Trekking is a joyful experience for travellers. Here we list you the five trekking destinations in Kerala.
Agasthyakoodam is one of the highest peaks in Kerala. Situated in Thiruvananthapuram district, it is an abode of rarest of rare birds and animals. Known as a bird watcher’s paradise, trekking here is restricted as only a few people are allowed to go up the peak. One must get a forest pass from the wildlife office in Thiruvananthapuram with December to April being the recommended months. Recently the Kerala High court had ruled that women are also permitted to trek the peak.
Dhoni hills is situated in Palakkad district. It takes a three-hour trek from the base of the Dhoni hills to reach the reserve forest area with its small, beautiful waterfall. It is slowly becoming a sought-after picnic spot in Palakkad. The trekking enthusiasts have started coming in large numbers recently. Those who wish to enjoy a trekking experience can connect to the Forest Department in the area. Kerala Forest Department provides trekking programme with added visits to nearby waterfalls like Sapal, Maampuzha and Meenvallam. The forests house a rare variety of flora and fauna. Also there are elephants, deer, tiger among others. It is a less known yet must-watch paradise in Kerala.
Top Station in Munnar
Top station in Munnar of Idukki district is one of the most sought out trek for travelers. It starts from Kurangani hills and measures 12 km one way. It is a part of Kannan Devan Hills. The view of the Western Ghats hill ranges from Top station is a sight to behold.
Another destination in Munnar is the famous Echo Point lies about 15 km from Munnar town. Popular for its natural echo phenomenon, it is always crowded with visitors. The lush greenery surrounding the place and the pleasant climate here are add-ons to the trekking experience. It is an ideal picnic spot.
Gavi Eco-Tourism is a project of the Kerala Forest department. It is an exclusive site for nature lovers and adventure tourists. Gavi is located in Pathanamthitta and offers visitors activities like trekking, wildlife watching, outdoor camping in specially built tents and night safaris. The Gavi forests are rich in flora and fauna. The spectacular view of the Gavi Lake and the adjoining forests is breathtaking. Visitors can also try out the tree houses here and can even pitch tents in the wilderness. Here one can have outstanding trekking experiences, which are overseen by trained local people.
Edakkal caves of Wayanad is a historically relevant spot. Located 10 kms from Sulthan Bathery, the caves provided historians with great information regarding the lives and habits of our ancestors. The caves are two natural rock formations believed to have been formed by a large split in a huge rock. The caves situated on the Ambukuthi hills is filled with beautiful carvings.