In Kerala, there are many hill stations which houses numerous exotic wildlife and vegetation. There are many hill resorts near the hills and all these hill stations provide a great experience to all who visit this place.
The hills in Kerala are found in the Western Ghats and are a favorite tourist destination. Many tourists visit these hill stations yearly. Hills are chosen as tourist destination by those who want to move away from the crowd and city noises and wish to relax for some time. They can also go for trekking. There are many hills which are yet to be explored. The main activity which the tourist likes to get engaged in their trip is to go for a trek.
Kerala has lot to offer to the trekking enthusiasts. The trekking trails can range from trekking to the highest peak in South India to small treks that is conducted for a few hours. There are half day treks, full day treks, one day, two days or even more days treks. It depends upon the tourist to choose the type of trek he needs. There are various trekking programmes organized. The trekkers are usually accompanied by trekking guides who may be either forest officials or local people. It is of great use as they will be familiar with the trekking routes. They can also explain the tourists about the details of the place that includes myths related with the place, the details of the flora and fauna found there etc.
Some of the places that are ideal for trekking in Kerala are
Agastyarkoodam peak which is located in Thiruvananthapuram district is the second highest peak in Kerala. It lies in Tamil Nadu border and houses many ayurvedic plants known for its medicinal value. It has a height of 1868 meters. The best time to do trekking in this peak is during the months between December and April. The main activity here is trekking. It is a two day trek and in order to trek in this peak, the trekkers have to get a pass from the Warden of the Forest Department in Thiruvananthapuram.
Chembra peak is located near Meppady town in Wayanad district and is the highest peak of this district. It is at a height of 2100 m above sea level. It is a favorite trekking place of many tourists. Trekking can be done on this peak with prior permission from the forest office. Facilities are provided by the District Tourism Promotion Council for trekking here. They provide guides, trekking facilities like sleeping bags, huts etc. The view of the nature from the top of this hill is breath taking. Almost the whole of Wayanad can be seen from the top of this peak.
Trekking at Periyar
The Periyar Tiger reserve is located in Thekkady in Idukki district. Periyar is a protected area that covers 925 sq kms of land. Around 350 sq kms of this area has been considered as the Periyar national Park and Tiger Reserve. It is also called as Thekkady wildlife. There are different types of trekking programmes that ranges from 2 hours to a whole day. These are organized by trained guides. Some of the programmes include Tiger Trail, Border hiking, night trekking, jungle patrol etc.
Thusharagiri waterfalls lie in the Western Ghats in Kozhikode district. The word meaning of Thusharagiri is ‘snow covered mountains’. The whole area looks like snow capped, hence it is called so. The streams that originate from these Ghats meet to form the Chalippuzha River. This is a famous tourist destination. Those who like adventurous activities can come here to do trekking and rock climbing. The main activity is trekking as this place offers endless opportunity for trekking and rock climbing. There are 5 waterfalls mainly, out of which in a day it is possible to cover only 3 waterfalls
Paithalmala is a hill station that is situated in Kannur district. It is part of the Western Ghats and has a height of around 1372 m above sea level. These mountain ranges extend to about 500 acres and are fully covered with dense forest. Those tourists who wish to have an adventurous trip can come to this hill station. They can engage in trekking activities. It is around 6 kms journey to trek to the hill top.
Munnar is a very famous hill station which is located in Idukki district. One of the main activities here is trekking. The mountain terrain here is ideal for trekking. There are various trekking routes such as Rajamala, Eravikulam National park, Nyayamkad, Meesapulimala, Anamudi etc. There are several packages for trekking which includes half day, full day, trekking and camping for 2 days and 3 days etc. In these trekking programmes, the trekking usually starts at a height of 4500 feet and go up to a height of 8000 feet.