Treks in Western Ghat

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Treks in Western Ghat

It is not known to many that the Western Ghats of our country make for a popular trekking hub. Apart from the mountain ranges in the North, the Western Ghats house some magnificent hilly regions particularly the Sahyadri Hills, a chain of mountains runs along the western coast of the Indian mainland that stretches from Gujarat to Tamil Nadu that are suitable for a thrilling trekking expedition. With vegetation in abundance, the region is a trekkers paradise.

Here is the list of 15 Treks in Western Ghat

1. Kodachadri Trek

Kodachadri Hills serve as a stunning backdrop of evergreen forests to the town of Maravanthe. Located in the Western Ghats at a height of 4411 feet above the sea level, they also proves to be one of the good trekking trails, beginning at the South Kanara Forest.

2. Chembra Peak

Located close to the bumbling town of Meppady and just 8 km south of Kalpetta, stands the highest peak of the Wayanad Hill Range- the Chembra Peak at an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level. The Chembra peak offers a panoramic view of not only the entire Wayanad district but also a large chunk of Kozhikode, Malappuram and Niligiri districts.

3. Ratangad Fort Trek

Ratangad is a 400 year old fort, captured by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in his time. It is situated in Ratanwadi which is it's base village and overlooks the Bhandardara. The natural rock formation has an emerging tip at the top known as 'Nedhe' or 'the eye of the needle'. There are many wells on the top each near the four gates of the fort - Ganesh, Hanuman, Konkan, Trimbak.

4. Trekking in Kudremukh, Kudremukh

Kudremukh, with its diverse landscapes, provides a wide variety of trekking trails. You have to obtain permission from the forest department for trekking here, but it is well worth the trouble.

5. Tadiandamol Peak, Coorg

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Tadiandamol is the highest mountain peak in Coorg, at an elevation of 1748m. Most tourists interested in trekking are drawn to this place as the journey is difficult, but the view from the top, unparalleled. While being the second highest peak in all of Karnataka, Tadiandamol trek is also a very good option for nature lovers who desire scenic surroundings and are beginners in the trekking scene.

6. Dudhsagar Falls, Goa, Goa - The Flowing Cascade of Milk

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Dudhsagar falls in Goa are a pleasant change in landscape for a destination that is known for its sunny beaches and inviting waves. The majestic falls are a little farther inland approximately 60 km from Panaji on the Goa - Karnataka Border. As these falls are located inside the Mollem National Park, their vistas of green and verdant forest lands are unparalleled.

7. Meesapulimala, Idukki

The second highest peak in Southern India, Meesapulimala stands elevated at an altitude of 2641 meters (8660 feet ) above sea level. The densely covered terrain has eight peaks that together resemble a moustache and is, therefore, called Meesapulimala. An ideal spot for trekking, the starting point of the trek is either Rhodovalley or Silent Valley which lies 6 km before Rhodovalley.

8. Bhimashankar, Maharashtra

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Bhimashankar, located about 100 km from Pune and 223 km from Mumbai, is a popular temple town. It is among one of the twelve traditional 'Jyotilingam' shrines of Lord Shiva in India. Bhimashankar is located in the village Bhorgiri in the ghat region of the Sahyadri range. Situated at an height of around 3,250 feet, Bhimashankar is surrounded by hills and is covered by thick green rainforests.

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9. Mullayanagiri, Chikmagalur

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Perched at an altitude of 1930 m above the sea level, Mullayanagiri peak is located in the Baba Budan Giri Range of Western Ghats. It serves as the highest peak between the Nilgiris and the Himalayas offering its visitors a relaxed environment with temperature ranging between 20 - 25 degrees Celsius. Known for its peaceful ambience and nature's raw beauty, this peak is adorned with verdant grassland, rugged rocks, and a good trek path is also quite popular among adventure lovers.

10. Kunti Betta, Mysore

Nestled in the town of Pandavapura between two hills, Kunti Betta is a perfect place to get away from the helter skelter of the city. This place is surrounded by sugarcane fields, paddy fields and coconut trees that makes the place look beautiful and mesmerizing. Situated at an elevation of 2882 feet, the picturesque scenic views that this place comprises of will make you feel rejuvenated.

11. Brahmagiri Trek, Coorg

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Taking individuals deep inside the Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, the Brahmagiri trek is a delight with its myriad offerings. The route traverses lush forests, green grasslands and countless small streams and rivers. It is located on the border between Wayanad District of Kerala state on the south and Kodagu District in Karnataka on the north side. The peak of the hill is well-forested and is rich in wildlife.

12. Trekking in Kemmanagundi, Kemmanagundi

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Trekking in Kemmanagundi is one of the most visually flattering and refreshing experiences, with sparkling green terrains, interspersed with waterfalls and streams. Trek you way to the Hebbe Falls and the Z point to have the most of your trekking experiences in Kemmanagundi.

13. Agumbe, Shimoga

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Located in the Shimoga district of Karnataka, Agumbe is a tiny village often referred to as the "Cherrapunji of South India". This biodiversity-rich region highest rainfall in south India and the second highest annual rainfall in India. Visiting Agumbe is an enriching experience as this hill station and picturesque beauty coupled with trekking trails and gushing rainfalls. It is one of the last surviving lowland rainforests.

14. Trekking in Anthargange, Anthargange

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The Anthargange mountain is a structure of small and big rocks coupled with natural springs and dense forest at the foot of the hill. This provides to be an excellent place for trekkers. There are also some temples along the way to visit. The trek is of a moderate difficulty starting with staircase up to the temple and then followed by raw natural boulders and rocks, streams and caves.

15. Sakleshpur Trek

Sakleshpur treks is one of the most unique treks of the Western Ghats. If you are a trekking enthusiast, you are bound to experience this one. The trek commences near the village-side of Sakleshpur and runs up to the Kukke Subramanya station. It is known as the green route where one trails through in the lap of nature. One gets to visit innumerable vistas along the way which include pristine Mallalli and Shiradi falls; spectacular rainforests like Bisle Reserve Forest, and attractions like Moodabidri Jain learning center, the Tipu Sultan fort and many others. You might also spot some wild elephants and other creatures on this trek. It's a scenic trek with thick foliage all along.

Magnificent hills, adventurous jungles and exhilarating wilderness of the Western Ghats make for just the perfect destination for trekking. Undertake the meandering routes of the beautiful Ghats and experience an unforgettable trek!

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