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BANAGUDI SHOLA : Banagudi Shola (Sacred Forest) is the best way to explore the grove & an archaelogical place with rock carvings. There's even a tribal settlement—the Kurumba tribe—that thrives in its forested expanse to this day.
Make your way to Toriya (a tribal village) close by, and take a beat before heading back. This is a great place for adventure lovers, as they are some nice trekking routes. A total of 30,000 acres make up the tea plantations here, and some of them can be visited as well.
Catherine Falls is a double-cascaded waterfall located in Kotagiri. The Nilgiris are the land of seven major tribes, the Todas and Badagas being the most numerous.
The height of water falls is about 250 ft.Catherine Falls is named after the wife of M.D. Cockburn, believed to have introduced the coffee plantation. The native name of the Catherine Falls is Geddhehaada Halla, meaning "Foothills Dale River". It can clearly been seen from the top of Dolphin's Nose if seeing the entire waterfall as one total impression is what you are looking for.
TOTAL TREK DISTANCE : 13 KMS LEVEL OF TREK : MODERATE
DAY 0 : Take an overnight journey from Bangalore after getting picked up from the different pick up points mentioned below:
DAY 1 : Reach base, freshen up and having a hot breakfast.
→ Post breakfast, get ready to start the trek after getting your lunch packed.
→ 8am Start trek via Banagudi shola range to Catherine falls followed by a RIDGE WALKS, have lunch at the Catherine and proceed trek further to cave explore & back to base within 7pm.
→ Freshen up and have a sumptuous dinner following which, relax by the bonfire and music in the TEA estates.
DAY 2 : Start early 7am, visit TEA manufacturing unit if permitted and visit Shooting Spots/Nilgiri in OOTY & proceed further to Bandipur forest safari and begin the return journey to Bangalore.
ACCOMMODATION: TENTED WITH SLEEPING BAGS PROVIDED.
ATTRACTION: Trekking, Catherine Waterfall Visit, Dolphin Nose, Cave visit, Shooting Spots/Nilgiri OOTY, Bandipur safari, TEA estate camping.
WILDLIFE: Chances to Spot Species of birds, bisons & Mammals.
COST INCLUDES: TRANSPORTATION (TWO WAYS), ACCOMMODATION, 2 BREAKFAST, 1 LUNCH, 1 DINNER(VEG/NON) FOREST DEPT PERMISSIONS, COORDINATOR CHARGES, 1ST AID, BONFIRE
COST EXCLUDES: FINAL DAY LUNCH, BANDIPUR SAFARI
THINGS TO CARRY:
RAINCOAT/PONCHO, ID PROOF, BACKPACK, SWEATERS/JACKETS, TORCH, PERSONAL MEDICATIONS/ NECESSARY TOILETRIES, SHOES WITH A GOOD GRIP, SNACKS/GLUCOSE/ENERGY BARS
TOUR TYPE : This is a group tour
PICK UP POINTS:
9.00 PM: HEBBAL/MANYATHA TECH PARK JUNCTION
9.15 PM: KR PURAM/BYAPANNAHALLI METRO STATION
9.45 PM: MARATHALLI BRIDGE JUNCTION
10.00 PM ECO SPACE/BELLANDUR
10.30 PM: SILK BOARD JUNCTION
*PARTICIPANTS STAYING AT METRO REGIONS CAN ACCESS THE PICKUP POINTS AT BYAPPNNAHALLI METRO STATION.
*SERVICE TAXES APPLICABLE
*COST REMAINS THE SAME FOR BOTH INDIANS AND FOREIGNERS