Muneeswaran Hill in Wayanad district resembles the well-known tourist spot in Idukki, Vagamon, in many ways. An off-road trip along mist-covered stretches skirting the hills takes travellers to the destination.
From the top of Muneeswaran Hill, tourists can enjoy a panoramic view of almost the entire northeastern region of Wayanad. The hill is a favourite among adventure tourists as well as nature lovers. While the scenery is stunning, the weather is cool and cozy.
How to reach
Muneeswaran Hill is located at Thalappuzha, near Mananthavady. From Mananthavady, travel along the road to Kannur and after passing Thalappuzha town, take a deviation to the right which is the forest track that leads to Muneeswaran Hill. The track starts from Makkimala, a tribal settlement five km from Thalappuzha town.
The forest track is a steep climb and when travellers reach the summit of Muneeswaran Hill, they would be at an altitude of around 1,000 m above sea level. Rocks and huge trees flank the track, which would thrill people who love adventure. Tea gardens also surround this area and offer a pleasing sight.
Elephant dung could be found at several spots along the track and sometimes, tourists may encounter wild animals. At the top of Muneeswaran Hill, green grasslands spread in all directions and a pleasant mist surrounds everything. The trek to the hill could be exhausting but the experience at the summit is soothing as well as refreshing. At the hill, there is a small shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva which gave the place its name.
Entry is allowed to Muneeswaran Hill between 8 am and 6 pm and visitors present at the spot in the evening can enjoy a beautiful sunset. Moreover, facilities are available for spending the night in tents. Packages which include trekking and food are also offered to tourists.