Coonoor – A walk down Toda Lane


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A walk down Toda Lane

[trx_column_item align=”left”]Our trip takes you on a hike around Coonoor visiting Toda villages. Get immersed in their culture and rituals which will transport you to another world far away from life in the city.
Trek. Learn. Eat. Get fascinated. Repeat.

Starting Point: Coonoor

Duration: 2 Nights 3 Days

Type: Culture, Nature, Hike, Toda tribe

Cost Starting from : INR 9500 per person.

Dates : 12th January – 14th January 2018

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About the trip

With the Make It Happen crew, find out who the Todas really are and where they came from. The Toda tribe is the most ancient and unusual tribe of Nilgiri Hills of Tamil Nadu. They have their own dialect, their own customs and traditions.

This tribe is of special interest to ethnographers and physical anthropologists. Some defend that Todas are a Dravidian tribe while some believe they are a lost tribe of the Israel or Sumerians. Todas have received much attention mainly from their pastoral occupation of tending herds of buffa-loes, living in half-barrel shaped huts, lacto-vegetarianism, fraternal polyandry, their complexion and unique physical features.

The Kurunba tribe who also live in the Nilgiris plateau are believed to have been brought into being simultaneously by a parent creator and share a common fate.Traditionally the Kurumbas have subsisted as hunters and gatherers. Living in jungles on the steep edges of the Plateau, they practice shifting cultivation and the foraging and trapping of small birds and animals

Our trip takes you on a hike around Coonoor visiting the Toda villages and the neighbouring Kurumba village. Get immersed in their culture and rituals which will transport you to an-other world far away from life in the city.

Trek. Learn. Eat. Get fascinated. Repeat

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Day 1 :
Drive from Bangalore early in the morning towards Coonoor.
Halt for Breakfast at a Highway restaurant
Arrive in Coonoor by after noon.
Check in at guest house. Have lunch at the guest house and take some rest.
Assemble for evening tea and snacks.
Take an evening walk.
Enjoy dinner at the guest house and get a good night sleep.

Day 2 :
Freshen up in the morning and assemble for Breakfast.
Drive from guest house to start point of the trek
Begin hike to Toda village.
Hike through tea fields, forest and Badaga villages
Enter Toda tribal village with traditional welcome.
Break for lunch. Rest.
Tea & snacks followed by some Interaction with the Toda.
Return to the guest house
Dinner and Overnight stay at guest house

Day 3 :
Breakfast at 8:00 am.
Drive from guest house to start point of the trek.
Trek through deciduous forests down the hill, tea fields, spice gardens to visit a Kurumba tribe Village.
Break for lunch.
Hike downhill to vehicle pick up point.
Board the vehicle and drive back to Bangalore.

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• Closest city: Coimbatore
• Closest Airport: Coimbatore, 100 km away.
• Closest Railway station: Mettupalayam (46 kms)

All treks are mild and can be undertaken by anyone reasonably fit.

Treks are upto 2.5 hrs to 3.5 hrs duration.

Cost : INR 9500 per person. ( group of 10)

Cost Includes:

• Two nights stay at Home in stay Coonoor
• Two Breakfasts, one Lunch and two Dinners
• Snacks + Basic lunch on two days
• Escort, Local trek guide
• Transport Ex Bangalore

Exclusions:

• Food and beverage at highway restaurants (breakfast on Day 1 and dinner on Day 3)
• Any food and drink other than ones mentioned in the inclusions.
• Any extra transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
• Any extra services at the homestay

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