Trek to Canopy Hills, Vattakanal [17th - 18th March 2018] - Cancelled
the lesser-known treks in the Tamil Nadu circuit, trek to Vattakanal is on the
difficult side of the trekking spectrum. Completing the whole trek in a day
would make it comparable to the strenuous nature of Kumara Parvatha trek. After
reaching Theni early on Day 1, we head towards the base where we freshen up and
start the trek. The first hour is a warm up and is easy on the eyes with couple of
deeply hidden waterfalls.
After a refreshing break is when the trek becomes taxing. Constant steep under the thick jungles of the Western Ghats make it a tiring journey. The views when the forests rarely open up are majestic. Spotting wildlife is highly probable with Bison, wild goats, porcupines being the more common species. Mist laden forests make it a spooky environment and walking the trails feel like a true adventure. After trekking for 10 km, we reach Vellagavi, a 50 house village with no road connectivity. They have to either come down to Kumbakarai or go up to Vattakanal for selling the fruits and spices which are in abundance. Oranges, Butter Fruit, Papaya, Banana, Guava, Passion Fruit, Jack Fruit are some of the many varieties of fruits available here, which make it a mouthwatering experience. Deep in the jungle, an aptly named camp site "Into the wild" is where we'd camp on Day 1.
Day 2 welcomes us with an unforgiving winding path which is continuously steep and equally spooky with the mist. After a tiring 3 hour hike, the warmth of lemon tea in the cold weather of Vattakanal concludes a satisfactory trek. The trek ends at Dolphin Nose in Vattakanal.
|Difficulty Level||Moderate to Difficult|
|Trekking Distance||16 KM in total|
|Temperature||13 - 20 Degrees|
|Accomodation Type||Tented Accmodation with Sleeping Bags or Dormitory|
|Washrooms||Only in Campsite|
|Food||Basic Veg Food|
|Transport||Non - A/C Tempo Traveler or Mini bus depending upon the registrations we get.|
|Distance from Bangalore||450 KM|
|Attraction||Forest. Waterfalls. Mountains and View Points.|
Friday: 16th March 2018
06:30 PM: Pick-up from BMC, Indiranagar
06:45 PM: Pick-up from New Shanthi Sagar Hotel, Domlur
07:00 PM: Pick up from Lifestyle, Magrath Road (Near Garuda Mall)
08:00 PM: Pick up from Silkboard
Saturday: 17th March 2018
06:00 AM: Reach the trek base - Freshen-up & Breakfast
08:30 AM: Start the trek
: Trek to Campsite - Have packed Lunch on the way up
05:00 PM: Camping
Sunday: 18th March 2018
06:00 AM: Wake up - Freshen-up - Breakfast.
08:00 AM: Continue the trek
10:30 AM: Reach Vattakanal
11:30 AM: Start back to Bangalore - Have self sponsored lunch on the way.
11:00 PM: Reach Bangalore.
Note: Drop points will be the same as pick-up points
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