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Paithalmala Trek, Kerala

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Paithalmala, also called Vaithalmala, is a popular hill station, and only a few know that it exists in the Kannur region in the state of Kerala. The station is one of the few where nature is not largely affected by the human population. The location is said to be a treat for all the nature lovers, photographers, selfie lovers and the same goes for all the adventure lovers. Ditch the basic tourist destinations in Kerala for this unexplored and unexploited spot. Hurry up before it becomes a tourist hub!

Paithalmala is more than your ordinary trek, as one can visit an observatory tower located at the hilltop, a 45min walk from the Paithal Valley.


Trek Details

  • Trek LevelEasy - Moderate ( Difficulty Level is subjective )
  • Trail TypeForests & Streams
  • Trek Distance10 km

Kotagiri - A Two Day Overview

Day 0

  • Depart from Bangalore by 7 PM

Day 1

  • Reach Homestay
  • Freshen Up Breakfast
  • Start the Trek
  • Packed Lunch
  • Descend
  • Jeep Ride to Palakayyam Thattu
  • Reach Homestay for high tea and snacks
  • Dinner and Bonfire

Day 2

  • Wake Up early morning
  • Freshen up
  • Head to Kannur
  • Explore Kannur Fort and Beaches!

Day 3

  • Reach Bangalore by Monday early morning 5 AM


Price Inclusions

  • Accommodation in tents/homestay 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 from Suryanelly and back.
  • Sleepings bags/blankets available (Separate for men & women)
  • Campfire ( only if weather permits )
  • Off-road jeep ride
  • 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:

  • 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 ( Kodaikanal has a cold temperature up to 6-10 Degree )
  • 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

Paithamala Trek - Two Day Itinerary

DAY 0 - Depart for Paithamala

We leave behind the city life of Bangalore at night for the quiet life of Paithamala, which is situated around 300kms away. The trek leaders start with the introductory part and the most awaited part of it all – the icebreaker session which is absolutely essential for fully enjoying the 2-days journey.

DAY 1 -  Explore Paithamala

We reach the homestay in Paithamala early morning, freshen up and have breakfast to finally begin our day. Lunch shall be provided during the trek. Mind you, the trek is an absolute favorite for adventure lovers, but don’t worry, beginners will enjoy it too. The initial trek involves a forest trail, plain land and an observatory. A piece of advice for the trekkers, carry good shoes and salt to avoid getting leech bites during the course. The observatory provides the trekkers with a majestic view of the nearby villages, hills, and forests. The course of Paithamala is a very scenic and peaceful one.  We also undertake a jeep ride to Palakkayum Thattu, an hours’ journey. Palakkayum Thattu’s beauty is intensified due to several waterfalls and mountains which resides there. Palakkayum receives a good amount of rain throughout the year, hence avoid the rainy seasons. The ideal time to visit Palakkayum is from June to October and January to March. We return back to our homestay just about time for high tea and snacks. We end our day gathering for a bonfire sharing the day’s best memories and moments and sharing a few laughs.

DAY 2 - Return via Kannur

We wake up early morning in order to get started with our day. After freshening up and eating a good breakfast, we leave for Kannur an approximately 50km hr journey. Reaching Kannur, we spend the day exploring the beaches and forts of the area. Kannur houses a number of beaches, giving us a tough time in order to decide which one(s) to explore, these include the Muzhappilangad drive-in beach, the Payyambalam beach, the Thottada beach, and the Meenkunnu beach to name a few. Other famous sites include the Mridanga Saileswari temple, Arakkal museum, Dharmadam Island, Fort. St Angelo, Cannanore lighthouse. The magical view of Kannur makes it an off-beat destination for tourists. One can rarely find crowds in popular places of the region- the Fort St Angelo and Muzhappilangad drive-in beach.
Muzhappilangad Drive-In Beach is the longest Drive-In Beach in India and is featured among the top 6 best beaches for driving in the world, and also considered as the longest drive-in beach in Asia. After a very productive day spent on exploring the Kannur region of the state, we board the bus leaving for Bangalore. Take a good much-required sleep in order to be fresh when we reach Bangalore by early morning the next day.

DAY 3 

We expect to reach Bangalore by 5 am the next morning.


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

For more queries please visit our Frequently Asked Questions ( FAQ's).


  • 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