Kodikuthimala Watch Tower
Perinthalmanna, Kerala 679322, India
One of the coolest hill station in Malappuram district surrounded by streams, grasslands and forest, with an incredible sunset view.
Location of Kodikuthimala Watch Tower
More about Kodikuthimala Watch Tower
Kodukuthimala, also known as Ooty (a cool hill station in Tamilnadu where the average temperature is 14 degree Celsius) of Malappuram is a hill station in Malappuram district of Kerala state in Southern India.
Located in Vettathur and Thazhekode villages near to Malappuram and Palakkad district borders at a height of 522 meters above sea level, this is the highest geographic peak in Amminikkadan hills of the Western Ghats Mountain ranges. The peak, even though at a lower altitude has a cooler temperature than the surrounding areas due to the presence of several springs criss-crossing in the topography and the abundance of winds.
The reason behind the name Kodukuthimala
The name Kodukuthilmala in Malayalam means ‘flag hoisted peak’. Long before India gained its independence, officials conducting the geographical survey of the area hoisted a flag on Kodukuthimala marking it as the highest point in the vicinity. The name originated from this act of hoisting the flag on the peak.
The peak started to be featured on the tourism map of Kerala in the late 1990’s. Even though 70 acres of land in this area are marked by Tourism Department for various projects, the current amenities here are close to none. The only man made structure is a watch tower at the peak offering scenic views of the nearby towns and hills.
Best time to visit the hill station
The ideal time to visit is between September and May, after the peak of monsoon from June to August. Tall fountain grasses dance with each incoming wind and fills the area from December to February. The vicinity of the peak has ever-flowing streams, small waterfalls and a suicide point which luckily is rarely used.
The road to the peak extends only till its base. If you are travelling by car, you will have to stop at a path at the base and hike to the top which is only a kilometre away. Bikes will have an easier time climbing up through the uneven dirt road to the top. The peak is popular among locals, especially the youngsters who prefer the hill top for evenings and weekends.
From the top you can have a look at the nearby Perinthalmanna Town and surrounding hilly areas. Most of the portion of the entire Malappuram as well as the nearby districts of Kerala can be seen from the top. The cool breeze while climbing up, the small waterfalls and the gurgling springs and the meadows filled with fountain grass all makes Kodukuthimala an excellent place for a day trip.
While you are planing to visit, it is not advisable to go up at mid-day as it will be too warm and exhausting. Reaching the peak in the evening is ideal as it offers a mesmerising view of the sunset as well.
How to reach Kodukuthimala?
Kodukuthimala can be reached from the nearby town Perinthalmanna at a distance of 10 km. Other major towns are Palakkad (66 km), Malappuram (32 km), Kozhikode (82 km) from where there are buses to Perinthalmanna.