Trek to the Valley of Clouds in Wayanad
Experience the Kingdom of Clouds
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About Trek to the Valley of Clouds in Wayanad
Wayanad has the Nilgiri biosphere and is often called as the land of paddy fields. It is covered with mist-clad hills, lush green forests, and a distinctly rich tribal culture. Wayanad is also famous for trekking places. It is heaven for nature lovers around the world. Wayanad has the right combination of everything that Kerala can offer. Wayanad is evergreen throughout the year which means you can find rich vegetation at all times of the year.
The valley of clouds is one of the tourists’ favourite places to trek. The best way to experience Wayanad is by foot. It would help you enjoy its tea plantation and the moist mountains. A trek to the spices gardens and clouds is the best way to experience Wayanad. The trek to the valley of clouds may take six hours. It can be a bit hectic, but there are many breaks provided. The trail to the valley of clouds goes through tea gardens and cardamom forests. It is wise to start this trek early in the morning. Trekking is allowed from 10 am in the morning.
According to archaeological evidence, Wayanad has been inhabited by people for more than three millennia. There are local tales of battles associated with the area.
Tourists can start the trek from the tea garden at Meppadi on the foothills of Chembra ranges. As the trek to the valley of clouds progresses you move to a steady mount. The trek is moderately difficult. Old and ill people should not try to go on this trip. There is a guide provided for the trek. You will pass through the various plantations, through the clouds into the cardamom forests, meadow, and mountain streams.
Lunch is served around 1 pm in the afternoon. Authentic freshly prepared Kerala cuisine is served for lunch. Lunch is served when you reach the river. This trail can be made family and child-friendly.
The hike can be hard because it goes across mixed terrains. You can take bath in the steam. However, you are not allowed to litter and drink alcohol in this area. Most things can be provided by the trek organizer. The area has a healthy climate throughout the year and after the lunch; the trek begins and enter into the grassland. Trek package comes with food and accommodation. You only have to pay for personal expenses and camera fees.
Accommodation for various price ranges is available in Wayanad. You can book a trek to the valley of clouds beforehand with your tour package. The trek to the valley of clouds walks you through some of the most beautiful landmarks in Wayanad. It will also help you understand the tribal culture of the local people.
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FAQ's of Wayanad
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With most airlines imposing a 20 kg limit on baggage, one must make sure to not bring excess baggage. Sunscreen and mosquito repellant are a must have, apart from airy cotton apparels and comfortable footwear. Also make sure that you leave enough space inyour bags for taking back home souvenirs from the state.
Some temples in Kerala do not allow photography of the idols and the temple premises. Also, Indian government prohibits photography of bridges and hydroelectric projects in the state
The off season in Kerala is from April to May, during which time it is too humid for comfort. The monsoon season here is from June to August.
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