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Meesapulimala

πŸ—“ Best Time To Visit:October to February

⏰ Open Hours:24 hours

πŸŽ’ Things To Do:Trekking, Camping, Photography, Wildlife Spotting

πŸ’° Budget:INR 1500 to 2000 for guided trekking tours

🧭 Distances:From Munnar Town - 15 km, From Kochi Airport - 145 km, From Aluva Railway Station - 120 km

🧳 Traveller Types:Adventure Seekers, Nature Lovers, Photographers

πŸ“Œ Known For:Second highest peak in the Western Ghats, Unique Rhododendron trees, Rich biodiversity, Stunning views of the surrounding valleys

πŸ‘Ÿ Trek Difficulty:Moderate

πŸ“Έ Best Photo Spot:From the peak, with panoramic views of the hills and valleys

🧣 What to Wear:Comfortable trekking clothes, sturdy trekking shoes, cap/hat, sunglasses

πŸ“ Tips:Carry enough water and snacks, hire a guide, start the trek early in the morning to avoid harsh sunlight

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Meesapulimala Trekking: How To Conquer The Second Highest Peak In The Western Ghats

Are you looking for an exhilarating and rewarding trekking adventure in the Western Ghats? Do you want to witness the stunning beauty of nature from the top of a majestic mountain peak? If yes, then you should definitely consider Meesapulimala trekking as your next destination.

Meesapulimala is the second highest peak in the Western Ghats, after Anamudi, and one of the most popular trekking spots in Kerala. Located near Munnar, Meesapulimala offers a challenging and scenic trek through eight hills, passing through the shared border of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The name Meesapulimala means β€œthe mountain of the moustached tiger” in Malayalam, as it resembles the face of a tiger with prominent whiskers from a distance.

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Meesapulimala trekking is not for the faint-hearted, as it involves a steep ascent to an altitude of 2,640 meters above sea level. However, the rewards are worth the effort, as you get to enjoy breathtaking views of the rolling hills, lush valleys, misty clouds, sparkling streams, and diverse flora and fauna along the way. You can also spot some rare and endangered species of wildlife, such as the Nilgiri tahr, sambar deer, wild gaur, wild dogs, and even the sloth bear.

Meesapulimala trekking is also a great opportunity to experience the culture and hospitality of the local people, who live in harmony with nature. You can visit the Kolukkumalai tea estate, which is the highest organic tea plantation in the world, and learn about the history and process of tea making.

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How to Reach Meesapulimala from Various Cities in India

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How to reach Munnar, the nearest town to Meesapulimala, by flight, train, bus, car, bike, cab, taxi, auto, rickshaw, bicycle, walk, hitchhike from various cities/states/countries

Munnar is the nearest town to Meesapulimala, and it is well-connected by road to various cities in Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

The nearest airport to Munnar is Cochin International Airport, which is about 110 km away. From there, you can take a cab, taxi, bus, or car to reach Munnar in about 3-4 hours.

The nearest railway station to Munnar is Aluva Railway Station, which is about 110 km away. From there, you can take a cab, taxi, bus, or car to reach Munnar in about 3-4 hours.

You can also reach Munnar by bus from various cities in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, such as Kochi, Thrissur, Palakkad, Coimbatore, Madurai, etc. The bus fare ranges from Rs. 100 to Rs. 500 depending on the distance and type of bus.

You can also reach Munnar by car or bike from various cities in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, such as Kochi, Thrissur, Palakkad, Coimbatore, Madurai, etc. The road distance and time vary depending on the route and traffic conditions.

You can also reach Munnar by other modes of transportation such as auto rickshaw, bicycle, walk, or hitchhike if you are adventurous and budget-conscious. However, these modes are not recommended for safety and convenience reasons.

How to reach Meesapulimala from Munnar by road or trekking

Meesapulimala is about 25 km away from Munnar by road. You can take a cab, taxi, bus, or car to reach the base camp of Meesapulimala at Silent Valley Estate in about an hour.

From there, you can start your trekking to Meesapulimala through eight hills. The trekking distance is about 15 km and the trekking time is about 6-8 hours depending on your pace and stamina.

You can also opt for a shorter trekking route of about 8 km from the Rhodo Valley campsite or the Rhodo Mansion accommodation. The trekking time is about 4-6 hours depending on your pace and stamina.

How to get permits and permissions for trekking to Meesapulimala

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Meesapulimala is located in the protected area of the Western Ghats and it requires permits and permissions from the forest department and the KFDC for trekking.

If you opt for the Meesapulimala trekking program offered by KFDC, they will arrange the permits and permissions for you as part of their package. You just need to provide your ID proof and pay the charges as per their terms and conditions.

If you want to trek to Meesapulimala on your own or with your friends or family, you need to get the permits and permissions from the forest department and the KFDC on your own.

You need to visit their offices in Munnar or Silent Valley Estate and fill up the application forms and pay the charges as per their rules and regulations. The charges vary depending on the number of people, the duration of stay, the type of accommodation, etc. The permits and permissions are subject to availability and approval by the authorities.

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Nearby Attractions to Meesapulimala

Apart from Meesapulimala and Kolukkumalai tea estate, there are many other attractions near Meesapulimala that you can visit and enjoy. Some of them are:

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Mattupetty Dam: This is a large reservoir and a popular picnic spot that offers boating, fishing, and scenic views of the hills and valleys.

Top Station: This is the highest point in Munnar and offers panoramic views of the Western Ghats and the Tamil Nadu plains. It is also a historical site where the first ropeway in India was built.

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Echo Point: This is a natural phenomenon where you can hear your voice echo back from the hills. It is also a beautiful spot to enjoy the nature and the lake.

Kundala Lake: This is an artificial lake that was created by a dam. It is a serene and picturesque place that offers pedal boating, shikara rides, and horse riding.

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Eravikulam National Park: This is a wildlife sanctuary that is home to the endangered Nilgiri tahr, as well as other animals and birds. It is also known for its rich flora and fauna, especially the Neelakurinji flowers that bloom once in 12 years.

Tea Museum: This is a museum that showcases the history and culture of tea plantation and production in Munnar. It also has a tea factory where you can see the process of tea making and taste different varieties of tea.

Where to Stay Near Meesapulimala

If you are looking for accommodation near Meesapulimala, you have several options to choose from. Some of them are:

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Rhodo Valley Campsite or Rhodo Mansion Accommodation:

These are the accommodation options provided by the KFDC as part of their Meesapulimala trekking program. They are located at the base of Meesapulimala and offer tents or cottages with basic amenities and facilities. They also have a dining hall, a kitchen, a campfire area, and a parking space.

Kolukkumalai Tea Estate Cottages or Camping:

These are the accommodation options provided by the Kolukkumalai tea estate as part of their tea estate and factory tour. They are located at the highest organic tea plantation in the world and offer cottages or camping with basic amenities and facilities. They also have a dining hall, a kitchen, a campfire area, and a parking space.

Where to Eat Near Meesapulimala

If you are looking for food options near Meesapulimala, you have several options to choose from. Some of them are:

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Rhodo Valley Campsite:

These are the food options provided by the KFDC as part of their Meesapulimala trekking program. They offer breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea, and snacks that are included in their package. They serve vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes that are prepared by their staff.

Kolukkumalai Tea Estate Cottages or Camping:

Here the food is provided by the Kolukkumalai tea estate as part of their tea estate and factory tour. They offer breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea, and snacks that are included in their package. They serve vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes that are prepared by their staff.

Munnar Restaurants or Cafes:

This restaurant is located in Munnar town, about 25 km away from Meesapulimala. They offer various cuisines such as Kerala, Indian, Chinese, Continental, etc. They also serve coffee, tea, juices, desserts, etc.

Meesapulimala trekking is a must-do activity for any adventure lover who wants to explore the hidden gems of Kerala. It is a perfect way to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and reconnect with nature. It is also a great way to challenge yourself and test your physical and mental endurance.

So what are you waiting for? Book your Meesapulimala trekking package today and get ready to conquer the second highest peak in the Western Ghats.

Meesapulimala Reviews

But those few moments at the peak was brilliant. Mani and Prabha were nowhere to be seen. One of the two guys reached there. It was first time for him too. The view was brilliant but sunrise was the one which stood apart. I haven't seen anything like that before. We took few silhouettes and selfies and started our way back The return from the peak was scary due to elevation. We saw Prabha climbing up with our guide. Arvind and I reached in quick succession to the camp site. We met Mani there, who told that he wasn't confident about climbing the peak due to elevation. Not confident both physically and technically. Wise decision to make. Selva, Shiva and Richie too came down at 8 AM. I was getting hungry by 7 AM but unfortunately the breakfast was not ready. We met with the remaining Coimbtore gang who were lazing around. We got breakfast in some time. After hogging we went to tent to finish our packing and Prabha had come by then. But in all, we wasted close to 3 hours there. We couldn't put our bags in jeep because it would not be possible to take it again to the stream where we had planned to take bath. In the mean time we took a lot of good photos and relaxed before the decent. We started exactly at 11 AM after packing Parotta for lunch. Within an hour or so we reached Othae Maram and had our lunch there. Parotta was chewy but the peas masala made for it. Shiva and Mani discussed world movies en route. Within few minutes we started off from there and walked at swift pace. At a point I lost track and got doubt about the path so I started walking back, luckily Mani and co weren't far away so we continued tracing the route to Kurangani. We stopped at two water points to fill water but we didn't have much thirst while climbing down. Again I made a point to not sit anywhere. Everyone walked real fast and reached our destination in a couple of hours. We bribed a couple of people there and went to stream. Had a great relaxing cold bath and fish pedicure. Also did some underwater stretches. It felt great but I had to control a lot to not sleep. We had an amazing Sarbat in Kurangani as tea was not available. We couldn't spot the Coimbatore gang. Everyone there said that they hadn't seen the jeep yet. So the Chennai team sans Prabha decided to take the return bus to Bodi. Luckily by the time we left we saw our guide who informed us that they were waiting for us to enter the stream. So we started off waving good bye to Prabha and guides. In bus, the locals were talking about certain murder which happened in that area the previous day but we weren't very excited about the gossip. We reached Bodi before 6. I thought of spending some time in bus stand and then taking bus to Theni but others suggested to reach Theni and finish dinner. That was wise as well. I wasn't feeling very hungry but we got down at Theni Old Bus Stand and searched for Vaigai Hotel, which a passerby suggested last time but that looked like a star hotel, so went to Hotel Thatti Vilasand had a feast of Mutton Biryani, Kuska, Parotta, Kari Dosa, Dosa, Mutton Chukka and Nattu Kozhi Kuruma. Everything was brilliant. Shiva was asking for Brinjal Curry without knowing that it's a Bai Kadai dish and not south's dish. I loved everything except for Kari Dosa. Except that everything was authentic and tasty. From there we took a share auto to Theni New Bus Stand, something I hate. But we had good time pass. I was lamenting, thinking about another year and life in general. In the meantime having Theni special sweets Paal Bondaand some mittai kind of thinks, thanks to Arvind to introduce both to us. On another side Selva and Richie were discussion about Economy or something which I wasn't really interested.
The descent felt like an endless loop where we all looked emotionless like zombies. It took almost 9 hours for us complete the trek. Seriously what an experience it was - truly moments that will last a lifetime! Women who scream at the sight of a worm - that day we had leeches in our shoes all the way. Back home we never stepped in the backyard fearing that our feet will get dirty, here we walked nonchalantly along muddy marshlands. Although we never let a raindrop fall on our heads, that day we got drenched for hours during the trek. This journey was about how much you can do, how much you will withstand when you are out there in the wild. So why wait, go explore the unexplored. Visit http://munnar.kfdcecotourism.com/BaseCamp.aspx for booking the camp facilities. Tips: Carry water, umbrella, caps, raincoats, salt (for leeches), snacks such as dry fruits or chocolates, glucose, necessary medicines. Wear comfortable sports shoes with good grip.
The Rhodomansion stay is definitely not the prettiest stay you might have seen. It is a group of plain one storied buildings right on top of a hill with bare minimal essentials like a bed and bathroom adjacent to a common dining hall and kitchen. As soon as you arrive, you are provided with evening tea and snacks and you could relax for the evening or go around to the nearby small hills, but it is always advised to not cross any trench around the area due to sightings of some wild animals. We went for a small hike for sunset to a nearby hill, but missed out the view due to fog. At around 8pm, we are served with dinner beside bonfire followed by bed time.
Once again I was away from the pack, all alone in the mountains. As I walked along the narrow path, the grasses played a melody & danced in tune with the heavy wind. The sun & the clouds displayed a bewitching sight that I watched in awe. The grass meadows glittered like gold as sunlight pierced in. For a moment this lasted and then it's gone. This hide & seek game was just beyond words can describe that it made me stop & pray for a few moments. I stood somewhere near the Meesapulimala peak thanking God for all the beautiful things I could see & feel - remembering the track "these are the few of my favourite things".
"The temperature recorded this morning was -2 degree Celsiusin Nallathanni near Munnar town. We hope the temperature will dip more in the coming days," an official from United Planters Association of South India (UPASI), a tea research foundation said. Around 3,500tourists visited the Eravikulam National Parkin the last few days. There was snowfall in some areas under the Kanthalloorand Vattavadapanchayat, which forced the people to stay indoors unable to go for work in the fields.
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