With certain parts of North India experiencing bone-chilling cold as well as snowfall, it’s not like South India has been spared. It’s getting terribly chilly down south, with temperatures dipping to -2 in certain parts of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Therefore, if you’re in a mood to do things differently, head to this beauty called Meesapulimala near Munnar in Tamil Nadu.

Meesapulimala is a destination for the highly adventurous, since it is the second highest peak in the Western Ghats and is known for a rather arduous trekking trail via Rhodo Valley. The trail offers trekkers breathtaking views of the grasslands, rainforests and wildlife present at the high altitude. Rhodo Valley is special because red rhododendron trees bloom here that just makes this place so stunningly scenic.

The trek starts from the campsite at the base of the hill. From here it continues on to the lush forests of the Shola grassland. The trail begins to get a little steep, just about 10 minutes from start. In no time you would be at the peak of the first of the eight hills. Wait till you get to the cloud-kissed mountain tops; a picturesque view of Munnar and Surianelli towns would await you. The trek would require you to cross the beautiful Anayairankal lake. If you’re lucky, you may get to spot the wildlife of the Shola forests by the time you reach the seventh peak. On reaching the eighth and the final peak, which is the Meesapulimala peak, you’d know that every second of the effort was worth it.

Meesapulimala is located at a height of 2600 meters above sea level. It’s important to know that a trek of approximately 6 hours is required to get to the top of this hill. If you are an adventure junkie, then this is something you cannot miss. Next time you’re in or around Munnar, you know where to head for your share of thrill and adventure.