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 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.
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.
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.
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.
There were heavy winds while we were trekking which increased it’s speed as we were reaching the cliff.
We literally crossed around 7-9 hills reaching the Meesapulimala top, the border of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
On our way, we were able to spot a small lake giving an extra beauty score to the already amazing scenery.
Hiking and Trekking through those green grasslands was such a pleasure to the eyes!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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