills and lush green forests. The safe trekking programmes of Wayanad have been launched with the cooperation of the District Tourism Promotion Council and the forest department. The travel becomes more convenient with the accompaniment of experienced trekkers and guides. The officials have designed the trekking map by considering the weather condition, time and preparations required for the journey.

Brahmagiri Hills

The Brahmagiri Hills lie beyond the forest ranges of Thirunelli. The tramp will begin from the vicinity of the forest department dormitory in Thirunelli by 7 am. People can pre-book their trekking time online and obtain permission from the North Wayanad Forest Range office.

Following a walk of three kilometres, the trekkers will reach under the watchtower and by mounting its top, people can enjoy breathtaking views of the villages in both Kerala and Karnataka downwards at the plains. The travellers can pass meadows, grasslands and streams in the journey and it is convenient for elderly people and children also.

Cheengeri Hills

The District Tourism Promotion Council has developed Cheengeri Hills near Ambalavayal very recently. However, thousands of trekkers have already climbed the hills within a few months after this. From the hills situated 2,660 feet above sea level, people can relish the distant views of the Karapuzha dam and Kolagappara.

Currently, entry is allowed only from 6 am to 12 pm in this rock adventure tourism centre. The tourism department had set up facilities for the trekkers by spending over Rs 1 crore. It has been planning to arrange night camping facilities too. The entry fee for adults is Rs 30 per person and Rs 20 for children.

Chembra peak

Chembra has been a popular trekking destination of all time in Kerala. The facilities are arranged by the Department of Forest and the trekking is conducted under strict supervision. The entry tickets are permitted by considering the number of trekkers hiking the hills. With an elevation of 6,300 feet from sea level, Chembra stands as the highest peak of the queen of hills, Wayanad. It was the only hills on which the Englishmen camped during the colonial period.

Muneeswaran Mudi Hills

The mist-laden hills are situated in Thavinjal panchayat near Mananthavady. Vast meadows and shola forests that adorn Muneeswaran Kunnu have a temple of Siva on its top.

Beyond the rainforests on the northern slopes of the hill, one gets a picturesque view of Pakshipathalam and Brahmagiri hills from the top. The eastern side of the Muneeswaran Kunnu also offers a feast for the eyes with the sights of Mananthavady town and silvery Kabini river while the southern side is embellished with tea plantations. Kottiyoor hill ranges are visible from the western side of the hill.

Banasura Hills and Kurumbalakkotta

Another favourite spot for trek lovers is the Banasura hill ranges. The trekking points to these hills begin near Meenmutty falls. The forest department had conducted trekking to Banasura hills from Vellamunda- Mangalassery hills. Though it had been halted due to lockdown, the trekkers expect it to be opened after the fire season.

The District Tourism Promotion Council and Tourism Department have decided to explore the possibilities of tourism at the beautiful Kurumbalakkotta.

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