Banasura Hill Trek - Wayanad
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- 2 Days 1 Nights
- Difficulty - Moderate Hard
- For 10+ years
- Best Season - Winter (Nov, Dec, Jan)
A number of the Western Ghats' highest peaks can be found in Kerala. Overall, there is a unique flavor to a hike across these mountains. The Banasura Hill Trek is an excellent example of a trek that you shouldn't miss. A legendary figure from Indian mythology, Banasura, inspired the hill's name. Situating at an intimidating 6,600 feet in elevation. Banasura is the second-highest mountain between the Nilgiris and the Himalayas, and it has a distinctive cone shape. Located in Wayanad, Banasura offers stunning views of Chembra Peak and Pakshipathalam.
Non-AC Vehicle ( Tempo Traveller/Mini-bus with Push Back seats )
Stay Not Applicable
Meals Not Included
We start off our overnight bus journey from Bangalore at 8:30 PM. Although we begin our adventure as a group of strangers, our trek leads have some exciting ice-breaking sessions planned that are guaranteed to turn any boring bus journey to an experience not to be missed! However, do make sure to get some sleep in between all the fun as a long and adventurous day awaits us the next day.
Double/Triple Sharing Basis ( Separate for men and women )
The trail to the top of Banasura hill is clearly defined for the most part. The majority of the trail winds through some very dense Shola trees. From its base, Banasura, a massive cone-shaped hill, may be seen in all its glory. The Banasura Falls diverge into a babbling stream that meanders over stones and plants. Another possible starting point is the Banasura Sagar Dam in Wayanad, the largest earth dam in India and the second largest of its kind in Asia. About 2.5 kilometres from the Banasura dam in Wayanad is where the ascent begins. The Meenmutty waterfalls are about a half-walk hour's from the Forest Service office and are worth the effort (beginning stage of the Banasura Hill trek). Meenmutty Falls is Wayanad's most impressive waterfall, with its numerous, spectacular cascades. The 1,000-foot cascade is famous for its three-tiered playing field.
It's a tough climb to the top of the hill. The hiking path winds its way stealthily through the valleys, where swaying crops provide a lush backdrop. Throughout the Trek, there are a few spots where the grandeur of the Shola forests really stands out. The trek offers a progressively more impressive view of the Karamanathodu stream of the Kabini River. The three hour hike to the summit is stimulating and taxing due to the path's undulations and steepness. The first 45 minutes of this route are the most challenging because of how steep it is from the get-go. Some parts of the Trek are particularly dangerous due to the presence of leeches and thorny bushes, therefore the travellers must proceed with caution. About halfway there, you'll see three or four breathtaking mountain streams where you can refill your water bottles. After the initial hard elevation, the remaining 1.5 hours will be a gradual incline. Because of the possibility to hike alongside the yellowing fields as they move, this region is particularly beautiful. In addition to rocks and boulders, the grass on the trail is knee-high. One of the best features is the breathtaking scenery.
The final kilometre is especially steep, and there is little tree cover, so you may be parched by the end. Several cliff sides provide a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains. Carry on ambling down the trail; you'll pass a few knolls en route to the summit. The top is the best place to get breathtaking views of the surrounding area. As far as the naked eye can see, the mountain ranges continue on forever. The Banasura dam near Wayanad is the best place in Kerala for hiking.
Continue down the same path you came down with. It'll take you three to four hours to make your way down the nine kilometre stretch of winding terrain that includes thick brambles, mountain streams, knee-high prairie, and 60-70 degree inclines.
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The Banasura Sagar dam, India's largest earthen dam, and Asia's second-largest impound the waters of the Karamanathodu, a Kabini river tributary. This is a beautiful location for a picnic.
With the Banasura hill in the distance, the view of the reservoir created by the dam and its many little islands covered in lush vegetation is breathtaking.
We would return to Bangalore after a day full of adventure and activities.
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What’s life without adventure? Isn’t the real purpose of life to travel, to experience new places, and witness the sunrise from new mountaintops? This thought is what united Jatin and Tarun over a cup of chai, in spite of being from two unrelated backgrounds (CA and IT). They knew each other since the time Jatin was helping Tarun learn the ways of the wilderness through weekend treks and outings with another traveling group. Their love for traveling and trekking together motivated them to start something of their own. Thus was born “Plan The Unplanned”, where travel goals come true. Under the Companies Act, Plan The Unplanned is incorporated as Unplanned Journeys Private Limited They started their journey on unsteady ground, much like any other company, but they shared an infatuation for travel and adventure with their customers, which amplified their determination, and thus, Plan the Unplanned family keeps getting bigger every day! Just about any travel idea can come alive with Plan The Unplanned…treks, adventure activities like rock climbing, kayaking, rafting, backpacking trips across the country, cultural outings, photo walks; everything that fellow travelers need, to explore the great outdoors together. Well now that the wanderlust has kicked in and you can already see a vacation in your nearest future, here’s what we have to offer!
- Accommodation in tents/homestay on multiple sharing basis
- 2 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
- To and fro transport from Bangalore ( Non A/c )
- Inter-state Taxes, road permits, and Tolls
- Forest Permits & Entry Fees
- Off-Road Jeep Ride
- Local Guide & Outdoor Leader from Plan The Unplanned
- Experience that you gain
- Any other meals not included above
- Any kind of personal expenses
- Any kind of insurance (health, medical, life accidental,etc )
- Anything not included above
THINGS TO CARRY
- Face Masks & Hand Sanitisers
- Soft copy of ID Proof
- Small backpack to carry your essentials during the trek
- Power Bank
- Warm Layer
- Water bottles – 2 (1 liter each)
- Lunch Box & Spoon to carry your packed lunch
- Raincoat/Bag covers in case of rains
- 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
Policy and Terms
Refund/Cancellation Policy – Weekend Trips from Bangalore
In the event that YOU cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow
7 days or more
10% of the total invoice value
Between 3-6 days
50% of the total invoice value
Between 0-2 days
100% of the total invoice value
- *Intimation Period means the number of days before the tour is scheduled to start
- **Cancellation Fee is the amount of money that will be deducted from the total billing amount before offering the refund.
- Refund/Cancellation requests are accepted only by email at [email protected] and not via call or Whatsapp.
Cancellations on the day of departure or a day prior due to work/family emergencies, health issues, etc. would not be entertained, and no refund or transfer to further dates shall be allowed for the same.
If you are wanting to cancel out on the day of departure and move the trek to a future date an additional charge of RS 1500 would have to be incurred to make the movement to a future date. This can be availed only within 3 months from the date of the actual trip departure.
Additional charges would be deducted (based on from where you booked) if you cancel the trek at any given date (along with the scenario described above), as payment gateway/event listing charges.
Transfer of Dates Policy
If you wish to shift your date of booking due to any unforeseen circumstances, the same should be intimated to us not less than 72 hours before the date of the event. (Not valid for group or corporate bookings)
Only one transfer per booking shall be permitted. Your booking shall stand canceled if you fail to join the event on the transferred dates.
Once the option of data transfer is made, the booking amount shall be held as credits with us, and in no case will a refund be made further on.
Transfer of Dates is not valid for Bhutan, Meghalaya, Himalayan Treks, Spiti or any other event worth is above 5000/- INR.
Transfer of dates on the day of departure shall be possible at an additional charge of 1500/- per person (applicable for few events).
In the pandemic everything is unpredictable, and we are doing our best to give you the finest services. We are also abiding by guidelines laid by government for everyone’s safety. In this, if the government issues a lockdown notice 24 hours before the departure date, we will issue full refund. The money will be directly credited to your account.
In another scenario, if lockdown notice is imposed on the departure date, we will secure your amount in the form of credits that you can use for further bookings. Consider it your bank for future bookings. Your money is safe with us.
For all the above choices, you can transfer your tickets to your friends. We would be more than happy to have them on board and you could save your hard-earned money.