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Drum roll please...this is the coldest place in Kannur

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Drum roll please...this is the coldest place in Kannur On top of Paithalmala. Photo: Onmanorama

The imposing mountains and the misty green landscapes of hill stations have always been a major tourist attraction in Kerala. But if you thought Munnar, Wayanad and Vagamon are the most spectacular hills here, let’s introduce you to Paithalmala.

Drum roll please...this is the coldest place in Kannur Trekking up Paithalmala. Photo: Onmanorama

Situated about 65 kms from Kannur town, Paithalmala offers you an amazing vista of not just Kerala, but neighboring Karnataka too. 

For as long as I can remember, Paithalmala has been a great holiday destination –  during both summer and winter. In the olden days, the trek to the hilltop used to be time consuming. But now, you can drive almost up to the base of the hill. The District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) has come up with an array of offerings for the traveler. This has in fact increased the number of people who head out to Paithalmala, which was once a lesser known hill station. It is ideal to drive out to Paithalmala – just so that you can stop by and take in the scenery that unfolds before you. 

Drum roll please...this is the coldest place in Kannur The trek up Paithalmala. Photo: Onmanorama

The trek 

Drum roll please...this is the coldest place in Kannur The trek up to the summit. Photo: Onmanorama

We started trekking up the hill in the morning. Just a little way up the hill, we saw elephant dung on path. We were slightly scared, but a couple of locals told us that the elephants wander over the hills only at night and they kept a safe distance from humans. But as we went up the hills, we spotted a lot of monkeys. 

Drum roll please...this is the coldest place in Kannur Resort in Paithalmala. Photo: Onmanorama

Relaxed, we plod on. The path takes you through a lush green landscape. The mist rolling in during winter paints a pretty picture.  And during summer, the greens against the blue skies make it appear like a Windows wallpaper. A moderate two-hour-long trek will put you near the watch tower at the top. The view from there is breathtaking, to say the least. You can see miles and miles of green – various shades of green.  And you can gaze into distant Karnataka as the wind buffets you.  

Paithalmala: Fact file

Paithalmala spreads nearly 300 acres and is approximately 1372 meters tall.

Reaching Paithalmala

Nearest Bus Station: Pottenplave (Buses are available from Taliparamba. KSRTC is running several buses to Pottenplave from Kannur depot)
Nearest Railway Station: Kannur railway station.
Nearest Airport: Kozhikode International Airport

Where to stay

You can pitch your tent and stay the night at Paithalmala. It is safe because the animals do not go beyond the jungle. 
If you want the comforts of a resort or a hotel, you have to stay at one of the  Paithalmala Tourism Consortium has set up at the base of the hill

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