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Vattavada Munnar Trek and Camping

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Vattavada Camping | The Untold Secret of Munnar

Disconnect from the chaos of the current day and escape into paradise hidden away in the depths of the Munnar hill ranges. Located roughly 50 kms from Munnar, Vattavada is a well-kept local secret. And our Vattavada camping experience is an exquisite jungle getaway devoid of luxuries including electricity and the internet. Embrace the simple life as we at Plan The Unplanned help you experience the great outdoors in its most authentic and raw self through this two-day Vattavada camping itinerary.

Situated 6500 ft. above sea level, Vattavada offers you a world very different from mainstream Munnar and is your best bet for an off-beat weekend escapade from Kochi. Vattavada experiences a pleasant climate throughout the year and hence can be visited anytime. However, the months starting from September all the way until the end of April would be the ideal season to experience Vattavada in her full glory. 

With unlimited forest trails, enchanting terraced slopes, natural waterfalls, hidden caves, camping, and more, we at Plan The Unplanned helps you experience Vattavada to its fullest and come back rejuvenated to better tackle the uncertainties and chaos of the new normal.

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Trek Details

  • Trek LevelEasy ( Difficulty Level is subjective )
  • Trail TypeForest Trails, Farm Lands Tea Plantations, Rivers, Rocky Terrain
  • Trek Distance1-2 kms ( to & fro )

How to Reach?

Coming from Bangalore: You will have to reach Cochin by 7 AM on Day 1 (Saturday). Overnight buses, as well as trains, are now available for the same which can be booked by yourselves. Our team will assist you with the same as well as obtain permits on your behalf for a ‘short-visit’ into Kerala. Facilities for freshening up and breakfast can also be arranged in Cochin at a nominal charge. We expect to be back at Cochin by 8 PM on Day 2. You can book your buses back to Bangalore post 8 PM.

Coming from Cochin and other parts of Kerala: You can meet our team from Plan The Unplanned at 9 AM at the respective pick-up points starting from Cochin.

Coming directly to Vattavada: You can meet our team from Plan The Unplanned at around 3 PM at Vattavada from where we will proceed towards the campsite. Kindly choose the ‘without travel’ option while booking in case you wish to do so.

Vattavada Munnar Trek and Camping - A Two Day Overview

Day 1

  • Depart for Vattavada by 9 AM from Cochin
  • Reach Campsite
  • Hike to Waterfalls & Secret Cave
  • Evening Coffee 
  • Campfire & Dinner
  • Camping in Tents 

Day 2

  • Morning Tea
  • Magic Valley Trekking
  • Kerala Traditional Breakfast 
  • Check out by 12 PM
  • Explore Kundala Grasslands & Reservoir Area
  • Return to Cochin by 8 PM

Price Inclusions

  • Non A/C Tempo Traveller or Mini-bus with push back seats depending on group size ( Kochi to Kochi )
  • Accommodation in tents on sharing basis (separate for men & women).Sleeping bags/blankets available.
  • 1 Dinner, 1 Breakfast,
  • Local Guide & Outdoor Leader from Plan The Unplanned
  • State Permits to Enter into Kerala
  • Experience that you gain

Price Exclusions

  • Any meals not included above
  • Any kind of personal expenses
  • Any kind of insurance (health, medical, life accidental,etc )
  • Anything not included above

Pickup Points

Following are the pick-up points:

  • Please select your preferred pickup point from the drop-down list while booking
  • Any change in Pick up locations/ timings would be updated via mail 24 hours before the start of the trip
  • Drop-off points shall be the same as the pick-up points

Group Size

  • Max number of People 20
  • We have an equal male to female ratio for most of our treks
  • We require a minimum of 8 members to confirm the event
  • In case we fail to obtain the required minimum, full refund or the option to transfer to any other event will be provided. (Option of transfer shall be subject to payment/refund of balance amount if any)
  • Mode of Transort depends on Group Size. If Group Size is below 12 then Tempo traveller and if above 12 then it would be a Minibus

Things to Carry

  • Xerox Copy of you Aadhar/Voter ID (Mandatorily required for permits)
  • Small backpack to carry your essentials during the trek
  • Power Bank
  • Warm Layer 
  • Water bottles – 2 (1 litre each)
  • Lunch Box & Spoon to carry your packed lunch
  • Raincoat/Bag covers in case of rains
  • A comfortable pair of shoes with good grip for trekking
  • Flip-flops for lazing around the campsite
  • Torch/Headlamp to be used at night
  • Portable chargers for your electronics
  • Extra pair of clothes to change into once wet
  • Polybags to pack your wet clothes
  • Extra cash for meals not included in the itinerary

Vattavada Munnar Trek and Camping- Two Day Itinerary

Day 1Hike to Hidden Waterfalls & Camping

Our journey towards the gentle slopes of Vattavada begins from Cochin at 9 AM. Once you’ve boarded the bus from your chosen pick up points, our trek leads will soon get to work transforming your bunch from a group of strangers to the closest of friends. Plan The Unplanned’s signature ice-breaking sessions are designed to do just that.

By around 2 in the afternoon, we leave the city life behind and slowly make our way up the hills. You are greeted by the crisp and chilly air of Munnar and breathtaking views of tea estates all around. The road from Munnar to Vattavada is an experience in itself. Watch as the narrow road meanders amidst tall Eucalyptus trees and scenic views as you make your way across the Pambadum Shola National Park. 

If places like Munnar are known for their hills and tea estates, Vattavada is known for its vegetables. This is also one of the most striking features you will notice as you reach Vattavada. Endless green slopes of vegetable farms line the valleys down below as things wind down after the hustle and bustle of Munnar. An agricultural village of impeccable natural beauty, Vattavada is known for its strawberries and other winter vegetables including the freshest carrots, cabbages, and garlic. 

Vattavada offers scintillating scenic views of its agricultural lands interspersed with small settlements with the locals having a touch of Tamil to their accents being so close to the Kerala Tamilnadu border. One can also enjoy 360-degree views of the valleys and the sprawling farmlands across the various viewpoints en route.

By around 3 PM, we make our way to our Vattavada camp, a hidden little campsite tucked away deep amidst the hillocks of Vattavada. Once here, we settle down after the long and scenic drive from Kochi and freshen ourselves up with a short forest trek to a nearby waterfall along with discovering a hidden cave en route. This short yet scenic trek through narrow forest trails and tall Eucalyptus trees combined with a cold shower in a natural waterfall will give you a much-needed boost of energy and zest. 

We return to the campsite, enjoy the myriad hues across the evening sky, and settle down for the night. But not before a lively campfire and a sumptuous dinner made with the most local and freshest produce. We spend the night in tents under the open sky in complete wilderness and rest assured, this Vattavada camping experience will be one for the ages.

Day 2Magic Valley Trekking & Kundala Grasslands

After a memorable night under the stars, we wake up to a beautiful day out in the wild. We start off the day with an early morning hike to the most scenic spot of the valley. Offering an almost magical view of the surrounding hills, the short trek leading up to this panoramic view is just as adventurous. Spend some good time here taking in the morning breeze and calm your senses before heading back to the campsite. Once there, reward yourselves with a hearty traditional Kerala style breakfast. With numerous opportunities to hike, explore, and wander around the campsite, spend the rest of the morning enjoying what this magical valley has to offer to its fullest. 

We then begin our return journey back to Cochin by 12 PM and expect to be back by 8 PM. On the way back, we will also make a quick stop to enjoy the beautiful grasslands adjoining the Kundala Dam reservoir area.

Vattavada is one of those rare places in Kerala which is yet to fall victim to hustle and bustle of modernization. Time slows down in this part of the world as it stays true to its agricultural roots and people who live in perfect harmony with nature, across her gentle slopes. Experience this serenity firsthand on this two-day Vattavad camping trip with Plan The Unplanned.

FAQ

I'm a solo traveller, Can I join?

The interesting thing about traveling alone is that you get to meet new people from  diverse backgrounds, and towards the end you are no longer strangers. Hence solo travelers are always welcome to join us on our trips. Read more about solo travelling here and get inspired! https://www.plantheunplanned.com/solo-yet-accompanied/ 

Is it safe for Women/Girls?

Safety and security is our priority at all times. Hence it is absolutely safe for women/girls to join us on our treks and travels. Our trek leaders accompany the team at all times, and our campsites are secured and safe for accomodation. We also have female trek leaders who accompany on most of our treks.

 

Do I have any other boarding points apart from the ones mentioned?

Yes, we do have options for picking a traveler on board with a few locations provided they are on the route to our destination. Following are the same:

  • Croma Store, Sony World Signal

  • Trinity Circle Metro Station

  • Yeshwanthpur Metro Station

  • Goraguntepalya Metro Station

  • Nayanadahalli Metro Station

I have booked the trek when will I get further updates regarding the trek?

Well, most of our treks are usually confirmed by Thursday and you would receive a BON VOYAGE mail that would contain details as regards Pickup Points ( Location and Timings ), Outdoor Leader ( Point of Contact ), Do’s and Don’ts. You’ll be added to Whatsapp Group for all the further updates.

How do I avail discounts? 

Details for availing  discounts are mentioned in the following link, https://www.plantheunplanned.com/membership/

What is cancellation policy?

For Departures from Bangalore: In the event that YOU cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow

  • If you cancel before 7 days – 90% of amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 3 – 6 days – 50 % of amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 0-3 days – No Refund

Note: For All The Above Refund Cases Transaction Fees/Internet Handling Charges will be dedcuted from the overall amount and balance amount shall be refunded. You can transfer your ticket to anyone so that you could save your hard earned money

“Transfer to a future date is only possible only if you cancel between 3-6 days before the trek date and not on the day of departure or a day before”

For other trips and travels with us, and detailed terms and conditions check the      following link : https://www.plantheunplanned.com/refund-cancellation-policy

For more queries please visit our Frequently Asked Questions ( FAQ's).

Notes

 

  • Consumption of alcohol, intoxicants and smoking would not be tolerated during the entire course of the journey and the trek. Kindly co-operate with us to make the experience more fun.
  • Do not expect any luxuries on the trip. The locations that we host are at remote places and we do our best to arrange the basic facilities. The goal is to be outdoors.
  • The Food that shall be provided will be Basic Veg Food. We do not serve Non-Veg Food.
  • Put Litter in its place, do not trash your travel.
  • Plan The Unplanned shall not be responsible for any of your belongings, valuables, jewellery etc.  Kindly do take care.
  • In the case of traffic delays or breakdowns, expect a little delay in reaching the destination.
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