Kerala Shola Forest and Tea Hills Trekking Tour

Munnar, Kerala Trekking Holiday

Discover the breathtaking landscapes of Munnar and its surrounding areas, one of Kerala’s most cherished destinations. Ideal for families, friends, nature enthusiasts, and leisure travelers, this 4-day trekking tour offers an immersive experience in the untouched ecosystems of the Western Ghats. Traverse the mist-soaked shola forests, trek through the grasslands of Meesapulimala (2640 m), explore the high tea and cardamom plantations of Suryanelli, and witness the enchanting sunrise from Kolukkumalai (2160 m). Each trail is carefully selected to showcase the pristine beauty and biodiversity of the region, offering trekkers an unparalleled opportunity to connect with nature and observe the local spice cultivation and simple village life.

Why Choose This Tour

Private and Personalized Experience

Opt for a private tour tailored to your preferences and pace. Enjoy the flexibility of customizing your itinerary and experiencing Kerala’s natural beauty in an intimate setting.

Experienced Certified Guide

Embark on your adventure with the assurance of having an experienced and certified guide. Our guides are knowledgeable about the local flora, fauna, and culture, ensuring a rich and informative trekking experience.

Breathtaking Landscapes

Journey through some of the most scenic and unspoiled areas in Kerala. From the lush shola forests and rolling tea hills to the pristine Anaerangal Lake, each day offers a new and captivating landscape to explore.

Challenging and Rewarding Treks

For those seeking an adventure, this tour includes some of the toughest treks in South India. Challenge yourself with the Meesapulimala Trek, and be rewarded with panoramic views and a sense of accomplishment.

Unique Ecosystem and Biodiversity

Explore the Western Ghats, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its unique ecosystem. Encounter diverse flora and fauna, and learn about the conservation efforts that protect this rich biodiversity.

Cultural Immersion

Get a glimpse into the local culture with visits to cardamom and tea plantations, village walks, and interactions with local communities. Experience the simple and harmonious lifestyle of the villagers.

Comfortable and Scenic Accommodations

Stay at carefully selected forest mansions, tea estate bungalows, and nature camps that offer comfort amidst nature. Enjoy serene environments, stunning views, and the sounds of the wild.

Memorable Sunrise Experience

Witness the enchanting sunrise at Kolukkumalai, one of the most picturesque locations in Kerala. The early morning trek and the spectacular views make for an unforgettable experience.

Peace and Tranquility

Escape the hustle and bustle of city life and immerse yourself in the tranquility of nature. This private tour offers a peaceful retreat, allowing you to unwind and reconnect with the natural world.

Choose this tour for an exclusive, adventurous, and deeply enriching journey through the heart of Kerala’s Western Ghats. Perfect for nature lovers, adventure seekers, and those looking to experience the authentic beauty of South India in a private setting.

Tour Highlights

Meeshapulimala Trek Munnar

Toughest Trek in South India: Meesapulimala

Embark on a challenging trek to Meesapulimala, the second highest peak in the Western Ghats. This adventure promises breathtaking views of the surrounding hills and valleys, making it a must-do for trekking enthusiasts.
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Western Ghats Trekking in South India

Explore the unique ecosystem of the Western Ghats, home to diverse flora and fauna. Trek through lush forests, rolling hills, and stunning waterfalls, experiencing the untouched natural beauty of the region.
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Kolukkumalai Sunrise Trek

Experience the magic of dawn with a trek to Kolukkumalai, known for its panoramic tea plantations and spectacular sunrise views. This trek offers an unforgettable start to your day amidst nature's splendor.
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Tea Plantation Walk and Factory Visit

Stroll through Kerala's famous tea plantations, visit tea factories to learn about the tea-making process, and enjoy tea tasting sessions. Discover the intricate journey from leaf to cup in this immersive experience.
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Boating in Anaerangal lake

Enjoy a serene boat ride on Anaerangal Lake, surrounded by lush greenery and hills. Spot exotic birds and take in the tranquil beauty of the lake at sunset.
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Cardamom Plantation & Local village visit

Explore the fragrant cardamom plantations and visit local villages to witness the unique culture and lifestyle of the residents. Learn about the cultivation processes and enjoy the simple, serene village life.
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Stay at Forest Mansion / Camp

Experience the tranquility of nature with a stay at a forest mansion, tea estate bungalow, or nature camp. Enjoy the lush greenery, exotic birds, and stunning landscapes right at your doorstep.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Munnar

Activity: Arrive Munnar, Jeep ride to Trek Start Point, Hike to Rhodo Valley
Activity Distance : 06 Kms
Terrain : Easy to Moderate
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
We will meet up at Munnar town after your lunch. Here, you will hop on to the Jeeps and ride towards the trek start point. Enroute, we will be clearing the documentation at a forest check point After, alighting the vehicle, we will start hiking to the Meesapulimala Forest Camp. We will walk through villages, tea plantations and patches of Shola forest for approx. 06 Kms to reach the Rhodo Valley – a scenic valley with grassland, pine trees, flowers and small rivulets. Will spend the night at the forest Mansion / Camp here and our guide will do arrangements for your dinner. You can also stargaze from the valley on a clear night sky or enjoy the peaceful night away from the monotonous urban dwelling.
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Day 2: The Meesapulimala Trek

Activity: Meesapulimala Trek, Drive to Suryanelli, Boating in Anaerangal Lake enroute
Activity Distance : 06 Kms
Terrain : Moderate to Tough
Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner
Morning, we will start early to reach the Meesapulimala peak by sunrise. Meesapulimala, the second highest peak in South India is well known for the typical Shola Forest and grassland ecosystem. The pine, rhododendron trees, blooming flowers and the thick forest covered patches are unique through the trek. You can view the Nilgiri Thar, endemic birds, butterflies and small rivulets with fresh water on your way. As you summit the peak, the huge wave of mist will blow upon you and the vibrant morning colours of the sun can be seen from above the clouds. After spending a comfortable time, we will walk back to the Rhodo valley. After having a small breakfast, we will and check out the place. Jeep will take you out from one of the natures hidden treasure to the next. We will ride for more than an hour through the Lockhart Gap road to reach the picturesque lake – Anaerangal lake. The massive lake with its arms stretched and a small earthen dam is the centrally located lake between the hillocks of Suryanelli. It is the key source of water for the wildlife especially for elephant herds and the villages in this remote hilly region. Relishing the cool breeze and scenic landscapes, we will spend time boating in the lake and brief sightseeing around. We will reach the tranquil Suryanelli to check in at a 100 year’s old Tea Estate Bungalow.

Day 3: Tiny hamlet of Suryanelli

Activity: Tea experiential walk, Kayaking in Tea Estate, Village & Cardamom Plantation Walk, Drive to Kolukkumalai Camp
Activity Distance : 06 Kms
Terrain : Easy to Moderate
Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner
Morning, it’s time for the Tea estate walk and tea plucking experience with the staff. We will also visit the Tea factory and taste different varieties of tea. The experience will accustom you with history of tea cultivation in the region, its management and processing. We will do a small round of Kayaking with the backdrop of misty tea hills and mighty blue mountains stretched across till horizon. Next activity is a stroll through the thick high cardamom plantations and the nearby Papathy Shola village to meet the mountain-dwelling aboriginals here, visit their traditional temple and humble living in sync with nature. Now, it’s time to enjoy a bumpy Jeep ride through the craggy and winding roads through the tea plantations to the scenic Kolukkumalai valley. Here you will be camping with accommodation in dome tents, best to enjoy the refreshing climate with a bonfire and again a clear starry sky.
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Day 4: Enchanting Sunrise

Activity: Kolukkumalai Sunrise Trek, Depart
Activity Distance : 03 Kms
Terrain : Easy to Moderate
We will set off early morning for the 45 minutes walk through misty valleys with lush tea plantations and hilly trail with patches of shola vegetation. The region is also known for its highest organic tea plantation. From here you can see the bundling clouds caressing the blue mountain ranges and the sun showering array of lights from pink to orange and to yellow on a clear sky day. It will be one of the finest mornings you ever had with a view of another enchanting sunrise from the towering Kolukkumalai. Will walk back to the camp for an energising breakfast, relax for a while before packing our bags. With fond memories of the mountains and rejuvenating nature, it’s time to say adieu till the next adventure.

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