The trekking to Chembra Peak, one of the major tourist attractions of Wayanad, has been open to tourists. The entry was restricted here since the wild fire that created widespread destruction to the peak a year back. The heavy rains followed in June and then the floods added to it.
After 10 months, the Wayanad tourism department has temporarily restored the paths to the heart-shaped lake above the hills. In a day, only 20 groups will be allowed entry to the peak, that is up to 200 persons can enter in a day.
The entry timing for visitors will be 7 am to 4 pm. The trekking will be permitted till 12 in the afternoon. There will be 10 permanent guides and 30 temporary assistants to help the trekkers. From next month onwards, booking will be completely online.
Earlier, more than thousands came here for adventure tourism. When huge rush of tourists come in, the forest department found it difficult to manage. So they decided to bring in strict restrictions on tourists visiting the peak.
The adventure tourism at the peak has been managed by South Wayanad forest division. The entry will be restricted by the forest protection committee.
Rare biodiversity awaits visitors
The Chembra Peak houses many rare flora and fauna including small plants and wild Kurinji flowers. There are groves with immense teak, strawberries, sarsaparilla, asparagus and wild pepper.
The groves also house a variety of rare plant species. All these bloom in large numbers during the monsoon.
Not just plants, but many animals including wild pig, black monkey, leopard and many reptiles are also found here. Highly poisoned snakes and Malabar grey hornbill are common inhabitants of the peak.
The Chembra Peak lies in the catchment areas of Chaliyar and Kabani rivers. The peak is rich in grasslands.