PRE – DEPARTURE INFORMATION

• Your stay in the jungle will be either in tents or machans (treetop huts) or simple huts or forest guest-house.

• The treks may be physically challenging. If you can do three hours a day for three days then you will have no problem for the regular treks. But long treks are designed for hard – core trekkers only.

• Home cooked vegetarian food will be served by the community. They provide an assortment of traditional food. Fruits are local and maybe exotic to you.

• There is no electricity (no fan, no lights, and no running water facility) in our camp sites; guest should be mentally prepared to spend nights in such places.

• Things to carry: Toiletries, towels, torch/flash light, necessary medication etc.

• We provide bedding at camp (sleeping bags or beds) but for those who prefer to sleep on their own bags can carry their personal sleeping bags.

• Water provided will be boiled and has no health hazards.

• Toilet facilities are natural or basic during your stay in the jungle.

• Tropical mountain streams are the only bathing facilities. The temperature of water varies from 18 degree Celsius to 22 degree Celsius, except in Munnar region, where it will be cold due to high altitude

• Collecting wild specimen from nature is strictly prohibited by law.

• Do not expect to see all the wildlife listed at one go. A longer stay will give you a fair chance. Sighting wildlife after all is pure serendipity.

• Most of our projects are located at quaint and off the beaten locations. Travel to these places may take more time than scheduled.

• We encourage use of public transport to our destinations. Detailed time schedule can be provided.

• These programs are strictly subject to the decisions of the state Forest Department authorities, and subject to change anytime without prior notice.

What to bring

• We advice necessary vaccinations. Please bring mosquito repellents. There are natural substances that repel mosquitoes effectively. Pure lemon-grass oil extract is available in India. Simply mix a few drops with gentle oil like coconut or your body cream, and rub on your skin. There are now many products sold in India that is based on lemon grass or eucalyptus oil and they work very well.

• Please bring your hiking boots

• Bring warm clothing for Munnar programs and light cotton wears for other places. However, it is recommended to keep a pair of warmers at least during Nov-Feb even for camps in Periyar

• Please bring your personal effects.

• We recommend dull colored cotton clothing.

• Bring only biodegradable toiletries. Soap from natural oils biodegrades naturally with no harmful effects, and is gentle on your skin.