It was just about three weeks since our last trek however it felt as if couple of months had passed away. Highlands certainly not fall shy of detaching you from your materialistic and monotonous urban life and making you realize the fascinating and delicate beauty of the Mother Nature. Hence we decided to go for a relatively moderate trek to Top station in Munnar, Kerala from Kurangani Hills in Tamilnadu organized by a promising start up called ‘Travel My Routes’ owned by Harsha. Initially the plan was to go Kukkal Caves trek in Palani hills, but due to some local constraints we opted out from the plan just two days before. I believe it was almost 3 months before I and Vasu thought of doing Kukkal trek but was getting postponed due to various reasons since that time, hope next time the plan end up without fail.
We started off from the Electronic city Bangalore in a tempo traveler hired by the group. It was the weekend and I was happy to see a crowd, 11 in total including our organizer Harsha M Aithal. The team consists of Vasu, Sudhee, Deekshith, Adithya, Dinesh, Shanti, Swamy, Ranjan, Sridhar, Organizer Harsha and Myself. We got quite a bit delayed to reach Kurangani village; from where one need start to trek to Top Station and Kolukkumalai tea Estate after having refreshing breakfast at Theni town.Just started the trail.
I would like to take privilege about describing the beautiful hills known as "Kurangani”. Kurangani is a small Village/hamlet in Bodinayakanur Taluk in Theni District. It comes under Kottagudi Panchayath. It is located 16 KM towards west from District headquarters Theni, 542 KM from State capital Chennai. Kurangani is surrounded by Theni Taluk towards East, Chinnamanur Taluk towards South, Uthamapalayam Taluk towards South, Periyakulam Taluk towards East. Theni Allinagaram, Uthamapalayam, Periyakulam, Usilampatti are the nearby Cities to Kurangani. Kerala prominent tourist towns Munnar, Thekkady, Suryanelli, Bodimettu, Kumily and Devikulam accessible from Kurangani.
You will be charmed to have a look at the incredible highland scenery. The region is a heaven for wildlife, especially avifauna and pollinators endemic to the Western Ghats. Retentions will be impressed forever like the grand misty peaks that surround us near the Top Station. Nature lovers within the state also frequently visit Kurangani Hills. Films Alagar Samiyin Kuthurai, Myna, Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam and Kumki were shot on the Hills. The best months to explore the Hills during Monsoon and winter. Kurangani is a very placid and serene settlement covered by mountains, lovely trees and water streams filled with the harmony of signing birds.