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Meesapulimala, Idukki

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Meesapulimala is an Indian peak, the next south of the second highest peak (Manna Malai 2,659 metres (8,724 ft)) of the Western Ghats on the border of Idukki district, Kerala state. Its peak is 2,640 metres (8,661 ft) above sea level.

The name derives from its appearance from the southwest of a tiger with prominent whiskers ("Moustache"). It is located in between the Anaimalai Hills and Palani Hills near Suryanelli around 20 km away from Munnar. The Kolukkumalai tea estate, Top Station and Tipadamala (2135 m) is also nearby.

Treks to the peak via Rhodo Valley (favourable for rhododendron flowers) can be organized through the Kerala Forest Development Corporation in Munnar. The trekking path from Kolukkumalai to Meesapulimala is highly restricted.

Wildlife including the Nilgiri tahr, sambar deer, wild gaur, wild dogs and even the sloth bear.
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  • Pretty amazing view. Definitely an underwhelming hike. It is 5km in total according my map GPS. It can be done in 2hrs easily. If you want a hike you will be very sad. If you want a beautiful... 
    Pretty amazing view. Definitely an underwhelming hike. It is 5km in total according my map GPS. It can be done in 2hrs easily. If you want a hike you will be very sad. If you want a beautiful...  more »
  • We had a guide (which I would strongly recommend) and the trek from one of the base camps to another was 16 km to a height of 2640 metres. We were incredibly lucky with the weather, with clear blue.....  more
    We had a guide (which I would strongly recommend) and the trek from one of the base camps to another was 16 km to a height of 2640 metres. We were incredibly lucky with the weather, with clear blue.....  more »
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  • An amazing trek... Difficulty - moderately difficult Risk - low to medium risky Around 21 kms Average time 8 hours Reached Munnar at around 2 pm. After completing the verification at the Forest Office, we were taken to the Meesapulimala base camp via a half an hour long jeep ride through the beautiful tea estates and a sip of off roading. At the base camp, we were welcomed with black tea and biscuits. After filling out our details, we were assigned our tents. Got freshened up and clicked some pictures. The campfire started at around 7:30 pm followed by a dinner with vegetarian as well as non vegetarian dishes. At night the temperature was around 9 degree Celsius. The bathrooms were neat, there is no provision for hot water. Look out for occasional leaches in the water. We were given sleeping bags and retired for the night. The view of the night sky is just indescribable... Crystal clear. The tents are neat and safe with zippers all along. We enrolled for the day trek, so after a breakfast consisting of puttu and curry and bread and jam, we started our trek with packed lunch for the afternoon. There is provision to keep your luggages safe at the base camp, so carry minimum things in your trek bagpack. Items for the trek bagpack: 1.Water bottles (1 litre, there are streams and a pitstop at Rhodo mansion where you can refill them) 2. Hat 3. Sunscreen 4. Sunglasses 5. First-aid box 6. Munchies ( Chikki, glucose, dry fruits, chocolates) 7. Packed lunch You will not require any warm clothes as you start the hike. The temp is comfortable enough without it. Also reduces your luggage. You will be accompanied by two experienced guides from the basecamp. The trail is an extreme of ascent and descent, so wear comfortable hiking shoes with good grip and clothes covering the legs and arms as you walk through thick shrubs and forest and in the sun. There are few pit stops to acclimatise with the heights. A 15 mins break at Rhodo mansion. Passing through 8 peaks we reach Meesapulimala and the pain is worth its beauty and serenity. Lunch break for half an hour and the descent starts. Reached the basecamp at around 5 pm. Black tea and biscuits and return to the forest office in jeep. Lot of great places to click photos, but don't risk your safety for it. There are packages like Sky cottage, Rhodo mansion at affordable prices. There are also treks starting from Rhodo mansion where half the trek is already covered by a jeep ride. Overall great experience. Was worth all the pain and effort.
  • Beauty of Munnar at its best can be enjoyed from Meeshapulimala. It's the second highest peak in South India. Treck to Meeshapulimala of one of a lifetime experience. We booked the stay through KFDC website. it's a one night stay trip with an early morning treck of 7km. Once you reach the top, the view from there can't be expressed in words. Best time to visit is December.

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