Lush vegetation and undulating hilly terrain have made Kottancherry Hills near Konnakad in Kasaragod district a trekkers’ paradise. Lying 30 km northeast of Kanhangad, this range of hills is a favourite among Nature lovers and ecotourists as well.
It is believed that the hills - Kottancherry mala, Kumban mala, Pannyar mala, and Kanthanppara - are in the shape of a fort (kotta in Malayalam), hence the name Kottancherry.
Part of the Western Ghats, the picturesque location bears resemblance to the scenic beauty of Kodaikanal. The landscape extends up to the Ranipuram wildlife sanctuary, merging with the reserve forests of Kasaragod.
Lying close to the Cauvery, Kottancherry Hills is situated in the proximity of Talakaveri in the Brahmagiri mountain range of Kodagu Hills. An 11-km trek through the forests will take you to Talakaveri, which is the source of the Kaveri River, and best suited for river rafting and other adventurous expeditions.
Kumban mala in Kottancherry hills is noted for the splendid views if offers. A stone wall separating two states appears like an ornament from here.
The trek to Kottancherry Hills starts at Konnakad, and during the 13-km long trek through the dense forests you can spot a host of animals such as elephants, wild dogs, deer and pigs and rare birds. The Forest Department provides experienced guides to assist tourists in the trek.
To have a glimpse of Kottancherry Hills, check the following video: https://youtu.be/0QlJ1SfbFbY
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