Chembra Peak

chembra peak

                               Chembra is the highest peak in Wayanad district. Chembra Peak is an elevation of 2,100 m above sea level, in the Indian state of Kerala. Situated at a distance of 8 km south of Kalpetta, in the Wayanad region of Kerala, close to the town of Meppadi, on the slopes of Wayanad. The Chembra Peak can be reached on foot from Meppadi. The District Tourism Promotion Council provides facilities and guidance to visitors. This peak can be clearly seen from all parts of Wayanad. This place is an ideal destination for travel exercises. Prior permission must be obtained from the Meppadi Forest Office before embarking on a trek to Chembra Peak. Setting up a short-term camp on top of the Chembra is not allowed because of the danger from wildlife. It takes about three hours to reach the top of the Chembra top. From the highest point of the peak, the whole of Wayanad is a sight to behold. There are several government and private modes of transport to reach Chembra. You can get off at Kalpetta and from there to Chembra. Surrounded by slopes, tea gardens and lush green valleys, Chembra Peak is one of the most notable mountain ranges in Wayanad. Chembra Peak is a beautiful place that offers breathtaking views of the unusual flora of the district. The Forest Department is arranging a trip to Chembra Peak. It takes you to the heart-shaped lake through the evergreen forests and lush vegetation. This lake is also known as the Heart Lake. As you stroll through the tea ranches and into the mist-covered views, you will have one of the most amazing encounters while trekking. Chembra Peak is perfect for a weekend getaway with the family or a trip with your friends.Like the Kurumbalakotta Hills, Chembra is an ideal trekking destination.



Directions

How to reach? Chembra peak is well connected by road, the city does not have an airport or a railway station. Thus one has to travel to the city from the nearest station or airport by road.

What to do at Chembra Peak

1. Participates in all inclusive views The Watch Tower is visible about 1 km from the ticket counter. You can climb up and share in the breathtaking views of the valley and the city. On a sunny morning, you too can see this peak. You can take your vehicle as far as the WatchTower or walk that far. This is the starting point of the Chembra Hill trek.

Chembra Peak

2. Clicking photos For photographers, the spot is paradise. From the very beginning of your Chembra Peak drive you are surrounded by lofty views. Along the way you will find green tea gardens and spice gardens. On top of that, as you move up the peak, you will be accompanied by a luxurious lush greenery. The journey ends at the heart-shaped beautiful lake known as Cupid Lake. Capture these beautiful scenes with your camera.

chembra peak photo taking

3. Trip to Chembra Peak Heart Lake The Forest Conservation Committee (VSS) in the Backwoods Division coordinates the day trip to the lake. Wayanad District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) is arranging the trip. It provides guides to accompany you on the journey.

Heart lake

Chembra Crest Trekking Details

                   People start trekking from the ticket counter itself. But the beginning point for the journey is at the watchtower, almost 1 km absent. And you’ll be able drive your vehicle to the stopping spot close that tower. Jeeps are also available from the ticket counter to require you to the Chembra Top trek starting point. You will require authorization from the forest division to start your journey. And only 200 people are given Chembra Top consent per day, on a first-come-first-serve premise. You’ll be able get yours on the spot from the ticket counter. The tickets to incorporate the charges for a direct. In spite of the fact that you do not require a direct for the journey, having one will upgrade the involvement. The guides have curiously stories related to Chembra Top, the city and the encompassing area. 

From the watchtower, the journey to the heart-shaped Chembra Crest lake starts, the one-way separate of which is approximately 2 km.The lake, known as hridhayathadakam within the nearby dialect, is set among green glades, nearby flawless all encompassing sees of the valley. The trekking path is appraised as tolerably troublesome, and it takes you through tea manors and the forest. Afterwards, you get within the open space, with a simple to direct trouble trekking. At its highest point, you may witness the best see of the lake. From there, you’ll be able walk your way down to the lake. After investing time there, you must descend to the base, i.e. the ticket counter, by evening. Overnight camping isn’t permitted at Chembra Peak. Chembra Top Wayanad trekking is the foremost wonderful trekking involvement in all of Kerala. The add up to length of the journey is around 4.5 km to the Chembra Crest. The watchtower is around a km absent from the counter and the lake is 2 km tough from there. The crest is encourage 1.5 km from the lake, but the watches and guides don’t permit trekking till there. So, the successful length of the journey is around 3-3.5 km.

The best time to visit Chembra Peak

                 You can go to Chembra Peak all year round, but it rains. Heavy rain makes the track vague and unsafe to travel. In summer you should avoid trekking as it is very humid. Therefore, the best season for travel is in the winter after the monsoons. From December to February, the climate in Chembra Top is cool and the environment is covered with new greenery. Also, it is best to start the journey early in the morning. The cold snow will make your journey to the top unforgettable.  It takes about 5-6 hours to reach Chembra Top at a comfortable speed. It takes about an hour to reach the Watchtower on foot. From there it is a 2 hour drive through the tea gardens, forests and meadows to the heart of the lake. There, you can relax for an hour or walk around, charge from the views, and recently take your steps back.

Nearby Attractions

KURUMBALAKOTTA

         
                  Kurumbalakotta is one of the most beautiful viewpoints in Kerala. This hill is located in Kottathara Panchayath of Vythiri Taluk, Wayanad district. What makes this hill a must-visit place for all the trekkers is that it is situated at the center of Wayanad and they can see the full scenery of Wayanad from the top of the hill. Trekkers will enjoy the misty mountains and valleys that surround the hill.
best view of kurumbalakotta



Directions

How to reach? Kurumbalakotta hill is well connected by road, the city does not have an airport or a railway station. Thus one has to travel to the city from the nearest station or airport by road.

                                          By Road

“Malankara” is the nearest bus stop to Kurumbalakotta hill and the trekkers can start trekking from this stop. Those who are traveling by car or bike can reach the top of the hill. As there is no railway station or airport, the only way to reach Kurumbalakotta Hill is by road. It is very important for those who come to climb the mountain in a vehicle to know the way. Some incorrect direction indicators are likely to be visible though. As it is a mountain, there are many ways to reach it. An exact entrance to the top of the hill is not currently established. So those who want to walk can take many paths. However, there is only one way to reach the top of the hill by vehicle. 

Wayanad is the only district in Kerala that shares borders with two states and three districts. There are 6 main ways to enter the Wayanad district by road. This includes three passes and two interstate highways.

                                                        

 Thamarassery Pass is an easy pass for travelers from Central and South Kerala. Thamarassery Pass is located in the Kozhikode district. The pass starts from Kozhikode district and ends in front of Wayanad district entrance. This is a place called Lakkidi. From there it is only 32 km to the foothills of Kurumbalakotta. 

Lakkidi to Kalpetta 15.0 km (Lakkidi Kalpetta Road (NH766 ))

Kalpetta to Kainatty 3.7 km (Kalpetta Sulthan Bathery Road)

Kainatty to Kambalakkad 6.3 km (Kalpetta Mananthavady Road)

Kambalakkad to Pallikkunnu 3.0 km (Kambalakkad Pallikkunnu Road)

Pallikkunnu to Kurumbalakotta Hill 4.2 km (Pallikkunnu Vilambukandam Road)

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Nadukani Pass is a pass that starts from Vazhikkadavu in Malappuram district and passes through Nadukani and Cherambadi in Tamil Nadu. Nadukani Pass is an easy pass from Malappuram district. Nadukani Pass enters into Vaduvanchal in Wayanad district. It is 41 km from Vaduvanchal to the foothills of Kurumbalakotta.

Vaduvanchal to Thomaattuchaal 3.1 km (Vaduvanchal Kolagappara Road)

Thomaattuchaal to Ambalavayal 7.0 km (Vaduvanchal Kolagappara Road)

Ambalavayal to Meenangadi 7.6 km (Ambalavayal Karachal Meenangadi Road)

Meenangadi to Kaniyambetta 10.0 km (Meenangadi Panamaram Road)

Kaniyambetta to Kambalakkad 6.6 km (Mananthavady Kalpetta Road)

Kambalakkad to Pallikkunnu 3 km (Kambalakkad Pallikkunnu Road)

Pallikkunnu to Kurumbalakotta Hill 4.2 km (Pallikkunnu Vilambukandam Road)

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Kuttiady Pass is the second pass from Kozhikode district to Wayanad district. Kuttiady Pass is a pass that starts from Kozhikode district and ends at Niravilpuzha in Wayanad district.  From there it is only 28 km to the foothills of Kurumbalakotta.  This pass is very reliable for the people of North Malabar. 

Niravilpuzha to Vellamunda 9.0 km (Niravilpuzha Tharuvana Road (SH54))

Vellamunda to Tharuvana 5.7 km (Niravilpuzha Tharuvana Road (SH54))

Tharuvana to 4th Mile 3.8 km (Mananthavady Pakramthalam Road)

4th Mile to 5th Mile 1.6 km (Mananthavady Panamaram Road (Calicut Road))

5th Mile to Malankara 5.8 km (5th Mile Malankara Compression Mukku Road)

Malankara to Kurumbalakotta Hill 1.1 km (Malankara Compression Mukku Road)

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Periya Pass is a pass that starts in Kannur district and ends at Boys Town in Wayanad district. Tourists from Kannur district and North Kerala can rely on this pass to enter Wayanad district. Kurumbalakotta Hill is located at a distance of 28 km from Boys Town.

The Palchuram is a pass parallel to the Periya Pass. Starting from Peravoor on SH 59, it reaches Boys Town.

Boys Town to Thalappuzha 4.4 km (Boys Town Mananthavady Road (SH 59 , Malayora Highway))

Thalappuzha  to Mananthavady 9.3 km (Thalappuzha Mananthavady Road (SH 59 , Malayora Highway))

Mananthavady to 4th Mile 6.8 km (Mananthavady 4th Mile Road)

4th Mile to 5th Mile 1.6 km (Mananthavady Panamaram Road (Calicut Road))

5th Mile to Malankara 5.8 km (5th Mile Malankara Compression Mukku Road)

Malankara to Kurumbalakotta Hill 1.1 km (Malankara Compression Mukku Road)

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Tourists coming from the state of Karnataka enter Wayanad through the Mananthavady area via the Kattikulam Road. The distance from Kattikulam Junction to Kurumbalakotta Hill is 25 km. This route has no travel restrictions at night.

Kattikulam to Mananthavady  9.8 km (Kattikulam Mananthavady Road)

Mananthavady to 4th Mile 6.8 km (Mananthavady 4th Mile Road)

4th Mile to 5th Mile 1.6 km (Mananthavady Panamaram Road (Calicut Road))

5th Mile to Malankara 5.8 km (5th Mile Malankara Compression Mukku Road)

Malankara to Kurumbalakotta Hill 1.1 km (Malankara Compression Mukku Road)

Given below the Google map route

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Tourists coming from the state of Karnataka enter Wayanad through the Sultan Bathery area via the Muthanga Road. The distance from Kattikulam Junction to Kurumbalakotta Hill is 48 km. This is the way the night travel ban exists. Check posts are closed from 9 pm to 6 am. Those from the Gudalur area can take this route from Sultan Bathery.

Muthanga to Sulthan Bathery 14 km (NH 766)

Sulthan Bathery to Meenangadi 10.2 km (Sulthan Bathery Kalpetta Road (NH 766)

Meenangadi to Kaniyambetta 10.0 km (Meenangadi Panamaram Road)

Kaniyambetta to Kambalakkad 6.6 km (Mananthavady Kalpetta Road)

Kambalakkad to Pallikkunnu 3 km (Kambalakkad Pallikkunnu Road)

Pallikkunnu to Kurumbalakotta Hill 4.2 km (Pallikkunnu Vilambukandam Road)

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                                          By Train

The city does not have a railway station. The nearest railway station is Calicut ,which is at a distance of 92 kilometers from the hillock. Tourists can reach Kurumbalakotta Hill via the Thamarassery Pass.
                                                     

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                                                      By Flight

The city does not have an airport.The nearest 

airports are Calicut International Airport (Karipur Airport) 

and Kannur International Airport (KIAL). The distances to these 

airports are 104 km and 97 km respectively.

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Tourists arriving at Calicut Airport can reach Kurumbalakotta Hill via the Thamarassery Pass.

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Tourists arriving at Kannur Airport can reach Kurumbalakotta Hill via the Via Periya Pass or Via Palchuram.

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                                                                       History 

                                                                Kurumbalakotta is a hill station located in the heart of the Wayanad district.

                                                                    Although there is a fort named after it, no remnants of the fort can  be seen

                                                                           here. Legend has it  that during the confrontation between Pazhassi and     

                                                                                   the British, Pazhassi’s army marched on this hill. It is saidthat the fort was

                                                                                        built there. That is why this place got the name Kurumbalakotta. 

                                                                                             Kurumbalakotta, 20 km from Kalpetta, has its own story to share. 

                                                                                                   The “Kota,” or fort, is thought to have belonged to a Kurumba 

                                                                                                   caretaker.  The fort was supposedly built by the local king to keep an eye on 

                                                                                                     enemy movements below. Despite the fact that the area was previously the 

                                                                                                     property of the Vedara dynasty, no remnants of a fort can be found 

                                                                                                      anywhere near Kurumbalakotta.

                                                                                                      

                                                                                                        

                                                                                                         

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