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Kodaikanal Trek and Camping

Kodaikanal

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If you’re on the lookout to get away from the maddening city life or to take a break from the monotonous corporate lifestyle, look no further as we have answered your call. What better place to simply unwind and relax your mind and body than at the ‘Princess of Hills’- Kodai. But as always, here at Plan The Unplanned we do things a bit differently and this time it’s no different. We’re taking you to explore a side of Kodai that you barely get to see nowadays, away from the tourist crowds and into untouched and pristine lands.

Located 40 km from Kodaikanal town, this campsite of ours offers everything that Kodaikanal once was minus the negatives. A place where tourism has yet to leave its mark with fairytale-like landscapes, pristine water bodies, crisp and virgin mountain air, picturesque sights and landscapes all around. Get transported back in time as you spend a weekend doing nothing and everything, at a place straight out of heaven.

This Kodaikanal Trek and Camping itinerary is specifically designed for those who simply want a laid-back weekend and want to take things slow and at their own pace in the most scenic and enthralling locales along with a dash of adventure. 

For New Year 2024: The mind-blowing Kodaikanal Trek and Camping Trip awaits your arrival for New Year 2024. On the eve of New Year 2024, we will cut the cake and have fun. Notice that this New Year, seats are limited and will be filled out on a First Come, First Serve basis. Also, be informed that this New Year is preceded by a weekend, so kindly check out the itinerary and book your seats at the earliest.

Highlights

Day 0

  • Pick up from Bangalore by 8:30 PM (approx)

Day 1

  • Reach Kodaikanal
  • Take a 500-metre uphill hike from the parking to reach the campsite.
  • Freshen up and breakfast
  • Take a short hike in Spice Valley ( 6-8 km approx )
  • Have a late lunch at around 3:00 PM (approx)
  • Relax by the Waterfall (400 metres from the campsite)
  • High tea and snacks
  • Bonfire (if weather permits)
  • Dinner and retire for the night

Day 2

  • Freshen up & have breakfast
  • Leave campsite by 9:30 AM
  • Hike to Dolphin’s Nose and Echo Rock
  • Self-sponsored lunch at one of the popular cafe’s in Kodaikanal
  • Return and stop at Vattakanal Falls
  • Depart back to Bangalore 
  • Enroute stop for self-sponsored dinner
  • Return to Bangalore on Monday between 5:00 – 6:00 AM (approx)

Introduction of the participants

Private Vehicle

Non-AC Tempo Traveller / Mini Bus (Push Back seats)

Stay Not Applicable

Meals Not Included

Pick up from Bangalore by 8:30 PM (approx)

Trek and Exploration

Trek

Tents

All Meals

Day one promises a challenging and rewarding mix of exertion and relaxation. We'll trade asphalt for an invigorating 500-meter climb to reach our scenic campsite, where a well-earned breakfast awaits. Then, fuel up for an awe-inspiring trek in Spice Valley, its 2440-meter crown promising panoramic vistas. After conquering the summit and a late, celebratory lunch, we'll soothe our muscles beside a cascading waterfall, just 400 meters from camp. As the sun descends, high tea and snacks will rekindle our energy for an optional evening around a crackling bonfire, weather permitting. Finally, a delicious dinner and a night beneath the starry Kodai sky will ease us into slumber, ready for Day two's adventures.

Private Vehicle

Non-AC Tempo Traveller / Mini Bus (Push Back seats)

Stay Not Applicable

Breakfast

Rise and shine for a delicious breakfast under the Kodai sun! Fuel up before packing in another dose of adventure. Lace up your hiking boots and conquer Dolphin's Nose, soaking in panoramic views of the valley below. After conquering the peak, reward yourself with a well-deserved lunch at a charming Kodaikanal cafe. Refreshed and refueled, take a refreshing plunge at Vattakanal Falls, letting the cascading water revitalize you. With the final Kodai experience etched in your memory, it's time to say goodbye. Hit the road back to Bangalore, making a pit stop for dinner along the way. Expect to reach home by early Monday morning, tired but full of unforgettable memories from your Kodai getaway.

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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!

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Inclusions

  • Accommodation in Tree Houses or tents on multiple sharing basis. If couples let us know prior

  • 2 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

  • To and fro Transport from Bangalore ( Non A/c pushback seater tempo traveller / minibus)

  • Inter-state Taxes, road permits and Tolls

  • Forest Permits

  • Local Guide & Outdoor Leader from Plan The Unplanned

  • Experience that you gain

Exclusions

  • First Day Breakfast & any other meals not included above

  • Any personal expenses

  • Any insurance (health, medical, life accidental, etc )

  • Any expense of Jeep if taken to explore Kodaikanal

  • Anything not included above

THINGS TO CARRY

  • Soft Copy of your Aadhar/Voter ID (Mandatorily required for permits)
  • Small backpack to carry your essentials during the trek
  • Power Bank
  • Warm Layer ( Temperature drops to around 5 degree celsius )
  • 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

 


PICKUP LOCATIONS

Cubbon Park Signal


Yamaha Showroom Domlur


Eco Space Bellandur


Indian Oil Petrol Pump, HSR Layout


Yulu Zone Hosur Road


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Policy and Terms

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

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

Note: For All The Above Refund Cases Transaction Fees/Internet Handling Charges will be deducted from the overall amount and the 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

 

Terms and Conditions

The purchase of any travel services offered by PLAN THE UNPLANNED (hereinafter referred as ‘PTU’) constitutes a contractual arrangement between PTU (‘First Party’) and Client (hereinafter referred as ‘You’) (‘Second Party’). Booking of services with PTU represents your unconditional acceptance of the terms & conditions set out herein. These terms and conditions shall be binding on you and all the travel companions booked by you.

Trekking and other outdoor activities provided by the PTU depend on various factors and have inherent risks associated with life. PTU does its best to reduce all types of risks, discomfort, and hazard to the best of its ability (within financial constraints), yet there are chances of accidents, mishaps, and deficiency in service.

Please ensure that you read carefully and understand these terms prior to confirming your booking.

 

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Pictures used on the website and collateral are meant for marketing purposes. These do not imply the inclusion of the pictorial content to be a part of your vacation or any guarantee that you will experience, encounter or view whatever is depicted through the pictures.


Fitness Responsibility

PTU offers trip(s) and trek(s) that require varying levels of fitness. The level of difficulty can be based on the extent of physical stress, the terrain, weather, and/or climate. The degree of difficulty for some trips can be physically demanding. To enable you to choose appropriately and prepare accordingly, carefully review the level of difficulty of each trip before booking the same.

PTU doesn’t have any medical expert(s) and it is your responsibility to obtain medical advice, latest health requirements including inoculations and vaccines before you join a trip. PTU takes no responsibility for your inability to cope with the level of difficulty on a trip. While there is no age limitation on any PTU trips, any disability, pregnancy, mental or physical, or any other medical condition that may affect your fitness to complete the trek must be revealed at the time of booking the trip to PTU. You also undertake that you and Your travel companions, for whom You have signed up, do not suffer from any condition or disability that could create a hazard to Your own wellbeing or to others on a trip.


Program Dates

You are solely responsible for verifying the correct dates mentioned on the travel documents.


Itinerary

PTU reserves the right to modify or cancel the trip or part of the trip under circumstances, including but not limiting to Acts of God, road blockage, political unrest, sickness, accidents, events beyond PTU’s control etc. Any extra cost arising from such circumstances shall be borne by you on the spot. Wherever possible, PTU shall intimate you of such changes in advance or while on the trip.


Luggage Responsibility

Baggage and personal effects are at your risk throughout the trip. You are solely responsible for your personal belongings while on the trip. PTU is not responsible for the loss of baggage, goods, air tickets, passport, cash, traveler’s cheques, or any other travel document or item owned by you while on tour, whatever the cause.


On-trip Behaviour

You are required to behave in a manner that is acceptable and conducive to group travel. PTU reserves the right to terminate your trip (if you are found to be causing distress/annoyance to co-travelers, endanger/damage property of any supplier or of other traveling companions), without assigning any reason whatsoever. No refund for unused services is possible in such cases.

You also agree to abide by the authority of the group leader designated by PTU. The decision of the tour leader is binding on all participants on matters that affect the safety or well-being of any person participating in the trip. Behavior that causes danger, distress, or annoyance to others, or interferes with the mobility of the group can result in the group leader terminating your participation from the trip, with no right to refund for missed or unused services.


Protect The Environment

The entire trip/ trek would be through natural trails and we would spend most of the time in eerie forests, serene valleys, soothing hillsides, or at golden beaches. You should know that it’s your duty to protect the environment and not create nuisances on the way by throwing your plastic materials and other wastes like packets of chips or wrappers of chocolates. PTU shall not consider any such behavior towards nature. We expect you to be responsible and aware adults.


No Smoking Or Alcohol Consumption

PTU doesn’t support smoking or any sort of alcohol consumption during the journey and as a team, we earnestly request you to not indulge in those practices while you are with us. Smoking is not only injurious to your health but also equally bad for nature. We should ensure that there’s sustainable natural conservation and our acts, in no way, hampers that. Also, alcohol consumption might ruin your experience as well as cause discomfort to your fellow mates. No action of smoking or drinking shall be tolerated by PTU during the trip/trek.


Amenities

PTU makes every effort to ensure the comfort of our guests, but PTU requests you to understand that the amenities around the trekking region may not be the same as the ones you are accustomed to, at home. Weather is another factor that will have a direct impact on your journey. Hence, you are requested to have patience, enthusiasm and be prepared for compromising, before you choose to undertake this journey.


Awareness

You accept that the very nature of active, adventure travel requires a degree of personal risk. You are likely to visit places where political, cultural, and geographical attributes might pose certain risks, dangers, and physical challenges. By booking a tour with PTU, you accept that you are aware of the personal risks, dangers, and challenges that might arise and that you are aware of the risks involved. You hereby assume all such risk and release PTU from all claims and causes of action arising from such damages or injuries or death resulting from these inherent risks. It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with customs, weather conditions, physical challenges, and laws in effect as well as your local embassy contacts in each destination.


Emergency Situations

In the event you fall ill or suffer an accident during the trip, all hospital expenses, doctor fees, repatriation expenses, evacuation from road or mountain, any other charges incurred as a direct or indirect result of your illness/accident are your responsibility.


Photography Rights

PTU reserves the right to take photographs of you during the trip and to use them for promotional purposes. By booking a trip with us, you automatically grant us a royalty-free, perpetual, worldwide, and irrevocable license for using your images in photographs and videos that may be used for promotional material, website, social media, collateral, and any other marketing and publicity materials.

 

Frequest Questions

Q: I have booked the trek when will I get further updates regarding the trek?
A: Well, most of our treks are usually confirmed by Thursday and you would receive a EVENTS HEADS-UP 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.

Q: Would I be added to a WhatsApp Group once the trek is confirmed?
A: Yes, the EVENTS HEADS-UP mail would contain a link for Whatsapp Group through which one can join and interact with fellow travelers and outdoor leaders.

Q: I'm a solo traveller, Can I join?
A: The interesting thing about travelling alone is that you get to meet new people from diverse backgrounds, and towards the end, you are no longer strangers. Hence solo travellers 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/

Q: Is it safe for Women/Girls?
A: Safety and security are our priority at all times. Hence it is 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 accommodation. We also have female trek leaders who accompany us on most of our treks.

Q: Do I have to carry luggage all the way during trekking?
A: Not at all. You could keep all the extra luggage back at the campsite/homestay and carry only the necessary stuff for the trek (Raincoats, Torchlight, Waterbottle, lunchbox, and your valuable)

Q: Do you have Washrooms during the trek?
A: Well, you are in the mountains and none of our trails have a washroom facility during the trek.

Q: Do I have any other boarding points apart from the ones mentioned?
A: Yes, we do have options for picking a traveller on board with a few locations provided they are on the route to our destination. The following are the same: -Croma Store, Sony World Signal -Trinity Circle Metro Station -Yeshwanthpur Metro Station -Goraguntepalya Metro Station -Nayanadahalli Metro Station

Q: How do I avail discounts?
A: Details for availing discounts are mentioned in the following link, https://www.plantheunplanned.com/membership/

Q: What is "Without Travel" option during my booking process?
A: Well, if you select this option, all the travel arrangements for your entire itinerary must be managed by yourself, and Plan the Unplanned crew will not be managing anything related to your travel. We recommend you come via car for a smooth travel experience to, from and within the destination.

Q: Would I be able to postpone to a future in case I do not attend the trek on the day of departure?
A: We are extremely sorry, you cannot postpone to any future date in case you fail to attend the trek on the mentioned date for any reasons whatsoever (family/health/work emergencies). You can write to us at [email protected] as regards and our team will get in touch with you on the same

Q: I've never gone on a hike before, so can I do this one?
A: The Kodaikanal trek is a easy-moderate trek and one can easily do this trek with a moderate fitness

Q: Can we leave the luggage at the homestay/tents?
A: Yes, you can leave your luggage at the homestay/tent and carry the necessary items to the trek.

Q: What about Kodaikanal’s cellphone network and connectivity?
A: The trek's network is quite limited. BSNL and Jio will have the highest prospects of obtaining a network.

Q: Is the trail filled with leeches?
A: Yes, it is filled with leeches.

Q: What is the best time to trek Kodaikanal?
A: Summer is also the greatest time to visit Kodaikanal, with temperatures ranging from 30 to 20 degrees Celsius. It's ideal for sightseeing, walking, cycling, rowing, and other outdoor activities because of the nice, refreshing air that blows on your face.

Q: Is it possible to camp anywhere along the trail?
A: No, you cannot camp anywhere along the trail.

Q: Is it possible to trek Kodaikanal during the monsoon season?
A: Yes, it is possible to trek Kodaikanal during the monsoon season. It is one of the well known treks of the monsoon season.

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