An Overnight Stay at Suryanelli Camp, Munnar
( Note: “An Overnight Stay at Suryanelli Camp, Munnar” is part of my Kerala, India Series. As I have also mentioned in my previous posts, I was part of the “Kerala Blog Express Season 3 “, wherein for 2 weeks I traveled along with other 29 travel bloggers around the world in the entire state of Kerala, India.)
I got mixed feelings knowing that we are going to go on a camping that day. From KTDC Tea County, one of my favorite hotels in Kerala we travelled to reach the nearest highway to the camp site in Munnar. From the highway,we need to transfer from our big coach to a small 4X4 wheel drive vehicle to reach the Suryanelli campsite.
I was quite surprised when we reach the campsite. I was just expecting a clean ground and that we will only be given some camping materials for ourselves. But This campsite was different. The Suryanelli Camp has 16 large cottage tents – all furnished with beds, sleeping bags and comfortable mattresses, 4 large windows . There was a large gazebo, where you can join in for the meals or some gatherings.There was a large ground which was perfect for some fun games.
The Suryanelli camp is a self-contained camp set against a large shola forest backdrop (The hill forests are locally known as ‘Sholas’, the Tamil term for forest) – and against the backdrop of the peak they call ‘Phantom’s Head’.
After we have settled in our respective tents ,Kalypso Adventures which was our sponsor for this part of our Kerala Trip gave us a welcome gift composed of a cap, shirt , chocolates and spices. After which, they gave us an orientation about the place and for our trekking activity for the day.
Let me share with you, our activities with the Kalypso Team through these photographs:
On our initial approach towards Phantom’s Head with Shabeeb Kamarudheen,the Assistant Manager of Kalypso. Shabeeb an outdoor enthusiast himself went with us on our day trek.
With my fellow bloggers Nidhi Thakur from Mumbai, India, Haryadi Yansyah from Palembang, Indonesia and Patricia Schussel Gomes from Florianópolis, Brazil. The four of us didn’t continue the trek towards Phantom’s head .Rather we stopped on this part of the hill and take some photos.
The view while trekking towards Phantom’s Head was really rewarding. But then again, I guess I was not physically prepared for some trekking that time.
According to our guide one of the most exciting activity in the place is the sunset trek to the ‘Phantom’s Head’ peak to see the spectacular sunsets over the Sahyadri Mountains!
We were transported by the vehicle to the final place of the trek. While riding the vehicle we were treated with such a beautiful vistas of the tea estates that abound in this area
With the trek , one will be able to pass through the plantations of cardamom, pepper and other spices givingthe trekker a closer view of the life in the spice gardens of these hills, aptly called the ‘Cardamom Hills’.
We were the first of course to reach the place, so we grabbed the flag of the Kerala Blog Express 3 and have our groupie.
At the final destination, a banquet beautifully prepared in the midst the the forest and spice plantations were prepared by the Kalypso Adventures for all the bloggers.
Back at the Suryanelli Campsite
Everyone was tired of the trekking….except for the few of us who didn’t go through with it. Well, we did not only enjoy the adventure but also enjoyed the hospitality extended to us by the Kalypso Adventures.
The Spicegoddess ,Verushka Ramasami (right) tried to help the kitchen staff preparing our afternoon snack for the day.
Photo credits:Haryadi Yansyah
At night, the large grounds of Suryanelli Camp served as a great gathering place for us all to enjoy while enjoying the food and drinks prepared by the Kalypso Adventures.
About Kalypso Adventures
Kalypso Adventures offers various outdoor activities like trekking, cycling, kayaking, wildlife and bird watching holidays among others. If you are an active person and would want to experience outdoor activities, I do recommend that you contact Kalypso Adventures.
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