Perched atop the undulating peaks of the great range of Sahyadri, a World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO, Munnar is as picturesque and breathtaking as it comes. Often covered with a veil of cold misty cloud, giving the place an ethereal feel, Munnar is one of the most beautiful and captivating destinations of South India. The town itself witnesses the cacophony of everyday urban life. However, if you drive a few kilometres towards the outskirts, it will dissolve into an ocean of serenity complete with greenery and the fresh hilly breeze. Munnar is famous for its many trekking options.
Known For : Hill View Park Kulamavu Dam
With remains of Chera dynasty, Vembolinad Kingdom, and European plantations in the later years, this rugged hill resort is best known for its wildlife sanctuaries, beautiful bungalows, tea factories, rubber plantations and forests.
Best Time: Throughout the year
With a number of viewpoints, Kalpetta provides some enjoyable trekking in Kerala. The mild fragrance of coffee in the air from coffee plantations and rustic feel in the lanes of the town will refresh a tired mind on this trek.
Agastyakoodam, also known as Agastya Mala Peak is the second-highest peak in Kerala with an extensive height of 1868 metre. Located within the premises of Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Agastyakoodam is part of the Agasthyamala Biosphere Reserve and boasts of surreal natural beauty. Nestled in Sahyadris of Western Ghats, the slopes of the peak are carpeted in purple hues of orchids.
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Meandering along the rocky terrain is a tributary of River Chaliyar called Kanjirapuzha. This water body forms many beautiful waterfalls and brooks at various points of its journey, which is a treat to your eyes.
The town offers several beautiful and challenging trails for the lover of adventurous activities. Peeru Hills, Grampi, Vagamon, Memala and Karandakapara Hills are some of the most popular trails in Peermede.
Ponmudi serves as trekker's paradise offering several beautiful trails. Trekkers would enjoy the trails at Varayattumotta, Chinnappulle and Braemoor supported by guides, and organized by Ponmudi Vana Samrakshana Samithi.
Situated 6 km off Thekkady, trekking through Kurisamala or Pandikuzhi offers an amazing experience to its visitors. In fact, it also serves as the best way to reach Kumily on foot.
There are various kinds of treks organized by the TEPs for all kinds of treks. There is a soft trek for 4km, another one on the riverine biking trail route, where trekkers cycle halfway and cover the rest of the distance on foot. The third program is called Nature walk. Treks start at 7 am and finish by 11 am. Trekkers are accompanied by guides and leaders. Each plan has different charges per head. It is suggested that you learn about each in detail and take your pick.
Known For : Nelliyampathy Hills Nenmara Vallanghy Vela Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary
Nelliyampathy is the ideal place for trekking in Kerala. If you see the mist floating in the air and a pleasant aroma of coffee teasing your nostrils, a chain of majestic mountains peaking from all around and wonderful weather relaxing your nerves, then you are not dreaming, you are in a small beautiful hill station of Kerala known as Nelliyampathy.
Best Time: October to March
Known For : The Elembalai Hill Adyanpara Waterfalls Teak Museum
Enriched with raw nature, a unique blend of culture, exquisite art forms and shadows of colonial rule, Nilambur is located in Malappuram District of Kerala. Nestled at the bank of Chaliyar River in proximity to Nilgiri Range trek through stunning teak plantations and spot some wildlife too if you get lucky!
Best Time: October to March
Known For : Parambikulam Tiger Reserve Silent Valley National Park Palakkad Fort
The quaint twee town of Palakkad boasts of picturesque landscape, tranquil scenery and clear backwaters. Hence, Palakkad treks have a mixture of everything. Located near a wide low pass in the Western Ghats mountain ranges, Palakkad is the land of Palmyras and Paddy Fields and is famous as the "Gateway of Kerala".
Best Time: July to March
Known For : Kottathavalam Nadukani Thirunakkara Mahadev Temple
Culturally rich and naturally enchanting, Kottayam is a destination in Kerala offering a complete package for a perfect vacation. It is an ancient town located on a hilltop bordered with tantalizing Western Ghats on east and green paddy fields and thrilling Vembanad Lake on the west making it a perfect trekking route in Kerala.
Best Time: September to February
Known For : Ranipuram Malom Wildlife Sanctuary Ananthapura Lake temple
Kasargod is a small town lying on the sea-coast displaying a delightful blend of various religions, culture and bounty of nature. Blessed with majestic forts, lofty hills, meandering rivers and golden beaches, the town oozes charm and tranquillity from every aspect. So pack your bags and head on this trek in Kerala to explore yourself in the midst of nature.
Best Time: September to January
Trekking in Kerala is one of the best things to do in the state if you love exploring the Western Ghats to the absolute fullest.