Trekking Adventure in Tamil Nadu
Trekking in Tamil Nadu – New Definition For adventure
Adventure in Tamil Nadu has started gathering pace as the Govt. of Tamil Nadu has realized the potential hidden in this sector of tourism and has increased the infrastructure and speed in its promotion. And now adventure tourism has become the most attractive part of a tour to Tamil Nadu. Activities like trekking, hiking and cycling are few of the things that by indulging in, you can experience the most refreshing and rejuvenating feeling.
Ooty – The Nature’s Trail
Ooty is the most beautiful and popular hill station of south India. The hill station is located in the Nilgiri hills at 2286 m above sea level and offers several trek routes that vary in distances, altitude and terrain. There is a base camp at Parsons valley which is a perfect spot to start your trekking tour. The major trekking paths in Ooty which are apt for learners as well as for seasoned trekkers are…..
Ooty – Parsons Valley – Mukkurthi Lake – Pandiar hills – Pykara falls – Madumalai Sanctuary
These treks have develop as a perfect trek as well as a scintillating nature walk. You will require around 4 hrs to complete this trek. A fairly simple trek which takes you around the artificial Mukkurthi lake situated on Mukkurti peak and through the pine trees of Pandiar hills. Spot rare species of animal like the lion tailed Macaque and Nilgiri Langurs while you cross through the Madumalai sanctuary. Although the trek is not very hard, it is advisable that you still carry all your trekking gear along with you.
Parsons Valley – Mukkurthi Lake – Western catchment Bangitappal – Upper Bhavani
A steep climb awaits you during this trek which you can complete in around 3 hrs. This few kilometer walk offers you amazing scenery and picturesque views of the Nilgiris.
Kodaikanal – High In Kodaikanal
Set among the gently sloping Palani hills, Kodaikanal is a magnificent summer retreat and an ecological paradise of Tamil Nadu. Kodaikanal offers few of the most ideal sites for trekking, hang-gliding, angling and golf. About a kilometer from the lake, visit the famous Coaker’s walk and just limber around the area that offers the most picturesque visuals of the plains. There are lot of view points as well like the Dolphin’s nose which is located 2000 m above sea level and to gaze down from this rock calls for steel nerves. Few of the treks that have become famous among the trekkers is.
Kodaikanal – Dolphin’s Nose – Vallagavi – Kumabakkarai (8km)
You can cover this trek in around 6 hrs. This is considered to be tough because of the sudden steep climbs and sudden drops. Trekker who are physically strong will find it easier.
Kodai – Thopi Thooki Parai – Periyur – Periyakulam (19 Km)
You will find this track to be fairly simple and that will take around 5 to 6hrs to cover. During the trek, you will come across the beautiful coffee plantation Guar which is your your time spend on this adventurous trek.
Elagiri Hills – Heights of Wonders
Located some 25 km from Jolarpet Junction,this small hill range is situated on the Chennai-Coimbatore rail track. For rookie trekkers, a trek from Elagiri hills to Jalagambarai water falls, takes only a couple of hours and proves to be very entertaining and a good learning curve. For the more experienced counterparts, a trek route to Jalagambarai through villages and through the forests to reach the peak is absolutely challenging. Elagiri hills are a part of Javvad Hills of eastern ghats. By trekking, one can reach the southern part of the Javvad Hills & reach Polur, a taluk headquarters, which is about 30 km from temple town Thiruvannamalai. This steep road also leads to Kavalur, where an old but operational Astronomical observatory is situated.
Annamalai Hills – Close to Clouds
Annamalai Hills are literally a heaven for Nature and wildlife lovers. Situated at an altitude of 740 m above sea level, these hills are perfect for any tourist who is a tyro in trekking and wishes to start. Few that are real fun the trekkers are.
Monkey Fall Trek (5 km)
It is a trek which starts as a gentle slope but becomes a steep slope till the time it is over. This trek takes around 3 hrs to be covered. You will see the nature at its best when you climb through the deciduous forest at the foot hills to the barren rocks on the top in between which you will see a vast stretch of evergreen forest.
Varagaliar – Kurampalliar and Varagaliar Shola – Perumkundru Malai and Return(14 km)
This is a challenge even for the experienced legs as the climb is extremely steep as from 600m it shoots up to 1700 m. So naturally it takes a longer time of around 7 hrs. Definitely the climb will be physically demanding but it won’t be tiring as you will have the company of amazing and rare species like the lion tailed Macaque and Nilgiri langur that reside here and are found in good numbers.
Akkamalai – Thanakkamlai – Konnalur Fishing Hut – Akkamalai(30 km)
This trek start from a pretty high altitude of 1500 m and climbs till 2513 m. This is uphill for the first 10 km and the rest is downhill. The trek generally is of 7 hrs in which you will cross through the tropical rain forest. You will also come across herds of Nilgiri Tahr grazing,a sight which takes away all your tiredness.
Beach Walks – Sea Front Fantasy
Chennai might not be famous as an adventure spot but one thing that you can enjoy here is a leisurely walk beside the gorgeous Bay of Bengal on the Marina Beach. This is the most famous beach of south India and is also the second longest sandy beach in the world. Other beaches in Tamil Nadu that you can visit for a splendid beach walk are the Covelong beach, Mahabalipuram Beach, and the famous Kanyakumari Beach.
Temple Walks – Through the Historical Ages
We can safely say that Tamil Nadu is most famous among the tourists for its incredible number of temples that are spread throughout the the state. Its not only the number of temples that astonishes the visitors, but their exceptional architectural beauty is something that captures even the wildest imaginations of the travelers. A walk inside and around these temples can be the most mesmerizing experience you will have from your tour to south India. The main temples that you just cannot miss are Meenakshi temple, Ekambareswarar Temple, Brihadiswarar temple and Sri Ranganathaswamy temple which is the largest temple in the entire country.