"You are not going to complete the trek. You will turn back half way through the trek". I'm pretty sure this will be the first words coming out from anyone who knows about the Vellingiri Trek. If you ask me, they are partly right; especially for person like me whos typical day starts and ends without much physical exercises. But, if you have a strong will and a great tea to support you to get there, its not impossible. So here I am sharing how I climbed 7 hills to reach atop the Kailash of the south.
I was asked once to join the trek, a year before by my team mates in office. Doing the usual research about the place before the trek/trip and asking people for suggestions, even the ones who invited me I was scared and turned down the opportunity. A year passed and the same people asked again for the same trek and this time I was determined to at least give a try to this sacred trek. Instead of reading articles and finding reasons to not do the trek, I was reading about the Vellingiri hills rising the hype for that final feel atop the 7th hill near the Vellingiri aandavar (Lord Shiva).
The Shivalinga on the top of the 7th hill is swayambhu which means its was created by its own accord. The Vellingiri hills are considered to be as sacred as the Kailash and hence it's also known by the name Thenkailaya in the local language which translates into "the Kailash of the south". The pilgrimage season starts from February and lasts till May. During the season, there you'll get enough stalls on the trail for quick bites and drinks. Also, a forest check post opens at the entrance of the trail to collect the plastic materials from the pilgrims/trekkers. Keep in mind you are in deep forest area and plastics are harmful to the wildlife. For your safety stick to the trails and stay in groups.