Trek type: Day Trek with special permission from Kerala Forest Department
Overview Varayattumotta is a mountain ridge located about 40km from Trivandrum city. It is famous for its small population of Nilgiri Tahrwhich is an endangered species. In Malayalam, Nilgiri Tahr is known as Varayaadu and the name of the mountain ridge is derived from it. Varayattumotta with a peak height of around 1100m is accessible after a trek from Ponmudi check post or from Mankayam check post along the Braemore route. The mountain ridge is very steep except on the northern side and hence is rarely visited by local people. The ridge is a protected site under the Palode reserve forest and prior permission is required for the trekking. The permission can be obtained from the ecotourism units of Mankayam or Ponmudi by paying a fee for the trekking team. A forest guide will accompany the trekking team. Usually trekkers climb the mountain and return to either Mankayam or Ponmudi. It is also possible to cross the entire ridge and reach the Kallar valley along the Ponmudi main road. However, this is a much tougher trek trail.
Grade: Demanding Involves steep climbs, descents on grasslands, ridge walk (Those signing for Trek please make sure you are fit or become fit before you hit the trail )
The cost per person includes:
1. Local transport Trivandrum - Kallar - Trivandrum
2. Guide charges
3. Forest dept charges
4. Breakfast, Packed Lunch and Dinner
Note: The trek is to be completed with a limited time period and a fixed schedule.
Day 0: Friday 1:00pm to depart from Bengaluru. (if booked form us, will be leaving together. If not, you will have to book the transportation according to the itinerary)
Day 1: Reach Trivandrum by 4am. Refresh, have breakfast and reach Kallar before 8.30am. Trek starts at 8.30am. Reach back trail head before 6. Reach Trivandrum before 9.30. Depart from Trivandrum by 10:00 pm.
Day 2: Reach Bengaluru by 11am
Transportation to be arranged on your own. If required, transportation will be provided per person on extra cost of about 3000/-, To and fro charges