Why is Kolukkumalai trekkers paradise?

By Naomi N Published on Mar 12, 2018 02:31 PM IST

Chennai: Theni had been a trekkers paradise, filled with lush green mountains and abundance of rainfall.

The forest fire on Sunday caught trekkers by surprise at Kolukkumalai. This hamlet in Bodinayakanur taluk in Theni district of Tamilnadu bordering Idukki district of Kerala, sees trekkers throughout the year. It is popular for its tea estates.

Tourists can access the approach roads from Suryanelli, near Munnar, in Idukki district, to reach here.

In a year, it rains continuously for eight months. Though it makes trekking challenging, this is also one of the main highlights.

Kolukkumalai is about 7,130 feet (2,170 m) above sea level and lies some 32 km from Munnar. The hill-top village is accessible only by jeep due to rugged and rain-drenched roads covering up to 17 km.

Thekkadi, Munnar, Meesapulimala and Top Station are some other places nearby.

An average trekking activity will take four hours and an additional two-and-a-half hours to return. The highlights including Samabalaru falls and the Kottakadu river - visits to these places are advisable with a local guide in August and December.

From Chennai, Kolukkumalai is 571 km far and takes nearly 11 hours from here. For accommodation, tourists usually book cottages, lodges or stay in tents. Langurs, barking deer, wild cats and gaur are spotted here.