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Monday, 16 May 2011
Vellarimala ranges from Wayanadan Mala
Category: Nature 'n Landscapes

The trek to Wayanadan Mala was one of my best treks and undoubtedly one of the most adventurous! The joy of reaching the peak on day-3 morning and figuring out the topology of the whole of North Kerala was indescribable - especially after two days of tiring trek. One of the easiest way of sharing the joy is to post the pictures here :)

I was able to see many hills from the top of Wayanadan Mala, including the Banasura, Kurichyar Mala, Ambukuthi Mala and the 1850m Chembra peak. But, needless to say, the Vellarimala hill ranges was the most prominent, with Vavul Mala rising above the rest of the peaks.

I was not in a mood for photographs and these are one of the few shots I clicked casually. The pics are taken with the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 wide angle zoom lens, handheld in Av mode with a f/8 shutter, ISO-100 for a 1/1000s. I had good amount of light and had the time to play around with the Circular Polarizer or the GND filter, but all this did not occur to me at that point of time :)

This pic gives a more clearer view of the Vellarimala ranges. The tallest peak on the right side is Vavul Mala, while the one on the left side is Vattapara - the tallest portion of Vellarimala ranges in Wayanad district. The settings are almost the same as the first pic, except for a longer exposure of 1/500s.

For people wondering what / where is Wayanadan Mala, it is the tallest peak in the Chembra ranges and the tallest in Wayanad at 2100m. I had the fortune of clicking Wayanadan Mala from the top of Vellarimala ranges (see 'Clouds, Sun and the Valley') and was at that time, confused about the identity of all these hills. This trek to Wayanadan Mala and an earlier trek to Chembra helped me clear all the confusion :)

Posted by usandeep at 1:13 PM
Updated: Monday, 16 May 2011 1:20 PM
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Monday, 16 May 2011 - 3:19 PM

Name: "joshi daniel"
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truly outstanding!

Monday, 16 May 2011 - 4:05 PM

Name: "Niranjan"
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Well captured..

Monday, 16 May 2011 - 4:23 PM

Name: "Mridula"
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Have you trekked in the Himalayas?

Monday, 16 May 2011 - 5:28 PM

Name: "Rajesh"
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Wonderful shots, after three days of adventure up the hill.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011 - 12:01 PM

Name: usandeep
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Mridula, this is one question I keep getting from a lot of people :) The answer is no. And the reason so far is that planning a Himalaya trip is expensive and would need a longer vaccation for me :( Western ghats is so much easier :)

Tuesday, 17 May 2011 - 8:57 PM

Name: "Ashwathy Nair"
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Very very impressive. Great work Sandeep. 

Wednesday, 18 May 2011 - 12:45 PM

Name: "mohkum"
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Wonderful composition here! You got the real advantage of that speed lens!

Wednesday, 27 November 2013 - 2:14 AM

Name: "Adithya V"

Hi sandeep..good pics the so called "Chembra Peak" at least the second tallest in wayanad?  Or are there other peaks taller than it is

Wednesday, 22 January 2014 - 5:35 PM

Name: "sandeep"
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Adithya: Atleast Banasura peak (~2070m) and the vellarimala sections in Wayanad is taller than Chembra. Not aware of any other stand-alone peak which is taller. But then, Chembra is actually part of the hill ranges which include the Wayanadan Mala (2100m peak). So, technically, it is not even a stand-alone peak and there are few other peaks in the same hill ranges which are taller

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