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“Worth Every Drop of Sweat”
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Chembra Peak
Ranked #1 of 30 things to do in Kalpetta
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Bangalore
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“Worth Every Drop of Sweat”
Reviewed August 23, 2013

I have done this peak twice, once in peak of summer, when the sun is at its treacherous best and during peak of the monsoon, when one can be overwhelmed with the leaches and the rains. Each time, I was left in awe of this place. The peak is good 2100m high and is a must do in the Waynad circuit. Located near Meppady, the best time to start for the trek is early in the morning and the experience is pure bliss.

Visited May 2013
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“Breathtaking!!!!”
Reviewed August 22, 2013

Although the drive to the top is a little tense...what with quite a few hair pin bends...once you reach the top...the views are awesome...u can see the entire range of western ghats from here.....Try not to drive to the top unless you are comfortable driving uphilll and also only if you have an SUV.......better is to stop at a place at the foot of the hills (called Meenad I suppose....) and hire a jeep (they charge 400-500) for a two-way trip...once at the top...u need to trek thru a forest and the forest dept charges another 500 bucks to do so.....the place shuts down at 5 pm..so plan ur trip early...

Visited August 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Good climb, but heavily trafficked”
Reviewed August 18, 2013

Perhaps it was the day we went, but there were large groups of people climbing up and down at the same time, from tourists to nationals. It was more noisy than I would have liked.

By law foreign tourists must take a guide, and our guide was like a lanky mountain goat IN FLIP FLOPS. Was quite amusing how quickly he was able to climb, but if he does this regularly, well...

The time of year we went we were denied climbing to the very top because of dried wood that had yet to be cleared. (Fire hazard?) The views were great, however.

Visited February 2013
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Bengaluru, India
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“the highest peak in wayanad”
Reviewed August 18, 2013

As usual in all steep mountain climbing, 20minutes into the climb i felt as if i had bitten off more than i could chew...at 6900 feet this is supposed to be the tallest in wayanad.from meppad town in wayanad you drive for about 5kms towards the peak and midway at the forest department you pay 500/- for a guide in case you intend to do the climb or just a nominal entry fee to go up to watch tower.You park the car about a km short of the watch tower at the tea estate parking area and begin the walk.I was told the tea estate has a 150 year old bungalow for stay.After the watch tower the steep climb begins and this time of the year the last stretch of the peak beyond the lake-at 5000feet is closed for trek due to bad weather.So it took us about 2 hours to reach the lake area.you get a great view of the towns below.I must say Mohandas,our guide motivated us to make the effort to reach the paradise above just before we had run out of all breath half way through.there is a hidden natural water supply up there know only to the guides.Overall a great feeling if you can make it up there..

on our way up before the parking area there was a restaurant where we ordered kerala lunch made on order only, so by the time we descended it was ready at about 130pm.Great fish curry and kappa and meals.

Visited June 2013
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“Heaven....”
Reviewed August 16, 2013 via mobile

The place is awesome feels like heaven on earth. The trekking is not an easy task. Have to climb for 7 Kms. The place is worth watching it has a heart shape lake naturally formed and have never dried.

Visited August 2013
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