Paithalmala is a hill station in the Kannur district of Kerala in India. Located near Pottenplave village, at a height of 4500 F above sea level, this is the highest geographic peak in Kannur. It is located 65 km from Kannur. Nestled in the Kerala Karnataka border near to Kodagu forests, it lies in the Western Ghats. It has become a favorite spot for the nature enthusiasts, photographers, trekkers and leisurely visitors. There are two trekking seasons at Paithalmala, falling in monsoon and summer. Monsoon (June to October) trekking to Paithalmala is a photographer’s delight as the mist blankets the hills and forest. One can indulge into the lush greenery amidst the showers throughout the day, especially in July. Practically, trekking is not as easy as in the summer because of the extreme climate. Watch out for leeches and occasional elephant visits.
Paithalmala Hilltop: There is an observatory tower made by the department of tourism at the hilltop which can be reached after a 45 min walk from the Paithal valley. Trekking starts through the dense forest followed by the plain grass land on the hill top.
Monsoon is followed by a cool climate in Paithalmala and the grass surrounding the hills grow to their fullest size, making it difficult to walk through. As they grow above seven feet, finding the regular way becomes a difficult task. By December, the forest caretakers set fire to the grass, taking care of the rest of the forest, to ease out the trekking experience. The best time for a trek is from Jan to March though the sun might be harsh.
Forest trail towards the hill
View of the valley from the observatory tower is breathtaking and the observer’s eyes can hover over more than half the area of Kannur district