Brahmagiri trek is one of the famous western Ghats treks situated in Kerala. It is named after the Brahmagiri forest reserve of which it is a part of. Here are more details regarding the Brahmagiri trek in Kerala.
About Brahmagiri trek:
Brahmagiri Location: On the border of Kodagu (Coorg) district in Karnataka and Wayanad district in Kerala
Brahmagiri Distance from Bangalore: 300 Km
Brahmagiri Trek starting point: Thirunelli forest guest house in Kerala
Brahmagiri Trek difficulty Level: Easy to moderate
Accommodation: At Thirunelli at KTDC resort
Brahmagiri trek distance: 6 Kms (One side)
Brahmagiri peak height: 5276 feet
Time to trek: 4 to 5hours (one side)
Camping: Not allowed
Best time to trek: Post monsoon
Brahmagiri/ Thirunelli forest department contact:
Trekking permission fee: 275/ person
Guide Charge: 200
Suresh Babu: 09446386135
DFOP north Wayanad-04935 240233. 9447979074.
How to reach Thirunelli for Brahmagiri trek?
There are two routes to reach Thirunelli:
Route one: This route is shorter and passes through Nagarhole National park but reminded that no vehicle entry is allowed through the national park after 6 in the evening. If you think you can make it before 6 then take route one.
Else take the second route from Mysore as Begur -> Gundlupet -> Sultan Bathery -> Thirunelli (Given below)
Can I camp at the brahmagiri trek? Where is the base camp?
No one is allowed to camp at the top inside the reserved park. One has to return the same day. One can have the base camp/Stay at Thirunelli. However, there are also a couple of home-stays which can be used as the base camp at Thirunelli.
Where do I arrange my permission for the bramhagiri trek?
You can arrange the permission for Brahmagiri trek from Kerala side at THirunelli forest guest House. For more details refer the Phone Numbers and the Image below. Permission cost 275/ head and 200 extra as the guide charges. The permission needs to be booked in advance so please call them and ask if they are ready to accomodate people to avoid on the spot disappointment.
Is Guide required?
No one is allowed to go inside the reserve forest without a guide.
What about the food packed/ cooked?
Since there is no night camping at the peak so, one need not carry cooking vessels or cooking stuff to cook at the top. One can have breakfast at Thirunelli town and have something as packed lunch.
What kind of facilties are available at the Thirunelli KTDC House?
Since KTDC is run by Kerala Tourism department and Kerala is known for its tourism facilitates. The best would be to book dormitory. One dormitory can accommodate 10 people. The dormitory is equipped with one Indian style and one Western style toilets and two bathrooms with geysers. Beddins have a blanket, fan, and very spacious rooms.
Where to get fresh and have breakfast?
You can have breakfast at Thirunelli town and get fresh at the Guest house.
What are the accomodation and food charges?
More details about the accomodationa at KTDC can be found here: KTDC Thirunelli
Is food available at the KTDC THirunelli?
They have very limited dinner/lunch choices. Confirm from them but they do serve veg and non-veg food.
Is water available on the way?
yes, you will walk along a water stream initially.
which is the best season for brahmagiri trek?
Try to avoid monsoon because the trek would be full of leeches. After monsoon, the whole of the terrain is full of greenery. Thus its better to start in mid-sept. However, grasses start to die from November and sometimes the sun could be little warmer in Nov/Dec. Take a look at the weather report before leaving.
How about trek gradients, difficulty level and distance?
Initially, you will have to walk 3 kms over Jeep train until Watch tower. The walk is easy but full of leeches. From watch tower, the climb is little steep for 3 kms but is full of awesome views.
What should be the recommended itinerary?
Night around 10:00 pm: Leave Bangalore
06:00: Reach Thirunelli Guest house, Get fresh, Have breakfast at Thirunelli town
8:30: Reach Thirunelli forest guest house; Take permission and start the trek with the guide
13:00: Reach to the top
14:00: Start descend
17:00: Reach the stay
Do campfire in clear weather or have hot water bath during the cold rain
21:00: Leave for Bangalore OR
Stay over night and plan for Chembra peak and other waterfalls around
More Pictures from brahmagiri trek:
Western Ghats rain as seen from the Guest House at Thirunelli
A village in Karnataka seen from the BrahmaGiri peak
Two Elephants (Circled) seen Grazing while ascent to the Brahmagiri trek
The Dense Forest at the beginning of the Brahmagiri trek
Karnataka-Kerala border marked over the hills
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