Blessed with lush green, exotic flora & fauna and beautiful waterfalls and forest trekking trails, Kerala is the place to be at, for enjoying an amazing vacation and travel experience. A lot of travel enthusiasts flock to Kerala for great trekking experiences. The aroma of tea plantations tickles your senses, while you trek through breath-taking scenery-filled trekking places in Kerala and Munnar. Mix adventure with lush green nature as you trek along the best trekking places in Kerala.
Best time for Trekking in Kerala
Kerala is an all season trekking destination with multiple trekking routes active throughout the year. Monsoon is the best time for trekking in Kerala, especially the months of August and September. Kerala will be green after monsoon and the gurgling waterfalls, pleasant weather with a non humid climate lets you enjoy the trekking.
List of Best Trekking Places in Kerala
Kerala has multiple places that are suitable for moderate and hard trekking including wildlife trekking, forest trekking and night safaris.You can book for trekking at the nearest forest offices or authorized centers by government only.
Top 10 Best Trekking Places in Kerala offer unique experiences to both trekkers as well as travel enthusiasts. You should come to Kerala and trek through any of these wonderful trails and create nostalgic memories, which last for a lifetime.
1. Agasthyarkoodam Peak Trekking
Trek through Agasthyarkoodam peak near Thiruvananthapuram is among the most popular trekking places in Kerala. Agasthyarkoodam Trekking passes are issued by Kerala Forest Departments from their office in Trivandrum. The trekking route starts from Bonacaud which is around 50 KM from Thiruvananthapuram. Animals like Elephants and Wild Bulls and the biodiversity one can see in this wildlife trekking include about 1800 to 2000 species of flora and fauna on either side of the trekking trails. Ornithologists or bird-watchers flock here to enjoy the sight of rare birds and jungle trekking in Kerala. Trekking trail through the middle of the forests in this peak enables people to unwind and refresh from whatever stress or tension they are facing.
Agasthyarkoodam peak is named after one of the celebrated mythical sages, Agasthya. This makes the peak a pilgrim site as well, with a shrine dedicated to him. Pilgrimage season is from January to April.
2. Chembra Peak Trekking
Chembra Peak is in Wayanad. Hridayathadakam (heart-shaped lake) is one of the most well known trekking spots in Kerala which will welcome you with a heart shaped lake in the middle of grass lawns, along with a soothing nature with lush green flora and exotic fauna. Start of Trekking is from Meppadi and you can reach Meppadi from Kalpetta which is the major town in Wayanad district. This peak is visible from anywhere in Wayanad, and trekking can be done with permission from the Meppady forest office. It is a 3-hour trek to the top of Chembra peak.
The trekking charges for locals are 500 Rupees per 10 members; whereas, for international tourists, the charges are 1000 Rupees for one group. It is not advised to trek during the rainy season as the trekking trail becomes slippery.
Total length of Chembra Peak trekking is about 4.5 KMs one side. It will take 1 KM from Meppadi to Watch Tower and 2 KMs from Wtach Tower to Heart Shaped Lake. Chembra peak is at a distance of 1.5 KM from the Hear Shaped Lake. Trek through this amazing trail and enjoy fresh natural air and the trek is of moderate difficulty.
3. Meesappulimala Trekking
Meesappulimala is a part of Anamudi which is the second-highest peak in the Western Ghats and a Kerala Trekking Package is offered by Kerala Forest Department to Meesapulimala with an overnight stay. Trekking can be booked at the Forest Department office in Munnar. The trekking trails go through the Rhodo Valley, which is a highly adventurous path. One can see the Pandava cave en-route to Rhodo valley from the trekking base-camp.
All trekkers can stay at Rhodo Mansion, in midst of the cloud top; a mystical place indeed or at camps and tents set up near the base of Meesapulimala. Trek on and climb to the peak of Rhododendron trees. As this is a hard trek of 8 hours , basic preparation should be done very thoroughly.
Enjoy the wonderful view from the top of the trails and on the way, of Munnar tea gardens when you go for Meesapulimala trek
4. Dhoni Hills Trekking in Kerala
Dhoni hills is Palakkad is the ideal place for you to learn and enjoy a wonderful trekking experience if you are a beginner trekker. This popular spot for forest trekking in Kerala and a trekking for 3 hours will take you to some breath-taking scenery that include the Dhoni waterfalls. This waterfall is reached after trekking for around 4 km. Immerse in an enchanting sight of Dhoni waterfalls, which mesmerizes you with the way it bounces and flows over rocks and pebbles. Ensure that you are carrying water and no plastic waste as it is not allowed. There is a minimal charge of 100 INR per person for trekking to Dhoni Waterfalls and there are three treks in a day with guide from 9:30 AM, 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM
Refresh your mind on the trekking trail and freshen up near the stream in waterfalls as the entry to waterfalls is not allowed. This area is a wonderful picnic spot as well. Embrace nature and feel refreshed, while having snacks with your group when on Dhoni hills at an altitude of about 1200 m.
5. Silent Valley National Park
Trek through the Silent Valley National Park is wildlife trekking. Silent Valley National Park in Palakkad district is a UNESCO heritage site has a variety of biodiversity with a wide range of exotic flora and fauna, which include elephants, tiger, some rare migratory birds, lion tailed Macau, butterflies, and beetles. A place is known as Sairandhrivanam named after Sairandhri, the wife of Pandavas because it is said that Pandavas halted at this place during their exile.
It is called silent valley because of the absence of cicadas. Trekking is charged at 400 INR and is for a distance of 1.5 KM. You can either take a longer route to enjoy all the biodiversity, nature offers or you can trek via the waterfalls. It would be quite an experience to trek through the Silent Valley National Park. However please note that the park is closed from February to March as animals roam freely in these months.
6. Ramakkalmedu Peak
Situated at the Idukki border 45 KM from Thekkady , Ramakkalmedu peak is another ideal trekking trail that beginners can exploit and learn the craft. You can get a panoramic view of many places and villages of Tamilnadu from atop the peak and the trek is worth just for the view from the top. Get energized and revitalized by the flowing breeze that tickles your senses. Bamboo forests and grasslands offer a unique view, which brims your mind with joy and bliss.
Main attractions of Ramakkalmedu peak trekking is the Kuravan & Kurathi Statue .This area is foggy during the wee hours of the morning. A statue that reminds us of the Sangam period inculcates the will to know about the history of India and the people who used to live during that era; You can do Thekkady Boating in the morning and then go for a visit in Ramakkalmedu and return back to Thekkady for overnight stay.
7. Thusharagiri Waterfall Trek
Trek through the trails that pass near the 3 waterfalls formed by Chalippuzha River, in the Malabar region of Kerala in Kozhikode district. The most famous among these is the Thusharagiri Waterfalls. There are three waterfalls. One is at the top of the hill, second one at the middle of the hill, third one is near the entrance. Waterfalls nearest to the entrance can be visited during the 1 KM trek and you can start your trekking by 8-30 AM. To visit other two waterfalls you need to go through the forests and the ground is slippery and muddy. This place is a haven of trekking enthusiasts as well as tourists from September to November (monsoon season). The place is very clean and water is chilly cold.
Unique and intriguing paths, which comprise of the trekking trail offers joy and peace to the trekkers. Thusharagiri Waterfall trek offers unique experiences like a 400 year old tree which is hollow from inside. One could virtually stand inside three and have look of the hollow inside and take a photo.
8. Ponmudi Trekking
Ponmudi or golden peak is situated 60 Kms from Trivandrum, the capital city of Kerala, offers some breath-taking sights on the way there and also on the trekking trails. A wonderful place to be at for trekking, Ponmudi hills offer a diverse nature to be part of and there are popular trekking camps as well at Varyadumotta & Seethathertham. The trek is conducted by the Kerala Forest Department, tickets to which can be bought at the check-post.
The climate stays pleasant throughout the year with the hill covered with lush-green and fog; an amazing setting to be at for enjoying your trek. The climbs are of medium difficulty and hence Ponmudi Trekking may be taken up by beginners as well. Best time to do Ponmudi trekking unlike other best places for trekking in Kerala is from November to March.
9. Nelliyampathi Trekking
Enjoy a unique experience of trekking through Nelliyampathi hills to Seetharkund view point. The velvety lush-green patches provide a natural flair and elegance, which any trekkers and travelers should experience at least once in their lifetime. Immerse in a stunning view of the Sholayar pass as well as the ever so tranquil and serene Poonthudi Dam, Govt Orange and Vegetable farm.
Rainforests adorn the route to Nelliyampathi hills, which itself refreshes your mind. This experience keeps you in a jovial state while you trek through these hills. Please note that trekking and sightseeing in Nelliyampathi is permitted only from 6 AM to 6 PM.
10. Chokramudi Trekking in Munnar
Chokramudi peak in Munnar is one of the toughest trekking experiences in Kerala. Get greeted by elephants as well as other exotic flora and fauna, when you travel to this peak as you may be just following a wild elephant trail. The last stretch will be more of rock climbing. Here trekking can be done at different levels and in groups , which can offer a fun, playful, and competitive element to the whole process when you see Munnar town and bison valley views on the trek.
Winter treks offer the best and unique experiences. The misty view of mountain or peak tops are a sight to behold. Create memories by enjoying the experience of traveling through a forest; trekking that should not be missed in your lifetime.
How to Prepare for Trekking in Kerala?
If you are planning to go for Trekking in Kerala do try to build up the stamina before the trek and do cardio/ walking or outdoor training for 15-20 days.
Most of the best trekking places in Kerala are plastic free zones and ensure that you don’t carry any plastic bottles but carry ample amounts of water in reusable non plastic bottles
Here are the trekking essentials you should carry for trekking to any of the best trekking spots in Kerala.
- A Good Quality Trekking Shoes covering your ankles
- Waterproof Clothing
- Mobile Phone and Power Bank for a few days
- Food in Dry Packets
- Map of the Trekking Route ( Non Digital)
- Dry Covering for the bags and cameras
- Spare footwear, slippers etc
- Drinking Water in Light Bottles
- A bag with many pockets and which can carry all the needed goods for trekking must be used. The bags must have cushioned shoulders straps.
- Carry sleeping bags, tent, trekking rope with at least 50-meter length, rain coat.
- Carry torch, cigarette lighter, knives small and sharp, blanket, water bottle, cap, candles, and torch batteries in extra.
- Avoid wearing dark colored outfits. Full sleeve shirts, which can cover the neck and cargo pants, are the best.
- Use trekking shoes only with good grip. The canvas shoe covering the entire foot are good, but it would create problems if gets wet.
- Socks with good quality must be used and carry another 2 to 3 pairs.
- Carry foods rich in carbohydrates. Don’t use liquor and cigarette.
- Before trekking ensure that you are medically fit. Those who are affected with high BP, heart diseases should not go for trekking.
- Carry painkillers, first aid kit, sunscreen lotion and the medicines prescribed by doctor for headache, cough, medicines to curb accidental decline of body temperature.
Monsoon is the best time for trekking in Kerala as it is the best way to relax one’s soul amidst a world that is dressed in fresh green after the rains especially if you are trekking in the Tourist Places in Munnar. However Monsoons are a dangerous time to trek as well because the rocks and plains become slippery. The slushy and muddy trails, the slippery rocks, the pelting rain and the poor visibility will also cause the ideal concoction for accidents during treks in Kerala.
Beware of leeches. Prior to the journey apply the mixture of tobacco leaves and mustard oil over legs and shoes. Keep tobacco and salt with you.
- Don’t try to forcibly remove if leech bite you. If one forcibly removes the creature, apply mixture of salt and mustard oil before bathing to avoid itching.
- If there is moist causing problem from having a better view, continue trekking only after it clears.
- Don’t go alone for trekking. Accommodate guides who are well versed with the route. Begin the trekking early morning and rest during noon.
- Follow the instruction of guides and don’t get separate from the team.