Located close to the bumbling town of Meppady and just 8 km south of the beautiful town, Kalpetta, stands the highest peak of the Wayanad Hill Range- the Chembra Peak at an altitude of 2100 meters above sea level. The Chembra peak offers a panoramic view of not only the entire Wayanad district but also a large chunk of Kozhikode, Malappuram and Niligiri districts. The peak, its surrounding lush greenery and the famed heart-shaped lake make it a paradise for travellers to explore.
The Western Ghats of Kerala are famed for their heavenly beauty, their peace & calm and there natural wealth. An abode by the clouds, the Ghats are known to have many famous peaks in its collection but none more than Chembra Peak in the Wayanad Hills at Mepaddy. The peak is famous among trekkers for providing an awesome one-day trekking experience with relatively low cost on energy and pocket. On one's way to the peak, they are confronted with another gift of nature in the form of a heart-shaped Lake which is believed to have never dried up and is a major tourist attraction here.
The view of the Banasura Sagar Dam is also mesmerizing. The vast dam stands out in the green blanket and appears to be a shiny silver metal disk sitting between the trees. Since Chembra Peak is a part of the Wayanad Hill Range, it is surrounded by numerous other peaks from the range too. The beauty of these peaks is multiplied when you look at them from the Chembra peak because that is the highest point in the range- so you would be looking down at other majestic and unquestionably high mountain peaks!
The trek to Chembra Peak is regarded as the best trek the entire state of Kerala has to offer, and the offer is undoubtedly a great one. The District Tourism Promotion Council in conjunction with the South Wayanad Forest Development Agency has made necessary provisions to arrange for trekking to the enthralling peak.
The foothill of the Chembra peak is surrounded by an extensive landscape of tea estates, and this is where the trek's starting point is. The climb continues for 1 km after which you arrive at a watchtower that gives you a preview of the Chembra peak and its surroundings. Another 2 km into the trek, you arrive at the heart-shaped lake- Hridayathadakam Lake. You can spend some time by this lake and enjoy the refreshing water. As you continue the trek from the lake, you will finally arrive at the Chembra Peak after the last 1 km. So all in all, it is a 4.5 km long climb each side and will take you between 3 and 4 hours each way.
The difficulty level of the trek is moderate up till the second stage, which is up till the heart shaped lake. After this point till the peak, the difficulty is slightly higher because the trek becomes steeper.
As you make your way through the forest, nature playfully blows gentle winds to revitalise and refresh you. The crackling of dry leaves under each footstep, the narrow shafts of sunlight making way through the thick branches, the playful chirping of birds and the faint sounds of beetles in the background will make you fall in love with the glorious nature all over again. Wading through the dense forests of Wayanad Hill Range and finding oneself in the midst of a pure and untouched environment is an experience of a lifetime.
You will have to take prior permission from the forest office in Meppadi before trekking to Chembra Peak. You can appoint agents online who will help you with this or ask for your hotel's assistance. Once you acquire the permission, you will be given a pass that allows you to enter the designated forest area.
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Best time to trek to Chembra Peak is between September and March. Since this period is just after monsoon ends, the forest will be dense and lush green, and the atmosphere will be cool and cloudy. During February and March, as summer settles in, the grass will be slowly turning brown and yellow, and trees may start to shed from the dryness. So, if you're looking for a trek where you are surrounded by greenery, consider going before February.
One is advised not to trek in the monsoon because the path will be very slippery and the weather won't be very cooperative.
Also, it is preferable to start the trek early in the morning. Experiencing the morning freshness and the soft sunshine is an experience you will cherish forever.
Air: Karipur International Airport is the nearest airport which is 92 km away and well connected by State transport buss and cabs.
Rail: Nearest railheads is at Kozhikode which is 79 km from Chembra Peak Base Camp. Again State Buses and cabs are the best way to reach Chembra Peak Base camp.
Road: Get down at Kalpetta if coming from Bangalore or Kozhikode, from there take a bus or taxi till the Forrest Office which is the base of the trek.
Kalpetta located at a convenient distance of 8 km is the best option for accommodation. It is the district headquarters and a major tourist center itself with accommodation options for all budget sizes.
As you trek your way up to the Chembra Peak, do not miss the Heart Shaped Lake or Cupid Lake, which is an absolutely amazing sight to behold.
Chembra Peak is mainly known its trekking experience.
There isn't much to shop around Chembra Peak though Kelapatta town can be explored for some traditional spices.
Try out the Kerala Parotta, Manchow soup and Ceylon Parotta at Cinnamon Restaurant in Kalpetta just 10 km from Chembra Peak.
Chembra peak is a perfect extension to your Bangalore or Wayanad trip. Head to Kalpetta after these, and maybe spend a day here and follow it with a trek to the Chembra Peak.
1. Carry adequate supplies of water, packed lunch, extra clothing in case of emergency.
2. Insist on getting a guide at the forest office.
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Chembra Peak is one of the good destination for photographers ,road to peak is one hell.Not at all preferred for bikers .And worst part is its timings neither you can see sunrise nor sunset.You can enjoy the walk through plantations to reach out peak point..