Top 3 Exciting Trekking trails in Kerala for nature and adventure lovers

Kerala offers the adventure enthusiasts multiple opportunities to indulge in their favorite activities. Since Kerala is blessed with many natural resources and abundant natural beauty, there is no dearth of adventure activities to try. One among the popular adventure activities here is Trekking. Kerala has many mountain ranges, waterfalls, flora and fauna, and trekking here is an absolute delight for nature lovers. So needless to say Kerala has many trekking trails; but in this article let’s check out the top 5 trekking trails in Kerala that are a must try for nature and adventure lovers.

Chembra Peak

This trek is a must for nature lovers. Chembra Peak is located in Wayanad district and is situated at the height of 2100m above sea level. It is the tallest peak in Wayanad and is visible from any part of Wayanad. Trekking at the Chembra Peak requires permission from the Forest Department. This place is ideal for one day treks; the forest department doesn’t grant permission for overnight camping as there is the threat of lurking wild animals.

On the way to the peak is also a heart shaped lake, which is known to have never dried up. This lake is a very famous tourist attraction in Wayanad.

Chembra Peak Trekking

Periyar Tiger Reserve

Periyar Tiger Trail

A trek at the Periyar Tiger Reserve is a must if you want to experience wildlife and nature up close.

The Periyar Tiger Reserve is very famous for the Periyar Tiger Trail. This is a guided trek by a team of poachers who have now turned protectors of the forests. The trek group is also accompanied by 2 armed forest guards, who are well trained and equipped to handle any unfortunate situation in the wild.
The trek is a long one; it takes about 24 to 36 hours for the trek itself. Overnight stay is essential. The packages are usually 1night/2days or 2night/3days.

There is also an encounter with the Periyar Lake on the trail. Apart from the surrounding natural beauty and the wilderness one can expect to see he indigenous wildlife up-close. Giant squirrels, langurs, elephants and even tigers can be found here.

Apart from the overnight treks (which is highly suggested), there are guided day treks as well. The Periyar Tiger Reserve trekking in Kerala is very popular among the locals as well as the tourists.

Agasthyarkoodam Peak

Agasthyarkoodam Peak is at a height of 1868m above sea level and is situated 61kms away from the Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala. It actually lies on the border between Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

This peak is far from human settlements and is accessible only by foot. The forests around this peak are famous for their medicinal plants and herbs. This forest is also rich in biodiversity.

Agasthyarkoodam Peak is also a pilgrimage destination for many Hindus. It s believed that sage Agasthya (who was also the guru of Ayurveda) made this Peak his abode. There is a statue of sage Agasthya at the Agasthyarkoodam Peak.

Agasthyarkoodam Peak Trekking in Kerala is a popular trekking trail among the adventure lovers. It too requires permission and pass from the forest department.