After the Sahyadri Mountain Ranges in Maharashtra, the extended mountain ranges of the Western Ghats found in Kerala. Kerala is home to some of the tallest peaks in the Western Ghats. Trekking through these mountains has a different essence all in all. One such trekking experience you shouldn't pass up is the Banasura Hill Trek. The hill got its name after Banasura, one of the mythical characters in the Indian folklore. Set up at a challenging altitude of 6,600 feet. The conical-shaped Banasura is the second highest peak between Nilgiris and Himalayas. Banasura nestled in Wayanad, which beholds Chembra Peak and Pakshipathalam. Before trekking up the Banasura Hill, one has to obtain prior permission from the North Wayanad Forest Division office at Mananthavady. Banasura Sagar dam an important landmark near the trek.
Starting point: Vythiri, Wayanad
Trek gradient: Moderate. Banasura is a continuously uphill trail with some rising and falling segments.
Approximate time: This Trek is a two-day activity. 4 to 5 hours to ascend and 3 to 5 hours to descend, overall 9 hours
Trekking distance: 18 km (both-ways)
Water sources: One should carry at least 2 liters of water before starting the Trek, there are numerous streams on the trail
Best months to visit: Recommended to Trek during the winter months. The best months are September to January as, during heavy monsoons, the trail becomes mucky and slippery, which makes the descent difficult, and the weather is too humid during summers.
One can start from Bangalore the previous night, arrive at Kalpetta in the morning, concluding the Trek, and return to Bangalore on the same day.
Other Options to reach Banasura Hill Trek from Bangalore
From Kozhikode to Banasura
Banasura Trekking Trail
The trekking trail begins close to the forest office. Make sure that you start no later than 6.00 am. It's a 4 to 5-hour trek, one-way. The forest office commands that a designed guide ought to be with you during the Trek. The expense charged is Rs.500/ - The charge for trekking and authorization can be checked at the forest office. It differs as indicated by the number of hours you desire to Trek.
The Trek up to the Banasura hill is well-marked pretty much till the highest point. The path prevalently twists through the Shola forests. The outline of Banasura, which is an enormous cone-like hill, can be witnessed from the base. The Banasura Falls bends off into a murmuring stream and wanders over rocks and stones and underneath the abundant vegetation. The Banasura Sagar Dam Wayanad, the biggest earth dam in India and the second biggest of its sort in Asia, is another point where one can start the Trek. The beginning point of the climb is 2.5 Kms from the Banasura dam Wayanad. You can trek to the Meenmutty waterfalls, a 30–45 mins trek from the Forest Office (beginning stage of the Banasura Hill trek). The Meenmutty falls cascades are the biggest and the most excellent waterfalls in Wayanad. The 1000 foot cascade is well known for its three-layered course zone.
The ascent to the head of the hill is challenging. The trekking trail slithers through moving fields that cover the valleys. The grandness of the Shola forests is at peak at a few sections during the Trek. The bewildering sight of the Karamanathodu tributary of the Kabini River from the trail keeps on getting better. The three-hour ascent to the top is both energizing and challenging as the path is undulating and steep simultaneously. The course is steep right from the start, and it is difficult for 45 minutes. Individual sections of the Trek loaded with leeches and prickly-thick shrubberies, so they have to walk through them cautiously. Mid-way, you can spot 3-4 incredible mountain streams; you can fill your water bottles there. Post the steep climb; it's a steady ascent for the following 1.5 hours. This area is especially lovely since you get the opportunity to trek along with the moving fields that have a yellowish hue. The grass is knee-high, and the trail additionally has rocks and boulders. The magnificence of the territory is the highlight.
The last one km stretch is steep, and one may feel dried out since there is no tree spread. There are rock faces from where you can get an all-encompassing vista of the mountain ranges. Keep on strolling along the path; there are a few hillocks on the way to the pinnacle. The peak is the ideal vantage point where you are blessed to receive stupefying perspectives on the whole landscape. The mountain ranges reach out to the extent that the natural eye can see. Wayanad Banasura dam is the top trekking destination in Kerala.
Follow the same route and descend along the same course. It'll take about 3 to 4 hours to get down since it's a nine kilometer stretch twisting through thick brambles, mountain streams, prairies that are knee-high and inclines that are at an edge between 60 to 70 degrees. On the off chance that you start the Trek by 6 am, the odds of coming back to the base around 4 pm are high, with the goal that you can begin towards Bangalore and cross the Tiger Reserve stretch before 9 pm and arrive at Bangalore by 1 am in the first part of the day.