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Nestled amidst the lush greenery of Kerala, Wayanad stands as a testament to nature's unparalleled beauty, and offers a plethora of experiences, ranging from scenic landscapes to cultural immersion. Wayanad's rich biodiversity and varied terrain make it an ideal destination for trekking enthusiasts. The district is home to several trekking trails that cater to both beginners and seasoned trekkers.


Just about 45 kilometres from Talking Trees Farmstay is one of Wayanad's most popular trekking routes - the trek to Chembra Peak, the highest peak in Wayanad, rising approximately 2100 metres above sea level. Among the most sought-after trekking destinations in the region, Chembra peak’s allure lies not only in its impressive elevation but also in the captivating natural beauty that surrounds it.

The trek usually begins from the foothills, where visitors register at the forest checkpoint and obtain necessary permissions. The trail gradually ascends, presenting trekkers with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape at various points. The trek is considered moderately challenging, and is suitable for both novice and experienced trekkers.

heart shaped lake at chembra peak in wayanad

The highlight of the Chembra peak trek is the heart-shaped lake (‘hridaya saras’ in Malayalam), located approximately halfway to the summit.

This natural reservoir is formed by the perennial springs that originate from the peak. The serene beauty of the lake, nestled amidst the verdant surroundings, serves as a perfect spot for trekkers to rest, rejuvenate, and capture memorable photographs. As you ascend higher, get ready for breathtaking panoramic views of Wayanad's pristine landscape. The lush greenery of the Western Ghats stretches as far as the eye can see, with rolling hills, dense forests, and picturesque valleys unfolding below.

Chembra Peak is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, typical of the Western Ghats biodiversity hotspot. Trekkers may encounter endemic plant species, vibrant wildflowers, and unique avian fauna along the trail. Keep an eye out for sightings of native birds, butterflies, and small mammals amidst the dense foliage, adding to the charm of the trekking experience.


Another notable trek is to the Edakkal Caves, an archaeological wonder nestled amidst the Ambukuthi Hills of Wayanad district in Kerala. The caves, located around 35 kilometres from Talking Trees Farmstay, hold immense historical significance as one of the oldest known human habitation sites in Kerala.

Edakkal Caves contain petroglyphs and rock engravings believed to date back over 5000 years, making them a window into the prehistoric past of the region. These intricate carvings depict various motifs, symbols, and figures, including human and animal forms, hunting scenes, geometric patterns, and symbols of religious and cultural significance. The interpretation of these petroglyphs offers valuable insights into the lifestyle, beliefs, and cultural practices of ancient civilizations that once inhabited the area.

edakkal caves in wayanad

The name "Edakkal" translates to "a stone in between," aptly describing the unique geological formation of the caves.

The caves are formed by a cleft in a massive rock, created by a large boulder wedged between two larger rock formations. Over time, natural weathering and erosion processes have widened the cleft, resulting in the formation of two large chambers separated by a narrow passage. The rugged terrain and vertical cliffs surrounding the caves add to their dramatic appeal and provide visitors with stunning panoramic views of the picturesque landscape of Wayanad.

Accessing Edakkal Caves involves a scenic trek through the lush forests and rocky terrain of Ambukuthi Hills. The trek begins from the foothills, where visitors embark on a moderately challenging ascent, mostly by steps, to reach the entrance of the caves. Along the way, trekkers are treated to panoramic views of the surrounding valleys, cascading waterfalls, and verdant landscapes, offering a truly immersive experience in nature. The trek to Edakkal Caves is an adventure in itself, combining elements of history, archaeology, and outdoor exploration.

Upon reaching the entrance of the caves, visitors are greeted by a series of stone steps leading to the interior chambers. Inside, the walls of the caves are adorned with petroglyphs, etched into the natural rock surfaces. Exploring the caves provides a sense of awe and wonder as one marvels at the intricate carvings and contemplates the stories they tell of ancient civilizations. Archaeological enthusiasts and history buffs will find Edakkal Caves to be a treasure trove of cultural heritage and a fascinating glimpse into humanity's distant past.

Preservation of the fragile ecosystem of Chembra Peak and the precious rock art at Edakkal Caves are of paramount importance, and visitors are encouraged to practise responsible tourism. To ensure their cultural and historical legacy for future generations, authorities have implemented measures to protect the sites from vandalism, unauthorised alterations, and environmental degradation. There are also strict measures to regulate trekking activities, including limited daily visitor quotas and strict waste management guidelines. Trekkers are advised to carry back all non-biodegradable waste and refrain from littering to maintain the pristine beauty of the surroundings.


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