If you are a nature lover and a passionate trekker, this place is for you. Brahmagiri peak trekking is a one day trek through the thick jungle to the Brahmagiri hill top. The peak lies in the border of Wayanad district in Kerala and Coorg district in Karnataka.
- Being adjacent to the Nagarhole National park, Brahmagiri hills have a good wildlife density. You could easily spot pugmarks of predators and elephants foot marks. Forest officials have reported frequent tiger sightings here.
- Chances of spotting wildlife here is very high.
- Other wildlife here includes tigers, leopards, deer, civets, macaques, bison etc.
- You can pluck wild gooseberries on the go.
- You will come across small streams so that you can freshen up.
- 4 Kms into the trek you will reach a watch tower and you will get a breathtaking view of the forest reserve.
- From here there are two trails, one towards Brahmagiri hills and the other towards Pakshipathalam also known as “Abode of birds” and famous for its rocky caves. But unfortunately the Paskhipathalam trek is now restricted because of Maoist activities.
Even though the trek is just 12 kms up and down, the trek takes at least 5-6 hours to complete. At dawn the visibility inside the jungle is very poor and way back you might get into the way of a bull or any predator. This is one reason why the entry time is restricted till 10:00 AM in the morning. Leeches are the show runners during Monsoon and you will be bothered all the way. The best time to trek Brahmagiri is during summer. The entry Fee is 1900 INR for a group of 5 members and 150 extra for camera and you don’t need to take prior permission for the trek.
How to reach: Nearest town is Mananthavady which is 32 Kms from the Thirunelly Forest division office.