This Shola Rain Forest Trek is an exhilarating trek that starts in Munnar and takes you through the second highest peak in the Western Ghats, the Meesapulimala and through the cardamom forests of Chaturangapara and Santhanpara. If you are looking for something challenging, at the same time experience the virgin beauty of nature and also stay in the forest, this trek is the just what you need to do!

ARRIVAL  Munnar, Kerala
DEPARTURE  Munnar, Kerala
Leech socks Accommodation on Twin/Double sharing
Back-up transport Tour leaders
Activities as mentioned Bottled water and refreshments
Meals as mentioned Forest Entries
Luggage transfers  Licenses and govt taxes
Travel Insurance

Trip Highlights:

  • High Altitude rainforest & grasslands.
  • Meesapulimala – Second Highest peak of South India.
  • Climbing the 2nd highest peak in South India at 2640 m.
  • Walking through the oldest spice trail in India.
  • Tea-plantations and spice plantation views.
  • Ridge walking in the Western Ghats.
  • Camping in the highest regions in South India.
  • Healthy local Indian food.
  • Local guides and Tour leaders.

Additional information

Group SizeMin 4 > Max 10
Best SeasonSeptember to May

Day 1: Suryanelli

We will meet you at Chinnakkanal, after collecting the packed lunch we start our trek from Anaerangal Dam. We go down through the grass land and the pine forest to reach the Muduvan Tribal Village. We can have our packed lunch near a cardamom plantation and proceed walk till the campsite at Suryanelli. As it is just the beginning we only do 8 Kms trek today.

Walking Distance : ~ 8 Kms  //  Hotel : Anaerangal Camp  //  Meals :  – / L / D


Day 2: Papathi Shola

An early morning climb to Phantom’s Head is recommended just to see how the hills come alive in the morning with the song strains of the Malabar Whistling Thrush and one can watch the awesome sunrise over the Butterfly Forest which is famous for the mass migration of butterflies in October and November. You can also visit the tribal village of the Muduvans (the back people) who have been living in the upper reaches of the Western Ghats for centuries. They are named so because of their habit of carrying their children on their backs.

Walking Distance : ~ 12 Kms  //  Hotel : BL Ram Campsite  //  Meals :  B / L / D


Day 3: Mathikettan Shola

Today the trekking takes you through the Mathikettan Shola National Park. This National Park is home to the Asian Elephants and Nilgiri Langurs and also to a lot of endemic fauna and flora. Set amidst cardamom spice plantations, Santhanpara has earned the name of being the capital of Spice cultivation that has made Kerala famous and lured traders from all over the world.

Walking Distance : ~ 14 Kms  //  Hotel : Shantanpara Campsite //  Meals :  B / L  / D


Day 4: Chaturangapara Ridge

The final phase of your trekking begins from Santhanpara to Chaturangapara and this is a challenging one as it goes through the ridge of the Western Ghats. The climb is adventurous at the same time amazingly beautiful as you can see the plains of Tamil Nadu villages down on your left and the greenery of rainforest on your right. The camp set up in the forest will help you feel the essence of living in a forest with only the sound of the wild.

Walking Distance : ~ 14 Kms  //  Hotel : Chaturangapara Campsite  //  Meals :  B / L / D


Day 5: Depart to Munnar

The final day is when you depart after breakfast cherishing the memories of your Shola Rainforest Trek.

Walking Distance : ~ Nil  //  Hotel : NA  //  Meals :  B / –  / –

Camp fire in Kerala