Kolukkumalai

Kolukkumalai – One Amazing Sunrise trek.

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The Colours of Sunset

It was the start of summer. The climate was ready to show off its hotness. I was in search of destinations to go on a trip, but the summer had already started to roast every place out there. And then comes this paradise, made in heaven.

A shivering temperature at the start of summer. Finally, I got to a place, at the borders of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, The high peaks of tea plantations spread across the hills, The Kolukkumalai Tea estate.

Kolukkumalai – Where it is?

Situated at the border, Kolukkumalai is a place in Theni District of Tamil Nadu. The tip of Theni, that a few steps here and there in Kolukkumalai can make you move between states!

Kolukkumalai tea estate

At an altitude of 7130 feet above sea level, Kolukkumalai produces one of the finest tea in India with a flavour of freshness. It is around 32 Kms from Munnar.

Due to the rugged and uneven pathway, Kolukkumalai can be reached only via Jeep from a Suryanelli, Idukki which is around 6 Kms, 2hours of liver and kidneys trying to come out of the mouth-journey or by taking a trek via Kerala named the Meesapulimala trek(will be covered in later blogs).


What to do in Kolukkumalai?

The Kolukkumalai tea estate is known for its sunrise viewpoint up above the clouds with a small 45 minutes trek from camping spot. Owned by the estate, they also offer camping packages which include Camping, Sunrise Trek, campfire, Dinner(NV), Breakfast and lots and lots of fresh amazing tea.

Kolukkumalai sunrise

This place suits to be a great vacation place for families, friends or even solo travellers. Kolukkumalai is an amazing place to spend your weekend away from the hustling and busy life that you can even escape from mobile networks.

The best months to visit are from November to April.

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The Cloud Show

How to reach Kolukkumalai?

Situated at the border, Kolukkumalai can be reached via Theni in Tamil Nadu and Munnar in Kerala, both being the easiest to commute. You have Public transports especially buses between Munnar and Theni with Suryanelli – the starting point to Kolukkumalai, in between them.

So any bus between them can help you reach Suryanelli and then Kolukkumalai estate from there.

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As the clouds pass by.

Cost for the vacation

The trip to Kolukkumalai would cost you an approximate amount of 3000INR/head.

The camping and trek package will be around 1800-2000INR while the jeep ride from Suryanelli to Kolukkumalai will cost you 4000INR/Jeep(fixed) for to and fro transportation irrespective of the number of people.
Point to Note: Only Jeeps are allowed uphill and any other Vehicle will have a parking space in Suryanelli.
If not Jeep, you can go on a trek into the tea plantations of 6-8kms which will cost.
around 300INR/head for the permission.

Public Bus fares between Munnar and Theni depends on the bus which might range from 100-200.

So what are you waiting for? Start planning to make this weekend a naturally memorable one up above the hills with your people at a lower cost!

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Clouds

How was my trip?

Started by early morning in Trichy, I reached Theni in 4 hours and boarded a bus to Munnar from Theni. All alone travelling through the mountains interacting with different people.

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The travel was amazing with picturesque views of green agriculture lands everywhere in Tamil Nadu, while mountains and risky roads and clouds in Kerala. As I reached Munnar the view of Anayirangal Dam along with lush green plantations, the Mountains in the background and the clouds floating over the mountains was just a mesmerizing frame to be held in our houses.

After reaching the stop near Suryanelli, I boarded an auto to Suyranelli and in another 20 minutes, I reached there. Met my new friends with whom I enjoyed the whole trip, and started the jeep ride.

It was well and good for around 15 minutes and then started the real thrill of bumps and rocks bringing our every internal organ out through the mouth. The Jeep ride was fully surrounded by the lush green, 106-year tea plantations planted in the British reign.

The speciality of the Tea plantation is that they grow for a hundred years only that it has to be cut then and there in order to get fresh soft leaves for better tea.

Kolukkumalai

After the ride, come the borderline of the states and the Kolukkumalai Tea Estate. The camping site was set in a way to get the view of the Western Ghats and its plantations.
Tasted the tea of Kolukkumalai with its fresh aroma rising the soul from in-depth. After getting to know each other in the camp, we started to explore the place shivering all around.


Singapara is a rock in Kolukkumalai which resembles the face of a Lion. This is known for its view and its placement is like that during the sunrise the sun seems to come out of Lion’s mouth.

Singapara

Pictures with green backgrounds were also so good that it can make great Display Pictures. XD

Then came the Dinner. A special appreciation for the Dinner at Kolukkumalai, with tasty, unlimited non-vegetarian food to fill your stomach and heart.

The campfire was set by then singing multi-lingual songs and getting the warmth of the fire surrounded by very low temperature. Tired but heartful people went to sleep in the tent so that they can wake up for the early morning Sunrise trek. No one until then knew that we were going to witness something beyond life the next morning.

Early morning before the sun was ready, we were ready, shivering with every part of the body possible, not feeling where my fingers are. Started the trek with no fingers literally, it was an easy and small trek to reach the Kolukkumalai Peak.

Slowly we were able to see the lines, the rays of sunlight, ray by ray the sun came outside giving me the best sunrise view ever. While the excitement didn’t stop with the sunrise, as next on stage was the clouds to perform. Moving with the flow of the wind like the clouds were floating everywhere moving up and into the mountains just like my life.

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Kolukkumalai Sunrise

The beauty of the cloud show gives motivation to the lives of people who go with the flow. After all the excitement and picturesque, we trekked back down to have Unlimited Tamil Breakfast until the tummy gets full. And we packed our bags and started our ride back to our places.

This trip was not only filled with the rejuvenation of nature but also with the excitement of new people and their friendships.

Kolli Hills

You are not going to waste this weekend with junk foods, binge-watching or crying self to sleep after reading this!
Get along to make your weekend adventurous and memorable to Kolli Hills!

A ride along the hairpin bends of Kolli Hills would give the contentment that would consume the body and soul of every bike rider. Such will be the ride to the Agayagangai falls of Kolli hills at around 1300 rise above the level of plains.

I would strongly recommend for a bike ride if you are a rider. If you’re from other districts you can get a rental bike from Trichy or Salem or Namakkal. The ride from Trichy along the banks of River Kaveri is a bliss, with greenery all around and fresh air, that comes passing the mighty Kaveri, carrying the bijou droplets of the river giving the feel of a natural air conditioner.

Ever felt the cool breeze smooching you on a 38°C hot noon with the scorching sun smiling broader till ears?
That’s what is the feeling you would get in this bike ride along banks of Cauvery.

An early morning ride with a bracing atmosphere would give you the feel of the countryside ride in the middle of noisy cities.
As you go along the banks of the river, cut into the city halfway around and get back to the journey to the mighty Kolli Hills!

After getting to the hill, starts the venturesome ride with menacing hairpin bends. Not just 10 or 20, but with fricking 70 hairpin bends, Kolli Hills holds the record of having the highest number of hairpin bends in the country.

I mean just look at the map below of the roads to Kolli Hills. So if you are a bike rider, you should have started by now!

Kolli Hils

After reaching the top with amazing memories of mountain bike trekking, there comes the Agayagangai falls! There are 5 more other falls around Kolli Hills but this falls is perennial all around the year and is as majestic as possible.

And yes, you will get those picturesquely green fields all along the mountain bike trek!

Kolli Hills

At the top of the hills, will be the livelihood of a cluster of shops and other, buy something from them whether it helps them or not, you’ll definitely need something to eat after a trek down the rugged way with huge 1200 steps to reach the ever-flowing tremendous falls.

Stop. Get amazed.

And take a refreshing bath in the elixir of medicinal herbs of the forests!

I urge you to look at the top of the hill standing down below the falls, getting that grand vista of the enormous number of tiny droplets falling from apex straight to your head. That moment, that spectacular moment will be worth every kilometer you came for.

After the bath, get ready for another tiresome trek of 1200 steps, while you can eat the things you’ve bought without getting robbed by monkeys! And then Gear up to start back with another tremendous downhill ride, also don’t forget to watch out for wonderful views nearby cities from the top there!

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