Just 8 km away from the town of Kaupetta,
and near the beautiful town of Meppady, is Chembra Peak. Chembra Peak is
located 2100m above the sea level and stands as the highest peak of Wayanad
hill range. The Chembra Peak offers amazing views of Malampur, Kozhikode and
Nilgiri. It also has a heart-shaped lake, which makes it attractive to tourists
and is surrounded by lush greenery all around.
The Western Ghats of Keralaare
known for their beauty, peace, calm and their natural wealth. These Ghats are
particularly well known for their famous high peaks, but no other peak is as
famous as Chembra Peak in Wayanad at Meppady.With a relatively easy gradient andabundant
natural beauty, this peak is extremely famous among trekkers.Another tourist
attraction in Western Ghats is the heart-shaped lake situated on the way to the
peak, which is always full of water, all year round.
The view of Banasura Sagar is
also mesmerizing. This vast damappears as a shiny metal disc between the trees
and is surrounded by lush greenery. Being part of Wayanad Hills,theChembra Peak
is surrounded by many other peaks too.Chembra is also the highest point in the
region,and when you look down from this highest peak,you get to see majestic views
that will mesmerise you.
More about Chembra peak:
One of the best treksin Kerala is
this trek to Chembra Peak and is amongst the most popular options. Necessary
provisions have been made by the District Tourism Promotion Council in
partnership with the Wayanad Forest Department Agency.
Surrounded by extensive
landscapes of tea states is present the starting point of Chembra Peak. After a
1km walk, you will reach the viewpoint,and from there you can have a great view
of Chembra Peak and its surrounding areas.Again after a 2 km walk, you will reach
the heart-shaped Hridayathadakam Lake that offers you a beautiful view of
nature.You can stay here for a few minutes and relax. Just after a 1 km climb
from the lake, you reach your destination, i.e. ChembraPeak. Overall, it’s a 4.5 km long trek which will
take between 2- 3 hours either side.
The trek is of the moderate level
to the heart-shaped Hridayathadakam lake. After this, the trek becomes slightly
difficult as the gradient becomes steeper.
As you go through the forest, the
gentle breeze will refresh you.You will get captivated by the sounds of nettles
in the background, the sound of cracking leaves below yourfeet,a beam of sunlight
making way through narrow shafts and chirping of birds. Soak in the glorious nature
in Wayanad Hill Range and have once in a lifetime experience.
Permit for Chembra Peak Trek:
You need to get prior permission
before trekking in ChembraPeak from the office in Meppady. You can also contact
an agent who can help you with this task as well as assistance for booking a hotel.
After you apply, you will be given a pass which entitles you to trek in the
designated area of the forest.
Best time to visit:
The best time to visit Chembra
peak is between March to September. As at this time monsoon has just ended, so
you will find a dense and lush greenforest with a cool and pleasant environment.
If you are looking for the perfect time to visit Chembra Peak, it would be
between February to March. As summers settle down, leaves get brown and yellow,
and trees start shedding leaves which will give you perfect experience.
Visiting the place in Monson
would not be suggested as the path gets slippery and unsafe, and weather also
Also, it is preferable to start
your trek in the morning, so you can experience the morning freshness and soak
in the majestic views.
Stay near Chembra Peak:
Most convenient and suitable
option to stay near Chembra Peak would be Kalpeeta, which is located just 8 km
away. It is the district headquarter and a tourist spot itself, so you easily
get accommodation in different budget sizes.
Sightseeing around Chembra peak:
As you trek your way up to the
Chembra peak,do not miss visiting the heart-shaped lake or cupid lake, which is
an absolutely amazing sight to behold.
Activities at Chembra peak:
Trekking is the main activity to
experience at Chembra peak.
Shopping at Chembra peak:
There is not much to shop around Chembra
Peak, but you can explore Kellapata Town,which is known for some traditional
The food at Chembra peak:
Just around 10 km away there is a
cinnamon restaurant; you can try chow soup, Ceylon parotta or Kerala parotta
Restaurants near Chembra peak:
Cinnamon restaurant and various
other restaurants are available that offer delicious food for you to enjoy.
Simple itinerary for Chembra Peak:
If you are looking for an
extension for your Bangalore or Wayanad trip,ChembraPeak is a perfect option.
Head to Kalpetta after these, and spend a day here followed by a trek to ChembraPeak.
Tips for visiting Chembra peak:
Carry adequate supplies of packed
lunch, water and some extra clothing for emergency
Insist on getting a guide at the
forest office for yourself.
How to reach the Chembra peak:
Air:103 km away from the nearest Kozikhode
Rail:79 km away from ChembraPeak base
camp is the nearest railway station at Kozhikode. Best way to reach the base
camp from the railway station is through state buses and cabs.
Road:If you are coming from Bangalore
or Kozikhode you can get down at Kalpetta, and from there you can get a bus or taxi for base camp.