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Explorer by Mahoora


Satiny Falls Trekking Trail

A picturesque and one of the most amazing trekking trails that is both soothing to the eyes and the body, is the trail where the highlight is Satiny Falls.  This beautiful Fall is located near an isolated rural village in the Knuckles Mountain Range. It showcases its best face in November, when monsoons begin with its beautiful streams of satiny waters down the rocks. Roughly 10 metres in height, it can be observed from both the front and the rear -  which is a unique feature of the Falls.

satiny falls trail knuckles mountain range 1There are a number of options to cater to your trekking needs.  We have designed these moderate to low intensity trails to choose from.

Although it is hard to be absolutely precise about how hard a walk may be, we have developed a guideline that is likely to help you understand the level of intensity of the trail. Trail Grading Guidelines

Full Day Trails

Variation 1  - Grading of the trail - B (Moderate)

A 7.75 km walk along a rural village road leads to the starting point of the forest trail. At the beginning of the trail you are likely to observe interesting and unique aspects of village life. You will encounter many signs of activities that take place between  humans and elephants, while listening to some amazing stories relating to this unique relationship. Little retail outlets, where day to day transactions take place in the village, are equally interesting to see. Little bazaars where villagers sit by and share their daily stories are fascinating and part of the highlights in the walk leading to the forest trail.

The beginning of the forest trail is marked by a descriptive board that provides an introduction to the trail. The forest seems to be undisturbed and in an eternal state of calmness. The trees of the forest stand tall by the side of the walking path and continue to provide a much needed shade from the heat of the sun as a 7 km walk takes you to an isolated rural village in the foothills of the Knuckles Mountain Range. After a short visit to the village which includes refreshments, the trail begins towards Satiny Falls. The return from Satiny Falls to Explorer by Mahoora Campsite is by vehicle transfer.

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  • Timing: approximately 8 hours - Full Day

  • Total distance of the trail: 12.75 km

  • Journey commences after breakfast


Variation 2 -  Grading of the trail - B (Moderate)

What makes this trail different from Variation 1?

Vehicle transfer to the starting point of the trail.

  • Timing: approximately 6  hours - Full Day

  • Total distance: 9  km - from Explorer by Mahoora Campsite back to the Campsite:

    • Journey commences after breakfast


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Grading of the trail - A (Easy)

Vehicle transfer to the starting point of the forest trail

What makes this Trail different from Variation 1?

A 5km walk takes you to the final destination of this trek -  Satiny Falls.

The return from the Satiny Falls to Explorer by Mahoora Campsite is by vehicle transfer.

  • Timing: approximately 2 hours: half  day

  • Total distance of the trail: 5  km   

  • Journey commences after breakfast



What's Included In These Fully Guided Trekking Trails

  • An expert local guide from the area who has roamed this region for decades.
  • Professional Naturalist who will explain and interpret social life, nature encounters and sightings.
  • Snacks & Water.
  • First-Aid and required backup for any emergency.   
  • Lunch (packed lunch during the trek is served at a villager’s home or served at the Campsite -  based on the programme and timing)




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