Kalpetta: Monsoon trekking, introduced by the District Tourism Promotion Council three years ago on the Ambukuthy hills, near Ambalavayal here, has been a resounding success with tourists.
The number of adventure-seekers has gone up substantially over the years. Most of them arrive from Mysore, Bangalore and Chennai, says K.V. Biju, Secretary, District Tourism Promotion Council.
From June 1 to June 23 this year, 5,028 tourists visited the place for trekking. Last year, the figure was 4,634.
The hills are at 5,000 feet above the sea level.
The carvings on the stone walls of the famous Edakkal caves, situated at 4,000 feet above sea level are a major attraction.
It is also a place where Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu converge.
The other pluses for the trekkers are an aerial view of the Karapuzha reservoir, Sulthan Bathery town and the unending mist-covered hills.
“I have been to many tourist spots in south India. But, this was indeed a unique experience,” sums up Mahesh Kumar, an IT professional from Bangalore.