Meesapulimala a favorite tourist destination at Idukki.

Meesapulimala a favorite tourist destination at Idukki.

Meesapulimala is the second highest peak in the Western Ghats of Idukki district in Kerala on the Indian subcontinent after Anamudi. Its peak is 2,640 metres (8,661 ft) above sea level.

The name derives from the fact that it is formed of eight peaks which spread like a “Moustache” and it is located in between the Anaimalai Hills and Palani Hills near Suryanelli around 20km away from Munnar. Kolukkumalai tea estate, Top Station and Tipadamala (2135m) is also nearby.

Treks to the peak via Rhodo Valley (favorable for rhododendron flowers) can be organized through the Kerala Forest Development Corporation in Munnar.

Meesapulimala trekking booking is limited and the trekking path from Kolukkumalai to Meesapulimala is highly restricted.

There is a great chance of sighting wildlife including Nilgiri Thar, Sambar Deer, Wild Gaur, Wild Dogs and even the Sloth Bear. The duration totally depends on your physical fitness. It will take about 7 to 9 hours to complete the full route.

Meesapulimala trek from Munnar

Walk through the high altitude grasslands and montane rainforest eco-system so peculiar to the Western Ghats.

Ascend Meesapulimala, enjoy the breathtaking views of the vast plains of Tamil Nadu on your east and the never ending Sahyadri on your west.

Reach Munnar by 8 am. You will be met by our representative and will be transferred towards Silent Valley, the start point of the trek, which is about 26 Kms from Munnar.

Trip will be starting the trek from an altitude of 1500 m gradually ascending to over 2600m, passing through sholas (high altitude rain forests) and grasslands which are typical to the higher areas of the Western Ghats.

The area also has wildlife – notably elephants, sambar, sloth bear and the Nilgiri tahr – the latter being endemic and endangered.

Will head along paths over the undulating mountain grasslands and ascend Meesapulimala – the second highest peak in the Western Ghats.

We can see the world’s highest tea estate Kolukkumalai in the undulating hills below. We will descend and continue trekking through the sholas and tea gardens till we reach Silent Valley.

 

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