Paithalmala: Exploring Nature's Marvels in Kerala's Highlands

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Unveiling the Enchantment of Paithalmala: A Trekker's Paradise

Paithalmala – This picturesque hill station, perched at an altitude of 1372 meters above sea level in Kannur. It offers a serene escape for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike. Here’s everything you need to know to embark on an unforgettable journey to this verdant landscape waiting to be explored: 

Best Time to Visit Paithalmala:

The post-monsoon and winter months, from September to February are ideal for the best experience.

How to Reach :

Mode of TransportDetails
By AirNearest Airport: Kannur International Airport
 Distance from Paithalmala: Approximately 75 kilometers
 Travel Options: Taxi or Bus
By TrainNearest Railway Station: Kannur Railway Station
 Distance from Paithalmala: Approximately 65 kilometers
 Travel Options: Taxi or Bus
By RoadConnectivity: Well-connected by road
 Nearby Towns: Kannur, Taliparamba
 Travel Time: Approximately 2-3 hours
 Travel Options: Bus or Taxi
 Permit Requirement: Obtain permit from Forest Department office at Pottenplavu base camp


– While accommodation options are limited atop Paithalmala, visitors can find a range of hotels, resorts, and homestays in nearby towns like Kannur and Taliparamba.

Capturing Memories:

– Paithalmala presents an abundance of photography opportunities, with every turn revealing a new vista worthy of admiration.
– Photographers can capture the ethereal beauty of mist-shrouded valleys, vibrant flora, and panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

Must-Visit places in Paithalmala:

  1. Paithalmala Hilltop: The crown jewel of Paithalmala, the hilltop offers mesmerizing panoramic views of mist-covered valleys, rolling hills, and dense forests stretching as far as the eye can see.
  1. Perumthenaruvi Waterfall:  Perumthenaruvi is a scenic waterfall nestled amidst lush greenery. Cascading from a height, the waterfall forms a natural pool at its base, inviting visitors to take a refreshing dip in its cool waters.
  2. Kudaku Viewpoint: Situated along the trekking trail to Paithalmala, Kudaku viewpoint offers breathtaking vistas of the surrounding landscape. 
  3. Meenmutty Waterfall:  Meenmutty waterfall is another natural marvel worth exploring. The waterfall cascades from a height, creating a mesmerizing spectacle amidst the lush greenery of the Western Ghats.
  4. Kappimala Viewpoint:  Kappimala viewpoint offers stunning vistas of the Western Ghats and the Kannur coastline. Capture the beauty of the rolling hills and verdant valleys spread out before you from this scenic vantage point.

Must-Visit places in Paithalmala:

  1. Valiyoorkavu Temple: Valiyoorkavu Temple is a revered Hindu pilgrimage site dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali. The temple’s serene ambiance and architectural beauty make it a must-visit cultural attraction in the region.
  2. Thalassery Fort: Thalassery Fort is a historic landmark located nearby. The fort offers a glimpse into Kerala’s colonial past and boasts panoramic views of the Arabian Sea.
  3. Malabar Wildlife Sanctuary: Explore the rich biodiversity of the Western Ghats at Malabar Wildlife Sanctuary, located near Paithalmala. Embark on guided nature walks or jeep safaris to spot indigenous wildlife species, including elephants, leopards, and rare bird species.
  4. Chalil Beach: Unwind at Chalil Beach, located a short distance away. With its pristine shoreline, swaying palm trees, and tranquil ambiance, it’s the perfect spot to relax and soak in the coastal beauty of Kerala.


Embark on an unforgettable journey and Discover the timeless allure of Paithalmala and its surrounding attractions, where every corner unveils a new facet of Kerala’s natural beauty and cultural heritage. Immerse yourself in the timeless allure of nature’s bounty. From exhilarating treks to soul-stirring vistas, this hidden paradise promises an experience like no other.

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