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)

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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.
                                                     

Given below the Google map route

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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.

  Given below the Google map route ↓

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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