Adventure / Trekking
#6 of 33 Places to Visit in Wayanad
Distance (From Wayanad): 17 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): Full Day
Transportation Options: Bus / Cab / Walk/Trek / + Walk/Trek
Travel Tips: 1. Food has to be carried from Meppadi town. Water is available at a stream on mid way to the peak, but it's suggested to carry enough water.
2. Start early, so that you can return before dusk.
3. This is the third highest peak in the South after Anaimudi near Munnar (2695 meters) and Doddabetta Peak near Ooty (2637 meters).
At a distance of 17 km from Kalpetta, Chembra Peak is a mountain peak in the Western Ghats of Wayanad district. This is one of the top places of trekking in Kerala, and another popular attraction not to miss in a Wayanad tour packages.
Located at an elevation of 2100 m above sea level, Chembra is the highest peak in Wayanad & the third highest peak in South India. Chembra is located near the town of Meppadi, which is about 10 km south of Kalpetta. Trekking to Chembra Peak is one of the top things to do in Wayanad. Being nestled amidst the beautiful Wayanad hills and the adjoining Nilgiri hills, trek to the peak is certainly a rejuvenating affair. Chembra Peak is accessible by foot from Meppadi town.
Trekking to the Chembra Peak is a moderately difficult task and is recommended for trekkers with good physical fitness. There is a heart-shaped lake on the way to the top of the peak, which is believed to have never dried up, is a major tourist attraction here. Earlier, the trek used to be till Chembra peak. But, now visitors can only trek to the heart-shaped lake.
The actual trek starts from the watchtower at the foothill of Chembra Peak which is about 7 km from Meppadi. The trek entry point can be reached by private vehicles (jeeps) from Meppadi town. Visitors can get permission from the entry gate itself. The peak is about 4 km one way and takes about 2 hours to trek (one way). A forest guide will be provided for each group near the entry point. Camping is not allowed on the peak.
The best time to trek the Chembra Peak is during the post-monsoon time of November to February. The monsoon period should be avoided as the path to the peak can get very slippery and reaching the top, as well as the descent, might be difficult.
Timings: 7 AM to 12 PM (should come back before 4 PM)
Entry Fee: Rs. 750 for a group of 10 Indians & 1500 for a group of 5 Foreigners