Kurangani hill station lies close to Bodinayakanur in Theni district of Tamil Nadu. This lesser known gem of a place amid the vastly explored Western Ghats also holds a precipitous ledge at the height point of 8782 ft. called Kolukkumalai — considered one of the highest tea estates in the world. With diverse flora and fauna to boast, the trek appeals to photographers, birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts alike. The trail takes you on a zigzag route through a wide expanse of tea gardens. It is most likely that you will spot a wide variety of chirping birds and animals like Nilgiri langur, Nilgiri Tahr, monkeys, and Gaurs (Indian Bison). Wild cats and elephant herds are a rarity, but who knows, in the thick canopies and sylvan surroundings, you might cross paths with one.
In the two-day trek, we will cross two check posts— we will be spending the night at the first check post. Witness a welcoming sunrise with the view of the lush tea plantations in the foreground. Prepared to get delighted by myriad landscapes as you cross grasslands, meadows, tea and coffee plantations and dense forest of Kurangani.
To reduce down trek cost as the cost increases because of state permit cost for two states, we are opting for public transport for this trek. We would be going to Munnar in Non/AV- Sleeper/Seater luxury bus from Bangalore to Bodi and then would be taking a jeep ride to the base camp.
Start from Bangalore
Reach Kurangani Village
Get ready for a trek at shared toilets
Start the trek after having breakfast
Reach Central Station
Halt at night with Campfire
Trek to Top Station
Lunch at Top Station
Back to Bangalore.
Trek Amount includes the following:
To and Fro journey
Two breakfasts (Saturday, Sunday)
One lunch (Saturday)
One dinner (Saturday)
Snack/Power packs for a trek
Lots and lots of FUN.
Rules and Guidelines:
* Please do not expect any luxury during the trip.
* No alcohol or loud music.
* Strictly no plastics to be thrown, we follow NTP (http://naturewalkers.in/no-trace-policy-ntp/)
* All participants have to fill disclaimer forms
* All participants must follow the outdoor leader's instructors and must not stray away from the
* It could be quite cold in the camp/homestay.
* Veg food will be served during the trip. We will not be able to entertain to specific choice/demand of
Things to carry:
Xerox Copy of you Aadhar/Voter ID (Mandatorily required for permits)
Water Bottle – 2 (1 liter each)
Raincoat – if in case it rains.
Torch with New Batteries
Shoes with good traction on it.
One cover sheet – Good to have one
OTHER THINGS TO CARRY
Cargo/track pants -2
Extra pair of Socks
Personal medication kit
One Polybag to keep wet cloths
Little extra cash for a meal not included in the itinerary
Case 1: If the cancellation is done before 7th day from the trek date then FULL REFUND is applicable.
Case 2: If the cancellation is done before 4th day from the trek date then HALF REFUND is applicable. However, you can opt to carry forward the amount for the future event happening in the coming 2 months.
Case 3 If the cancellation is done after 1 day from the trek date then NO REFUND is applicable. But, you are allowed to transfer your booking to anybody else with prior confirmation
PS: Above itinerary is tentative and subject to change depending on the situation on the ground.
Departure from Bangalore at mentioned pick up points via public transport.
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 of 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 farmhouse, following the water stream by the side.
The jungle would start looking brighter when we are near about campsite. It is an about 2-2.5km walk from the estate farmhouse 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.
Next Day: 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, verifier flycatcher, Tickell's 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 a mesmerizing panoramic view of the whole valley. It 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 Bangalore in our bus.
Pick up and Drop
Pick up and Drop
Bangalore Pickup Location. (please confirm with us in advance): 19:15 - Majestic Ananda Rao Circle 20:15 - Kalasipalyam 20:30 - Wilsongarden 20:45 - Madiwala 21:15 - Bommsandra SRS Travels
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