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This morning you travel westward for around 3.5 hours through some scenic routes and arrive at Sethumadai, a small village nestled in the shadow of the Western Ghats and the Annamalai Tiger Reserve in the heart of the Kongu Nadu. Here under thousands of coconut trees. explore your rural farmstay.

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Day 2: In Palani Hills

Day 3: Palani Hills to Sethumadai

Places: Chennai, Dindigul, Palani Hills, Sethumadai,

Valparai, Pollachi, Coimbatore & Kurumbadi.

 

You can choose to relax or go on a short trek that will ultimately end at a stunning view point.

Day 1: Fly Chennai to Madurai and drive to Palani Hills

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Catch an early morning flight to Madurai and drive up to the Palani Hills located approximately 3 hours away. Palani Hills is a spur of the mighty Western Ghats that run north-south in India. Weather is pleasant throughout the year with temperature hovering around 23 degree. Stay in a coffee estate, tucked far away from the maddening crowd, where you can find orange, pepper, banana, avocado, jackfruit and pomegranate groves.

A full day for you to explore this beautiful region. Go on mountain walks into dense jungle, go on a jeep safari around the periphery of the Tiger Reserve, take a walk around the village, bird watch or may be a cooking class to take back with you the memories of the delicious food you had.

Day 4: In Sethumadai

Travel for around 2 hours south of Sethumadai with roads flanked by tea estates as far as your eyes can see and reach Valparai. Valparai is a beautiful tea-growing region, located in the wildlife-rich Annamalai Mountains about 3800 feet above sea level in. Spend your next three nights in a restored planters bungalow on an organic tea estate .

Day 5: Sethumadai to Valparai

Full day at leisure. Explore the tea plantations nearby or visit a tea factory and see how green leaf becomes your favourite cuppa.

Day 6: In Valparai

In the morning, visit the project site of a prominent ecological conservation non-profit and see their work in preserving and restoring the fragile eco-systems of the Annamalai Mountains.  

Day 7: In Valparai

Drive 2 hours south of Valparai and reach Pollachi, a quintessential Tamil village in the fertile Kongu Nadu region. For the next two nights you will stay at a gracious homestay set in a 6000 sq ft bungalow in rural setting.

Day 8: Valparai to Pollachi

Plenty of activities for you to do here. You can visit a local temple, experience a santhai (local village market), go on a bullock cart ride, and stop to see local potters, weavers and sculptors.

Day 9: In Pollachi

From Pollachi, drive north for approximately 3.5 hours to reach Kurumbadi, a rural hamlet in the Nilgiris. The drive is very scenic. Check-in to your resort set amidst the spice plantation and relax.

Day 10: Pollachi to Kurumbadi

Spend the morning learning more about the indigenous communities of the Nilgiris. Visit a well-known non-profit in Kotagiri, set-up to preserve the knowledge and heritage of the Nilgiris and its people. Walk to a rural hamlet and learn about their unique lifestyle and practices.

Day 11: In Kurumbadi

Relax at your resort, laze around the pool or go on a plantation walk. In the afternoon go on the UNESCO-certified World Heritage Nilgiri Mountain Railway from Coonoor to Metupalaiyam. It passes through 16 intensely dark tunnels and is a true sensory treat offering its passengers jaw-dropping views of crystal-clear cascades, cliffs, tea estates and forests. Drive back to your resort.

Day 12: In Kurumbadi

You will be transferred to Coimbatore airport to catch your flight to Chennai.

Day 13: Drive to Coimbatore and fly to Chennai

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Start your trip in what is known as the Queen of the Coromandel. India’s illustrious south-east coast, Chennai is an airy, courteous, prosperous city, a gentler introduction to India than the often harsh realities of the north. Travel south where the ground gives rise to the mighty Western Ghats which include tea and coffee plantations, hill stations and wilderness reserves teeming with animal and birdlife.

 

Explore quintessential Tamil villages that are part of the four large Zamins, a system that goes back several hundreds of years, when local noblemen ruled large tracts of farmland, forest and villages. It is a wonderful way to experience rural Tamil Nadu both through farm and village, as well as its more regal history. In one of these villages, you can visit a local temple, experience a santhai (local village market), go on a bullock cart ride, and stop to see local potters, weavers and sculptors. And with so much food from its fertile soil, it’s no wonder that this is a true home for Tamil vegetarian food – also know as Kongu cuisine

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