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Paithalmala is a hill station in the Kerala-Karnataka border. This place situated around 65 k.m from Kannur town is an ideal location for trekking as it is around 1,450 metres above sea level. A base reception centre and a watchtower atop the cliff function for the benefit of tourists and trekkers. Buses are available from Taliparambu to the nearest bus station Pottenplave and Kappimala

  • Do not enter the hills without consent and ticket from the entrance
  • Be careful about the Leeches and wild animal
  • Do not litter the forest and hills

    Pottenplave which is the base of the hill and can be reached through KSRTC buses from Kannur and Payyanur.

  • Nearest Major Railway Station: Kannur Railway Station
  • Nearest Airport: Calicut International Airport

  • Cool climate and hill station ambience
  • Great view from the hill top
  • Estate Plantation Walks
  • Trekking and Camping in the hills

What is the best time to visit Paithalmala?

Thabore is best to visit during the season from June to January.

Is public transportation available to Paithalmala?

No, there are public transport buses that connect Pottenplave the nearest town to Paithalamala to Kannur and Payyanur Town.

Does Paithalmala have accommodation facilities?

Yes, there is DTPC Resort and few homestays in Paithalmala that offer great food and hospitality.

  • Languages Spoken: Malayalam, English
  • Plantation Trails can be experienced in Private Estate Plantations
  • Local Guides and Jeep Safaris are available on request at standard prices.
  • Carry boots if trekking during summers to avoid leeches. Raincoats and water protection for camera gear is important for monsoon trekking.

Detail Description

Paithalmala is a small hill station tucked in the forest of Kodagu in the Kannur district of Kerala. The region is the highest geographic peak in Kannur. It is one of the most beautiful peaks in the Western Ghats and will mesmerizes anyone who has been here. Standing tall at 4500 ft., Paithalmala is the tallest peak in the district of Kannur and a very popular trekking destination for all the nature and adventure lovers out there. An enchanting hill station with captivating beauty, thrilling trekking trails and abundance of lush greenery - Paithalmala is a perfect getaway. It has become a favourite spot for the nature enthusiasts, photographers, trekkers and leisurely visitors.


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Paithalmala is a must experience trekking trails in the Malabar region. Trekking is the best activity one can indulge in here, allowing you to absorb and be mesmerized by the stunning beauty of the place and its surroundings. A 6 km long trek from the base to the top of the hill takes you through dense forests and grasslands, ultimately leading to a watch tower at the top. The watch tower is the highlight of the whole trek as one get to see breath-taking scenery of the Kodagu forests, Coorg Forests and the adjoining areas. Small detours to the nearby ponds or lakes located via the help of the local guides. View of the valley from the observatory tower is breath-taking and the observer’s eyes can hover over more than half the area of Kannur district. Most of the visitors end their trek having time spent around the tower, but much of the excitement of the Paithalmala is located elsewhere.


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