Day 01: Arrival / CochinLate night arrival. Meeting and assistance upon arrival as our representatives welcome you and escort you to your car.
Whilst the room keys and check-in is organized, our representative would introduce the tour to you and hand over the documents to you.
Welcome to India, or as we say 'atithi devo bhava' (the guest is an incarnation of God). Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you!
Day 02: Cochin / Munnar (190 Kms) (04 Hra Drive)After breakfast, we drive to Munnar, through the scenically vibrant valley of the Cardamom Hills of the Western. We would stop a few times to interact with locals as well as walk through the countryside to explore traditional and ethnic lifestyles. It's a journey through extensive tea and spice plantations and for most part of our journey; the air is rendered with the fragrance of tea and spices.
Munnar, a hill station on the Western Ghats and with its lakes, reservoirs, forests and tea estates is the Nature-Lovers's Paradise. It is beautifully situated at the confluence of three rivers - the Muthirappuzh, Nallathanni and Kundala. Munnar is a major center of Kerala's tea industry.
Upon arrival check into Tea County
We have three days at leisure to explore the virgin beauty of the place and its several possibilities at your own pace. Anaimudi (2694 m), the highest peak in the southern India, is nearby and the views from here are incredible. Munnar offers some great possibility for nature walks and visits to nearby tribal villages where people, though poor are extremely friendly, charming and hospitable. The ethnic lifestyles, traditional homes and the traditional occupation with ethnic tools and implements provides an incredible experience. The forest that surround Munnar are still rich in wildlife. The hills surrounding Munnar are home for one of the world's rarest mountain goats, Nilgiri tahr. The tropical forests are inhabited by elephants, tigers, deer and gaur (bison) Munnar is a birdwatcher delight with a variety of birds that are supported by the evergreen vegetation of the region. If one seek a sense of peace, a desire to communicate with nature and most importantly participate in a journey through a living museum, Munnar is the place that seeks to provide all this in a heavenly setting.
Day 03: Munnar / Kolukkumalai / MunnarEarly morning ride Rodo Valley which is about 15kms from Munnar town. The name of the town is derived from Rhodendrum trees with the deep red flowers. The jeep ride takes us through the scenic Silent Valley . After consuming our packed breakfast, we are ready to start the trek.The first part of the trek involves climbing up nine hills, the ninth being Meesapulimala. The initial part of the trek is along the same jeep track through which you came. After about 10 mins, we take a small deviation towards the left leading uphill. The climb will be somewhat steep from this point onwards. Soon you would reach above cloud level and the place would offer a bird's eye view of Munnar and surroundings. There are various varieties of flowers all over the place.
In less than half an hour you would finish climbing the first hill and find yourselves in another valley with an even better view. There is a small lake in this valley and you could now see the other side of the hills as well. Meesapulimala is on the far left. Surianalle town and numerous tea estates behind you. Further down, one could spot the Anayirangi lake. And on the far right was Anamudi, the tallest peak in South India, standing tall @ 2695m. Of course, the clouds in the horizon would give you constant company!
We climb down the 1st hill, cross a small stream flowing through the ridge and then get to the 2nd hill. This would take you 15 minutes to half hour more. The 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th hills are relatively easy. You would need to descend a little bit and climb up the next hill, which was almost of the same height. The 7th one is a bit tough though. You have to get down a little bit more and then climb up. After the 7th hill, Meesapulimala looked very close. The hill got its names as it resembled the face of a tiger - well if you look closely you may also think so !
The last climb up the Meesapulimala is a tough one, but once you are on top of the hill, all the difficulties will be forgotten. It is amazing to be on top of the world and one step away from the clouds! Meesapulimala is arguably the 2nd tallest peak in South India (after Anamudi) according to many websites.
At about 10.30 we would start our descend from the other side of the peak. The descend is a bit steep. You may find elephant dung during our descend. But, we need to assure you that the elephants are generally expected only by evening time. After about 40 minutes steep decend, we get inside a shola forest. The place is nothing short of a wild garden with flowers and plants of different colors, shape and sizes.
At about 12 you would be at Kolukkumalai and surrounded by tea estates on all sides. These tea estates are said to be the highest in the world at 2175m. If the sky is clear, the green carpet offered a magnificient landscape. From here we ride back around this tea estate to Munnar.
Day 04: Munnar After an early breakfast we walk 8 km ride to Letchmi Estate. The walk goes up to a gentle slope through a beautiful valley. There is a chai stall at the estate and the road continues to the head of the valley for views down to the forest beyond.
Return back to your hotel by Lunch time
Day 05: Munnar / Cochin Cochin / Departure Transfer to Cochin airport to connect your onward flight.