• Trip introduction

    The Paithalmala trek is a short and easy trek that leads you up a hill-station that has remained largely unexplored, hidden away from the crowds of tourists. Great for beginners, this trek is a good choice if you're looking to escape from the urban life and spend a few days in the radiant greenery of Kerala. You'll also get to visit the coastal town of Kannur and visit the St. Angelo Fort and the Muzhappilangad drive-in beach. This 4-day trek to Paithalmala is truly a treat for all nature lovers, photographers and adventure lovers.


    Paithalmala is located about 8-hr drive from Bengaluru, close to the state borders of Karnataka and Kerala, on the outskirts of the Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary. The Paithalmala trek will take you to the forests of this sanctuary, peppered with river streams and waterfalls. From atop the hill at Paithalmala, you'll stand at an observatory view point and gaze at the majestic view of the surrounding hills and forests. You'll also explore the coastal town of Kannur and visit local attractions like the longest drive-in beach in Asia at Muzhappilangad.

    Destination highlights

    Explore the unexplored on the Paithalmala trek. | Treat your senses to the radiant greenery of Kerala. | Hike up the Paithalmala trail to scale the hill-station. | Explore the coastal town of Kannur. | Stay at a quaint village home-stay.

    Activity Details




    10 kms

    4 hrs

    10 kms

    Trip details
  • Day 1 of the Paithalmala trek: Depart for Paithalmala

    You'll meet your fellow travellers at one of the three pick-up points by 19:00 hrs. You will then start your overnight journey in a Tempo Traveller or mini-bus to Paithalmala in Kerala. Overnight in transit.

    Overnight in transit.

    You will be picked up from your desired pick-up point in a Tempo Traveller or a mini-bus, and will be driven to Paithalmala. It is a 300-km drive, so you will spend the night in transit.

    Day 1 Milestone



    19:00 PM


    No meals are provided today

    Day 2 of the Paithalmala trek: Explore Paithalmala
    Day 3 of the Paithalmala trek: Explore Kannur
    Day 4 of the Paithalmala trek: Arrive in Bengaluru
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  • Cancellation policy

    For cancellations made more than 7 days before departure of the Paithalmala trek: 95% refund.

    For cancellations made 3-7 days before departure of the Paithalmala trek: 50% refund.

    For cancellations made less than 3 days before departure of the Paithalmala trek: no refund.

    In case of no show: no refund.

    All refunds will be processed after deducting a transaction fee of INR 200 per person. This fee is charged by The Great Next.

    Rules on trip

    Smoking and consumption of alcohol is strictly prohibited on the Paithalmala trek.

    Travellers are required to adhere to instructions of the trek leader during the trek to Paithalmala.

    Travellers are requested to treat the local culture with respect and avoid littering, defacing property and monuments and causing general disturbance.

    Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

    Travellers can choose from 3 pick-up and drop-off points: St. Marks Cathedral in Ashok Nagar, New Shanti Sagar Hotel in Domlur, and Swad E Punjab in HSR Layout. Tardiness in arriving at the pick-up point will lead to missing the trek, without any refund.

    The tour operator reserves the right to cancel or alter the itinerary of the Paithalmala trek to maximize the safety of travellers as well as staff.

    Travellers will be required to bear any additional costs arising due to unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc.

    The tour operators shall not be responsible for the loss of any valuables and belongings of the travellers
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    • Paithalmala Trekking Kerala Adventure Easy Short The Great Next
  • Includes / Excludes


    • Travel arrangements between Bengaluru and trek start/end points in a non-AC Tempo Traveller or mini-bus

    • Accommodation in a home-stay for 1 night on a multi-sharing basis
    • All veg meals from breakfast on day 2 to lunch on day 3
    • Services of experienced trek leader and support staff
    • All government permits and charges
    • All applicable taxes


    • Travel arrangements between your home city and Bengaluru

    • Any meals not mentioned in inclusions
    • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc.
    • Personal expenses such as tips to staff, additional meals or beverages etc.
    • Anything not mentioned in inclusions

    What to Wear

    What to Wear

    • Comfortable, quick dry apparel
    • Shirts/t-shirts and track pants/shorts
    • Sports/trekking shoes
    • Extra pair of dry clothes
    • Not to wear - Expensive jewellery or gadgets
    • Hard luggage like suitcase, trolley bags etc.
    • Restrictive or uncomfortable clothing

    What not to Wear

    • Loose clothing that will tangle around you while swimming
    • Restrictive clothing
    • Flip-flops

    Equipment / Gear

    We Provide

    • Non-AC Tempo Traveller or mini-bus for transport between Bengaluru and Paithalmala

    You need to get

    • Small backpack
    • 2 water bottles (1 ltrs+ each)
    • Raincoat or poncho
    • Torch/headlamp
    • Portable charger
    • Extra pair of dry clothes
    • Personal toiletries
    • Insect repellent
    • Deodorant
    • Dry snacks (chocolates, cookies etc.)
    • Light-weight towel or napkins

    Medical Kit

    • Please carry any prescribed medication and a personal first-aid kit.