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Trek, Bird Watch, and Experience the Nature of the Nilgiris

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If you want to hike, experience the nature, ancient heritage, tribal art and culture in one place, then Kotagiri is your obvious choice. Kotagiri is a small town in the Nilgiri district of Tamilnadu. It is situated at an altitude of 2200 meters above the sea level, and is only 20 kms from Ooty (Ootacamund) and 75 Kms from Coimbatore. It is the home to tribes such as Kurumbas, Todas, Irulas, Kotas and Paniyas. Kotagiri is a hiker's paradise with endless trails. This area is also very rich in wildlife, the Indian Gaur can be spotted grazing in the wooded areas, and the other animals that thrive here are leopards, spotted deer, and wild boar. This is a 2 days trip with one night stay in a dormitory in a tea estate. Upon the arrival at Coimbatore, participants will be taken on a private vehicle to our campsite in Kotagiri. It is approximately a 2.30 hours drive. After refreshment and breakfast, you will be visiting Banagudi Shola - the sacred grove of the Kurumba tribes in the first day morning. Walk through the banagudi shola and visit the dolmens and the community’s centuries old places of worship. This shola patch is a bird watcher’s paradise where you can see the bird species endemic to Nilgiris biosphere. Post lunch at our campsite walk to the Catherine waterfalls and drench yourself in the cold water. The day ends with campfire and dinner. The second day starts with hot tea and a nature walk to the breathtaking view of kallar valley. After breakfast, you would visit Bikkapathymund – a Toda tribal hamlet. It would take approximately 1.30 hours hike to reach the tribal hamlet. You can talk to the village elders about their traditions and see the women doing embroidery works (for which they are known for). You will be served packed lunch. Post lunch you will trek back to reach the starting point. The trip ends with shopping at the “Green shop” where you could buy fair trade & tribal produces, and you will be dropped at Coimbatore.

If you want to hike, experience the nature, ancient heritage, tribal art and culture in one place, then Kotagiri is your obvious choice. Kotagiri is a small town in the Nilgiri district of Tamilnadu. It is situated at an altitude of 2200 meters above the sea level, and is only 20 kms from Ooty (Ootacamund) and 75 Kms from Coimbatore. It is the home to tribes such as Kurumbas, Todas, Irulas, Kotas and Paniyas. Kotagiri is a hiker's paradise with endless trails. This area is also very rich in wildlife, the Indian Gaur can be spotted grazing in the wooded areas, and the other animals that thrive here are leopards, spotted deer, and wild boar. This is a 2 days trip with one night stay in a dormitory in a tea estate. Upon the arrival at Coimbatore, participants will be taken on a private vehicle to our campsite in Kotagiri. It is approximately a 2.30 hours drive. After refreshment and breakfast, you will be visiting Banagudi Shola - the sacred grove of the Kurumba tribes in the first day morning. Walk through the banagudi shola and visit the dolmens and the community’s centuries old places of worship. This shola patch is a bird watcher’s paradise where you can see the bird species endemic to Nilgiris biosphere. Post lunch at our campsite walk to the Catherine waterfalls and drench yourself in the cold water. The day ends with campfire and dinner. The second day starts with hot tea and a nature walk to the breathtaking view of kallar valley. After breakfast, you would visit Bikkapathymund – a Toda tribal hamlet. It would take approximately 1.30 hours hike to reach the tribal hamlet. You can talk to the village elders about their traditions and see the women doing embroidery works (for which they are known for). You will be served packed lunch. Post lunch you will trek back to reach the starting point. The trip ends with shopping at the “Green shop” where you could buy fair trade & tribal produces, and you will be dropped at Coimbatore.

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