It is a bliss to walk in the drizzling rain, stamping on the puddles! Isn't it? Well, the season itself brings in freshness to the environment. Monsoon are one of the blessed times to explore the beauty of the Sahyadri Ranges! Yes, let us celebrate the eve of World Conservation Day which is on 28th July and look at the nature bounty of India!
Along with the awareness that we have to protect our greenery, let us take the nature trail at some of the top trekking destinations in the Western Ghats, India.
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True to its name, the 'Everest of Maharashtra' allures thousands of trekkers year-round. Located amidst Kalsubai Harischandra Wildlife Sanctuary, the Kalsubai Peak is a favourite of adventure lovers in Maharashtra. Various trek routes and the legends of Kalsubai Temple (Local deity) at the summit makes this spot a popular one.
Best Time to Visit Kalsubai Peak: September to January
Trek Difficulty Level: Moderate (Iron Ladders are built in steep areas)
Photo Courtesy: Rohit Gowaikar
Who knew back then that the capital of Chhatrapati Shivaji will turn out to be a trekkers paradise? Raigad Fort is one of the famous trekking destinations in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra. It can also be reached by Raigad Ropeway (Tramway) within a lesser time. However, the beauty of the landscapes and the strategic location of the fort is best explored while trekking.
Best Time to Visit Raigad Fort: September to January
Trek Difficulty Level: Moderate
Photo Courtesy: Anildesaiit
The tomb of a local saint Mullapa Swamy gives its name to the highest peak in Karnataka. The picturesque Mullayanagiri is a jewel of the Western Ghats and a favourite of the trekkers. The green blanket covering the hills looks picture perfect. Hence, it is one of the must visit places!
Best Time to Visit Mullayangiri: October to February
Trek Difficulty Level: Easy
Photo Courtesy: Samson Josep
Pushpagiri is one among the natural beauties of Kodagu. Located at the borders of Kodagu and Dakshina Kannada, Pushpagiri (Kumara Parvatha) is a known for trekking trails. Surrounded by the Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, Kumara Parvatha offers a lot for nature lovers and adventure junkies.
Best Time to Visit Kumara Parvatha: October to February
Trek Difficulty Level: Moderate to Difficult
Far away from the crowds, Meesapulimala enchants every traveller with its tranquillity. Meesapulimala is one of the hidden trekking destinations in Idukki, Kerala. Clouds kissing the peak, the Sun rising and drowning in the ocean of clouds is a common sight at this peak. Though, a difficult trek, Meesapulimala gives you an adrenaline rush!
Best Time to Visit Meesapulimala: September to April
Trek Difficulty Level: Difficult
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Feeling the romantic air already? Chembra Peak is well known for its heart-shaped lake! Chembra Peak is one of the best attractions in Wayanad. Who doesn't love to explore this heart shaped lake and that too amidst scenic landscapes?!
Best Time to Visit Chembra Peak: October to February
Trek Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate
- Please remember that you are trekking to explore and enjoy mother nature. So, please don't pollute the environment there. Use dustbins and don't litter the peaks with plastic bottles and covers.
- Just enjoy the nature, don't harm it. Don't hurt any animals or wildlife if you come across on your treks.
- Please obtain permission from respective authorities if necessary. Remember safety is the key.
- If you are trekking for the first time, better take a guide. Don't try the unexplored trekking trails unless you have permission and professional guidance to do so.
Have a happy trek!