About the Destination:Ooty, also known as ‘Udhagamandalam’ is one of the most gorgeous and tranquil hill stations in the entire of South India. Famed as ‘Queen of Hills’, it was discovered in the late 1800 and is located at around 2,240m. Jotted with lush and evergreen plantations, forests and fascinating hills, it is one such place that cannot be missed!
A testimony to the colonial era of India, Ooty truly displays or showcases the aura of its past and captivates its visitors with all its grace! Though this scenic hill station is known for its meticulous beauty, it also entices the adventure junkies in a large number. For the adrenaline junkies, Ooty hosts an array of activities; Ebbanad trek, cycling, trekking and several others.
Moreover, the untouched beauty of this hill station, its varied options for its visitors and the wonderful tourist destination in Western Ghats is the indigenous home to the ‘Todas’ and is known for its lush and evergreen tea plantations
About the Activity:
Conducted throughout the week, the Ebbanad trek is indeed one of the best hiking experience in or around Ooty! Taking you to the scenic locales of Ebbanad, which is located around 18km from Ooty, this 6-7 hours trek will take you through several quaint settlements, scenic patches of forests and other natural marvels.
The walk usually begins from the tribal village of Bikkapathymund that sits atop a mountain ridge; the way to this hamlet is in itself a blissful experience! Arriving in the village, hike till the end of its ridge and enjoy the amazing views of the Mayor River along with the Tamil Nadu and Karnataka Border.
Descending down further with the Ebbanad trek, you will reach the Toda Conical Temple that is situated amidst dense forests. Following this temple visit, trek through the lush acacia forests and reach a nearby village, where you can have lunch. Post lunch, start hiking towards the Murugan Temple; after this, the trail will continue from Doddabetti to Kothagiri and finally to Kothanad.
Hereafter, the trek will descend down and will take you to Ebbanad or the ‘Hidehatty’ village. Spend pleasant moments in the village, interact with the locals and know more about its lifestyle. Post this, board a local bus from within the hamlet and travel back to Ooty.