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Paithalmala Trek – Kerala

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Gorged by the plains of Kannur on one side and Coorg Valley on the other, Paithalmala is a hill station that gives Kerala a distinct recognition. The refreshing concoction of misty valleys, semi-evergreen shola forests and daubed grasslands further intensifies the feeling of novelty in this region. Moreover, an Observation Tower watches all visitors as they arrive to get a bird’s eye view of the place. In this, it would be a crime not to follow the Paithalmala trekking trail that lays bare for beginners and seasoned trekkers. 

Paithalmala or Vaithalmala is a hill station in the Kannur region in Kerala. The whole trek mazes initially from dense forests and opens into grasslands that lay as far as the eyes can see. It is a 5 km uphill trek. Since Paithalmala lies a little east of the West Coast, the forests found here are semi-evergreen. Also, standing tall at 1342 m, the Paithalmala peak is the highest in the Kannur region. 

You must have heard about the beauty of Kerala in its beaches and backwaters; this time, give its woods a chance and you will leave mesmerised. On this two-day journey, we will go on two small but beautiful treks: the Paithalmala trek and a trek to the Secret Falls. We have carved an offbeat trek to Paithalmala because we wanted to provide you with the knowledge of the Western ghats, show you the Observatory Tower, and walk you on the animal trails. Additionally, you will taste the waters of a Secret Falls and the meals of Kerala. Here is the complete itinerary of the Paithalmala Trek for the two days; take a look and book your seat at the earliest. 

Trip Highlights

  1. Offbeat experiential trek to Paithalmala.
  2. A trek to Secret Waterfalls.
  3. Taste the meals of Kerala.
  4. Get a heavenly view of Paithal Valley from the Observatory Tower.
  5. Cover two sections on the trail: Semi-evergreen forests and grasslands.
  6. Photography amidst natural setting.


Trek Details

  • Trek LevelEasy - Moderate ( Difficulty Level is subjective )
  • Trail TypeForests & Grasslands
  • Trek Distance10 km (to and fro)

Paithalmala Trek - 2 Day overview

Day 0

  • Depart from Bangalore by 9 PM

Day 1

  • Reach campsite
  • Freshen Up Breakfast
  • Start the Trek
  • Reach the peak
  • Packed Lunch
  • Descend
  • High tea and Snacks ( self-sponsored at the restaurant )
  • Dinner and Bonfire ( if weather permits )

Day 2

  • Wake Up early morning
  • Freshen up
  • Head to Secret falls 
  • Kerala Meals for lunch at the resort
  • Return to Bangalore by 10:30 PM ( approx )


Price Inclusions

  • Accommodation in tents on multiple sharing basis
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunch, 1 Dinner
  • Non A/C Tempo Traveller or Mini-bus with push back seats depending on group size
  • Jeep Transfer
  • Campfire ( only if weather permits )
  • Interstate road taxes, Driver allowances, Tolls & Parking
  • Entry fees to all locations
  • Local Guide & Outdoor Leader from Plan The Unplanned
  • Experience that you gain

Price Exclusions

  • Dinner on Day 2
  • Any other meals not included above
  • Any kind of personal expenses
  • Any kind of insurance (health, medical, life accidental,etc )
  • Anything not included above

Pickup Points

Following are the pick-up points & timings:

  • Kindly finish your dinner prior to boarding
  • Please select your preferred pickup point from the drop-down list while booking
  • Any change in Pick up locations/ timings would be updated via mail 24 hours before the start of the trip
  • Drop-off points shall be the same as the pick-up points

Group Size

  • Max number of People 25 to 30 pax
  • We have an equal male to female ratio for most of our treks
  • We require a minimum of 8 members to confirm the event
  • In case we fail to obtain the required minimum, full refund or the option to transfer to any other event will be provided. (Option of transfer shall be subject to payment/refund of balance amount if any)
  • Mode of Transort depends on Group Size. If Group Size is below 12 then Tempo traveller and if above 12 then it would be a Minibus

Things to Carry

  • Small backpack to carry your essentials during the trek
  • Power Bank
  • Warm Layer
  • Water bottles – 2 (1 litre each)
  • Lunch Box & Spoon to carry your packed lunch
  • Raincoat/Bag covers in case of rains
  • A comfortable pair of shoes with good grip for trekking
  • Flip-flops for lazing around the campsite
  • Torch/Headlamp to be used at night
  • Portable chargers for your electronics
  • Extra pair of clothes to change into once wet
  • Polybags to pack your wet clothes
  • Extra cash for meals not included in the itinerary

Paithalmala Trek - Two Day Itinerary

Day 0 - Depart for Paithalmala

An overnight bus journey of 317 km commences from Bangalore to the resort in Paithalmala. We shall have a brief orientation followed by a fun-filled ice-breaking session where you will get to know your fellow trippers better.

Day 1: Trek to Paithalmala

We will freshen up and have a fulfilling breakfast upon reaching the stay. You can leave your bag here and carry a small backpack containing two water bottles, a raincoat, and other essentials. 

There are two routes: one starts from Kappimala and the other starts from Pottenplave near Kudiyanmala. We will take the second easier way, i.e., from Pottenplave, studded with human settlements. 

A short walk, in the beginning, takes you to the forest check post. Once you reach the check post, your bags will be thoroughly checked. Any plastic or littering material would be submitted here. Following the check post, there is majorly a forest section. One needs to trek uphill for another 2 km to finally reach the top of the Paithalmala hill. 

A grassland section follows the forest section. Words can’t explain the views from the top. The magic will arrest you, and you are bound to surrender if there is mist. Once you reach the top, you need to walk till you reach the viewpoint guarded by metal railings for safety purposes.

You can see the Observatory Tower built by the Department of Tourism. Spend time here and immerse yourself in the natural aura. Packed lunch will be served. 

Later, we will follow the same route to reach our base. From here, we return to the resort. There is a swimming pool in the arena. You can relax and chill. Return for some warm tea and snacks (self-sponsored) in the evening.

We end our day near the bonfire sharing the day’s best memories and moments. You can then have dinner and retire for the night. 

DAY 2 - Trek to Secret Falls

Day 2 starts with freshening up and breakfast. We will pack our bags. Then we will go to a Secret Waterfall: let it be a surprise for now; just know it is a tranquil place. 

After spending some good hours, we will come back to the resort. We will have Kerala meals for lunch. Then we will pack up and depart for Bengaluru. 

We will reach Bengaluru by 10:30 pm. We are glad you chose us to host you. If there is any feedback, let us know; we work on suggestions lovingly. From Kerala, you are taking back refreshing memories and a new family. Be in touch, share pictures, and keep calling as and when a memory from the trip brings a smile to your face; we will know we are doing something good. We would love to see you againcheck out our other itineraries and ring us soon. It would be a pleasure to see you again. Till then, take care and love life. 


I'm a solo traveller, Can I join?

The interesting thing about traveling alone is that you get to meet new people from  diverse backgrounds, and towards the end you are no longer strangers. Hence solo travelers are always welcome to join us on our trips. Read more about solo travelling here and get inspired! https://www.plantheunplanned.com/solo-yet-accompanied/ 

Is it safe for Women/Girls?

Safety and security is our priority at all times. Hence it is absolutely safe for women/girls to join us on our treks and travels. Our trek leaders accompany the team at all times, and our campsites are secured and safe for accomodation. We also have female trek leaders who accompany on most of our treks.


Do I have any other boarding points apart from the ones mentioned?

Yes, we do have options for picking a traveler on board with a few locations provided they are on the route to our destination. Following are the same:

  • Croma Store, Sony World Signal

  • Trinity Circle Metro Station

  • Yeshwanthpur Metro Station

  • Goraguntepalya Metro Station

  • Nayanadahalli Metro Station

I have booked the trek when will I get further updates regarding the trek?

Well, most of our treks are usually confirmed by Thursday and you would receive a BON VOYAGE mail that would contain details as regards Pickup Points ( Location and Timings ), Outdoor Leader ( Point of Contact ), Do’s and Don’ts. You’ll be added to Whatsapp Group for all the further updates.

How do I avail discounts? 

Details for availing  discounts are mentioned in the following link, https://www.plantheunplanned.com/membership/

What is cancellation policy?

For Departures from Bangalore: In the event that YOU cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow

  • If you cancel before 7 days – 90% of the amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 3 – 6 days – 50 % of the amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 0-3 days – No Refund

For all the above points you can transfer your ticket to anyone so that you could save your hard-earned money

“Transfer to a future date is only possible only if you cancel between 3-6 days before the trek date and not on the day of departure or a day before”

For other trips and travels with us, and detailed terms and conditions check the      following link : https://www.plantheunplanned.com/refund-cancellation-policy


  • Consumption of alcohol, intoxicants and smoking would not be tolerated during the entire course of the journey and the trek. Kindly co-operate with us to make the experience more fun.
  • Do not expect any luxuries on the trip. The locations that we host are at remote places and we do our best to arrange the basic facilities. The goal is to be outdoors.
  • Put Litter in its place, do not trash your travel.
  • Plan The Unplanned shall not be responsible for any of your belongings, valuables, jewellery etc.  Kindly do take care.
  • Please do not book with us, if you cannot accept the cancellation policy.

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Solo Traveller

My first trek with PTU and I got to get involved in the execution process. Understanding the effort that goes behind making a trek successful. From initial on-boarding instructions to the final good-byes, it had all been amazing.
I went for the Paithalmala trek in Kerala. We were the first batch that went there and explored around. Day 1 is when you complete a 16 kms circuit trek and Day 2 is relaxing on the beach.
There is never a dull moment over the trip duration and plethora of games. Jatin, the founder works hard to create a one of a kind experience for the trekkers. I have never played these many games within two days. If you are solo or travelling in a group, it’s perfect to plan your weekend. The food is good, homestay was clean and comfortable, planning was great. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a good trek organization.

December 3, 2020
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