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Where in Kerala would you find this heart-shaped lake?

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Heart Pond

Chembra, which is the third highest peak in Kerala after Aanamudi and Elamala in Idukki is a trekkers paradise. The hike uphill is moderately difficult and can be divided into four sectors. The first one kilometre stretch from the starting point to the watch tower being the comparatively easy one. Catch your breath, enjoy the beauty and plod on. From the watch tower to the heart shaped lake is about 2 kilometes. That is where we take the first real break.

Where in Kerala would you find this heart shaped lake? The misty peaks of Chembra. Photo: Onmanorama

The locals will tell you stories of how, the Britishers, during the days of the Raj, used to gather near the lake and play golf. Some, it is said, used to come in horse-drawn carriages. Now, people flock to the lake to take in its beauty. And if you are on a leisurely trek, you can stay here for a while and watch the clouds float over the lake painting pretty pictures on the lake surface. Sometimes, the winds will whisper in your ears and at other times buffet you gently.

Chembra in the movies

And it has been beautifully portrayed in the 2013 movie 'Thanga Meenkal' directed by Ram and produced by Gautam Menon, which we feel will give you a feel of the place.

Where in Kerala would you find this heart shaped lake? The migratory birds near the lake at Chembra. Photo: Onmanorama

From the heart shaped lake to the top of the hill is another 1.5kms. All around you, you see the beauty of the mountains, the verdant greens, and on a good day, the city of Wayanad.

Must visit places around Wayanad

Where?

Situated near Meppady, about 14kms away from Kalpetta, the district capital, the hill is visible from almost all parts of Wayanad. 
It is accessible by road from all parts of Kerala.
It is part of the Western Ghats
The chances of animal sightings are less - however, there are stories of people spotting elephants and wild boars here.

Near by

Muthanga
Lakkidi
Pakshipathalam
Banasura
Vythiri
Thovarimala

How to reach there

  • Apart from the buses that are run by the Kerala and Karnataka state governments, many private buses too ply in the KozhikodeBengaluru route. Tourists going to Chembra, should get down at Chundale, which is about six kilometers from Kalpatta, and catch another bus to Meppadi. Meppadi is at a distance of 11 kms from Chundale.

  • Nearest railway station: Kozhikode (72 kms away from Kalpetta)

  • Nearest airport: Karipur international airport (23 kms away from Kozhikode)

Best time to visit

November to April. Trekking to Chembra is best avoided during monsoons.

Need to know

  • Chembra peak is about 6,730 ft
  • It is a moderate trek, which could get a little tricky during the monsoons.
  • On a leisurely pace, it would take you about six hours for the trek
  • You need permission for the trek, passes can be obtained at a price from the Forest Department office.
  • Camping on the hill overnight is not allowed.
  • If it is your first time, hire the services of a forest guide for the trek.

Where to stay

Meppady has some low budget lodges. Vythiri and Kalpetta have upmarket hotels, that have all modern amenities

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