Walking through the beautiful hills and tea plantations of South India
South India offers an astonishing diversity of scenery, architecture and culture. This is a fascinating journey through India's tropical south, on foot and by boat.
We visit the old Raj town of Munnar sitting below the towering rock face of Anamudi (2695m), Kerala's highest peak. Surrounded by hills carpeted with tea plantations, grassland and verdant forest, this is a walker's delight. From Munnar we trek for five days, traversing the Western Ghats to reach the striking Sri Meenakshi Temple at Madurai.
The rest is much more relaxed and includes a backwater cruise by houseboat and the chance to sample the famous South Indian cuisine.
What makes this trip responsible?
During this tour, we spend 5 nights in camping accommodation which helps to reduce our energy consumption. We operate a ‘leave no trace’ policy whereby nothing is left behind. Burnable rubbish will be burnt on the trek, and we recommend bringing a rubbish bag for non-burnable rubbish so that it can be taken back to Cochin to be disposed of properly. Toilet tents are erected by the camping team and we take in our own kerosene. We also advise clients to wash using eco-friendly soap/shampoo so as not to pollute local water sources. Much of the produce for the meals provided on trek is bought from the local people along the way, thus supporting local traders.
Walking in Kerala