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Paithalmala, Kannur Overview

A small hill station tucked in the forest of Kodagu in the Kannur district of Kerala, Paithalmala is one of the most beautiful peaks in the Western Ghats that mesmerizes anyone who has been here. Standing tall at 4500 ft, Paithalmala is the tallest peak in the district of Kannur and a very popular trekking destination for all the nature and adventure lovers out there. An enchanting hill station with captivating beauty, thrilling trekking trails and abundance of lush greenery - Paithalmala is a perfect getaway.

Trekking is the best activity one can indulge in here, allowing you to absorb and be mesmerized by the stunning beauty of the place and its surroundings. A 6 km long trek from the base to the top of the hill takes you through dense forests and grasslands, ultimately leading to a watch tower at the top. The watch tower is the highlight of the whole trek as one get to see breathtaking scenery of the Kodagu forests, Coorg Forests and the adjoining areas. Small detours to the nearby ponds or lakes located via the help of the local people can add to your experience of Paithalmala.

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Best Time To Visit Paithalmala

Trekking season is divided into two periods; the first is the monsoon period from June to October which is a photographer_Ñés delight with mist and accentuated greenery greeting him/her while on the ascent to the hill. Summers constitute the second period, though trekking at this time is relatively difficult due to the presence of leeches and wild animals. Post monsoon period too is a difficult time for trekking with grasses growing seven feet taller making navigation in the forest and grasslands difficult.

Stay Near Paithalmala

Kannur should be the preferred destination to stay as it has many accommodation option ranging from hotels to holiday homes.

Activities At Paithalmala

Trekking is the most popular activity among those traveling to this hill station.

Shopping At Paithalmala

One can shop for Kannur handloom products from the famous Fort Road market in Kannur City.

Local Experiences At Paithalmala

Kannur and its surrounding area is known for its distinct Malabari culture. After you are done with enjoying your trek at Paithalmala you can head straight to the city to get a taste of Malabari culture.

Nightlife At Paithalmala

Kannur has a decent nightlife with many pubs and clubs located in the Fort Road area of the city.

Food At Paithalmala

Kannur is famous for its Malabari cuisine such as Malabari chicken curry, Erachi puttu, Parotta and other sea foods such as prawns, shrimps and oysters.

Restaurants Near Paithalmala

Choice Restaurant, Raandhal and MVK Restaurant

Sample Itinerary For Paithalmala

Take a day trip to Paithalmala from Kannur.

Tips For Visiting Paithalmala

Carry boots if trekking during summers to avoid leeches. Raincoats and water protection for camera gear is important for monsoon trekking.

How to reach Paithalmala

  • Air: Nearest Airport is at Cochin (159km) and Mangalore (100km).

  • Rail: Nearest Rail head is at Kannur which is 65 km away from Pythal Mala well connected by state buses and road.

  • Road: Pottenplave which is the base of the hill and can be reached through KSRTC buses from Kannur and Payannur. Also motorable road leads upto Pythal mala from two direction one leads through Pottenplave and the other takes you through Kudiyanmala to Pythal Mala valley.

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Muhammed Salih 10 months ago
Known to be the tallest peak in the Kannur district, it stands at a height if 4500 ft. The drive is amazing till you reach the base of the hill. Before you depart, make sure you take enough water with you as the trek takes around an hour or two depending on your speed. But all that physical turmoil will be worth it when you reach the top and look out into the stretch. You can see the Western Ghats stretching across for miles and take a walk around it all if you go early enough but return by 6:30 pm as it gets dark. The ticket costs just around 20 rupees per person.
smithin mk 1 year ago
trucking is adventurous..Above half hour walking,. Food facilities not available. Instructions.. 1.should Bring drinking water along with you.if not you can bought it from base camp(throwing plastic punishable) 2.Better to come cool season or rainy time,summer season will loose ur energy. 3.keep pass smoking ,cigarette ,match box are prohibited.

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