Online edition of India's National Newspaper
Friday, Dec 09, 2005
Google



Kerala
News: Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Opinion | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous | Engagements |
Advts:
Classifieds | Employment | Obituary |

Kerala Printer Friendly Page   Send this Article to a Friend

Youth hostellers out to map trek routes

The Youth Hostels Association of India (YHAI) is on a venture to map trek routes and rock- climbing facilities in Malappuram district. A seven-member YHAI team climbed the lofty Cheriyanmala, near Mankada, the other day in order to find a trek route that can be used for giving basic training to schoolchildren in mountaineering and trekking.

"Our objective is to create an interest among students not only for adventure but for nature as well," said Yusuf Thaikkadan, YHAI district chief, who headed the climbing team.

Much of Cheriyanmala, one of the mighty hills in Malappuram where a few members of the Alar tribe still live in caves, is in private hands. This hill, though steep and thick in foliage, is safer than several other hills in the district. This is a virgin hill for climbers, who love conquering dizzying heights.

Though there were different routes, the YHAI team took the toughest one to go uphill. "We took up the challenge because there was fun in it," said Mr. Thaikkadan. But he said he would recommend a route with fewer hazards for students.

Rafik Mankada, a local youth who guided the team, said the hill was not so easy for fresh climbers. However, the fountains and gurgling cascades on the hill turn it a place worth taking pains to climb.

The YHAI has plans to introduce students from schools and colleges to trekking, mountaineering and rock-climbing. Currently, our students hardly get any chance for trekking or mountaineering.

Mr. Thaikkadan said they were planning to organise training camps for students during vacation. Students and faculty from other States too are expected to take part in the camps.

The YHAI has organised treks to Kodikuthimala near Perinthalmanna, Oorakamala, near Malappuram, Koombanmala, Chembramala in Wayanad and Vellerimala in Kozhikode. The YHAI annual trek from Kodaikkanal to Munnar is well known among adventure and nature lovers from across the country.

In Malappuram district, trek routes from Kalikavu to Ootty and Pothukallu to Mepadi are popular. Mr. Thaikkadan said that the site for training camp was yet to be finalised.

Apart from Cheriyanmala, the YHAI is also considering Oorakamala.

Abdul Latheef Naha

Printer friendly page  
Send this article to Friends by E-Mail



Kerala

News: Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Opinion | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous | Engagements |
Advts:
Classifieds | Employment | Obituary | Updates: Breaking News |

Sivananda Orphanage


News Update


The Hindu Group: Home | About Us | Copyright | Archives | Contacts | Subscription
Group Sites: The Hindu | Business Line | The Sportstar | Frontline | The Hindu eBooks | The Hindu Images | Home |

Copyright 2005, The Hindu. Republication or redissemination of the contents of this screen are expressly prohibited without the written consent of The Hindu