Kolukkumalai- The place beyond your expectations

Tripoto
27th Oct 2019
Photo of Kolukkumalai- The place beyond your expectations by Sureshkumar C
Day 1

Day 1 it all started with a strong tea on  bodi after travel of 13 hours from Chennai.

I reached bodinayakanur ( a small heaven sorrounded by mountains) to start my travel to kolukkumalai one of highest peaks on South India.

Kolukkumalai is a small village/hamlet in Bodinayakanur Taluk in the Theni district of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu bordering Idukki district of Kerala. It is home to the highest tea plantations in the world with the tea grown here possessing a special flavour and freshness because of the high altitude. Wikipedia

I took a munnar bus running between madurai to munnar via (theni , bodi, bodimettu, power house, munnar) from bodi I boarded the bus which had a stop at bodimettu 30 KMS away for breakfast. The best way to visit suryanelli the basement of kolukkumalai is reaching powerhouse bus stop and taking a share auto from power house ( 10-15 RS) I did the same. Reached power house bus stop and got an auto to suryanelli.

When I reached it is about half past tweleve and I planned to take lunch and start the trek. So I have finished my lunch in suryanelli and I started the trek towards kolukkumalai which will take 3-4 hours to reach.

There were plenty of shortcuts which goes inside the tea plants  which will take you easily to the top(8-9kms trek) when I reached kolukkumalai it was about 4pm and it's raining heavily.

The plan:

Chennai- theni bus.
Theni - powerhouse bus.
Power house to suryanelli - share auto
Suryanelli to kolukkumalai - trek 9 kms zeeps also available
Best time to visit all the year.

Solo trekking is always a great experience

Photo of Kolukkumalai- The place beyond your expectations by Sureshkumar C

Do thank them whenever you sip a cup of tea

Photo of Kolukkumalai- The place beyond your expectations by Sureshkumar C

Camping our own tent at 7000 ft is something I always wanted.

Photo of Kolukkumalai- The place beyond your expectations by Sureshkumar C

Bad photographer ????

Photo of Kolukkumalai- The place beyond your expectations by Sureshkumar C

That's how I climbed 10 kms up to kolukkumalai from suryanelli

Photo of Kolukkumalai- The place beyond your expectations by Sureshkumar C

The road which took us to heaven????

Photo of Kolukkumalai- The place beyond your expectations by Sureshkumar C

Large large tea estates with tiny tiny homes

Photo of Kolukkumalai- The place beyond your expectations by Sureshkumar C

Abondened estate house because of elephants

Photo of Kolukkumalai- The place beyond your expectations by Sureshkumar C

Uffff so much to cross.

Photo of Kolukkumalai- The place beyond your expectations by Sureshkumar C

Level crossing is always fun

Photo of Kolukkumalai- The place beyond your expectations by Sureshkumar C