Meesapulimala is the second highest peak in the Western Ghats of Idukki district on the Indian subcontinent after Anamudi. Its peak is 2,640 meters (8,661 ft) above sea level.
The name derives from the fact that it is formed of eight hills which spread like a mustache which gave a name as “Meesapulimala”. It is considered to be most beautiful mountains to climb over in the south Western Ghats.
One of the Best part of the Meesapulimala Trek you could see lots of Rhododendrons flowers. The Valley is also called Rhodo Valley. It’s special because it is the only place where you see these flowers in south India else it grows in abundance in Sikkim and nearby regions. Rhododendron trees are actually the state tree of Sikkim. Please do look for the picture of this beautiful flower tree.
The Campsite of this Messapulimala Trek in the Silent Valley of Munnar. It has the beautiful panoramic view of the below valley and waterfalls.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Bangalore – Munnar – Bangalore|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Friday – 3.15 PM|
|RETURN TIME||Sunday – 11.30 PM|
|MANDATORY THING TO CARRY||• Two litres of water bottles
• Raincoat (if in case it rains)
• A torch
• A cap
|WEAR||• Cargo/track pants -2
• T-shirt -2
• Shoes, Socks
• Personal medication kit
• Rain Coat/Poncho
|duration||2 DAYS – 2 NIGHTS|
|age||12 – 45 Years|
|trek distance||20 KM|
|difficulty level||Moderate to Difficult|
We would be reaching to the forest department base in Munnar and from there we would take jeep ride to our Silent Valley Campsite. The campsite is located in heart of the jungle of the Meesupulimala forest and it has a panoramic view of the whole valley below.
After fresh-up and breakfast we would start trekking from the campsite towards Rhodo valley. Initially the terrain is little steep till we reach waterfall lagoon, from here the terrain keeps gaining altitude as well losing it.
The terrain goes through dense jungle, long grass, pine trees beside beautiful water stream assures you that you are into heavenly atmosphere.
Rhodo Valley starts just after reaching the jeep track on the trail. Do look out for Rhododendron flowers by the side of the route. This flowers definitely win your heart with its different colors and abundance nature.
From here to about 2 KMs is forest check post in the Rhodo valley. The panoramic view from the view point of this check post is very rejuvenating.
The Lush green forest, the green carpet on the small dome hills looks very beautiful. You could also spot some wild elephants group from this point.
After descending for couple of meters, we would enter the dense forest of long grass and then a meadow walk on soft grass for a little while.
We would be crossing about 6 more small hills to reach our peak. The distance from Rhodo valley check post to the peak is about 4 KMs one side but believe me, the time flies so fast that it seems you just crossed these check post couple of minutes back.
We would have our packed lunch on the peak while enjoying the beautiful before our eyes, it’s very satisfying feeling.
Explore for a while for photos and then would start descending from the peak back to
the campsite through the same route.
After fresh-up and snacks, we would play some games and enjoy campfire while hot dinner.
Next morning, we would explore a waterfall about nearby the campsite
And then would return back to Munnar forest department through jeep and back to
Bangalore on Sunday night.
Day 2: Return
Next day, after breakfast we would hop on to our bus – Return Journey to Bangalore.
1) Baroda Bank, Koramangala Water Tank. Opp. Mr Beans – Home Cafe. – Reporting Time: 3.15 PM, Departure Time: 3.30 PM
2) New Shanti Sagar Hotel, HAL Road, Near Domlur Bridge. – Reporting Time: 3.45 PM, Departure Time: 4.00 PM
3) MG Road, Hard Rock Cafe near Anil Kumble Signal. – Reporting Time: 4.15 PM, Departure Time: 4.30 PM