The number one activity on my to do list in kolukumalai was to hike the second highest peak in South India – The Meesapulimala. You can start the trek to Meesapulimala from the silent valley or kolukumalai. It’s a moderate trek that takes you through various terrains and beautiful sites.
After a sumptuous breakfast we started our trek with a local guide. We first passed through lush green tea estates, which was littered with elephant dung.
Then our trail took us into dense bushes. We were wary of running into elephants. Our guide’s excellent knowledge about the flora & fauna of the region, added more fun to the trek.
From the bushes we emerged out in to vast plain grassland, where we got the first full view of the Meesapulimala. It’s at this point we realized the mammoth task ahead of us.
The harmless looking peak required a 45-degree angle climb to reach the top. From the base the peak always seemed closer yet far away.
The view from the top was spectacular. The Gods own country Kerela on one side & the enchanted Tamil Nadu on the other. After a simple lunch in the peak we started our trek back down.
On the way we had the luck of sighting three wild elephants. We paused for a while to take photos till one of them decided the show was over.
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