Top Station Trekking welcomes each trekker into their thick jungles, unexplored by the loops of the conventional traveling circuit. Low and slow moving clouds, gently swaying tree tops, mountain ridges and deep valleys are the panoramas that merge into your experience on this Top Station Trek.
At a distance of nearly 16 kilometers from the lesser known Bodinayakkanur in Theni District is nature's finest gift. The locals, along with an isolated tribe, have made the forests of Top Station their home. Apart from trails through the forest and landing up at raging waterfalls, you can also take pleasant walks through the cardamom plantations for which this region is known.
There are two variations of the trail. One leads you to Top Station en route Central Station while the other takes you on a 8,000 feet ascent to Kolukumalai – the world's tallest standing tea estate.
If you start at Kurangani Village, it is a 12 kilometer trek to Top Station (through Central Station). With this trail, you also have the option of starting from Munnar in Kerala. Walk through the dense wooded area toward the grassland expanse of Kurangani Hills until you finally reach the border of Theni. Once here, you can begin to trek down the hills.
The birds along this trail are chirpy, colorful and of great variety. On your way, you might run into locals who rely on this trail for regular commute across these hill forests. So beautiful is this trail that films like ‘Alagar Samiyin Kutharai’, ‘Kumki’ and the more recent ‘Myna’ have been shot around the region.
While trekking here, look for the magnificent Samabalaru Falls. Walk along and eventually reach the Kottakadu River. This is not recommended without a local guide, or else do it in a small group. The safest and best time to attempt this trek is between August and December.
It is not uncommon to set up night camp while trekking, this way you can wake up to splendid views of Top Station or Kurangani. The animals to watch out for while exploring this trail with a guide are playful langurs, barking deer, wild cats and gaur.