Meesapulimala Trek, Munnar

Meesapulimala Trek

Meesapulimala Trek, Munnar

You would have visited Munnar for N number of times, right?
Have you ever heard of this mountain, Meesapulimala which is just 30 minutes away from Munnar?
And it provides an amazing camping and trekking experience organized Kerala Tourism Department.

Where is Meesapulimala?

Meesapulimala Trek, Munnar

Meesapulimala is located between the Anaimalai Hills and Palani Hills near Suryanelli around 20km away from Munnar. Kolukkumalai tea estate, Top Station and Tipadamala are some of the nearby peaks.

What is Meesapulimala?

While various locals have different theories, one of the popularly known derivations for the name is that it is formed of eight peaks which are spread like a “Moustache”.
Being the highest peak in the Western Ghats of Idukki district (Kerala) on the Indian subcontinent after Anamudi, its peak is 2,640 metres (8,661 ft) above sea level.
Quite a good height to trek right?

How to reach Meesapulimala?

You can easily reach Munnar from any place. If the transportation is not available from your location, you can easily get buses from Trichy or Chennai, two main cities of Tamil Nadu, to Theni. From Theni, you’ll get buses to Munnar frequently at a 3-4 hours travel. You will get jeeps from Munnar bus stand to the Meesapulimala Base Camp.

My Adventure at Meesapulimala, Munnar

Straight out to Theni by morning 8, I took a bus to Munnar. With all the road works going on, we got plastered with dust by the time we got to Munnar. Also getting some great sceneries that used to be the Desktop wallpapers.

Meesapulimala Trek, Munnar

On reaching Munnar we took a jeep to Meesapulimala Base, which was around 20kms from Munnar camp where our stay was amazingly designed. The 20kms was just a great ride into Munnar through the Dam, and the forests, roads going side by side to the elephants feeding on lush green grass (P.S: I hate disturbing their habitat). We got the trekking permission organised by the Kerala Tourism Department on our way.

On reaching the Base camp all shivering from the head to the legs at around 1:00 PM. Yeah right! The afternoon 1!

After the refreshing drinks, we settled in our tent for some time and then started to explore the place. In some meters, we were able to spot a waterfall amidst the mountains in front. Though small, it was beautifully shining with the rays of sunlight.

Meesapulimala Trek, Munnar

Then we met our co-trekkers, had some good time knowing each other. There was a group of people from a company on their team trek who gave us so much entertainment with their games and talks. They served us the dinner with delicious Kerala taste giving us a good Kerala food treat.

The night was so cold giving us a feeling of single-digit temperature, but the thermometer (they actually had it) measured the temperature as 13-16°C. The warmth of a sleeping bag when the climate is so cold is a whole different feel to enjoy!

About the trek

Waking up early, we got our lunch packed had our breakfasts and started our treks. The trek starts through the forest and takes you to the grasslands and mountains.

Meesapulimala Trek, Munnar

The forests were thick with the canopy of trees covering all the sunlight from touching the grounds. Through the forest of 5km, we reached the hills of grasslands which was all green giving our hearts the essence of’ trekking.

Meesapulimala Trek, Munnar
Meesapulimala Trek, Munnar

There were heavy winds while we were trekking which increased it’s speed as we were reaching the cliff.

Meesapulimala Trek, Munnar

We literally crossed around 7-9 hills reaching the Meesapulimala top, the border of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

Meesapulimala Trek, Munnar

On our way, we were able to spot a small lake giving an extra beauty score to the already amazing scenery.

Meesapulimala Trek, Munnar

Hiking and Trekking through those green grasslands was such a pleasure to the eyes!

Meesapulimala Trek, Munnar

As we gained momentum so did the winds. As we finally reached the top of the cliff of Meesapulimala, we got the heaviest of winds as we could easily fly just by jumping.

We stayed there for some time taking defence with the strong-rooted bushes from the heavy winds while enjoying the green painted mountains of both the states facing each other. Guessing out the cities and nearby mountains was fun while legs waving to the great valley of forests.

Meesapulimala Trek, Munnar

Then we started to head back to the campsites and trust me this was more exciting than the hike uphill. The path was very narrow at the edge of the mountain and adding to the fun fact the winds were pushing us more to the edge. We even crawled for some distance to escape the wind playing sumo with us.

Meesapulimala Trek, Munnar

In the midst of the hike back, in the middle of the valley is where I found the treasure. The fact that how mountains are just greater than beaches. The peace of the silence but the sounds of the wind gushing with trees with a view of just green and mountains,

It was the first time for me to see the skeleton of a hunted Deer by a Tiger by the edge of a lake which was giving a beautiful scenery to our eyes from a distance.

Meesapulimala Trek, Munnar

Then we finally reached the base camp by the end of noon and started to pack back. It was such a peaceful but amazing trek that anyone should enjoy.

Meesapulimala Trek, Munnar

P.S: This is trek is monitored and permitted by the Kerala Government, while trying to trek without proper permission may end with bad consequences.

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Kolukkumalai

Kolukkumalai – One Amazing Sunrise trek.

kolukkuamalai
The Colours of Sunset

It was the start of summer. The climate was ready to show off its hotness. I was in search of destinations to go on a trip, but the summer had already started to roast every place out there. And then comes this paradise, made in heaven.

A shivering temperature at the start of summer. Finally, I got to a place, at the borders of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, The high peaks of tea plantations spread across the hills, The Kolukkumalai Tea estate.

Kolukkumalai – Where it is?

Situated at the border, Kolukkumalai is a place in Theni District of Tamil Nadu. The tip of Theni, that a few steps here and there in Kolukkumalai can make you move between states!

Kolukkumalai tea estate

At an altitude of 7130 feet above sea level, Kolukkumalai produces one of the finest tea in India with a flavour of freshness. It is around 32 Kms from Munnar.

Due to the rugged and uneven pathway, Kolukkumalai can be reached only via Jeep from a Suryanelli, Idukki which is around 6 Kms, 2hours of liver and kidneys trying to come out of the mouth-journey or by taking a trek via Kerala named the Meesapulimala trek(will be covered in later blogs).


What to do in Kolukkumalai?

The Kolukkumalai tea estate is known for its sunrise viewpoint up above the clouds with a small 45 minutes trek from camping spot. Owned by the estate, they also offer camping packages which include Camping, Sunrise Trek, campfire, Dinner(NV), Breakfast and lots and lots of fresh amazing tea.

Kolukkumalai sunrise

This place suits to be a great vacation place for families, friends or even solo travellers. Kolukkumalai is an amazing place to spend your weekend away from the hustling and busy life that you can even escape from mobile networks.

The best months to visit are from November to April.

Kolukkumalai
The Cloud Show

How to reach Kolukkumalai?

Situated at the border, Kolukkumalai can be reached via Theni in Tamil Nadu and Munnar in Kerala, both being the easiest to commute. You have Public transports especially buses between Munnar and Theni with Suryanelli – the starting point to Kolukkumalai, in between them.

So any bus between them can help you reach Suryanelli and then Kolukkumalai estate from there.

Kolukkumalai
As the clouds pass by.

Cost for the vacation

The trip to Kolukkumalai would cost you an approximate amount of 3000INR/head.

The camping and trek package will be around 1800-2000INR while the jeep ride from Suryanelli to Kolukkumalai will cost you 4000INR/Jeep(fixed) for to and fro transportation irrespective of the number of people.
Point to Note: Only Jeeps are allowed uphill and any other Vehicle will have a parking space in Suryanelli.
If not Jeep, you can go on a trek into the tea plantations of 6-8kms which will cost.
around 300INR/head for the permission.

Public Bus fares between Munnar and Theni depends on the bus which might range from 100-200.

So what are you waiting for? Start planning to make this weekend a naturally memorable one up above the hills with your people at a lower cost!

Kolukkumalai
Clouds

How was my trip?

Started by early morning in Trichy, I reached Theni in 4 hours and boarded a bus to Munnar from Theni. All alone travelling through the mountains interacting with different people.

Kolukkumalai

The travel was amazing with picturesque views of green agriculture lands everywhere in Tamil Nadu, while mountains and risky roads and clouds in Kerala. As I reached Munnar the view of Anayirangal Dam along with lush green plantations, the Mountains in the background and the clouds floating over the mountains was just a mesmerizing frame to be held in our houses.

After reaching the stop near Suryanelli, I boarded an auto to Suyranelli and in another 20 minutes, I reached there. Met my new friends with whom I enjoyed the whole trip, and started the jeep ride.

It was well and good for around 15 minutes and then started the real thrill of bumps and rocks bringing our every internal organ out through the mouth. The Jeep ride was fully surrounded by the lush green, 106-year tea plantations planted in the British reign.

The speciality of the Tea plantation is that they grow for a hundred years only that it has to be cut then and there in order to get fresh soft leaves for better tea.

Kolukkumalai

After the ride, come the borderline of the states and the Kolukkumalai Tea Estate. The camping site was set in a way to get the view of the Western Ghats and its plantations.
Tasted the tea of Kolukkumalai with its fresh aroma rising the soul from in-depth. After getting to know each other in the camp, we started to explore the place shivering all around.


Singapara is a rock in Kolukkumalai which resembles the face of a Lion. This is known for its view and its placement is like that during the sunrise the sun seems to come out of Lion’s mouth.

Singapara

Pictures with green backgrounds were also so good that it can make great Display Pictures. XD

Then came the Dinner. A special appreciation for the Dinner at Kolukkumalai, with tasty, unlimited non-vegetarian food to fill your stomach and heart.

The campfire was set by then singing multi-lingual songs and getting the warmth of the fire surrounded by very low temperature. Tired but heartful people went to sleep in the tent so that they can wake up for the early morning Sunrise trek. No one until then knew that we were going to witness something beyond life the next morning.

Early morning before the sun was ready, we were ready, shivering with every part of the body possible, not feeling where my fingers are. Started the trek with no fingers literally, it was an easy and small trek to reach the Kolukkumalai Peak.

Slowly we were able to see the lines, the rays of sunlight, ray by ray the sun came outside giving me the best sunrise view ever. While the excitement didn’t stop with the sunrise, as next on stage was the clouds to perform. Moving with the flow of the wind like the clouds were floating everywhere moving up and into the mountains just like my life.

kolukkumalai sunrise
Kolukkumalai Sunrise

The beauty of the cloud show gives motivation to the lives of people who go with the flow. After all the excitement and picturesque, we trekked back down to have Unlimited Tamil Breakfast until the tummy gets full. And we packed our bags and started our ride back to our places.

This trip was not only filled with the rejuvenation of nature but also with the excitement of new people and their friendships.

Also, do check some other places to cover on your South India trip 😛
Kudremukh trek

Skandagiri Hills

Kolli Hills

Gokarna