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Tri-Trek Solo Expedition - Kerala

Region : Dhoni Hills, Pallakad Dist., Kerala
Height : NA
Trek Date : 10th Dec'07


This was my second trek of 2007 after Sarasgad in Jan. As I was in Kerala in begining of Dec to attend the Sabarimala rituals I thought of doing a expedition to 2-3 places which would fit my schedule. Before going to Kerala I gathered all info on various treks, however due to limited schedule could shortlist only 4 treks. Out of the 4 treks the first one was a jungle hike called 'Border Hiking' organised within the famed Periyar Tiger Reserve in Idduki Dist. This was also a warm-up for forthcoming 4-day trek...A trek to Dhoni was the first of my Tri-Trek Solo Expedition in Kerala from 10th to 13th Dec. The others being Pakshipathalam & Chembra Peak in Wayanad state.

I had spoken to the Pallakad (Palghat) DFO office before leaving for Kerala. The DFO's office does not grant permission to venture in the Dhoni forest after the waterfall. However, due to my constant calls (or rather pestering) they gave me the permission to do the entire route from Dhoni to Malampuzha dam thru the forest.

10th Dec...I was told to reach the forest Check post at Dhoni at around 8amForest Checkpost. Accordingly I took the 7am bus from Pallakad Town to Dhoni (15kms)...After paying the requisite entry fees, I was assigned a Sapal Waterfallsforest guard. Raghu the guard was well aware of the route...He was very friendly and in no time we were dicussing various topics enroute...The trek upto Sapal waterfalls at Parasuramkundu takes about 1.5 hrs to climb (4kms). The waterfall though very small seemed refreshing amidst dense forest. We spent about an hour there looking around. After which we climbed above the waterfall, crossed over the same and moved into the forest. The trek path was quite wide hence it was not difficult following the route. The forests of Dhoni is rich with wildlife such as the Tiger, Elephant, Deer and a variety of reptiles including the famed King Cobra.

Walking thru the forest we crossed a small rivulet where we had our breakfast (I hadLone Teak Tree carried Upma, curry and tea)...after a sumptuous breakfast, we moved further on and reached a point where we found a OTTATEAK (LONE TEAK TREE). Near the tree there's a diversion which goes further deep into the forest....I figured out that exploring this route will be on priority next year and so we moved on further.....From this Mountain Viewpoint there are two routes to reach Malampuzha...1st route is to continue on the current path walking on the banks of Malampuzha river or take a left and go to 'KollenKunnu'(1.5kms) from where one has to take a boat to reach Malampuzha damMountain View with Malampuzha River. The boat timings are erratic hence I opted for the 1st option.... This was one of the most picturesque treks I had ever been to. The Mountains accross the river looked impregnable yet majestic...The mountains of 'Vandikal', 'Mulamala', 'Palamala', Chembaka Kund' 'Karimala' & 'Adputtimala' with its towering 3 peaks, all looked simply magnificient & breathtaking.

We walked and walked the entire stretch of 5kms from theBoat Jetty waterfall to Malampuzha dam reaching there around 12noon.... The trek culminated at the Malampuzha Dam Boat Jetty which is situated close to the 'Emuur Bagawati Temple' on the outskirts of the Malampuzha Park and Dam.

I would say this was more of trek than a hike but a very intresting one....I bid adieu to my guide Raghu, took the 1230pm bus to Pallakad, packed my sacks and returned to the bus station to take the 4pm Calicut bus, further on reaching Wayanad at 11pm itself....Pakshipathalam trek was next in the line....

Dinesh Nair
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