(Image: Chemba, wayanad, Kerala. source Google)
Problem with people like me, we always want or wish to go abroad and hoping that worlds best places are in Outside India. Where many of the people around the world come here and spent time. we just dont realise how beautiful our places are. Yeah i’m talking about one of the beautiful places in Kerala..
I dont think most of the people are aware of this place and still wonder why this place not that much famous comparing with the other places in wayanad. Wayanad is always a tourist place where most of the people opt to spend their time. I have been many times to wayanad and never heard about this place.(may be i didnt spend my time well in front of the PC).
All of a sudden, one of my friend came and said we should celebrate this new year night out side our place. when the moment he said this no one in the gang disagree with him, Just because we never celebrated newyear night out side our place, we used to spent the night in our place and share the moments, that’s all.
But this time it was needed. coz everybody need that break. we were not hesitate to opt Wayanad as our destination. we opted wayanad couple of years ago as our destination and had a wonderful time out there. And this time also everyone of the gang ready to visit again despite of knowing every places are well known to everyone. But again we move forward with our plans.
Total 7 members In one Xylo. to wayand.
Image: Enroute to chembra
Tripping with besties always bring smiles and joy to your mind and its a great feeling when you travel with them. these are the time when u look back and think how happy you were. we decided to start our trip in night so that we can save some time. Nidhin was our driver. He was well aware of the route!!, but you have to admit that you are living in a smart world, you have to give up on some things. wonder why what i’m talking about, Let me explain ,
who would have thought Google maps will give you hard times?
May be you dont believe but this happened with us. As we going in the right way one of my friend want to check again whether we were going the right direction, he opened his google map and said that he got a better way that will take us to the destination in 40 min early. that bring smiles to the driver and he said lets go to that way, but guess what, that decision to go with google map was one the biggest mistake that we took in that tour. Yes google maps is very accurate and give you right direction but not in Wayanad. we reached the destination 2 hours late than what we expected.
Kurava Island thats the place to be.
Before this trip happen, our fav place was Kurava island, coz we had had wonderful time out there. we visited that place few years ago. when we think of wayanad this place comes to our mind. Yea kurava is a wonderful place to be, but not now.When we visit that place few years ago there wasn’t any restriction you can go where ever you want. that freedom is the highlight of that place. now you wont get that freedom there. coz you can only go limited places and we only came to know about this after reaching there. that was bit disoppinting. Coz our main aim for this trip was to visit kurava.
Lets find some beautiful places to get lost.
Image: Infront of the ticket counter Chembra
This was the next step when we depart from kurava. So finally we decided to visit chembra. As we heard from the local people chembra nothing but heart shaped peak on top of the mountain. Many of them arent excited to visit the place coz first we need to book a jeep to get on top there which will cost 700, plus per head entrance fee of 700. so we had re think to visit chembra. main thing that goes through our mind was, will it worth going on top? what so special out there? I think you will also think like this. May be the reason why many of us didnt heard about this place is because of this thoughts sharing by the local people in wayanad. if you ask them which is the best place to visit they hardly say chembra. After visiting this beautiful place i strongly recommend Chembra. A must visit place.
All i need some time in a beautiful place to clear my head.
Image: Beside Heart peak.
For me i always enjoy goin to a place you never been and discribe yourself. Now i realise its not how well you plan your trip but how well you make it happen. Things wasnt that easy if you are thinking to reach on top of that mountain, you need to walk in bare foot of about 3 and half km to reach there.
“First of all if you are planning to visit this place, go there early as possible, it will help you to climb easily, when the sun is out thigs will get worse. dont even think of rainy season to visit this place! “
First you need to step down from you car if you care more. its more like a offroad and you need special skill to drove through that. we called a Jeep drivere and he asked us pay 900 for 3 km ride. we bargain and he setteled for 700.
“Dont agree to pay the amount Jeep drivers ask, they will settele for the amount you say, later.”
Ride to the top of the entrance gate was just remarkable. you’ll defenetly enjoy it. driver drove the jeep as fast as he could just to impress us. that was fun. that decision to drop our vehicle in the main gate was good, later we realised. sometimes its bit difficult even to walk in that road!. after a thrilling jeep ride we reached end of the road. from here on we need to walk another 3 and half km. at first you will think its just only 3 km but believe me it felt like 12km!!
You need to walk through forest get there, you will see a watch tower after walking half km, many people end their trip there coz of the difficulty. one of our friend give away the walk there coz he felt like vomiting.
” If you decided to quit in half way you wil later regret.”
“Its also help full if you take a stick from there to climb the mountain, coz you will get harder when you move forward”
As we going forward most of us was very tired and felt like we cant make it, but we were not ready to quit.
” To reach Chembra you need to cover total of 3 mountains”
You wont see that 3 mountains if you watch it from the entrance gate. i can only see one mountain and i thougtht that heart peak was on top of that mountain.
We started climbing the mountain bit late and many of the people were returning from the top and every time we asked them how is it like to be there and how long. none of them said its not worth going there and they were happy, that gave us lot of confident and strength to go up. in the middle, one of my friend decided to go back, he was very tired and cant move. we left him and move forward.
“In the entrance you need to pay 100 Rs extra for one bottle of water, if you come back with that bottle they will refund it, if you not, then your money will lost,”
I found it as a good idea and most of the people returned with the bottle. Same time its not a good idea to drop your bottles in the entrance gate coz you will defenitly need lots of water while climbing.
” you will get to see lot of fresh water flowing from the top and you can drink it, its pure and safe”
We passed half way and there you can have beautiful view of the path you covered. In that time we get to see a man with his daughter returning, man aged around 75 (i guess) walking freely. that was a bit surprising for us, we all are aged between 23-27 and we struggled to get there, but that man looks very strong and didnt even feel like he was tired. that also gave some power to move forward. some times you need that kind of mind set, age is just a number if you ready to go forward.
After a long 2 hour walk i can hardly see the heart shapped peak. wasn’t that much excited to see that, coz sceneries around that heart shaped peak was marvelous and outstanding. its really a treat to our eyes. I feel very happy and proud to reach there, i believe most the friends with me. NOt only the sceneries but the wind also. We reached there at 2 o clock or something but it didnt felt that much heat outside.
after spending some time watching the places and we finally decided to go and have a look at the so called heart shapped peak. you will wonder for sure about the gods creation.
Image: At chembra heart Peak.
I think we spend lot of time there may be hours , took lot of photos and finally guide told us that its time to go back.
In the end that visit made me think of writing this note. This is my experience with Chembra. i felt it as a beautiful place.
Its beautiful here, Its great to be…