Flanked by the Western Ghats in the east, the Arabian Sea in the West, and interconnected by 44 rivers, Kerala has a unique set of geographical features. This is what makes Kerala one of the most sought-after tourist destinations for family holidays, friendly trips, honeymoon, and adventure enthusiasts alike. Choosing Kerala tour packages depends on the purpose of your visit. The state has plenty of green misty mountain ranges and tropical forests. Trekking is one of the most popular adventurous activities in Kerala. Scroll down for the most popular trekking trails in Kerala.
One of the renowned hill stations of Kerala, Munnar is the home to Anaimudi Hills, the highest peak of south India. With a height of 2695 m, the peak with its natural terrain is considered as the ideal place for trekking. However, you need prior permission from the forest department before trekking up to Anaimudi. The lush forests of Munnar are home to an exotic flower called the Neelakurinji, which blooms once in every 12 years.
The trek starts from Meppady near Kalpetta, the district centre of Wayanad and ends in Chembra peak. Standing tall at 2100 m above the sea level, the 14 km trek is worth all the hardships once you encounter the beautiful heart-shaped lake. Thought the 3-hour trek is a bit risky, it is an absolute delight to your eyes.
Located 61 km from Thiruvananthapuram, Agasthyarkoodam is the second highest peak in Kerala and is said to be the abode of the bachelor saint Agasthya. There is also a statue of Agasthya on the peak. The hillside is full of blue Neelakurinji blooms. The trek is accessible only on foot.
Located in Kannur, the beautiful hill station of Pythal Mala is blanketed by dense forests and is seasoned with a variety of flora and fauna. The 6 km trek also covers the plantation centre of Kappimala proves to be an excellent viewpoint.
Periyar Tiger Reserve
This reserve forest is known for its big cat. This 24-36 hours trek needs a camping to be arranged prior. The forest officials arrange a team of poachers for accompanying the trekkers. You may also find some guided day-trek. The beautiful Periyar Lake is a perfect place to relax after the trek.
If you are a fan of waterfalls, try looking for those adventurous Kerala tour packages that include a trek through the waterfalls. Located at a distance of 22 km from Kalpetta, you can explore the 3-tiered waterfall of Soochipara. The trail passes through the dense forests. However, you have to cover the last 2 km on foot. Do not forget to have a swim or bathing session in the pool below the falls.
Enter the dense and lush green forests as you trek through the vast tea plantations with their own exotic aroma and pass through the clouds of mist. These trekking trails are sure to make you spellbound.