KODAIKANAL, THE PRINCESS OF HILL STATIONS

3999

Description

Kodaikanal is a popular and most sought-after holiday destination in South India. The hill station is at 7200 feet above sea level and is situated in upper Palani hills of the Western Ghats near Madurai in Tamil Nadu. It is also popularly called as the princes amongst Hill Stations. The history of Kodaikanal long back to the earliest residents who were the Palaiyar tribal people. American missionaries established it as a refuge from the high temperatures and tropical diseases of the plains in 1845 It was later in the 20th century, that few noble Indians came to realize the value of this enchanting hill station and started shifting here. The rich flora and fauna, cool and misty weather of the hills and the evergreen forest of Kodaikanal and its surroundings will mesmerize any tourist throughout the year. Walk through the forests, nature, row in the beautiful lakes, bath in the splashing waterfalls, go for a long walk and cycling around the lake or simply admire the nature and its beauty.

Kodaikanal The word Kodaikanal comes from two words: kodai and kanal. The Tamil language has at least four possible interpretations of the name Kodaikanal. By pronouncing the first word of Kodaikanal with a long Tamil 'O', as in koe-dei, it means "summer", whilst the final two syllables kanal can mean "to see", rendering Kodaikanal as a "place to see in summer". Kodaikanal can also be referred summer forest which missionaries used as a refuge to escape the overbearing and mosquito-ridden heat of the plains
Duration 2 days
Altitude 2,133 meters above sea level
Difficulty Level Moderate/Challenging
Trail Type Forest
ATM availability There are no ATMs, so don’t forget to get your cash.

KODAIKANAL, THE PRINCESS OF HILL STATIONS

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  • 1
    Vattekanal checkpoint – Dolphin viewpoint and Echo point – Hike to Vellakavi village
    Get picked up from respective pickup points and begin your overnight journey.
    After breakfast, the journey starts. Reach the Vattekanal checkpoint and watch the amazing Vattekanal waterfall.
    Later, trek to mountain viewpoint, relax for some time.
    Visit the famous Dolphins Nose point and the Echo point.
    Start the mini trek to the Vellakavi village.
    Reach the village, Enjoy the serene calm environment and have your lunch.
    Explore the village, buy some local items or can engage in multiple activities.
    Later, have dinner and get ready for bon-fire. Make friends for life and enjoy.
    Retire for the day with relaxed soul.
  • 2
    Hike back to Dolphin Point – Vattekanal checkpoint – Return to Bangalore
    Pack your bags, fill your empty stomachs and check-out from the campsite around 05:00 AM.
    Start the trek by 6 AM back to Dolphin point and again back to Vattekanal checkpoint.
    Sit in your respective bus to depart for Bangalore.
    Have a self-sponsored lunch route.
    Wind up the tour after you get dropped back.

KODAIKANAL, THE PRINCESS OF HILL STATIONS

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Basic Gears

Backpack & Day Pack (50-60 litres) With comfortable shoulder and waist straps
Day pack + rain cover 10 - 20 litres (For the Trek)
Head Torch 1 No.
Water Bottle/ Hydration pack 2 bottles of one litre each. People who use hydration pack: 1 hydration pack and 1 bottle of one liter Carry at least one thermos flask.
Snacks Energy bars, dry fruits, electoral/ORS
Personal Medical Kit Consult your Doctor

Wear

Trekking Shoes 1 Pair (High ankle with good grip)
T-shirts 2 Quick Dry Tees (Non-Cotton)
Trek pants 1 Nos. (avoid fitting denims)
Floaters or Sandals 1 Pair (for easy movement while at the campsite)
Cotton Socks 1 Pairs
Raincoat If incase, it rains
Sunglasses Dark with side cover, it should be U/V protected

Personal Utilities

Toothbrush & toothpaste
Hand Sanitizer
Quick dry tower
Toilet paper, Wipes and other toiletries
Moisturizer, Lip Balm & Sunscreen Cream (SPF 40+)

KODAIKANAL, THE PRINCESS OF HILL STATIONS

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Pickup Points

07:30 PM: Baroda Bank, Koramangala
08:15 PM: New Shanti Nagar hotel
09:00 PM (Hard rock café) MG road

Inclusions

Permission from Forest Department
Local and experienced guides and Trek Leaders
Basic First-Aid kit
Bonfire
Lots & Lots of Fun

Exclusions

Any personal expense
Anything which is not a part of our inclusions

Transportation

Pick up and drop from Bangalore in a vehicle and the type of vehicle depends on the size of group

Stay

Accommodation would be provided in Homestays. There are separate rooms for boys and girls.

Meals/Snacks

2 breakfasts, 1 Lunch and 1 dinner (Veg Meals)

Advisory

The route through jungles is infested with leeches. The dense jungles house several species of poisonous snakes. Protective ankle-length footwear and long trousers are a must on the trek
The amenities along this route are basic. The trekker is advised to carry adequate water and beverages
The route passes through a wildlife reserve. The trekker is advised to avoid littering the route and to keep noise levels to the minimum.
Carrying torches and insect repellents is essential on this trek.
Avoid consumption of alcohol or any other intoxicating products during the entire trip.
Carry basic medications and a first-aid kit during the tour.
Carry poly bags to pack your wet clothes

Cancellation Policy

  • If cancellations are made 5-7 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • If cancellations are made within 3-5 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions or low number of travelers, certain trips or activities may get cancelled. In such cases operator will try their best to provide an alternate feasible. However, a cash refund will not be applicable for the same.
  • Safarnama Travelers reserves the right to cancel a customer's booking with prior information and will process the full refund in case of Bad weather or not enough travelers to conduct a trip.
  • Cancellations are strictly subjected to cancellation policies & are irrespective of the date of booking.

Kodaikanal, The Princess of Hill Stations

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Reviews

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Sadhana Yadav

(18 Dec 2018) Reply
Travelled On : 25 March 2018

Have a trip with "Safarnama" Woo huuu, all got Ten on Ten completed. But there were something else too, which in wildest dream also I may have not thought like .. A team of travellers, giving one one sec moments, so energectic, knows how to fill one one sec, not a leaving a single 'Safari' in boredom. With these Safarnami's, you try to be silent and bored,....hell no you can't be. Even if you are a great introvert, your conscious will attract you to join their peacefull crezzies.

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Sadhana Yadav

(18 Dec 2018) Reply
Travelled On : 25 March 2018

Have a trip with "Safarnama" Woo huuu, all got Ten on Ten completed. But there were something else too, which in wildest dream also I may have not thought like .. A team of travellers, giving one one sec moments, so energectic, knows how to fill one one sec, not a leaving a single 'Safari' in boredom. With these Safarnami's, you try to be silent and bored,....hell no you can't be. Even if you are a great introvert, your conscious will attract you to join their peacefull crezzies.