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Camping in the Clouds (Kolukkumalai-Top Station-Chinnar)

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‘Camping in the Clouds’ is segment 2 of our unique 3 segment itinerary in Dec’19, coursing through the breadth of southern India from Alleppey in the west coast, over and across the Western Ghats and down to Dhanushkodi in the East coast. This coast to coast epic journey presents south India in its many hues, cultures, landscapes and its diverse, intriguing history.

‘Camping in the Clouds’ spans 4 nights, 4 days, with ~240km riding (with a total elevation gain of ~6000 m) and ~10 km of trekking in and around Kolukkumalai, Munnar, Top Station and Chinnar wildlife sanctuary.

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  • Date Activity
    December 24, 2019
  • Activity Level Tough
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  • Group Size Medium Group
    10-15

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All about the Camping in the Clouds (Kolukkumalai-Top Station-Chinnar).

‘Camping in the Clouds’ is segment 2 of our unique 3 segment itinerary in Dec’19, coursing through the breadth of southern India from Alleppey in the west coast, over an across the Western Ghats and down to Dhanushkodi in the East coast. This coast to coast epic journey presents south India in its many hues, cultures, landscapes and its diverse, intriguing history. The itinerary includes cycling, trekking, camping, wildlife spotting and visits to various cultural and historical sights, providing an immersive and untainted experience that the discerning traveller will appreciate. Expect an experience of a lifetime!

‘Camping in the Clouds’ spans 4 nights, 4 days, with ~240km riding (with a total elevation gain of ~6000 m) and ~10 km of trekking in and around Kolukkumalai, Munnar, Top Station and Chinnar wildlife sanctuary.

Discounts available if you book more than one segment (contact us at the time of booking). The other segments are ‘Trippy Kerala‘ and ‘Sunrise at Land’s End‘.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Curated travel & guided cycling experience (2 tour/ride leads with drivers and other staff)
  • Accommodation in some of the best homestays and campsites in the region
  • All meals (fixed main course, tea/coffee)
  • In tour transfers by cab/mini-bus
  • Mechanical support
  • Support vehicle
  • Ride refreshments
  • First aid support & emergency management
  • Transportation of cycle from Bangalore and back to Bangalore
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Transportation of participants to the ride starting point (Ramakkalmedu) and from the ride ending point (Marayoor, near Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary)
  • Rental bicycle (available as an add-on)
  • Personal Expenses
  • F&B other than the meals included
  1. Day 1, 24th Dec Ramakkalmedu - Suryanelli
    • Those who are joining segment 2 directly will meet the rest of the group at the meeting point in Ramakkalmedu, by 6:30 am
    • A challenging 65 km ride towards Suryanelli / Kolukkumalai
    • Overnight stay in a campsite overlooking the Anayirangal reservoir and surrounding hills.
  2. Day 2, 25th Dec Suryanelli - Top Station
    • This begins with a trek up Kolukkumalai at the break of dawn. This peak is most well known for it’s epic sunrise views.
    • Ride to Yellapetty village near Top Station. Distance: 50 km, Elevation Gain: 1200 m
    • 4 km trek to reach the campsite, through a forest and along a mountain ridge
    • Overnight stay in the campsite that’s surrounded by shola forests and grasslands, with spectacular views both in the day and night
  3. Day 3, 26th Dec Top Station - Vattavada - Top Station
    • 4 km sunrise trek near the campsite
    • Local loop through some of the highest points in these hills, touching the Kerala/Tamil Nadu border before looping back to the staring point. Distance: 60 km, Elevation Gain: 1800 m
    • Overnight stay in the campsite that’s surrounded by shola forests and grasslands, with spectacular views both in the day and night
  4. Day 4, 27th Dec Top Station - Chinnar
    • Ride to Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary via Munnar. There is an initial climb after Munnar after which there’s a breezy downhill ride through tea estates and reserve forests. Distance: 70 km , Elevation Gain: 900 m , Loss: 1900 m
    • A short trek in the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary guided by forest guards
    • Overnight stay at a homestay in the wilderness near Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
  5. Day 5, 28th Dec Departure from Segment 2
    • This marks the end of segment 2 of the tour. Those who are not continuing to segment 3 will depart from Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary or alternatively from Palani
Homestays and campsites that we've carefully selected for this tour

We’ve selected places of accommodation that not only suit the routes we’ll be riding on but also for the experience they offer to make the tour unforgettable. The campsite near Kolukkumalai and the one in Top Station literally float in the clouds. Remote and in the wild, but equipped with all the facilities we would need as campers. If it weren’t for the exciting rides every day, you would never want to leave any of these locations!

Some snapshots of these incredible locations

Campsite overlooking the Anayirankal reservoir

 

 

Campsite near Top Station

 

Wake up to this!

 

 

Night or day, this place is magical

 

Tent with a view

We will transport your cycles but you will need to arrange transportation for yourself. Get in touch with us if you need help with bus/train/flight bookings.

  • 50% refund on cancellations done on or before 11 pm,15th Dec
  • no refund in case of no-show or cancellations after 11 pm 15th Dec.
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