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Western Ghats Trek
Western Ghats Trek in Kerala at Munnar and Periyar Tiger Reserve
Western Ghats Trek  (KT - 06)
Region : South India
5
Days

Activity

Comfort

Cost per Person

US$ 570

Minimum 2 persons travelling; Stay on twin share basis

Tour Overview

The Western Ghats Trek offers you the best of both worlds – Munnar and Periyar. The trek at Munnar focuses on the high altitude cloud forests while the Periyar trek through the rain forests of Periyar Tiger Reserve highlights the wildlife of tropical Kerala.

Western Ghats Trek

Day1: Meesapulimala Trek
The Western Ghats trek starts at Silent Valley Estate, about 20 kms from Munnar. The trek from an altitude of 1500 m gradually goes to over 2600m, passing through sholas (high altitude rain forests) and grasslands which are typical to the higher areas of the Western Ghats. The area also has wildlife – notably elephants, sambar, sloth bear and the Nilgiri tahr - the latter being endemic and endangered. You will head for Meesapulimala - the second highest peak in the Western Ghats. There is a panoramic view of the plains of Tamilnadu & the world’s highest tea estate Kolukkumalai in the undulating hills below. On the way down, there is also a chance to visit the Kolukumalai Tea factory located in the world’s highest organic tea estate. Descend and continue trekking through grasslands and high altitude rainforest to the camp at Suryanelli, overlooking the magnificent Anaerangal Lake in the valley below. 
Day2: Mathikettan National Park Trek
Today you will be trekking through the Mathikettan Shola National Park. This is a high altitude rain forest saved from ‘development’ and preserved through a campaign by environmental activists here in Kerala. Your destination is Santhanpara, set amidst luxuriant vegetation and cardamom growing hamlets. En-route you will be passing large cardamom forests where cardamom, pepper & coffee are grown within the canopy of the forests. Elephants are common here. You will reach Santhanpara by noon & transfer to Periyar. 
Day3: Periyar Tiger Trail
Tiger Trail programme is the highlight of this day of your Western Ghats Trek. Tiger Trail programme starts at 08:00 am.This is a conservation-based three day long trekking and camping in the Periyar Tiger Reserve in Kerala. The programme is unique in that it is conducted by a team of former poachers & local community members who have turned protectors of the forests. The proceeds of this programme largely goes to sustaining their livelihood in return for joint participatory management of the forest in which they play a positive part. This is an international award winning eco tourism programme. The team usually consists of a maximum of 5 visitors, 5 guides, 1 armed guard and 2 forest officials. Normally 20 to 35 kms of trekking distance will be covered, depending on the route chosen. 
Day4: Periyar Tiger Trail
Periyar Tiger Reserve is one of the best managed Wildlife Reserves in the country, with verdant forests extending over an area of 777 sq. km. Here, in the crisp, cool air of the Western Ghats you will experience wilderness and abundant wildlife first hand. The uniqueness of this sanctuary is the Periyar lake, an artificial lake, which was created by damming the Periyar River a century ago. The open grasslands and varied topography supports a magnificent variety of animals - elephants, Gaur (Indian bison), Sambar deer, Barking deer, Mouse deer, Nilgiri langur, Bonnet macaque, Lion-tailed macaque, leopards, jungle cats, wild dogs and most importantly the tiger. An estimated 40 tigers inhabit the Reserve. Other important animals are bear, Porcupine, Jackal, Indian Giant Squirrel, Malabar flying squirrel, Wild boar, small Indian Civet, Mongoose and the Pangolins. The tiger is the main predator in the Periyar Tiger Reserve.  
Day5: Depart
Periyar Tiger Trail ends by noon. End of your Western Ghats Trek. 

Inclusions

Trekking, camping, guide, accommodation in dome tents, refreshments, mineral water while trekking, all meals.This trip can also be tailor-made to suit your interests of time and budget requirements as necessary.

 

 

 

Holiday Feedback

I spent a week with these guys trekking in Kerala then onto a project day at a local orphanage... An amazing week and really amazing guys! Really enjoyed our time with you all and still have fond memories! Lynn Russell 2016-10-19

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FAQs

Q. What is the type of terrain we trek through?

The terrain can be mountainous in Munnar to deep forests at places like Periyar.

Q. Do we need to get our sleeping bags, tents etc..?

We provide all camping materials like sleeping bags, tents, liners, air pillows.

Q. What about our main luggage?

For Munnar: We will take of your luggage & will reach you at your day’s camp. Carry only a day bag with your papers and valuables.

For Periyar: In case you are doing the Periyar Tiger Trail programme, you would have to leave your luggage in the hotel. You would have to take a small rucksack with your requirements for 1 (or) 2 day’s camping in the wild.

Q. What kind of food do you serve?

Ethnic food, both vegetarian and non vegetarian

Q. What about guides?

Qualified outdoor guides and trackers will accompany you on the trek.

Q. Is First Aid available?

Yes, the guide carries a comprehensive First Aid bag. For those suffering from allergies or require any special medication will need to bring those along. All our guides have undergone St John’s Ambulance First Aid Training course and are qualified. In case of serious injuries or emergencies, we have identified hospitals nearest to the trek routes to evacuate you.

Q. What about Wildlife encounters.

They are likely to be wild animal encounters but our guides and trackers are trained and experienced enough to keep you out of harm’s way.

Q. Do you have a suggested kit list?

We do have a suggested kit list which we will send you when you have booked the trip. Suffice it to say that this is a highly mountainous area where nights are cold. Hence you will require woolens as well as good walking shoes.

Q. Do we need a VISA to travel to India?

Yes

 

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