Exploring The Unexplored Parts Along The Western Ghats

Exploring The Unexplored Parts Along The Western Ghats

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A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Western Ghats of India are a beauty to behold. The range that runs parallel to the western coast is one of the hotspots for vast biological biodiversity. Also known as the Sahyadri Mountain range, it separates the Deccan Plateau from a narrow coastal plain, called Konkan, along the Arabian Sea.

The Sahyadri starts from the border of Gujarat and Maharashtra, south of the Tapti River, and runs approximately 1,600 km through the states of Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu ending at Kanyakumari, at the southern tip of India.

All the diverse flora and fauna here make it a one-stop destination for travelers, explorers, hikers and even students. It is satisfying for the wanderlust.

So, if you are planning to go on a trip, these are some of the places you shouldn't miss when traveling to the Western Ghats provide excellent traveling experience:

Hike up the lush mountains


The Western Ghats are a paradise for hikers. Those who love to see the nature, up and close, there is a lot to experience. Tadiandamol, the highest peak of Coorg is an easy hike. For those who love to see coffee plantations and tea gardens this is the place to be. One can camp along the trails but it is more advisable to experience the homestay provided by the locals.

Meet the King Cobra


Agumbe, the wettest region of southern India and home to Agumbe Reptile Research Station, is the best place to meet the King Cobra. This the best place for those who want to learn about the flora and fauna of the region. Agumbe has also served as the setting for Malgudi Days, a TV series of short stories by the most celebrated author R K Narayanan.

Cycling down the winding path


Those inclined towards more adventurous experience can enjoy cycling on the winding roads from Kodaikanal to Munnar, taking in the scenery, smell and sound of nature. This stretch is also known for its tea gardens. One can enjoy a refreshing cup of tea after finishing the cycling tour between the two locations.

Drive through the greenery


The Mumbai-Pune Expressway is the most scenic road for those who love to drive. It is free from traffic and is well maintained, which adds to a very comfortable drive. But make sure to keep the speed limits to 80 km/hr.

Among the lakes and waterfall


Waradha Ghat, located between Konkan and NH-4 in Maharashtra, 108 km away from Pune, is a perfect place for enjoying the nature, and watching the waterfalls while enjoying the rain. This less known locale has plenty of waterfalls and picturesque lakes.

Walk with the wildlife


Visit the Wayand Wildlife Sanctuary to enjoy hiking and bird watching. Chances are that you might encounter tigers and elephants during explorations are rewarding for the adventurers. For those who love trekking, the Chembar Peak is the ideal spot for you. But, beware of the weather as it can get choppy.

Flying through the clouds


The Mullayanagiri Peak in Chikamagalur, Karnataka is plentiful in natural scenery. The emerald forests and the charming caves at the summit make hiking on Mullayanagiri peak worth it. The 300 steps climb to the temple on the summit and the rolling clouds make the climb worth it.


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Located in the serene western ghats, Igatpuri is located in the district of Nashik. It 130 km from Mumbai and has natural beauty in abundance. Easily accessible by rail and road, one can go to Kalsubai, the highest peak in the Sahyadri via Igatpuri.  It is home to some breathtaking waterfalls and lakes like Camel Valley, Randha Falls, Bhadardara Lake, and Umbrella Falls.

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