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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 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.
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
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
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
* Transport from Bangalore to Bangalore
* 2 Breakfast
* 1 Lunch
* 1 Dinner
* Instructor from BMC
* Forest Permissions
* Food during bus journey
* Anything not mentioned above
Suggested things to carry:
PACK LIGHT, CARRY ONLY WHAT IS NECESSARY
- Personal medication (if any)
- Strong backpack (Preferably water proof)
- Fresh pair of clothes for two days.
- Mosquito Reppellent Cream
- Water bottles (at least 2 liters of water)
- A torch with new batteries (must in case of emergency)
- You can carry Energy Food (Chocolate bars, flavored milk, Electrolyte drinks - Glucose etc.)
- Sunglasses, Sunscreen.
- Camera (Optional)
- Shoes with good grip (Must)