Thayyeni Koomban - 9 Things to Know Before Visiting
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About Thayyeni Koomban
Thayyeni Koomban, translated to Thayyeni peak is a mountain peak in the Western Ghats mountain ranges. It is the highest peak in its vicinity and can be seen from 10-15 KM away. The top is located 850 meters above sea level and an exhausting hike through forest and grasslands is required to reach the peak.
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There are two hiking trails to Thayyeni Koomban: One which is very narrow and difficult to access which only the locals use and another one through an uneven road. Both trails lead you through the forest which is also an elephant reserve. While the trail through the road is somewhat bearable, the other one is pretty difficult. You will be able to see large forest trees and dense green forests along the way. In both trails it is not advised to go without a local as for sure you will be lost.
Midway through the trail is an abandoned house which is almost destroyed with only the walls standing. You will be able to see many small holes on the wall and they are made by elephants. The steep climb starts after this point. The last stretch of the climb is roughly 2 KM and by the end of it, you will reach the peak. There is a tree on the way which was once covered by vines and now the only thing left of the tree are the wines. It's hollow in the middle where the tree once stood. If you are a bit adventurous you can climb up through the wines, they are extremely large and strong.
Up on top, the peak offers a 360-degree view of the mountains surrounding it. The great western ghat mountains surround it in all directions, covered in thick dense forest.
Butterflies and honey bees fly around the peak and tall grasses dances in the wind. The small Thayyeni village and the church can be seen below. If you are lucky enough to be there till sunset, you can see an incredible view of the mountains in the sun's shade and a long stretch of sea on the faraway horizon with the big red Indian sun.
There is a small church at the bottom of Thayyeni Koomban and from some of the areas near to it, you will be able to see the top portion of the peak, at times covered in mist. On one of the steep sides of the mountain, you see from the church, honey bee combs can be seen filled in between the rocky sides. If you are fortunate, you will be able to see schools of bees coming in and out of their combs.
Best Time to Visit Thayyeni Koomban
The best time to visit the peak is from October to May after the monsoon season. Even though it is alright to visit during monsoon rains, the area will have a larger population of leeches.
Tips for Visiting Thayyeni Koomban
- One side of the peak is a 90-degree drop, be careful going near there. There will be strong winds to unbalance you.
- It is dangerous to stay till sunset as it gets dark within minutes after the sun hides and the journey back through the forest will become a nightmare. There will be sounds of wild animals, and insects flying around, and torch lights will attract unwanted attention from the untamed animals.
- It is highly recommended to find a local guide from the small towns nearby. The trail is not always clear.
- Do not make loud noises while visiting the place. The wildlife must be kept undisturbed.
Interesting Facts and Trivias About Thayyeni Koomban
- Thayyeni Koomban is named after the small town Thayyeni that lies below it.
How Much Time Did Visitors Spend at Thayyeni Koomban
It takes half a day to explore Thayyeni Koomban. The hike is a little hard and could take two hours in one direction.
How to Reach Thayyeni Koomban
The peak stands majestically in the backdrops of the small border village of Thayyeni in Kasaragod District of Kerala State in Southern India. The Kerala - Karnataka state border cuts straight through the middle of the peak. The nearest major town with a railway station is Payyannur, which is 40 KM away. There are direct bus services from Payyannur to Thayyeni although only at hour intervals. If you are in a hurry, take a bus to Pulingome from Payyannur (every 10 minutes or so) and take a jeep/ rickshaw to Thayyeni. From Thayyeni village, you will have no choice but to rent a jeep or rickshaw to get you to the foot of the peak.
Entrance Fee of Thayyeni Koomban
There is no entrance fee for Thayyeni Koomban.
Opening Hours of Thayyeni Koomban
Thayyeni Koomban is technically open for 24 hours but do not visit after 2 PM as you will not have enough time to return before the sun sets. The hike is through dense forests with a lot of wildlife.
Attractions Near Thayyeni Koomban
Kottancheri Hill Station Malom
1.8km from Thayyeni Koomban
Part of majestic Western ghats, carpeted by a lush rain forest canopy. A trekker's paradise with numerous trails.
2.3km from Thayyeni Koomban
A large, highly untouched meadow on Western ghats mountain, situating on the Kerala-Karnataka border. The meadow, situated in the middle of the forest and accessible by hiking a steep hill for about an hour comes with amazing views of the forest canopy, 360-degree view of the Western Ghat mountain ranges. The meadow is home for various kinds of honey bees and butterflies, and you will see a lot of uniqie, wildflowers.
Tejaswini River Rafting
5.13km from Thayyeni Koomban
Tejaswini River Rafting is an exciting white water rafting through the gorgeous upper Tejaswini river. It will take you through the Western Ghat mountains and the lashing monsoon shower. This is one of the few white water rafting offered in the entire Kerala State.
Kottathalachi Mala (Mount Kottathalachi)
8.23km from Thayyeni Koomban
Located 900 meters above sea level, Mount Kottathalachi is accessible either by a 3 km hike or by off road vehicles. The peak is filled with tall green grasses which dances with the cool breeze, and amazing 360 degree views of thousands of Western Ghat Mountain peaks. This is also a local Christian pilgrim site.
Christ the Redeemer statue Thabore (Lord Jesus in Thabore hill top)
9.4km from Thayyeni Koomban
A large sculpture of Christ the Redeemer on top of a hill, overlooking valleys and mountain ranges below. About 2 kilometers of hiking(one side) is required to reach the place. Especially popular for sunset views.
10km from Thayyeni Koomban
A hill station and a temple located on the slopes of the Brahmagiri hills which was the birthplace of Sacred river Kaveri.
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What Visitors Say About Thayyeni Koomban
One of the best hiking trails in Kasaragod District. You have to walk through forest, then grasslands to reach the peak and once on top the view is amazing! The mountains of the Wester Ghats spreads in all directions, during the sunset you will be able to see the massive number of mountain ranges that are clearly visible and the Arabian Sea some 40 km away. The peak is shared by Kerala and Karnataka states, the Karnataka side of the peak is covered in forest. In one side its a 70 degree slope where as in the other, its 90 degree, you can see the bottom from that side standing on top. The forest have wild animals, elephant the largest of them so watch out and do not make any noice at all while hiking. They can be pretty covered by the forest greenery and will appear all of a sudden right in front. Recommended to go with local (you will be able to find someone from Thayyeni Village below the peak). The trails are not cleared or properly highlighted, it will be extremely difficult to reach the peak without a local's help. Also, do not stay after sunset at all! The forest will be too creepy with the sounds and also wild animals can come to inspect the foreign smells.