Paithalmala or Vaithalmala is a hill station in the Kannur district. With an altitude of 4000 feet bove sea level, it is the highest peak in Kannur. Paithalmala is the part of the Western Ghat mountain ranges, which runs parallel to the western coast of India, and is situated near Kerala-Karnataka border. These Mountain Ranges are renowned for their rich bio-diversity. The nearest town is Kudiyanmala and the nearest bus stop is Pottanplavu. This is a must visit place if you love adventure and trekking. Several waterfalls and mountain ranges adds the beauty of Paithalmala.
The Paithalmala Mountain covers over 300 acres of land with its unique and picture-perfect views. At the top of the hill, a watchtower is set up by the authorities, where you can enjoy the panoramic view of Kannur till the Arabian Sea. This is one of the favourite spots for Photographers, Trekkers, and Nature Enthusiasts in Kerala.
Paithalmala Route Map
Paithalmala is located at 55km from Kannur and 40 km from Taliparamba. The nearest national highway is at Taliparamba is National Highway 66 which connects Goa and Mumbai in the north and Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram in the South. The nearest town is Kudiyanmala. When Driving from Kannur, The shortest route (55.8 km) is: Kannur- Puthiyatheru – Mayyil- Sreekandapuram – Chemberi – Paithalmala. When Driving From Taliparamba, The shortest Route (39.2 km) is: Taliparamba – Oduvally – Naduvil – Kudiyanmala – Paithalmala. The nearest Railway station is Kannur Railway Station (CAN). The nearest Airport is Calicut International Airport (CCJ). If you Prefer Public Transport, KSRTC is operating several buses from Kannur and Taliparamba to Kudiyanmala. Click here to View the KSRTC Bus timings from Taliparamba to Kudiyanmala and here View the KSRTC Bus timings from Kannur to Kudiyanmala. There are no Private buses being operated in Kudiyanmala.
Pithalmala recieves a good amount of rainfall throughout the year. Paithalmala have two active tourist seasons. If you are a photographer, the best time to visit Paithalmala is monsoon, June to October. At this period one can witness mist covered mountains and never ending greenery with a little showers. Remember to wear good shoes which completely covers your foot to protect against the leeches. As a result of the monsoon rains, the grasses grow to the walkways, which makes walking difficult. By the end of November the paths will be cleared and trekkers can easily pass throuh the grasses. The second tourist season is January to March. At this time, The sun might be a little harsh, so take care before setting out for trekking. Always carry water with you.
Paithalmala Hotels and Resorts
The District Tourism Promotion Council is operating a resort in paithalmala, It is Paithal Resort and the other resorts are Paithal Hill Resorts , Paithalmount Cottages and Regina Silva Camping & Nature Resort.