Kodaikanal is a popular hill station in the Dindigul District, Tamil Nadu. In Tamil Language “Kodaikanal” means “The Gift of the Forest”. The town of Kodaikanal sits on a plateau above the southern escarpment of the upper Palani Hills at 2,133 meters (6,998 ft.), between the Parappar and Gundar Valleys.
The starting point of the trek is from “Dolphin’s Nose Point”. Which provides a bird’s eye view of the scenic landscapes of the surrounding mountains.
It is a paradise for trekking lovers as it offers different trekking routes for the professional trekker to the novice trekker as well. The Total distance of the trek is about 13-14 Kms and considered to be a moderate trek.
Please note: Travelling from Bangalore would be little more costly then Chennai as the state permit would be required to enter Tamil Nadu from Karnataka.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Chennai – Kodaikanal – Chennai|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Friday – 5.00 PM|
|RETURN TIME||Sunday – 11.30 PM|
|MANDATORY THING TO CARRY||• Two litres of water bottles
• Rain coat (if in case it rains)
• A torch
• A cap
|WEAR||• Cargo/track pants -2
• T-shirt -2
• Shoes, Socks
• Personal medication kit
Short Itinerary – Start from Chennai –Reach Kodaikanal– Reach the Vatakkal (starting point of the trek)– Reach Vellakavi for Lunch–Descend to Kumakarai Waterfall –Camp at Kumakarai Waterfall – Camp fire& Food.
Next day – Breakfast – back to Chennai.
|location||Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu|
|duration||2 DAYS – 2 NIGHTS|
|age||12 – 45 Years|
|group-size||30 People Max|
|trek distance||15 KM|
|difficulty level||Easy to Moderate|
After freshening up and breakfast, we would hop into the bus and go to the starting point of the trek i.e.Vattakanal.
Vattakanal is small town, situated in the south of Kodaikanal. It has a view of beautiful valleys and mountains of Kodaikanal. The Place is mostly famous for one view point “Dolphine Nose Point”. The Trek starts by the side of this view point.
The descend would start from the Vattakanal village itself. Initially the trail goes though big eucalyptus trees. The aroma of the place can only be experience on this route.
The trail goes down through zig-zag path and a little ascent near the Vellagavi town. It is small town situated in the middle of the forest and through the initial stretch, it could act the guiding factor as you can see the whole village while descending from Vattakanal.
The distance of Vellagavi from Vattakanal is about 4-5 Kms.
The trail takes you through a dense forest before entering into the village.
After taking a right from the temple of vellagavi, you would enter a route through several elaichi farms, coffee farms and Lemon farms.
From here the decent would be bit moderate till we reach small water stream.
After getting of the jungle you would enter into a Lemon farm trail, which would straight walk till we reach the water fall and our camping destination.
After the trek, we would start to leave the forest and reach the check-post. Board the Bus and back to Chennai.
- No.4, M.G.R. Street, Old Narasingapuram, Race Course, Guindy – Reporting Time: 5.00 PM, Departure Time: 5.15 PM
- Grand Arcade Chennai, S.No. 330/12, Velachery Tambaram Rd, Dr. Seetharaman Nagar, Velachery, Doctor Seetaram Nagar, Velachery – Reporting Time: 5.30 PM, Departure Time: 5.45 PM
- Grand Southern Trunk Road, Chromepet, Santhi Nagar, Chromepet – Reporting Time: 6.00 PM, Departure Time: 6.15 PM