Trekking is the most desired activity among adventure tours. Kerala and its lush green jungles serve as the most sought trekking spots owing to the presence of Western Ghats. There is one best trekking spot in Kerala, near to Kozhikode and sharing its parts with Nilgiri ranges. This alluring forest range is named as Vellarimala or more common to people as Camel's hump mountain, owing to the presence of a peak like a camel hump. The moment you type the name of the place, 'Vellarimala', on the internet, Google provides you with the various trekking tales narrated by many avid trekkers. While reading these trekking stories, one thing will obviously hit the senses that the Vellarimala trek is going to be the most adventurous and tedious trek.
The level of excitement and thrill will be at soared height. Before you start a trek, realize that the Vellarimala forest ranges are a part of the better-known hill ranges in South India, Nilgiri hill ranges, Tamil Nadu. Thus it is clear that these ranges are semi-contiguous with Nilgiris. Both the ranges are separated by a valley named Challiyar. The trek would take up to 9 hours to reach the top and 7 hours to come back. This tedious trek requires the guidance and avid trekkers who wish to take a try can better book a package from any tour operators in Kerala. Vellarimala is located near to Kozhikode and there are many other attractions to visit so you can book the tour as a whole package. Utilize your holidays effectively and unleash the wilderness of the thick woods like Vellarimala. Once you book your Kerala holiday packages including a trek to Vellarimala, your trekking requirements will be met by the tour operators like arranging for the jeep, local guide, safe camping sites and all.
The Wayanad plateau lies to the eastern slopes of the forest range which gradually merges with the Mysore plateau. The highlights of the trek are the adventurous path, the sight of a mere waterfall, reaching the tallest peak of the range, camping at night, bird watching, wildlife watching etc. The commencing point of the trek will be from Muthanppanpuzha, a town that serves as a conduit for tourists between the hill ranges. The initial trekking distance is covered by jeep. It cost 250-300 INR to hire a jeep. After which, use your own feet to cross the trails and after 6 kilometers, a waterfall can be encountered. At first sight, it doesn't seem like a waterfall instead like a milky stream tracing its way down but during rainy seasons, the nature of the waterfall may change. This waterfall is named as Olichuchattam. It seems like the water course has taken a sudden turn and flowing furiously down through smooth rocks having a great degree of inclination. The waterfall length approximate to 50 meters. It is advised to start the trek at early morning as it is necessary to camp before dark.
The Vellarimala trek is safe from wildlife attacks since the animals here are pretty shy to come out from their inner core part but on the way, there will be fresh elephant dung. After the waterfalls, the trek is through wooded areas having zigzag turns, the most adventurous part. The next place of interest is Damodaran Kolli, the place which is named after the fatal mishap of a person named Damodaran. The water of the streams here are chilly and can make your gums go freeze if dared to drink. After the 1770 meters of the trek, finally, reach the Vellarimala top or the Vavul Mala peak. The Vavul Mala peak is the tallest peak of the ranges about 7678 feet above sea level. Such a soared height will offer, amazing view of the surroundings.
This is the perfect place for camping at night. Prior permission from forest department is needed to camp and trek and a local guide will be provided by the department itself. Every trekking tour packages in Kerala charges the amount by including the materials provided while trekking like the tent, food, accessories etc. Thus checking the Kerala tour packages with price is necessary before booking. Ensure that the amount is included in it. Some trekking locations having more risk will cost more. Here, the trekking is safe but will take more amount of time, thus after reaching the top with greater difficulty, the camping is a must. The campsites of the Vellarimala ranges are Kanjippara and Mastakappara. The Mastakappara has features similar to an elephant's trunk. Listen to various sounds at night and is an indelible experience to sleep in one of the tallest peak lullabies by the gurgling streams. The best time to precede the trek is from November to May. Booking an appropriate trek package this Diwali can provide you with a smashing experience.