Mystical Nilgiris

Witness the mystical Nilgiris visiting the Toda and Kurumba villages. Get immersed in their culture, rituals and art which will transport you to another world far away from life in the city.

Starting Point: Coonoor

Duration: 1 Night 2 Days

Cost: Starting from INR 6750 per person

Meeting Point:

Wallwood Garden - 19th Century - Coonoor MAP

Difficulty level:

Heritage, Art, Culture, Anthropology

Price:

From: 6,750.00

Time:

08:00 AM

Min Age:

10

Conveyance

Vehicle and Walking

Prior Registration Requied

Yes

Description

Sejour to rediscover the mystical Nilgiris

With the Make It Happen crew, explore the mystical Nilgiris to find out who the Todas and Kurumbas 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.

Toda Tribe:

The Todas are a pastoral tribe, which means they rear cattle for their living. They live in half-barrel shaped houses which are generally made of mud and bamboos. 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 buffaloes, living in half-barrel shaped huts, lacto-vegetarianism, fraternal polyandry, their complexion and unique physical features.

Kurumba Tribe:

A rendezvous with the indigenous folks requires you to trek to the Kurumba land, into the forest, nestled inside which are tiny Kurumba hamlets. Kurumbas as a short in stature and reside in the forest. Traditionally the Kurumbas have subsisted as hunters and honey gatherers.The Kurumbas are known for the art of making medicine out of forest resources. While most of the Kurumba population have opted for jobs in the tea estate, there are still a few families that practice this tribal art of making medicines.

On this trek to the Kurumba land, one can witness a traditional form of painting using natural colors. The gist of each painting is a depiction of the tribal lifestyle and the interesting anecdotes associated with the Kurumba tribe. In this gentle Nilgiri trek, one can experience a tribal lifestyle that epitomizes the closeness with nature and the art of minimalism. Come join us for a trekking experience to learn more about the Tribes of Nilgiris.

Witness the mystical Nilgiris visiting the Toda and Kurumba villages. Get immersed in their culture, rituals and art which will transport you to another world far away from life in the city.

Highlights:

• Witness the Toda dialect and their own customs and traditions.
• Get immersed in their culture and rituals which will transport you to another world.
• Experience their unique way of life like living in half-barrel shaped huts, lacto-vegetarianism and fraternal polyandry.
• Hike around Nilgiris through tea gardens leading to the tiny Kurumba hamlets nestled in the forest.
• Witness the minimalist Kurumba lifestyle in the forest.
• Interact with a last surviving artist who specializes in the unique Kurumba painting, an art passed on to him by his grandfather.
• Experience the art of making medicines out of forest resources with a Kurumba family.

 

Itinerary

Day 1 :
Arrive in Ooty early in the morning and check into the home stay.
Freshen up and have breakfast at the home stay
Drive to a Toda village to meet and interact with the Toda tribe.
Have lunch at the village.
Visit a temple of the Toda tribe on you way back to the home stay.
Have dinner 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.
Short hike to visit a Kurumba tribal Village.
Meet an artist who specializes in Kurumba painting for a painting demo.
Witness the art of making medicines out of forest resources with a Kurumba family
Break for lunch.
Hike down to the vehicle boarding point.
Drive to Ooty for a tea and snacks.
Head back to Bangalore.

Facts

• 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