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Kurangani Top Station Bird Watching Trek

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Fri, 15 Dec 2017 9:00PM - Sun, 17 Dec 2017 9:30PM
Rs 4399
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Summary

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Outdoors / Open Air
Tour Duration : 2 days, 2 nights
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It is one of the unknown treks of Western Ghats we know of. When Nature Walkers explored this trek, we found it grows with the tremendous amount of wildlife and beautiful mountain valleys. We found it is the best trek for bird watching as you could see birds. You could also spot wild elephant herds, monkeys jumping from one tree to another and other animals like (bisons, sloth bears, bonnet macaques, Nilgiri langur and Nilgiri Tahr).
It is two-day trek event in which the first day we will trek to reach our 1st check post and halt at night there and then the next trek to the last check post of the trek. The trail covers, dense jungle, coffee farm, meadow walk, and tea farm. You could say, it’s “all in one” option for Western Ghats trek lovers.

Destination: Kurangani, Tamil Nadu
Duration: 2 Days - 2 Nights
Age: 12 - 45 Years
Group-Size: 30 People Max
Trek Distance: 15 Km
Difficulty Level: Moderate to Difficult

Short Itinerary:

  • Start from Chennai
  • First Day
  • Reach Kurangani Village
  • Fresh up and start the Trek
  • Reach Central Station
  • Halt at night with Campfire
  • Next Day
  • Breakfast
  • Trek to Top Station
  • Lunch and Back to Chennai
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Things to carry

Things to carry

Things to carry:

  • Two litres of water bottles
  • Rain coat – if in case it rains
  • A torch
  • Good Traction Shoes
  • Turkish Socks
  • Personal medical kit
  • Extra trousers and inner-wears
  • One cover sheet - Good to have one
  • Toiletries
  • A cap

Wear:

  • Cargo/track pants -2
  • T-shirt -2
  • Shoes, Socks
  • Personal medication kit
  • Soap
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Sunscreen
  • Rain Coat/Poncho
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Inclusions and Exclusions

Inclusions and Exclusions

Inclusions:

  • To and fro journey
  • Homestay/Accommodation
  • 2 Breakfast
  • 1 Lunch
  • 1 Dinner
  • Campfire
  • Guide
  • Permit
  • Snack/Power packs
  • Lots and lots of fun and excitement.

Exclusions:

Any personal purchases.

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Itinerary

Itinerary

Day 0:
7.30 pm – 9 pm – Chennai
Leaving from Chennai at late evening. We request you to have some light food before traveling. This trip would be an overnight journey to Kurangani Village which is about 540 km away from Chennai, in which we would have an informal introduction and have fun

Day 1:

  • Kurangani Village.
    We would reach the start point in the early morning, after fresh up and breakfast, we would start our trek to our first campsite i.e. Central Station. It is about 7km from Kurijini Village.
  • Initially, the trail is jeep track from which we will deviate into the jungle towards our first waterfall. The dense jungle by the side makes you aware about the wildlife living in it. Lush green vegetation, Coffee farm makes this trek very unique in itself.
    After a small break at the waterfall, we would move ahead towards the old coffee estate farm house, following the water stream by the side.
  • The jungle would start looking brighter when we are near about campsite. It is about 2-2.5km walk from the estate farm house to our central station check post.
    After lunch we would explore a bit more of this area for beautiful mountains and landscapes with a sip of local coffee/tea. Please do look for the pictures from this campsite.

Day 2:

  • Walking up to the bird’s tweets and a hot breakfast would refill your energy bar for the day’s trek of 7 kms to Top Station.
    It is a zig-zag route from Central Station to Top Station but more like mountains sidewalk. The trail gives a constant view of the below valley, which is just amazing. You can spot several rare birds on the way like, (Red whiskered bulbul, veriditer flycatcher, tickells blue flycatcher, Oriental white eye, purple rumped sunbird male).
  • After 4kms, we would stop at a rest point for a while before to climb to our top station check post. The top station gives mesmerizing panoramic view of the whole valley. Its feels magical to view the floating clouds in the valley. Check the time-lapse video.
  • After our self-sponsored lunch we would explore a bit and then leave to Chennai in our bus.
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Map & Directions

Map & Directions
Kurangani ( Outside Chennai )
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Organizer Reviews 4.2 (20)
Reviews for Organizer 4.2
Agumbe Rainforest Ecology – Trek & Camping 14 - 17 Jun 2018.

Although this was our first trek with Nature Walkers, it didn’t feel like that from the very first minute we met Shane our outdoor leader and then one by one the group we were going with. Expectation I set for this trip was to relax, have some fresh air, go far away from the polluted busy environment and de-stress. I must admit I got much more than my expectations. Forest walks, a dip in a clear flowing stream of water (twice actually), a small trek to a peak where we had scenic view of nature and greenery, first aid for snake bite session, session on King Cobra, wildlife photography, night walks, butterflies, camping in tents, tasty home cooked meals. We got a chance to be interacting with the Kalinga Center (KCRE) team (Gowrishankar, Prashant and Priyanka). They shared their experiences with rescuing king Cobras, we watched an amazing documentary featuring their rescue operations. This interaction was very informative and we learnt a lot about wildlife and their ecology. We even got a chance to have a quick stop at Sringeri temple, on our way back to Bangalore.

Away from network, it was great to disconnect from the virtual world and connect with nature.

Nature walkers have an amazing zeal that is contagious. Their passion to make every experience into a memorable one is evident in their actions and their interactions. Shane made sure all of us were always enjoying, having fun, kept us engaged and kept motivating me specially during the trek, which was a piece of cake for everyone else, including my 11-year-old daughter.

Thanks to Hemant and Amrita for constantly being in touch with their recommendations and help with planning this trip. Thanks to everyone on the trip with us, specially our awesome DJ Srikanth who also entertained us with his energetic dance, our illusionist Rahul who presented jaw dropping tricks during the trip, and everyone else contributing their share of fun Satish, Sanil, Gopalan, Shane, Shreya, Lalitha, thanks for making this a wonderful experience.

If you are looking for having a fun weekend, you can blindly pick any trip with Nature Walkers and I can guarantee, you won’t be disappointed. This is the testimonial I received from every repeat trekker on our trip. I am definitely motivated to tick off every trip they organize. Keep going Nature Walkers, looking forward to a lot of fun.
- by Neema Sanilnath for Agumbe Rainforest Ecology – Trek & Camping organized by Nature Walkers .
I must admit that I already miss the wonderful trip we had welcoming this new year. We were informed that this trip would be more to chill than to trek and you were absolutely right Mr. Hemant.

As soon as we reached Gokarna beach we left no time in taking a dip in the sea. Then we had a long walk on the beach and a small trek to reach Yana waterfalls. It was fun diving and swimming in the fresh cold waters.

We were back to the beach to witness a beautiful sunset and the view was mesmerizing and to top it off we played beach football in this stunning setting.

We missed the rain in rain dance but danced our hearts out for more than 3 hours!!

We welcomed the new year with colorful sky lanterns and fireworks. The interesting part was that we were enjoying every moment with some amazing people who had become good friends in no time!

On our way back, we played Mafia with our huge team of around 30 people and Asav was a cunning mafia rallying till the end fooling all the poor villagers.

Lastly, I would like to thank Hemant, Anupama and Manoj for organizing this amazing trip and I should mention that I have seen very few people with Hemant’s level of patience. Also, made some wonderful friends in Nikhil, Harsh, Rupali, Tanwi, Anupama, Manish and Hemant.

I have a feeling that the best day of the year is already done with this trip, but I look forward to my next trip with NatureWalkers which is going to take fun quotient to the next level and have some peaceful time off from our hectic job schedule.

PS: I had to wait till weekend to write this review as I had to dive directly into work after this awesome trip. Also, if it wasn’t for my friend Asav I wouldn’t have made this super awesome trip.
- by Badshah Badarudeen for Gokarna Beach Trek - 2 Day Package organized by Nature Walkers .
I must admit that I already miss the wonderful trip we had welcoming this new year. We were informed that this trip would be more to chill than to trek and you were absolutely right Mr. Hemant.

As soon as we reached Gokarna beach we left no time in taking a dip in the sea. Then we had a long walk on the beach and a small trek to reach Yana waterfalls. It was fun diving and swimming in the fresh cold waters.

We were back to the beach to witness a beautiful sunset and the view was mesmerizing and to top it off we played beach football in this stunning setting.

We missed the rain in rain dance but danced our hearts out for more than 3 hours!!

We welcomed the new year with colorful sky lanterns and fireworks. The interesting part was that we were enjoying every moment with some amazing people who had become good friends in no time!

On our way back, we played Mafia with our huge team of around 30 people and Asav was a cunning mafia rallying till the end fooling all the poor villagers.

Lastly, I would like to thank Hemant, Anupama and Manoj for organizing this amazing trip and I should mention that I have seen very few people with Hemant’s level of patience. Also, made some wonderful friends in Nikhil, Harsh, Rupali, Tanwi, Anupama, Manish and Hemant.

I have a feeling that the best day of the year is already done with this trip, but I look forward to my next trip with NatureWalkers which is going to take fun quotient to the next level and have some peaceful time off from our hectic job.

PS: I had to wait till weekend to write this review as I had to dive directly into work after this awesome trip. Also, if it wasn’t for my friend Asav I wouldn’t have made this super awesome trip.
- by Badshah Badarudeen for Gokarna Beach Trek - 2 Day Package organized by Nature Walkers .
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