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The Western Ghats have gifted India with many gems in terms of natural beauty and biodiversity. One such great example of that is the Kurinjini Peak of Theni District in Tamil Nadu. Home to a wide variety of Flora and Fauna, the hill station also sports a pristine ledge on the hill called the Kolukkumalai, which is one of the highest tea estates in the world.
Apart from the dazzling beauty of nature, the place is also home to many birds and animals. The culmination of all these elements brings about an amazing beauty to this place, attracting nature lovers, photographers, trekkers and bird watchers alike.
The trek starts from Chennai as you get picked up and are transferred to the starting point of the trail, which will be the Kuranjini Village. After freshening up, you will start the trek to reach the central station after a 7 km trek. You will arrive at the estate farmhouse following a small stream that flows right by it, from where there is a straight shot to the campsite. Enjoy in the scenic environs here, enjoy tea/coffee direct from the estate before calling it a night in the cozy tents. You will wake up the next day to an amazing sunrise over the hills with the calls of many birds residing in the area. From here, you will take another 7 km trek to the top station on the side of a hill in a zig-zag fashion. As you gain altitude from here, the view of the valley just keeps getting better. Spot some of the most beautiful and rare species of birds like Whiskered Bulbul, Verdier Flycatcher, Tickell’s blue flycatcher, Oriental white eye, Purple-rumped Sunbird etc.
From the top, take in the scenic view of the hills and the floating clouds below you. Spend some time here and click some pictures before returning to the base village and returning for Chennai the same day, bringing the experience to an end.
On Friday night, you will be picked up from your choice of the pickup points in Chennai.
You will be beginning the experience with an ice-breaking session so you get to know your fellow travelers. Since this will be an overnight journey, you will be advised to have some light food before the journey.
You will arrive early in the morning at the starting point of the trek. You can freshen up and have a delicious, warm breakfast.
Post this, begin your 7 km trek to reach the Central Station, which will be the campsite of the day.
You will first arrive at a waterfall which will serve as a refreshing sight. After this halt, you will be following a small rivulet that will take you to an old coffee estate farmhouse.
From here the forest brightens up in color and becomes more lively with the sounds of many birds and animals who reside here. 2.5 km from the farmhouse, you will arrive at the campsite is the central station.
Enjoy your lunch here and explore the area around a little bit.
In the evening, enjoy a hot cup of tea/coffee directly from the estate, followed by dinner and overnight sleep in the cozy comfort of your tents.
After waking up to a beautiful morning amidst the hills and the clouds, you will have your breakfast in the midst of bird calls.
Start the 7 km long trek to the top on zig-zagging trails on the side of a hill.
All the way, you will be greeted by the bird calls coming from all directions, Now will be a good time to bring out your camera and take some amazing pictures.
After 4 kms, you will have a small halt before the final climb. Arrive at the summit and get mesmerized by the amazing view of the hills and the clouds playing with each other.
Spend an amazing time here, clicking memorable pictures and finding serenity.
Start the downhill trek back to the village, from where you will take your transfer back to Chennai, bringing the experience to an end.
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