Coonoor – A walk down Toda Lane

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A walk down Toda Lane

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: 1 night 2 days

Type: Culture, Nature, Hike, Toda tribe

Ideal Season : OCTOBER – MAY

Cost : INR 5000 per person.

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

Day 1 :
Arrive in Coonoor by bus.
Check in at guest house. Post breakfast catch a local bus towards a Toda village
Begin hike to Toda village.Break for lunch. Rest.
Hike through tea fields, forest and Badaga villages
Enter Toda tribal village with traditional welcome.
Tea & snacks followed by some Toda cultural entertainment.
Interaction with the Todas.
Return to the guest house
Dinner and Overnight stay

Day 2 :
Breakfast at 8.30 am.
Hike to bus boarding station.
Trek through deciduous forests down the hill, tea fields, spice gardens to visit a Kurumba tribe Village.
Break for lunch.
Board bus to Bangalore
Arrive Bangalore.


• 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 5000 per person. ( group of 10)

Cost Includes:

• One night stay at Sun Valley Home stay Coonoor
• Two breakfast and one Dinner
• Snacks +Basic lunch on two days
• Bus tickets in Coonoor Only (around Coonoor)
• Auto Rickshaw transfers
• Escort guide and tracker