Kerala: A Paradise for Trekkers
The South Indian state of Kerala boasts of numerous hill stations, beaches, dense greenery and exotic wildlife. Add to it the pleasant tropical weather, delicious food and rich culture, and you have the perfect holiday spot.
If trekking is your adrenalin fix, then Kerala will not disappoint you. In fact the hills of Western Ghats in Kerala are perfect for a trek, and are much sought after by travelers all over the world.
Depending on the level of your trekking experience and expertise, you can choose from short easy treks that last only a few hours to long tough ones that can run into a few days.
Easy treks will take you to gentle sloping grasslands which will soothe and relax your mind. The more arduous ones are typically through rugged hills with lush waterfalls. Your guides will be familiar with the trekking route and will help you enjoy your trip better.
These are some of the most popular trekking destinations in Kerala.
Agastyarkoodam is located in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala. It takes nearly two days to trek all the way up to the top. On the way you will find hundreds of medicinal plants that are significant in the realm of Ayurveda.
Chembra peak is in the Wayanad district and is 2100 meters above sea level. You will cross amazing tea plantations on your way up. You will also have to navigate numerous rocks and boulders which make this trek a real adventurous one.
Periyar Tiger Reserve
The Periyar Tiger Reserve is protected area spread over almost a thousand square km. The tiger trail, night trekking or jungle patrol are popular trekking options. The incomparable experience of spending the night in tents put up along the Periyar River will blow your mind. You will also be able to see many wild animals at close quarters.
Paithalmala is a hill station and the mountain ranges here are filled with thick vegetation. So the treks conducted here are really adventurous because it is common to sight various wild animals in the dense forests. The beauty of the rising mountains and deep valleys is spellbinding.
Munnar is also a popular hill station. The mountainous terrain here makes it ideal for trekking. The highest peak in south India, Anai mudi, is located here. The most unique thing about the hills of Munnar is the blue flower called Neelakurinji that blooms only once in twelve years. If you are lucky, you could be trekking on a blue carpet that covers most of the grassland here. There are also many cardamom and pepper plantations all around which lend a pleasant fragrance to the air.
As all trekkers know, it is always the journey which is more exciting than the final destination. Trekking tests your endurance and agility and also gives you a chance to commune with nature.
*Guest Post Courtesy of Nisha at Kalypso Adventures