Join a trek through the offbeat trails of Western Ghats near Munnar. The Munnar High is such a trek through the high altitude rain forests of the Western Ghats to Meesapulimala, one of the highest peaks in the region. This trek will have you taking in the most scenic regions of the Western Ghats. This challenging trek will also showcase the wonderful bio diversity of the Western Ghats.
Day 1: Suryanelli | Camp
The first day of your Munnar trekking holiday contains a challenging trek to Meesapulimala. The trek would start very early in the morning. Meesapulimala is the second highest peak in the Western Ghats, at an elevation of 2640 metres. Your trekking route will be the typical terrain of this region, part high altitude rainforest (Shola forests) and part grasslands. There is also a large variety of wildlife that you may spot on your way to Meesapulimala. At Meesapulimala, you can rest your eyes on a beautiful landscape of deep green forests and tea estates. You can even see the world’s highest tea estate from this point, the Kolukkumalai tea estate. This is a full day trek.
Day 2: Suryanelli
You will awaken to the melodious strains of the Malabar Whistling Thrush singing in the cloud forest next to your camp early in the morning. If you are adventurous enough, an early morning climb to the Phantom’s Head will be an ever remembered walk atop the tallest feature nearby from where you can take in the spectacular sunrise over the Papathy Shola (Butterfly Forest – so named for the mass migration of butterflies in October & November). The hills come alive to the morning sun. Today you also have a chance to visit the tribal village of the muduvans – a tribe who have for centuries colonized the upper reaches of the Western Ghats. Their peculiar habit of carrying their children on their backs has earned them their name as muduvans or the ‘back people’. The tribal village located near the Anaerangal lake (“The lake Where the Elephants Come Down”) where elephants have come down for millennium for grazing and water. Snaking across a large area, this lake is placid and beautiful and a source of water for farmers downstream. Many tribal colonies have sprung up around it to farm for spices and cardamom which grow abundantly in the salubrious climate here.
Day 3: Depart
This day marks the end of your Kerala trekking holiday and your exciting days of the trekking and Camping at Munnar.
Trekking, camping, guide, accommodation in dome tents & cottage tents, refreshments, mineral water while trekking, all meals
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Visitors to India must obtain a Visa before departure. All visa information is subject to change. You should confirm all visa related issues with the nearest Indian Embassy/ High Commission/ Consular Office for the same.
Airport or departure taxes are not applicable if you depart from Kochi.
It’s advisable to take personal travel insurance policy to cover against sickness, accident, loss of baggage, unexpected alterations to travel arrangements and travel disruption, cancellations, etc.
Internet Access: There is no possibility of accessing internet on this itinerary. There is mobile telephony coverage from the second day of the trek.
The South Indian subcontinent is tropical - warm, humid and often wet. During the main monsoon, (July to September) there is heavy rain. Best time to visit Kerala is from October-March. At the Rodo valley camp, temperatures can go down below freezing during winters.
Food is a very important part of these journeys and we have ensured that the Kerala Cuisine is a part of this adventure besides both North Indian & South Indian food - vegetarian and non vegetarian. All meals and bottled mineral water are provided on all days. Any special food requirements could be met if sufficient notice is given.
Our guides have been adequately trained & qualified in first aid and always carry a comprehensive first-aid kit. In case of any medical emergency we have facilities to transfer you to the nearest hospital immediately, followed by evacuation to the tertiary-care hospital at Kochi (if required).
What to bring
• Warm sets of clothes (Fleece, Jacket, hat and gloves) are required for trips going through Munnar and other high altitude areas.
• Hiking shorts
• Hiking pants/track pants
• Waterproof jacket.
• Casual Shirts/T-shirts
• Binocs & Camera (optional)
• Water proof bags for docs & Electronics
• Personal First Aid Kit
• Insect repellent
• Sunglasses, cap
• Sun screen
• Day pack