My Hikes - Kotagiri Trek - Ooty and Bandipur Safari
Catherine Falls is a double-cascaded waterfall located in Kotagiri. The Nilgiris is the land of seven major tribes, the Todas and Badagas being the most numerous. The height of waterfalls is about 250 ft. Catherine Falls is named after the wife of M.D. Cockburn, believed to have introduced the coffee plantation. The native name of the Catherine Falls is Geddhehaada Halla, meaning "Foothills Dale River". It can clearly be seen from the top of Dolphin's Nose if seeing the entire waterfall as one total impression is what you are looking for.
Total Trek Distance: 9 km Level Of Trek: Moderate
DAY 0: Take an overnight journey from Bangalore after getting picked up from the different pickup points mentioned below:
DAY 1: Reach base, freshen up and have a hot breakfast. Post breakfast, get ready to start the trek after getting your lunch packed.
8 am: Start trek via Banagudi shola range to Catherine falls followed by a Ridge Walk, have lunch at the Catherine and proceed further for cave exploration and get back to base by 7 pm.
Freshen up and have a sumptuous dinner following which, relax by the bonfire and music in the TEA estates.
DAY 2: Start early 7 am, visit Tea manufacturing unit if permitted and visit Shooting Spots/Nilgiri in Ooty and proceed further to Bandipur forest safari and begin the return journey to Bangalore.
Accommodation: Tented and sleeping bags will be provided.
Attractions: Trekking, Catherine Waterfall Visit, Cave visit, Shooting Spots/Nilgiri Ooty, Bandipur safari, Tea estate camping.
Wildlife: Chances to Spot Species of birds, bisons and mammals.
Transportation (two ways), Accommodation, 2 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner (veg/nonveg), forest dept permissions, coordinator charges, 1st aid, bonfire.
Final day lunch, Bandipur safari
Things to carry:
Raincoat/poncho, id proof, backpack, sweaters/jackets, torch, personal medications/ necessary toiletries, shoes with a good grip, snacks/glucose/energy bars.
Tour type: This is a group tour.
Pick up points:
9.00 pm: Hebbal/Manyatha Tech Park Junction.
9.15 Pm: Tin Factory.
9.45 Pm: Marathalli Bridge Junction.
10.00 Pm Eco Space/Bellandur.
10.30 Pm: Silk Board Junction.
Participants staying at metro regions can access the pickup points at Byappnnahalli metro station and can board at Tin factory.