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.
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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)

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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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Facilities

Kurumbalakotta tourist center is on the path of development. You should not expect top-star-rated hotels and resorts there. But all these are available to you within a radius of 20 km. The attraction of Kurumbalakotta Hill is the tent stay facility available there. The main attraction of the tent stay is the 360 view it provides. Kurumbalakotta Hill is a place where you can enjoy the sunset in the evening and the sunrise in the morning from the top of a hill. You will never get a better chance than a tent stay to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the snow-capped valley.

  • Trekking 

Kurumbalakotta Hill is an adventure destination. Off-road bike trekking is one of the most popular adventure sports for today’s youth. Kurumbalakotta Hill has excellent facilities for off-road bike trekking. Off-road trekking can be done by bike from the base of the hill to about the top. The way to the top of the hill is full of curves and steep climbs. In between, you can see that some part of the road is tarred. For those who want to walk up the hill, there are ways to do so. Visitors can park their vehicle at the foot of the hill and start the climb. Space is available for parking vehicles. Vehicles can be safely parked through pay parking.

  • Best time to visit

The view from the top of Kurumbalakotta hill every day is beautiful. But what makes the view so beautiful is the presence of fog. Fog is present every day except for a few days. This is unpredictable. There are two peaks on the top of Kurumbalakotta hill. Views are possible from two peaks, but one cape enhances the morning view while the other cape brightens the sunset view. Take the same path and when you reach the top you will turn in two directions to reach both the peaks. There is a definite dirt road to a cape. The other is just a walk through the farmland to the cape. You can reach the top of the hill by following a dirt road. Those who climb the hill in vehicles can also reach this place and then the rest of the distance can be climbed on foot. The cape has a slightly flat top. Most of the tourists visit this cape to watch the sunrise. The flat-top allow more tourists to enjoy the sunrise at the same time. The rising sun can be seen from the top of Kurumbalakotta Hill. The base of the hill, which is covered with fog, can only be seen from the top of Chembra Hill. Cold wind blowing. Then tourists can see a light through the folds of Chembra hill in the distance. The more you look, the brighter the light. In a few seconds, a red spot will clear up. No traveler will ever forget the sight of this rising sun seen through the fog. Each traveler competes to capture the scene on his camera and take a selfie in front of the rising sun. Some even enjoy the views by tasting the drinks and snacks available from the top of the hill. After spending some more time there, some people go down the hill, but the views do not end there. When the sun rises, the fog disappears. This is a view not seen from the top of any other hill in the Wayanad district. Let’s start slowly down the hill.

 

Sunset views begin in the evening. You can reach the top of the hill where you can enjoy the beautiful sunset by climbing the path through the farmland. The viewpoint is only a 10-minute walk down the aisle. The cape is full of rocks. The fatigue of walking can be relieved by sitting on the rocks. This cape has less space than the other cape. A 360-degree viewing experience is possible from this point. This is a place where a religious ceremony is held on a special day every year. The cross and other parts of it can be seen here. By evening, the heat of the midday sun subsides and the cold wind begins to blow. The sun is about to set in the Banasura Hills. The blue sky will slowly turn red. Total darkness will spread. At that time the sun, which looks like a red dot, slowly sets. Tourists can go down the hill with the satisfaction of seeing a beautiful sunset view.

 

Some tourists stay at the top of the hill at night. You can pitch a tent and stay in it all night. Staying up all night on the top of a large hill under the stars in the sky is a different experience. Kurumbalakotta Hill is a hill that is not disturbed by wildlife. So feel free to spend the night there. At night, the view of the light coming from more than half of the places in the Wayanad district is soothing to the eyes. It is far from the cities, so the atmosphere on the top of the hill is calm. Travelers can slowly fall asleep enjoying all the sights.

                                                                       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.

                                                                                                      

                                                                                                        

                                                                                                         

                        Geographical Significance

 

                     Kurumbalakotta is a hillock located in Wayanad district in Kerala, India. Situated at 3,251 feet (991m) above sea level. It is a monolith hillock in Kerala. It is also a portion of the Deccan plateau, as well as the meeting point of the Western and Eastern Ghats.

 

 

 The hill is located in the Kottathara Panchayat of Vythiri Thaluk. From here, you can enjoy beautiful sunrises and sunsets. The breathtaking view of Wayanad covered in snow also takes the tourists to another world. Kurumbalakotta Hill is located in the center of Wayanad district. Therefore, Kurumbalakotta Hill offers a complete view of Wayanad.

                                 Religious Significance

 

                           Kurumbalakotta is a spiritual place for the Christian community. Every year on Puthunjayar day, the Way of the Cross and the Holy Qurbana is performed on this hill. The Sunday after Easter is 

 

Puthunjayar, when Jesus appears to the disciples, including St. Thomas. The Way of the Cross begins at St.Sebastian’s church Vilambukandam and ends at the top of the hill. Devotees from different parts of Wayanad participate in this ritual with faith.

                                                Popularity

                            

                                  Kurumbalakotta Hill has been known as a tourist destination since 2015. Initially, it was a small group of indigenous tourists, but by 2018, tourists from other districts, states, and even foreign countries started visiting here. Initially, Kurumbalakotta hill was not enough 

 

to accommodate such a large crowd. Therefore, it also led to major environmental problems. The lack of parking facilities and lack of infrastructure has left tourists stranded. But then resorts and tent stay facilities were started and tourists got better services. Today, Kurumbalakotta Hill is one of the best tourist destinations in Kerala.

                             Town And City Access

 

                        “Compression Mukku” and Malankara are key locations in the Kurumbalakotta hill’s foothills. The nearest townships are Vilambukandam and Eachome. You will have to travel at least 8-10 km to get the best food other than the food provided by the 

 

 

resort/tent stay where you are staying. The 5th mile and 4th mile are the next places to get the best food. Mananthavady is the nearest major city (15 km). Kurumbalakotta Hill is located at a distance of 18 km from Kalpetta and 30 km from the Sulthan Bathery. 5th Mile, Panamaram, and Kambalakkad are important locations for bus passengers to reach Kurumbalakotta Hill.

Nearby attractions

F.A.Q.

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Yes, there are number of affordable tour packages available. 

Yes. It is open all the time except during the heavy monsoon season.

4 * 4 vehicles can easily climb the hill. Ordinary vehicles like jeeps and bikes also climb the hill.

It takes about half an hour to reach the top.

The nearest

  1. Banasura Sagar Dam
  2. Banasura Hills
  3. Kuruva Dweep

A little further away

  1.  Pookode Lake
  2. Chembra Peak
  3. Karappuzha Dam
  4. Edakkal Caves