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Kurangini Top Station & Bird Watching

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Fri, 26 Jul 7:30PM - Sun, 28 Jul 11:55PM
Outside Bangalore , Outdoors
Rs 4200
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Trek Level: Moderate

Trek Distance: 14 KM approx.

 

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.

 

Important Notice:

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.

 

Short Itinerary

Day Zero:

 Start from Bangalore

Day One

 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

Day Two

 Breakfast

 Trek to Top Station

 Lunch at Top Station

 Back to Bangalore.

 

Trek Amount includes the following:

To and Fro journey

Accommodation

Two breakfasts (Saturday, Sunday)

One lunch (Saturday)

One dinner (Saturday)

Bonfire

Guide

Forest

Permit

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

group.

* 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

the participant.

 

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

A cap

 

OTHER THINGS TO CARRY

Cargo/track pants -2

T-shirt -2

Extra pair of Socks

Personal medication kit

Soap

Toothpaste

Toothbrush

Sunscreen

Rain Coat/Poncho

Flip-flops

Portable chargers

One Polybag to keep wet cloths

Little extra cash for a meal not included in the itinerary

 

Refund Policy:

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.
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Itinerary

Itinerary
Day 0:

Departure from Bangalore at mentioned pick up points via public transport.

 

Day 1:

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.

 

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Pick up and Drop

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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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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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