8 kilometre south of Kalpetta, near to the town of Meppady, lays one of the highest peaks in the Western Ghats and the highest peak in Wayanad, the Chembra Peak. The Chembra peak stands with might with a height of 2100 metres above the sea level adjoining the Nilgiri Hills of Tamil Nadu and Vallarimala of Calicut(Kerala).
The peak is so tall and gigantic that it is even visible from almost all parts of the district, Wayanad. More to your surprise, Chembra peak has a secret that will only be revealed to those nature-loving souls who wouldn't mind climbing up 3 hours long treacherous, steep and wild trek. And it's an alluring lake on the peak's extreme top that too in the shape of a heart, which is said to have never dried up. The lake is named as 'Hridaya Thadaakam' which translates to "Heart Lake" and is the most attractive feature of the peak.
This place is an ideal destination for trekking enthusiasts and those who admires the purest form of nature. Prior permission has to be taken from the Meppady forest office before going for a trek at Chembra Peak. Also, the forest office will be open on all days. Overnight camping in the peak is not allowed at Chembra peak as there is a threat from lurking wild animals.
From the top of the Chembra peak, we will get spellbound by the enthralling beauty of the nature and the panoramic view of entire Wayanad. We will also be able to see fragments of Kozhikode, Malappuram and Niligiri districts from the peak. Though there are numerous alluring peaks nearby Chambra peak, it is difficult to climb into those as they are covered with dense forests and presence of wild animals.
Chembra Peak is worth visiting all year around. But it might be good, if you avoid the place on rainy season, as the descent can be quite slippery during heavy monsoon season. There are lots of bus services, both government and private, to reach Chembra. You can get down at Kalpetta and from there to Chembra. If you are an enthusiast of calming natural beauty and a person whole loves to get high on adrenaline, then Chembra Peak in Wayanad will be an ideal destination for you.