An invigorating 6 km trek, a trail interspersed with rare endemic species, waterfalls and a panoramic view of neighbouring Karnataka are some of the primary attractions of the magnificent hill station of Pythal Mala or Paithalmala in Kannur district. One of the highest peaks in Kannur, this enchanting hill station is located about 65 km from the main town and about 4,500 ft. above sea level. One must traverse a good distance to reach this quaint spot; but the payoff is immediate, as vouched by many a trekking aficionado.
Monsoon and summer are considered to be the best time to explore the beauty of this hill station. Trekkers also can have a dip in the cool waters of Ezharakundu Waterfalls on the way.
A secluded locale, it offers one the opportunity to soak in the splendour of Northern Kerala in peace.
Trekking @ Pythal Mala
The place offers a 5 km long trekking trails through the semi-evergreen shola forests. At Pythal Mala trekkers has two choice of routes. One that starts with Kappimala (Near Alakkodu), is arduous, and hence avoided by the faint-hearted. The other that begins from Pottenplave, near Kudianmala, is the more beaten one, easier and studded along with civilization. Explore more about this trekking
Nearest railway station: Kannur, about 39 km away
Nearest airport: Kannur International Airport, about 59 km | Calicut International Airport, about 160 km | Mangalore International Airport, about 180 km
Latitude: 12.170911, Longitude: 75.552864