Trek to Canopy Hills, Vattakanal [27th - 28th February 2021]
One of 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
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 10kms, 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.
|Trekking Distance||14 KM in total|
|Temperature||13 - 20 Degrees|
|Accomodation Type||Tented Accmodation with Sleeping Bags|
|Washrooms||Only in Campsite|
|Food||Basic Veg Food|
|Transport||Non A/C Private Coach|
|Distance from Bangalore||450 KM|
|Attraction||Forest. Waterfalls. Mountains and View Points.|
Friday: 26th February 2021
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)
07:30 PM: Pick up from Silkboard
Saturday: 27th February 2021
06:00 AM: Reach the trek base - Freshen-up & Breakfast
08:30 AM: Start the trek from Vattakanal to vellagavi
12:30 PM: Reach the campsite & have lunch
02:00 PM: Trek to View point
04:00 PM: Reach back to Campsite
07:00 PM: Enjoy Campfire & have Dinner (Overnight stay in Tents)
Sunday: 28th February 2021
06:00 AM: Wake up - Freshen-up - Breakfast.
08:00 AM: Trek back to Vattakanal
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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