Camping in the hills of Kodaikanal – Review of Pear County

A camping trip into the lap of nature is always tempting. We decided to give a miss to most of the usual tourist places in Kodaikanal this time and spend some time in the serenity of the hills. Our host, Vishal came to pick us up from Kodaikanal lake, where we had just finished a round of cycling and a healthy breakfast. We reached the camping site – Pear County after a short drive on meandering roads. Pear County is a pear farm surrounded by greenery all around. It sits on a slope, and the tents are put up at a height good enough for a nice view of the hills beyond.

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A two person tent at Pear County

 

The tents are set within a sheltered base and give a feel of the outdoors. There are very basic provisions attached to each tent, like hot water (solar), washroom facilities and a small changing – cum storage space. The view from each tent is beautiful. One can sit there for hours watching the clouds pass by, birds chattering in the trees and butterflies flying around. There are some informal sitting spaces and a place for personal campfires around each tent. The place is enjoyable for couples as well as friends groups.

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Tent, and informal seating arrangements, to enjoy the clouds pass by

The evenings start with an optional guided tour of the pear farm and the areas around. We walked a little further down the road,  passed some villages, a graveyard in the hills, some furry dogs and a huge cow as we made our way to nowhere. As evening descended on the hills, we returned to the tents, ready for campfire and barbeque.

 

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The dining room at Pear County

 

The campfires were lit in front of each tent. We sat looking at the lights of Kodaikanal on a far away hill. Millions of stars looked down upon us from the clear skies. The barbecue starters were followed by a healthy dinner and then we returned to our tents. The morning started early with a guided trek up the hills. We saw several birds, flowers and exotic plants along the way. After a 4 km trek up the hill, we reached a view point overlooking the hills with some stunning views of the valley and the plains below.

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View of the hills, during our early morning trek

The view was beautiful and we could enjoy the serenity sans the crowd. A few metres downhill was another beautiful viewpoint. We took the road while returning and it made our walk easy. We were in time for a heavy breakfast consisting of South Indian fare.

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Green walkway, during our early morning trek

The Pear County is not for the traveler searching for luxury. It would satisfy the traveler game for a trek, or the one who would love to spend some time in serenity. There are some basic options of entertainment like games , and the host also told us that he is going to add a small library soon. We also saw new rooms being constructed in shipping container boxes, which will be studio units overlooking the hills. The experience of living in shipping containers overlooking the clouds, we have kept for another day.

INFO:

Travel Info: Pear County is situated at 30 minutes drive from the Kodaikanal lake. There is no public transport, and one has to rely on own vehicle or reserved cabs. Pear County can arrange for transportation facilities at very nominal rates on prior intimation.

Stay Info : Pear County has options for 2 persons, 3 persons and 5 person tents. Each tent has its own washroom facility in the vicinity, along with basic provisions. The cost ranges from Rs 4100 to Rs10000 per tent, and includes all food, campfire, barbecue, and early morning trek.

Contact Info: Vishal is the owner of Pear County, and a very nice person. He may be reached at 9942044221


 

Author : Soumya