Top Hiking Trails In Kerala

Kolukkumalai trek passes through the world's highest tea plantation, the Kottagudi Tea Plantations
Representative Image, Photo Credit Shutterstock
Representative Image, Photo Credit Shutterstock

Known for its verdant views, Kerala is an ideal destination for hikers, nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. There are plenty of scenic paths to walk or trek. Take a look at the top hiking trails here.

Kolukkumalai Peak

The Kolukkumalai Peak&nbsptrek offers ethereal sunrise views amidst the Western Ghats and tea gardens. Elevated at 2160.12 meters above sea level, the trek is situated near the Tamil Nadu border. The trek encompasses a trail that passes through the world's highest tea plantation, the Kottagudi Tea Plantations.

The journey to Kolukkumalai Peak begins from Munnar, and the hike from the base camp or starting point at Upper Suryanelli Estate takes approximately 30 minutes. As you embark on this trek, find yourself surrounded by morning mist and admire the naturally-formed Tiger-Faced Rock. Catch glimpses of the Meesapulimala Peak, the second-highest peak in the Western Ghats.

When to visit&nbspThe trail is suitable for all seasons except monsoons when the path turns slippery.

Chembra Peak

Chembra Peak&nbspis a moderately challenging hike surrounded by dense forests and high grasslands. Situated at an altitude of 2100.07 meters, it is the highest peak in Wayanad and the third highest peak in South India. It attracts hikers and tourists alike, drawn to its natural beauty.

The hiking trail to Chembra Peak begins from the Forest Office in Meppadi. As you ascend, you will encounter tea plantations, thick forests, and overgrown grasslands, traversing rocky terrains. The hike concludes at Hridaya Thadakam, a serene heart-shaped lake popular among tourists.

When to visit&nbspSeptember to February is considered the best time to visit the hike, which is about 4 km long.

Dhoni Hills

Dhoni Hills&nbspis a forest reserve surrounded by misty mountains. The popular trek typically takes about three hours and starts at the foothill near the Teak plantations. As you traverse the rugged terrains, you can enjoy the scenic views of the dense forest surroundings. While on the trek, it is possible to encounter wildlife such as elephants, tigers, and deer. The four-kilometre trail concludes at the Malampuzha and Meenavallam waterfalls, where you can experience the soothing sound of rushing water and refreshing splashes.

When to visit&nbspMonsoon season is the ideal time to see the cascading Dhoni Falls here.

Silent Valley

Silent Valley&nbspis a national park situated in the northeast corner of the Palakkad district, known for being the only rainforest in Kerala. It became part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve in 1986 and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2012. The park offers hiking and trekking opportunities through the village of Bommiyampadi. The trail spans 13 kilometres, starting from the base camp at Mukkali. Silent Valley is home to diverse flora and fauna, including numerous flowering plants, orchids, amphibians, mammals, reptiles, fish, butterflies, birds, and moths, making it an ideal destination for nature enthusiasts.

When to visit The ideal time to hike inside the park is between December and April.

Anamudi Peak

It is a popular hiking spot in the Nilgiri mountain range near Munnar. Elevated at 2695 meters above sea level, Anamudi Peak is the highest mountain in South India. The trek to Anamudi Peak typically takes around two hours and starts at the entrance of Eravikulam National Park. Along the trail, you can admire the scenic beauty of tea plantations, spice plantations, and pristine rivers that flow through the valley. You will also spot endangered animals, including Asian elephants, gaurs, and Nilgiri Tahrs, here. Once you reach the summit, enjoy breathtaking views of lush green mountain slopes and evergreen forests exclusively found in this region.

When to visit Enjoy the trail between November-May, an ideal time to spot flowers in full bloom.

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