The mist at Meesapulimala in Kerala's Idukki district has been experienced by many travellers. Now another similar destination that was out of bounds for visitors has been thrown open by the Forest Department. It is Chokramudi Hill, which is part of the Anamudi mountain.
The Chokramudi trekking project being implemented with the cooperation of the tribal folk residing in the lower reaches of the hill has been launched by Forest Conservator Padma Mohanty.
Chokramudi is situated at an elevation of 7,300 feet above sea level and shares boundaries with Bison Valley, Chinnakanal and Devikulam. To reach Chokramudi, take the Kochi-Dhanushkodi national highway and the Gap Road. From there, a 3.5-km trek takes travellers to the hill.
A picturesque sight awaits adventurous tourists from the top of Chokramudi peak. It includes views of tea gardens in the valleys far below, Munnar, Ponmudi, Anayirangal, Mathikettan shola national park, Swargammedu, Manithookkammedu, Bison Valley and Muttukadu paddy fields. When the mist subsides, Anamudi and Meesappulimala too would appear before visitors.
Things to note
An entry fee of Rs 400 would be charged for Indians and Rs 600 for foreign citizens to trek to Chokramudi. The pass and permission can be obtained from the temporary trekking office functioning near Gap Road.
Intoxicants and plastic items will not be allowed into Chokramudi.