Meesapulimala is the second highest mountain peak in Munnar, Idukki district, Kerala state. It can be reached ONLY BY TREKKING, which takes around 2 hours. The mountain peak is at a height of 2,640 meters or 8,661 feet above sea level.
Meesapulimala. Image courtesy – Laser Shine.
Meesapili mala means ‘Tigers moustache shaped Mountain’ in the local language, Malayalam.
Kerala Forest Development Corporation Ltd, a Government of Kerala undertaking, has Package tour to Meesapilimala, as part of promoting Kerala Tourism. It can be booked online (Munnar package). The Meesapulimala trekking is an Eco-friendly tourism package.
How Do I Go to Meesapulimala?
The package tour of Meesa puli mala starts from the Forest department’s office, near to the Munnar Post office junction and close to Silent Valley Estate and Rose Garden.You need to get the trekking permit from the Forest department office. There are two trekking options available.
Option 1 – Overnight stay at Base camp tent.
The first option is to avail the service of the forest department jeep and go to the Base Camp at around 6000 feet above sea level. You are taken to one of the 20 tents here; 40 people can stay in 20 tents. The cost of stay at each tent is INR 4000- for two persons. (Rates may change. Please confirm the rates at your end).
Food and service of a guide are part of the forest department’s tour package.
From the base camp, trekking to Meesa pulimala is arranged in the next day morning. And they are drooped back to the forest office, by Jeep.
Option 2 – Overnight stay at Rhodo Mansion.
Second option is to hire a Jeep (or take your four wheel drive vehicle) and to “Rhodo Mansion”, another camp site of the state forest department. It’s after the base camp. Rhodo Mansion is at a distance of around 28 kilometers from the Forest department’s office at Munnar hill station. Jeep charges to Rhodo Mansion and back (return in the next day), is around INR 3000/- . Please confirm Jeep charges before hiring the Jeep.
“Rhodo Mansion”is surrounded by Rhododendron Flowers. It is located a few kilometers after the earlier mentioned base camp. You can enjoy the tasty food, participate in the campfire and stay overnight here at the cottage in Rhodo Mansion, at around 7500 feet height above sea level. There are two cottages in the Rhodo Mansion. Charges are 6000 for two persons per night.
Actual trekking to the Meesa pulimala mountain peak from Rhodo Mansion accompanied by a guide, starts in the morning and it takes around two plus hours of rigorous trekking; crossing streams, misty mountains, etc, to reach Meesapulimala.
Which are the Nearest Railway Stations and Airports to Meesapulimala?
The nearest railway stations to Meesapuli mala are Alwaye (Aluva) and Angamali, both around 120 kilometers distance. Ernakulam South alias Ernakaulam Junction (ERS) and Ernakulam North alias Ernakulam Town (ERN) are the two Major railway stations to Meesapuli mala, at around 130 kilometers distance. Madurai Junction railway station is another major railway station, at around 136 kilometers distance.
Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport at around 110 kilometers from Meesapulimala. Madurai Airport is at around 140 kilometers distance from Meesapuli mala.