Our second day in Wayanad started with the breakfast at out hotel apartment. We left for our trek to Chembra peak at 7 AM.About Chembra Peak:Trek timing : 7AM to 2 PM.Entrance : On the spot permissions from the forest department.Costs 750 for a group of 10 . Trek guide charges is also included in this . However, we can tip the guide if we are happy with the services.Total ascent of the trek : approx 4000 ft.Height of the Chembra peak : 6900 ft above sea level.The Chembra peak is the highest peak in Wayanad. The forest department doesn’t allow for trekking till the peak but one can trek till the heart lake. The trek is really tedious (considered 6/10 on the rate of difficulty level) and it took us three hours by foot to reach the heart lake. We saw several people returning without going to the Heart lake as the last leg of the trek is very steep and requires a lot of stamina. Several stops and one pack of glucose later (that was for me, the rest of the group was fine), we made to the top. The view from the top was breathtaking. We stayed there for an hour and took some snaps and were back to the base.
Tourism Development Corporation runs a guesthouse at Ilaveezhapoonchira and there are several good hotels and resorts in and around Illikkal Kallu. You may enjoy riding through Ilaveezhapoonchira, mechal waterfalls, and Illikkal Kallu while taking an accommodation at some of the comfy hotels or resorts at Wagamon. Wagamon has hotels of all budgets for tourists.This article is written by E. Jey, a travel blogger from India. He is the founder of Jaunt Monkey blog and Jaunt Monkey YouTube channel.
Situated in the Idukki District, the Anamudi Shola National Park, along with Mathikettan Shola National Park, Eravikulam National Park, Pambadum Shola National Park, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary and the Kurinjimala Sanctuary, forms the massive Anamalai sub-cluster of Western Ghats. The Anamudi Shola National Park is home to an array of endangered flora and fauna, such as the Indian Elephant, Nilgiri Tahr, Indian Bison and Flying Squirrel. The three forests, Idivara Shola Reserve, Pullardi Shola Reserve and Mannavan Shola Reserve, are an indispensable part of the eco-system that sustains life in the southern region of the Western Ghats.