For all the travel enthusiasts who love greenery and adventure, Chembra peak in Wayanad is a perfect spot. Located in south of Kalpetta, near Meppady, Chembra is 2100m from the sea level. The best part about hiking up this rugged terrain is that, one gets to see the beautiful heart shaped lake which is said to have never dried up.I took this trek as a part of a group trip organized by Crazy Yatra. But it can also be done on our own. Must know pointers before taking the trek to Chembra.LocationIt’s an ideal weekend getaway place for Bangaloreans. Its 350 kms from Bangalore and can be done as a road trip as well. The route would be Mysore, Gundlupet, SulthanBathery, Kalpetta, Meppady and chembra estate. The chembra estate is only 7 kms from Meppady and you’ll find sign boards indicating the route right from Kalpetta, so it’s not that difficult to figure out the route once you reach Kalpetta.Best time to visitIts said to be a comfortable trek throughout the year but I would suggest visiting in winter. I did a winter trek to this place and loved it. Trekking this place during monsoons might be difficult as the descend is quite narrow and might get slippery with rains.Distance and DifficultyIt’s a 14km trek and the difficulty level is moderate. Depending on the fitness level time to reach and descend might vary. Overall it takes around 6-7 hours to complete the trek.PermitsWe need to get forest officers permissions to take the trek. It is usually given on the spot at the forest office located in Chembra estate. Near the forest office, you’ll find trekking guides who can guide us way up to the peak. But even without the guides, the trek can be done as the trail is frequented by peopleCampingNight camping at the peak is not allowed. This can be done only as day trek.Food and WaterCarry energy bars and atleast 3-4L of water per person, especially during summers as weather is quite dry and hot to hike up the hillScenic spots at the top of the hillThere are 2 lakes, one of which is heart shaped and looks stunning from the top. The other is normal yet clear and beautiful. One can see the towns of Kalpetta and Vythiri from the top. The entire trail itself is a visual treat.AccomodationOne can easily find rooms in the vicinity. There are stay options available in the Chembra estate itself. Meppady and Kalpetta also have several affordable stay options.Sightseeing spots nearbyApart from the trek, one can visit Soochipara falls, Banasura sagar dam, Edakkal caves and neelimala view point.
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Soochippara Falls (Sentinel Rock Waterfall)
More famously known as the Sentinel Rock Waterfalls, this tourist hotspot is located close to the Meppadi town. A 300-foot high waterfall is the star attraction here and the pool beneath is a great place for swimming and having fun. Surrounded by lush green forests and hills, the Soochipara Waterfalls are a mere 30 minutes away from the town of Mepaddi and provide one with a great spot to relax and unwind. There are a number of huts that line the waterfall area. These little shacks sell food and beverages as one is bound to get hungry and thirsty after all that fun in the water. Bathrooms and locker facility are also made available against a little charge.
Reached the town & went straight to Edakkal Caves ~7:00am. It offers a rock cave trek; Entry Fee: 20/-, Caution Deposit: 20/- for your plastic bottles (Just so you don't dump it there..). The best time to visit in a day is early morning as there are less people, sun rays aren't too harsh & to top it all, Its Beautiful..
If you are looking for a good picnic spot in Wayanad then you would need to travel to a place called Kuruva Dweep. The place lies on the tributaries of the Kabini River and is home to a number of rare species of herbal plants, orchids and birds. To get to this place, one will need to travel around 17 kilometres from Mananthavady. The place is known to have a bamboo canopy that allows one a glimpse of the confluence of the rivulets of the Kabini. The board authorities responsible for the promotion of the place have introduced boat rides here for the tourists to enjoy.
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
Wildlife is important aspect of Wayanad region. Wayanad Wildlife Sactuary is open to tourists who take safaris through thick forest areas which are homes for wild elephants, deer, tigers, leopard, mangoose and many bird species. We were lucky to catch a pair of elephants and few deer just on the side of road as it is said the animals generally come out in the night in search of prey of food.
#SwipeRightToTravel After traveling number of times with Families & Friends, It was my first Solo excursion in Wayanad, Kerala. Everyone must have heard of Blind date but it was kind of Blind Group Travel.How it begins : A College friend put up a Facebook post where People were called out to come up and meet for an enthralling trip 3-4 days unplanned trip. Unexpectedly, The post got lots of shares and random people started joining the thread. A Whatsapp group was created and what can be the better place than WAYANAD. I thought this can my first chance to experience something out of my comfort zone. It was a mixed feeling of excitement & curiosity to explore the place with no fixed itinerary, unknown people & zero comfort of Cab/Coach.3 days (10 – 12 July 2015) were filled with Meeting 14 crazy travelers from all over India, Eating local food, Waterfall & Trekking at Chembra peak having Heart shape lake
History, any one? The Wayanad Heritage Museum (12 kms from Sultan Bathery) has a great archaeological collection from around the area. Claiming to be one of the largest and best archaeological museums in the state, it showcases various arts and artifacts from different periods and dynasties.Here's a tourist map that we got from our resort, which made our planning a bit easier.