Okay, so you really want to do the Meesapulimala Trek!
What is this thing about needing permission to do the trek?!
Well, in order to legally be in this part of the Western Ghats, you WILL need to get appropriate permission.
And even if you sign up for the guided trek through the Kerala forest department like you’re supposed to, that is NOT enough.
You need to go through separate steps to get the actual permit – a piece of paper – that will grant you the official permission to enter this part of the forest so you can do the Meesapulimala Trek.
If you attempt to go to the Meesapulimala base camp WITHOUT your permit…
Well, you will not be able to proceed forward, and you will be forced to go back to get it, as you will need the permit to show at the checkpoint on the road to base camp.
So make sure you get it before you start heading to base camp!
You will also need it on the way back, so don’t lose it!
How to get the Meesapulimala Trek permit
The good news is that getting the permit is pretty easy.
There is a Kerala forest department office in Munnar.
And that’s where you need to go to fill out the form to get the permit.
You can do this right before you head to base camp.
It is probably important to note that the office does close at 5pm, so you’ll want to make sure to get there before then.
But if it looks like you’re going to be delayed, give the Munnar office a call, and they will likely try to work with you.
But in general, the earlier you get to base camp, the better!
So when you get to the office, you’ll tell the officer that you’re there to do the Meesepulimala Trek and that you want to get the permit.
There isn’t an added cost for the permit. They’ll just check that you have a booking at base camp.
This is how it was in 2018. If you find that the process has changed, feel free to let me know!
In the meantime, for more of what you can expect on the trek, see more about doing the Meesapulimala Trek from Munnar! (Including why you might NOT want to drive your own car to base camp!)
Where to stay in Munnar
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If you’ll be arriving a day early before the trek, or you’ll be staying an extra day after you’ve finished the trek… or you just want to make the most of your stay in Munnar… here are some places to take a look at!
Budget hotels near Munnar bus station
Budget hotels around Munnar
Simple hotels around Munnar
Best hotels around Munnar
And go for a Munnar tea plantation trek as a warm-up or recovery to Meesapulimala! 😉
HAPPY JOURNEY FROM MUNNAR TO MEESAPULIMALA BASE CAMP!
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Where to stay on the backpacker trail in Kerala
- Fort Cochin: Zostel Kochi
- Alleppey: Zostel Alleppey or Funky Art Beach House for chill beach vibes! (see my pics - zostel / funky) OR Dream Nest to be closer to town // and see how to spend one day in Alleppey
- Alleppey backwaters: cottage right on the waters
- Munroe Island: cottage backwaters homestay right on the waters (and see why you should consider munroe island!)
- Varkala cliff: Seawin or Prashanthi with ocean views