A long weekend coming up and you plan to make it count. Well, nothing rejuvenates you quite like camping trips to God’s own country, Kerala.
Listed below are 10 of the offbeat vacation destinations you can check while camping in Kerala to have a soul bath.
At a height of 467m to 1572m, the Nelliampathy hill ranges with cloud covered peaks are a breathtaking sight. The road winding up to Nelliampathy offers a splendid view of the Palakkad Gap which brings into view parts of the adjoining state of Tamil Nadu, a geographical phenomenon of the Western Ghats in this region.
Chembra Peak, Wayanad
Located 2100 meters above sea level on the southern part of Wayanad, Chembra is the tallest peak and one of the ideal places to visit in Wayanad. The major tourist attraction is the heart shaped lake which is believed to have never dried up. An ideal place for setting up a camp.
Listed as one of the “50 most attractive places to visit in India” by National Geographic Traveler, Vagamon has to be on the list of every camper. Situated at the borders of Western Ghat, there are several places to visit in Vagamon. Camping in Vagamon is surely going to be an ethereal experience.
A small village in Idukki District, Mankulam boasts of first Gram Panchayat in Kerala to produce and sell their own electricity to the Electricity Board of Kerala. Viripara Waterfalls, Tea Gardens and Hanging Bridge are some of the attractions of this place that can be visited while setting a camp in Mankulam.
At an expanse of 950 acres, Kuruvadweep is a protected river delta on Kabini River in the Wayanad District. It is the only island surrounded by a naturally purified source of water. The place boasts of rare species of flora and fauna, uncommon species of birds, orchids and herbs. Most importantly the silence offered by this divine place is unmatched, making it an ideal camping site.
Anamudi or Anai Mudi is the highest peak in the Western Ghats at 2,695 meters above the sea level. It is also the highest point in South India. The nearest town is Munnar and is surrounded by the Eravikulam National Park which is home to the largest surviving population of Nilgiri tahr. The peak itself with its serene surroundings and a steep slope gives a wonderful vantage point thereby making it an ideal place for camping.
A small village in Kannur District, this place is one of the lesser known tourist spots and therefore, not commercialised yet. It is a favourite for nature lovers and enthusiasts alike. It is situated on Kerala-Karnataka border in the Western Ghats. Great for trekking and camping, this place is definitely for those who truly seek solitude in the lap of nature.
Situated in Kodagu District, about 13 km’s from Cherupuzha, Muthari is a small village on the Kerala- Karnataka border, surrounded by dense forests. This place hosts visitors all year round. It can only be reached via jeep and always preferably with a trekking guide. This place is definitely for those looking for an adventurous outing.
Situated near the Kodagu Forests, this hill station in Kannur is the highest geographical peak located near Pottenplave village. Just like the places mentioned above, this place too is an unconventional and an offbeat destination for the people seeking solace and unwinding of their nerves after a long month of toiling.
A breathtaking hill station nestled with Kasargod, already famous for its lovely backwaters, is a picturesque place for adventure seekers, photographers, nature lovers and campers alike. Its trekking trails are among some of the sought after trails in the state of Kerala lined with monsoon grasslands, evergreen shola woods and various vegetation to enrich the palette. The place is also known as the Ooty of Kerala.