Montane Forest Trek at Munnar - Kerala, India

Basic Information

Munnar is a hilly town located in the Kannan Devan Hill ranges, the picturesque landscapes and the pleasant weather throughout the year are incomparable. The plantations in the rolling hills are an amazing sight that cannot be portrayed on a single canvas. 

The area was originally occupied by the indigenous people known as Muthuvans. The British arrived here in the late 1800s and started tea plantations.

This montane forest trek provides comprehensive coverage for the high-altitude ecosystem of the region. This area has a vast number of endemic species of flora and fauna, the Strobilanthes Kunthiana locally known as Neelakurinji (which blooms once in twelve years), the mountain goat Nilgiri Tahr, and Nigiri Langur (black monkey) are a few to name that we will come across.

Tour Itinerary

You will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the trek start point on a jeep, the distance is 22 km. It will be a challenging trek, you will be walking 14 KM. This trek will take you through grasslands and fern-covered valleys, crystal clear streams, and mountain ridges overlooking beautiful tea plantations and villages. Once you reach the summit (2647 meters from sea level) the view is miraculous. On a pleasant day, the plains of Tamil Nadu and the world’s highest organic tea plantation ‘Kolukkumalai’ can also be seen from here. From the endpoint of the trek, you will be transferred to Suryanelly, the drive for 01 hours.

After an early breakfast, we will start our trek towards Suryanelly camp. The trek distance is 12 Km. Initially, you will be walking through grasslands and will be crossing a few streams. The highlight of the day will be the tribal villages we will be walking through, they are known as ‘Muthuvans’ (Backpackers). They’re called Muthuvans because they carry things on their back using a towel or a long cloth.
Day 03 trek starts with climbing towards Phantoms peak, the total distance is 12km. If the weather permits, from Phantoms peak, you will get a chance to see Meesapulimala peak and the spectacular Anerangal lake. After the peak we enter Pappathichola, the name translates to Butterfly Forest. This area has a large number of butterfly migrations from the plains, Red-disc, Common map, Cruiser and Blue-bottle are a few to name, if lucky we could see mud-puddling (seeking out nutrients from moist substances) of a large group of butterflies On this day most of the walking will be through spice plantations, the chances of seeing wild elephants are high on this day. Reach camp and spend the evening around a campfire, stay at BL Ram camp.

This will be another challenging day, we have a short transfer to the start point, trek distance will be 13 km. We start with a climb to Mathikettan Shola National Park. This is one of the youngest national parks in Kerala, which was declared a national park in 2003. The name Mathikettan Shola means ‘mind confuser’ because, according to local people, chances are high to get lost in the dense evergreen forest.

This forest is home to a vast number of wildlife animals, to name a few Galaxy Frog, one of the endangered amphibians, Grey-slender Loris, and one of the rarest and endemic Nilgiri Marten. Stay at Santhanpara Camp

You will be trekking from Santhanpara to Chathurangapara, the final session of your Kerala trek. You will be walking through spice plantations and grasslands and through the ridges of Chathurangapara peak which is the border of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, our neighboring state. From the ridge, you will be able to enjoy the view of the lush green forest of Kerala and the plains of Tamil Nadu on the other side. This area is one of the wild elephant corridors, the chances are high to see one here. Stay at Chathurangapara camp.
You will depart the campsite for the airport after breakfast. We hope to see you again for more adventure in the vast and diverse country of ours.

Tour Details

  • Meeshapulimala is the second-highest peak in south India. (2647 meters from mean sea level)
  • High-altitude montane grasslands and streams.
  • Endemic wildlife.
  • Tea plantations.
  • Scenic ridge walk.
  • Chance to try Authentic South Indian food.