Spices and Tea Trails Trek

Spices and Tea Trails Trek

Spices and Tea Trails Trek

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From $1,010USD

Difficulty

Guided

Hotels and camping

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Highlights

Discover the plantations tucked into the Western Ghats on foot

Explore the carpet of rolling greenery spanning the Western Ghats, where an array of tea and spice plantations sit.

Trek from village to village and plantation to plantation alongside knowledgeable locals who will unveil the stories behind the spices and teas.

Discover the highest tea estate in the world after summiting the second highest peak in southern India: Meesapulimalai.

Cap off your trekking tour with a cultural program performed by the locals during your last evening in the wild!

Traverse the rolling, lush hills undulating through the Western Ghats in Kerala, India, on the rewarding Spices and Tea Trails Trekking Tour. But this journey isn’t like any other! Aside from the charming, tropical, mountainous views, your guide will also take you through dreamy villages to an array of spice, tea, and coffee plantations. The Spices and Tea Trails Trek seamlessly fuses storytelling—detailing the plantations—with outdoor adventure.

End each day of your trek by letting your body relax while the campfire connects you with your fellow hikers and the crew journeying alongside you. Book the Spices and Tea Trails Trekking Tour today!

Spices and Tea Trails Trek Itinerary

Day 1 Travel from Thekkady to Kambammettu

Meet your guide after breakfast in Thekkady for a drive to Kambammettu. After 1.5 hours, get out of the vehicle for the start of your trekking adventure. Admire the statues of Kuruvan & Kurathy, two tribal figures, eyeing you with their watchful eyes as you wind through the lush landscape. On your way to Pushpakandam, you’ll pass several small spice plantations dotting the path. Eventually, you’ll reach your destination for the night.

Overnight Location
Camping at Pushpakandam
Distance
4-5 hours, 11 km
Meals
Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 Cardamom and Pepper Plantations

Get ready for another lush, pleasant day of walking, but this journey will lead you to pepper and cardamom plantations. Learn about these plantations in detail from the local trackers accompanying you on this hike.

Overnight Location
Camping at Chaturangpara
Distance
4-5 hours, 17 km
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 Head to Korangani

Prepare for a challenging trek ahead, but keep in mind that you can let your body sink into a comfortable bed at Korangani Village Resort once it's over. Begin your hike by winding through cardamom forests and sholas. Note that you're walking through Cardamom Hills, where the popular spice has grown for centuries. Amid the spice-growing places peppering the land (pun intended), you'll also catch a spectacular view! At one point, you'll get to admire the plains of Tamil Nadu sprawled below. Upon arrival in Chadurangapara, you'll transfer to Korangani by car (2 hours).

Overnight Location
Hotel in Korangani
Distance
3-4 hours, 11 km
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 Hike to Top Station

Enjoy a delicious breakfast before tying up your laces and hiking to Top Station. Traverse varied settings en-route as you hike through cotton, arrack nut, coffee, and cardamom plantations. Appreciate the rolling grasslands coated in lush grass and pretty forests. One of the slopes is believed to be one of the spots where civilization began. Enjoy sharing stories around the campfire before spending another night in your tent.

Overnight Location
Camping at Top Station
Distance
5-7 hours, 10 km
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Hike to Footprint Camp

Walk along the ridges of the Western Ghats and Yellapatty Valley after consuming a tasty breakfast. Hike through a collection of tea plantations and villages, while also winding through an array of scenery, from mountain forest and grassland to sholas and more. Upon arrival, spend time basking in the fresh forest air while you keep a lookout for birds.

Overnight Location
Camping at Footprint Camp
Distance
4-6 hours, 18 km
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Hike to Rodho Valley

Expect to encounter a panoply of tea plantations en route to Rodho Valley. Amid the tea plantations, you’ll hike through lush forests as you zigzag up to your destination. Admire the lovely rhododendrons and stream nearby.

Overnight Location
Camping at Rodho Valley Camp
Distance
7-9 hours, 17 km
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Highest Tea Estate in the World

Prepare to summit the second highest mountain in South India today: Meesapulimalai. From the top, marvel at the Western Ghats rolling below. After soaking in the views, descend down to the highest tea estate in the world. Spend the night camping in Kolukkumalai along the eastern slope of the Western Ghats.

Overnight Location
Camping at Kolukkumalai
Distance
4-6 hours, 9 km
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Hike to Suryanelly

Spend another day hiking in rolling hues of green before reaching your campsite for the night. In the evening, there will be a cultural program performed by the locals.

Overnight Location
Camping at Suryanelly
Distance
4-5 hours, 11 km
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 Travel to Cochin International Airport

Enjoy breakfast before travelling for 5 hours to Cochin International Airport. The tour ends here.

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Spices and Tea Trails Trek Price and Dates

This guided walking tour to Kerala is always run as a private tour for your group only and the price depends on the size of your group. Please note that the prices might increase during public holidays.

Prices below are per person:

  • Guided Groups of 2: $1,395USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 3: $1,268USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 4-6: $1,010USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 7+: on request
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Accommodation on Spices and Tea Trails Trek

This tour will have you staying in a combination of hotels and alpine tents at overnight campsites. When you’re not camping, expect to stay in 2-4-star hotels. The hotels provided come with modern amenities that elevate your comfort. Do note that rooms are double occupancy, but you can always upgrade to single occupancy for an additional fee. Single travellers are also required to pay a supplement.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may be swapped for other similar accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement of $565USD to have a private room in a hotel. It’s also possible to match single travellers up.

Night 1-8

Camping and hotels in Kerala

Enjoy sleeping under the stars! You’ll camp in beautiful locations along the trail, where all necessary equipment will be provided. Enjoy one night in a hotel to refresh.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s included in the Spices and Tea Trails Trek?

Meals

8 breakfasts, 8 lunches, and 8 dinners are included on this tour.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 8 nights is included.

Transportation during the Tour

Transportation is included for transfers to the different locations, pick-up, and drop-off spots throughout the tour.

Also Included

  • Guide
  • Trekking arrangements: tents, cook, ponies, helpers, one-inch mattresses
  • Toilet tent
  • Camping fees

Not included

  • Flights to and from Cochin International Airport
  • Any additional nights before or after the tour
  • Tour guide gratuity
  • Personal necessities such as drinks during mealtimes and laundry
  • Sleeping bag
  • Entrance fee to Korangani - $60USD per person

Optional Extras

  • Extra night in Cochin
  • Sleeping bag rental – around $13USD per daily

Frequenty Asked Questions about Spices and Tea Trails Trek

How hard is the Spices and Tea Trails Trek?

This tour is rated as a 3 / 5. You will spend the majority of this tour hiking, so some fitness is required.

Do I need a visa to travel to India?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Spices and Tea Trails Trek?

8 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners are included on this tour.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip, and your insurance should cover hiking. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Thekkady to start this tour?

You can fly into Cochin International Airport and hire a cab to reach Thekkady.

Is the Spices and Tea Trails Trek in English?

Yes, the tour guide speaks English.

Where does the Spices and Tea Trails Trek end?

The tour ends at Cochin International Airport, where you will catch your flight home.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to India?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for India?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

When is the best time to travel to India for this tour?

The best time to travel to Kerala for this hike is from September to March, when there is pleasant, less humid weather.

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Tour Difficulty

This tour is rated as a 3 / 5. You will spend the majority of this tour hiking, so some fitness is required.


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New Delhi, India

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