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Chembra Peak in Meppadi Wayanad

Chembra is the highest peak in Wayanad, with summit at 2100 m above MSL. This is the best location for adventure trekking in Wayanad. The undulating hills, unique rock formations and contour valleys and inviting peaks in Wayanad offer many locations for adventure tourism in Wayanad. Chembra Peak is unique among adventure tourism destinations in Wayanad. Trekking in Chembra Peak has its natural risks.

Trekking to Chembra Peak in Wayanad requires almost a day. Facility for camping on top of the Peak is arranged by the District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC)/Forest Department, along with guides and trekking and camp gears on hire. The panoramic view of the verdant surroundings in Wayanad, Kozhikode and Malappuram districts (Kerala) and the Nilgiris (Tamil Nadu) from the summit of the peak is refreshing and wonderful.

Chembra Peak is a unique ecological area in Wayanad hill ranges, forming part of Western Ghats Biodiversity Hotspot (one of the 25 Biodiversity Hotspots in the World) and the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. The Peak merges with the Nilgiri Hills in Tamil Nadu on the East and Vellarimala hills of Kozhikode and the Nilambur forest ranges in Malappuram (Kerala) on the South and West. Chembra Peak is inside the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary and under the jurisdiction of Divisional Forest Office-South Wayanad. Trekking to Chembra Peak require permission from Forest Range Office, Meppady. A perennial lake en route to the summit is a refreshing attraction and a real wonder because this lake would not dry up even in extreme summer.

Meppadi town is a nerve centre of tea plantations in Wayanad and a drive or walk in any direction from Meppadi will be a real verdant treat for the eyes with well-cut tea plantations all around will look like miles and miles of undulating green beds set on zigzag hills and valleys, and remember that no other crop raised by humans offer such a visual, which is an evergreen presence in Indian films. Plantation life of varied dimensions in Wayanad, with its colonial hangovers, can be witnessed here, ranging from the mere “paadi” life (workers lines) and the “bungalow” (big mansions) life of plantation executives and owners.

Turn left to Meppadi road, at western end of Kalpetta town on NH 212. Turn right at Meppadi to Ooty-Gudalur-Calicut road towards Calicut till Chundakolli bus stop and go southward from there to Erumakkolli Forest Protection Committee Office. Turn towards Ooty on Ooty-Calicut road from Chundel on NH 212 between Kalpetta and Vythiri and turn southward at Chundakolli.

5 KM South West from Meppadi
17 KM South West from Kalpetta
42 KM South West from Sulthan Bathery
52 KM South from Mananthavady. Meppadi and Chundakolli are on the Ooty – Gudalur – Wayanad - Calicut Road.

Major Attractions Near :
Excellent Trek: Vellarimala and Thusharagiri water falls (Kozhikode), Nilambur Forest (Malappuram) can be accessed by further hard treks. Soochipara (Sentinel), Kanthanpara and Meenmutty Falls and Neelimala View Point, the Glass Temple, Koottamunda (Vellarimala) are nearby. Excellent view of tea plantations around Meppady and enroute.

Respect nature and local culture. Do not litter and don’t leave your wastes in the trekking route.

Best Season to Visit & Best Time to visit:
November-May. Trek in the morning and be there at night.

Tourist Facility:
Contact Erumakkolli Forest Protection Committee Office, at trek route entrance for permission and assistance/guides etc.

For further details:
Divisional Forest Officer, Kalpetta: 9447979075
Forest Range Officer, Meppadi. : 04936 282001




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