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Meesapulimala, Idukki Overview

The second highest peak in Southern India, Meesapulimala stands elevated at an altitude of 2641 meters (8660 feet ) above sea level. The densely covered terrain has eight peaks that together resemble a moustache and is, therefore, called Meesapulimala. Also, considered as a hotspot of diversity, Meesapulimala has been recognised as a UNESCO world heritage site.


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Meesapulimala Trek

The Meesapulimala Peak is situated at an elevation of 2640 m above sea level making it the second-highest peak in the Western Ghats. The day begins with a jeep ride along the roads of Munnar amidst the tea plantations and thick forests as well as pine plantations till the silent valley which is the starting point of the trek. As you pass, you will experience the lush woods on the way.

Trekking through the forests, you will come across the shola forests which will offer panoramic views of the landscapes. The trail is hilly and passes along the edges of the Western Ghats with numerous ascends and descends. You will then reach a point where the view will get hidden under the blanket of clouds. The peak gives a mesmerising view of the Anayirangal Dam, Tamil Nadu and the Kolukkumalai plantation which is the highest tea estate in the world. All the adventure lovers are going to enjoy this 6-7 hour experience.

Best Time To Visit Meesapulimala

The highest trekkable path situated in the Western Ghats, the perfect time to visit Meesapulimala is after the monsoon season gets over from October to February since during this time the jungle looks even more beautiful after getting its energy. Throughout the trail, you will be accompanied by birds, water streams, and flowers.

How To Reach Meesapulimala

Meesapulimala is situated 42 km away from Munnar and 21 km away from Chinnakanal. This distance can be covered via the Suryanelli-Kolukkumalai Tea Estate Road. One can also trek to the destination all the way from Kurangani. The difficulty level of the trek ranges from moderate to difficult, and a total of 15 km needs to be covered one-side to reach the destination.

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An ideal spot for trekking, the starting point of the trek is either Rhodovalley or Silent Valley which lies 6 km before Rhodovalley. After trekking for about 8 km from Rhodovalley, one gets to witness the grasslands, wildlife, rainforests, and small waterfalls. Amidst the lush green valleys and hundreds of Rhododendrons, tea estates, and bubbling streams, peace is what one gets to experience here in its purest form making it a must-visit destination for all the nature as well as adventure lovers out there. 

Meesapulimala is a trek which passes through eight hills and the border of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Since it is a one-day trek, it is visited by trekkers belonging to different age groups. The trail is moderate and can be completed without any obstacles as such and also offers a scenic spot that can be thoroughly enjoyed by the trekkers. A perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city life, if you are a nature and adventure lover, then make sure you do not miss out on this exquisite beauty if you are planning a trip to Idukki.

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