Trek with the Irulas

Our trip takes you on a trek with the Irulas, traditionally rat and snake hunters but now have shifted to agriculture. Take a closer look at their culture and immerse in their traditions. A tour that will take you back to the ancient ways of life.

Starting Point: Kotagiri Railway Station

Duration: 5 hours

Type: Trek, Explore, Culture.

Ideal Season : Oct- May


Prior Registration Requied


Explore more about the Irula tribe and their culture.

The Irulas are indigenous tribes whose DNA test reveal close ancestral relation with the African population.
The irulas are forest-dwellers and hence they get their name, which literally means “People of the darkness”. They are known for overpowering and taming wild beasts.

Visit the famous porivarai rock paintings which are over 2000 years old and get a closer look at the lives of the ancient men. In Tamil, pori can mean sparks of fire and arai, a room. The Irulas use a flame to scare the bees away and come away with the honeycombs. The rock at Porivarai is about 300 feet high and 500 feet long. Paintings ranging from battle fields to cattle rearing, heards of animals to humans can be seen here.
Join the team of Make it Happen and experience the wild side of nature like never before.


Visit the village Mullikuppur of the Irulas.
Meet and greet with the irula tribals for about 15 min.
Walk to the Porivarai rock paintings down the hills, with 2 tribals gathering more information of the tradition and culture. A slow trek would take about 1 hour.

Time spent in the Porivarai rock looking and reading of the painting would take close to 30 min +.

Walk up-hill to the Mullikuppaiyoor village would take about 1 hour 30min .

Get to know more and share in the traditions of the Irulas.


Closest city : Kotagiri

Closest airport : Coimbatore airport (nearly 100 kms)

Closest Railway staton : Kotagiri railway station (21kms)

Capacity: 2 to 8

Inclusion : Jungle tracker , Guide ,Picnic Lunch

Exclusion: Vehicle, any food and water