Its a Special Trek of the mountains and a nap on the beautiful beaches of Kerala. It is a Three Day event.
Out of the best, Munnar and Varkala are most beautiful places to visit in South India. Nature Walkers brings a unique itinerary combining both these destinations in one journey. Munnar with its dense green carpet of tea gardens and jungles and Varkala with its cliffs and beaches are one of the favorite tourist places in South India. With an intention of touching the wild of Kerala, we have included a Meesapulimala Trek & Forest camping to be the first fold of our travel map.
Meesapulimala is the second highest peak and the highest trekking path in the Western Ghats after Anamudi. Its peak is 2,640 meters (8,661 ft) above sea level.
The name of the place is derived from the fact that “with eight hills in a curvy row spread like a Tiger’s mustache hence, “Meesa-puli-mala”. (puli in Malayalam mean Tiger) It is considered to be most beautiful mountains to climb over in the South Western Ghats region.
The Best part of the Meesapulimala Trek are the Rhododendrons flowers. The whole valley is named after this flower – Rodo Valley. It’s because it the only places you see these rhododendron flowers in south India. it grows in abundance in Sikkim and nearby Himalayan regions. Rhododendron trees are actually the state tree of state Sikkim.
Please Note : The Campsite of this Messapulimala Trek located in Silent Valley of Munnar, just below the Rodo Valley. A peek from the Tent would give a panoramic view of town Munnar valley, located in the middle of mountains and waterfalls.
The Second fold of our travel map leads to the relaxing beaches of Varkala.
Varkala is the only place in southern Kerala where cliffs are found adjacent to the Arabian Sea.
The Geological Survey of India declares Varkala as a geological monument of India. The Cenozoic sedimentary formation clicks are very unique geological feature because of which its popularly known as Varkala Formation among geologist. In 2015, Ministry of Mines, The government of India and Geological Survey of India (GSI) have declared Varkala Cliff as a geo-heritage site.
For its geo-heritage and soft sandy beaches, Varkala backpacking was added as one of the destination in famous Hippie Trail, listing this places in global maps giving a tremendous advantage for tourism in India. There are numerous cafes, restaurants, water spouts and ayurvedic spas on the sides of these cliffs.
For us, Varkala is a small island shore of heaven. truly you could never witness such culture mix of the world at a place beside coast in India. White sand, Green tall coconut trees. An evening walk of Varkala during season time is a thing to wish for, Nature Walkers brings you this chance to enjoy both the mountains and beaches of Kerala in one event. Join in the offbeat meesapulimala trek and varkala backpacking.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Chennai– Munnar – Chennai|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Thursday– 5.30pm|
|RETURN TIME||Monday- 5.00 am|
|MANDATORY THING TO CARRY|| • Two liters of water bottles
• Raincoat (if in case it rains)
• A torch
• A cap
|WEAR|| • Cargo/track pants -2
• T-shirt -2
• Shoes, Socks
• Personal medication kit
• Rain Coat/Poncho
|location||Meesapulimala, Kerala, Varkala|
|duration||3 Days & 2 Nights|
|age||12 – 45 Years|
|trek distance||20 KM|
|difficulty level||Moderate to Difficult|
We would be reaching munnar early morning from there we would take the jeep ride to our Silent Valley Campsite. The campsite is located in heart of the jungle of the Meesupulimala forest and it has a panoramic view of the whole valley below.
After fresh-up and breakfast, we would start trekking from the campsite towards Rhodo valley. Initially, the terrain is little steep till we reach waterfall lagoon, from here the terrain keeps gaining altitude as well lose it.
The terrain goes through dense jungle, long grass, pine trees beside beautiful water stream assures you that you are into the heavenly atmosphere.
Rhodo Valley starts just after reaching the jeep track on the trail. Do look out for rhododendron flowers by the side of the route. This flowers definitely win your heart with its different colors and abundance nature.
From here to about 2km is forest check post in the Rhodo valley. The panoramic view from the viewpoint of this check post is very rejuvenating.
The Lush green forest, the green carpet on the small dome hills looks very beautiful. You could also spot some wild elephants group from this point.
After descending for a couple of meters, we would enter the dense forest of long grass and then a meadow walk on soft grass for a little while.
We would be crossing about 6 more small hills to reach our peak. The distance from Rhodo alley check post to the peak is about 4 km one side but believe me, the time flies so fast that it seems you just crossed these check post couple of minutes back.
We would have our packed lunch on the peak while enjoying the beautiful before our eyes, it’s very satisfying feeling.
Explore for a while for photos and then would start descending from the peak back to
the campsite through the same route.
After fresh-up and snacks, we would play some games and enjoy the campfire while hot dinner.
Next morning, we would explore a waterfall about nearby the campsite
And then would return back to Munnar forest department through jeep and back to
Bangalore on Sunday night.
Day 2: Varkala Backpacking
Start our Journey from the Munnar Campsite to Varkala Coast, we would leaving little early in the morning. The distance from Munnar to Varkala is about 250 km. We would reaching the coast at afternoon.
We will explore the coast, play in ocean water, surf if we could on the Varkala beaches.
Day 3: Return
Next day, we would hop on to our bus – Return Journey to Chennai.
1) Baroda Bank, Koramangala Water Tank. Opp. Mr Beans – Home Cafe. – Reporting Time: 4.15 PM, Departure Time: 4.30 PM
2) New Shanti Sagar Hotel, HAL Road, Near Domlur Bridge. – Reporting Time: 4.45 PM, Departure Time: 5.00 PM
3) MG Road, Hard Rock Cafe near Anil Kumble Signal. – Reporting Time: 5.30 PM, Departure Time: 5.45 PM