Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Wayanad Trip - Part III - Chembra Peak

Chembra Peak is one of the most beautiful locations for those who love trekking. Chembra Peak is situated near the place Meppadi, 10 kms away from Kalpetta; the district head quarters. From Meppadi, the road winding through the Chembra estate leads us to the bottom of this peak. This is the highest peak in Wayanad.

While traveling towards Meppadi from Kalpetta, one can see the astonishing beauty of the peak. Chembra peak is visible from almost all the parts of Wayanad. This peak comes under the control of department of forest and travelers need to get permission from the office of the department of forest situated at Meppadi in order to climb the peak. There are elephants and leopards in the peak and the nearby mountains, and while we climbed the peak, we saw the left behind pieces of a deer eaten by a leopard or some kind of predator. We also came across foot prints of wild boars, near the heart shaped lake.

The near by peaks that surrounds Chembra Peak are amazing, but it is not possible to climb them since, it is dense forest. But the views of the nearby peaks are really wonderful.

After climbing half the peak, we came across a big lake, a true wonder. We never thought that there will be such a big lake at the top of a mountain. The water level in the lake remains constant throughout the year, as it is supplied from the underground water by mother Earth. Trekkers choose this place ideal for camping in the night, but camping is very risky unless we are supplied with enough clothes to be protected from the cold climate and we should have weapons for safety from wild animals. Climbing further up, the lake revealed to be perfectly in the shape of a heart, not sure whether somebody shaped it so.

Looking down the valley from the top of the peak is simply great. From the top of the peak, almost all parts of Wayanad can be seen. We identified few places like Kalpetta, Panamaram, Calicut ghat section etc. Since the sky was a little foggy, we couldn’t identify the places far away, but we saw blue patches, which were water reservoirs and we believe they are the part of the Padincharathara Dam site.

When we reached towards the top most part the slope as well as the wind speed increased drastically, making it difficult to climb further. We where a little bit short of water supply also.

Some More Pictures


  1. Deepu..wonderful:) U try Rajastan next time..u will get wonderful pics at Jaiselmeer,jodhpur, udaypur...jaipur...i had been n captured a couple of best shots..

  2. Hi Radhika,

    As you said I would like to visit Rajastan as well as lot of other places in future and I am thinking of buying a good D-SLR in the near future.

    Do you share the snaps taken by you anywhere like blog or flickr or Yahoo Photos?

    If so, then I would like to have a look at those.

    --Deepu George V

  3. blog till date..nor yahoo photoes..

    However I will post it very soon..

    Thanks for reminding me off..

    I dropped many of my hobbies on the way to life's journey to *salvation*

  4. Hi Radhika,

    Lets God's grace be with you so that you will find time for your interesting hobbies in the future without affecting your life's main stream.

    Hope I can see the snaps taken by you in Y! or blog or some where.

    --Deepu George V

  5. Hi people, Can anybody tell me? How long will it take to reach the peak?


  6. Hi Ravi from Bangalore,

    It will take one whole day for the Chembra Trekking.

    --Deepu George V

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  8. I really liked your post. Thanks for sharing. Just 8 km south of Kalpetta, Chembra peak is the highest peak in the Wayanad district. It is part of the Western Ghats located next to the Nilgiri range. Check out more about Chembra Peak.