Chembra Peak in Wayanad
Chembra is the highest peak in Wayanad district and lives up to its billing of being a picturesque location. It has managed to maintain its pristine nature over the years. Situated 2100 m above sea level, this peak offers a breath-taking view of rare flora and fauna. One can come across many exotic species in these parts. The route to the peak itself has a brilliant view along with a heart-shaped lake, waterfalls and lush greenery the whole way. It is a prime spot for trekking but prior permission needs to be taken before going on these treks. Guided tours are available and can help in enhancing the entire experience.
The peak is famous among trekkers for providing an excellent one-day trekking experience which takes about three hours. On one’s way to the peak, they are confronted with another gift of nature in the form of a heart-shaped Lake which is believed to have never dried up and is a major tourist attraction here. The peak can be reached by foot from Meppady. The view of the Banasura Sagar Dam is also mesmerising. The large dam stands out in the green blanket and appears to be a shiny silver metal disk sitting between the trees.
The treks are organised by the ‘Chempra Peak VSS’ which under the South Wayanad Forest Development Agency. The District Tourism Promotion Council provides equipment and guides on hire. The charges for a group of 10 people (Indians) are INR 500 and for foreigners, it is INR 1000.
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Oops Chembra is not opened till yet after the flood
Rail: Nearest railheads is at Kozhikode which is 79 km from Chembra Peak Base Camp. Again State Buses and cabs are the best way to reach Chembra Peak Base camp. Road: Get down at Kalpetta if coming from Bangalore or Kozhikode, from there take a bus or taxi till the Forrest Office which is the base of the trek.
Best time to trek to Chembra Peak is between August and May. Since this period is just after monsoon ends, the forest will be dense and lush green, and the atmosphere will be cool and cloudy. During February and March, as summer settles in, the grass will be slowly turning brown and yellow, and trees may start to shed from the dryness. So, if you're looking for a trek where you are surrounded by greenery, consider going before February.
1. Carry adequate supplies of water, packed lunch, extra clothing in case of emergency.
2. Insist on getting a guide at the forest office.