Climb up a mountain, get a bird's eyeview, communicate with nature. Chembara peak, 6890 ft from sea-level, is an ideal spot. It is in Vaithiri in Wayanad.
Chembara, one of the highest peaks in Wayanad district, is quite popular among trekkers from all over Kerala and neighbouring states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, it is a great spot to enjoy the enchanting natural settings and exciting outdoor activities. Chembara peak falls within the Meppadi Forest Range and the visitors need to obtain a prior permission from the Forest Range Office at Meppadi for the trek, which does not involve any fees.
A 20-minutes drive along the lush green tea estates would take the visitors to the three-storied forest watch tower, where the motor-able road ends. From this spot a long and arduous trek would take you to the peak. At the top there is a heart shaped, crystal clear lake enriched by its natural springs, which is believed to have never gone dry even in peak summer season.
In the past, British planters had set up a golf course, a small rest house and a stable for their horses. Even today, the remains of the road that led to the rest house can be seen.The peak offers breathtaking views of the snow clad Nilgiri ranges and the verdant teak forests of Nilambur, which in itself is an enchanting experience.
In addition, there are some excellent mountain climbing options in Munnar that are set amidst the backdrop of the cardamom and clove plantations.