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    Cloud Forest Walk

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    3.8 km
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    148 m
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    Cloud Forest Walk

    This Cloud Forest walk takes place in a national park, home to a dedicated nature reserve, protecting high-altitude flora and fauna, especially restricted species. This patch of pristine cloud forest lies east of Munnar, close to the famous Top Station cliff.

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    Route Description for Cloud Forest Walk

    The Cloud Forest walk begins from the forest office at the park gate, accompanied by a naturalist.

    The first lap of the hike is along a patrolled road through the forest. The path is flat and easy to walk and the trail gently crosses through the forest canopy on both sides.

    You can encounter a good number of curious looking plants, flowers, birds, and insects along the way. The warning call of an alpha male Nilgiri Langur will certainly break the silence along the walk, make sure you keep your eyes on the canopy to spot the hiding black monkeys, giant squirrel, birds, and more. All of a sudden, you might even spot a stripe necked mongoose hunting crabs and snakes on the streamside.

    After an hour of slow walking, the trail snakes downhill through the thick forest to reach the finishing point.

    The forest floor is wet and seldom sees sunlight. Here, plenty of interesting plants and animals can be seen under the canopy.

    After walking downhill for half an hour, the trail reaches a grassy hill. After a short break here watching the marshland and canopy, continue the walk to the navigable road where you can get back to your vehicle.

    Insider Hints for Cloud Forest Walk

    • You can’t self-guide yourself on the Cloud Forest hike in the Western Ghats, you must have a guide for this walk.
    • Those who want to birdwatch should choose a morning or afternoon hike rather than one in the evening.
    • Pack waterproof hiking boots as the floor can be muddy and wet.
    • Pack leech socks during monsoon season.

    Getting to the Cloud Forest Walk Trailhead

    The point is accessible by Jeep, car or bus. It is located about 34.0 km east of Munnar on the Munnar–Vattavada road.

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