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.
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