Unnamed Road, 671326, India
Hike through jungle, stand on top of the tallest peak in the vicinity, enjoy a breathtaking sunset if you are lucky.
Location of Thayyeni Koomban
More 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.
The small church at peak's bottom
There is a small church at the bottom of the peak 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. In one of the steep side of the mountain covered in rock, plenty of honey bee combs can be seen. If you are fortunate, you will be able to see schools of bees coming in and out of their combs.
The hiking trail to the top
There are two hiking trails: 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, dense green forest along the way. In both trails it is not advised to go without a local as for sure you will be lost.
The abandoned house
Midway through the trail is an abandoned house which is almost completely 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 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. Its 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.
Exploring the peak of Thayyeni Koomban
Up on top, the peak offers a 360 degree view of the mountains surrounding it. The great western ghats surrounds it in all directions, covered in thick dense forest. One side of the peak is a 90 degree drop, be careful going near there. There will be strong winds to unbalance you.
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 in the far away horizon with the big red Indian sun.
However 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, insects flying around, and torch lights will attract unwanted attention from the untamed animals.
Getting to Thayyeni Koomban and best time to visit
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 in Payyannur, that is 40 KM away. There are direct bus services from Payyannur to Thayyeni although only in an 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.
The best time to visit the peak is from October to May after the monsoon season. Even though it is alright visit during monsoon rains, the area will have a larger population of leeches.