Trek to the Kurumba land

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Trek to the Kurumba land to experience a tribal lifestyle that epitomizes the closeness with nature and the art of minimalism.

Starting Point: Kotakombai Post Office, Kotagiri

Duration: 7 Hours

Description

Trek to the Kurumba land to discover the hidden gem of the Nilgiris.

There are about seven different Niligri tribes. The Kurumba tribe is one of them in the Nilgiri region of Tamilnadu. 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 leading a lifestyle disconnected from the city chaos.

Traditionally the Kurumbas have subsisted as hunters and honey 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. Their houses are made of thatches and mud walls and the flooring is that of cattle dung. There are very few of the typical Kurumba houses in the village today. 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 traditional 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.

Highlights:

• 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

 

Arrive at the start point of the trek, Kotakombai Post Office in Kotagiri.
Begin hike to Kurumba village.
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 back to the trek start point.

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