Dream Western Ghats Road Trip

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My love for the Western Ghats of India is no secret. Temperate weather all year round, winding roads along green hills, magical monsoons, wildlife – the Western Ghats are what dreams are made of. I have loved the mountains since I was a child. Running along the west coast of India through the states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Goa and Maharashtra, the mountains dissect and cut in half forests, plantations and beaches which invite you to many destinations. distant. They are not just mountain resorts or tourist spots, but they are themselves hotspots of biodiversity.

1. Nilgiris in Annaimalas

Dense rainforests, waterfalls, dams, and rivers vie for attention as my journey starts from Bangalore to Coimbatore towards Valparai. The winding roads and steep hairpin bends from Pollachi to Valparai are a traveller’s pure fantasy, Nilgiri Tahrs comes to call as the landscapes are breathtaking. Valparai is not a plantation town, but it is also a biodiversity hotspot with several endemic species of flora and fauna. I recommend you to keep driving towards Athirapally Falls and Kochi in Kerala if you have time especially during the monsoons. It is one of the best sections for a road trip in the Western Ghats of India.

  • Best Time to Visit: May-June. The Nilgiri region has a pleasant weather throughout the year, although May and June are the peak season when tourists flock to this region, and September to November and March to May are neutral months to visit.
  • How To Reach: By Air: The nearest airport to the Nilgiris is in Coimbatore, about 105 km from Ooty. By Rail: Ooty falls on the narrow gauge railway line connected to Mettupalayam (47-km), which directly connects it to Coimbatore and Chennai. By Road: Ooty is well connected to all the major towns and cities of South India.
  • What to See: Silent Valley National Park, Pykara Lake, Heritage Train, Pykara Falls

2. Mumbai To Malshej

A beautiful and quiet hill station, Malshej Ghat is very popular among hikers, hikers and nature lovers as it is abundantly adorned with mountains, lakes and numerous waterfalls. Located in the chain of the Western Ghats in the district of Pune, it is a tourist hotspot. It sits at an elevation of 700m above sea level, and has pleasant weather and picturesque views to mesmerize everyone.

  • Best Time to Visit: October to March is the best time to visit Malshejghat to enjoy the dams, Fort and sightseeing.
  • How To Reach: We suggest starting this journey by 5 am, so that you’re not getting yourself tired by trying to untangle from the Mumbai city traffic. The route goes in this order: Thane – Kalyan Phata – Murbad – Shivale – Saralgaon – Tokawade – Malshej Ghat.
  • What to See: Pimpalgaon Joga Dam, Harishchandragad Fort, Ajoba Hill Fort, Malshej Falls

3. Pune to Pleateau of Kaas

The city of Pune itself offers many historical sites, restaurants and museums to explore among its attractions. But this weekend, why not plan something a lot more exciting. A plan to go down to the magnificent Kaas plateau for a quality moment with family or to have fun with friends. The total distance driven from Pune to Kaas is approximately 136 km. 

  • Best Time to Visit: August and September
  • How To Reach: The shortest route involves traveling through NH4. You have to take Lal Bahadur Shastri Road and Narveer Tanaji Malusare Road/Sinhagad Road to NH4 in Kudale Baug. Then, follow NH4 to MH SH 61 in Mayureshwar Colony, Vanvaswadi. The slightly longer route includes driving through NH4 and MH SH61.
  • What to See: Kaas Plateau, Kaas Lake, Vajrai Waterfall, Bamnoli, Thoseghar Waterfalls

4. Kalpetta,Wayanad

Kalpetta, the small town on the Kozhikode-Mysore national road, is the seat of Wayanad district. It is about 72 km from Kozhikode. The city surrounded by coffee plantations and mountains is a tourist hub as well as an important shopping center in the district. It is thanks to Kalpetta that the spices, coffee and tea produced in the Wayanad Mountains are traded to various other parts of India. Kalpetta is a stronghold of the Jains and you can see temples and various institutions ruled by Jains here. There are around 500 Jain families in Kalpetta.

  • What to See: Edakkal Caves, Chembra Peak, Thirunelli Temple, Lakkidi View Point, Soochippara Falls
  • Best Time to Visit: October to March.
  • How To Reach: Route that we took was from Bangalore- via Mysore – Nanjangudu – Gundlupet – Sulthan Bathery.

5. Madikeri, Coorg  Karnataka

Madikeri is a hill town in southern India. Framed by the Western Ghats mountain range, it’s known for the Raja’s Seat, a simple monument overlooking forests and rice paddies. In the center, the 17th-century Madikeri Fort features 2 stone elephants at the entrance. Nearby, the domed Omkareshwar Temple is dedicated to the Hindu deity Shiva. At a distance of 265 km from Bangalore, 117 km from Mysore, 132 km from Mangalore, 322 km from Coimbatore & 362 km from Kochi, Coorg or Kodagu is a district in Karnataka and Madikeri is the district headquarters. At an altitude of 1525 meters on Western Ghats, it is also known as the Scotland of India.

  • What to See: Talacauvery, Abbey Falls and Dubare are some of the best places.
  • Best Time to Visit: October to March
  • How To Reach: You will start from Bangalore and pass through Ramanagara, Madya, Kushalnagar, Madikeri, and finally reach Coorg, in about 6 hours.

6. Pune to Diveagar or Shrivardhan

It is coastal Konkan less than 200 km from Pune. Gentle winds, soft sand and welcoming waters make Shriwardhan-Diveagar irresistible for beach lovers. In addition, if you love seafood, there is no shortage of specialties to taste here. Adventurers can even take a small boat to the north side of the bay and explore a land where the Peshwas or the prime ministers of the Kingdom of Maratha originally resided. 18 Kms from Shivardhan is a small town of Harihareshwar, known for its tranquil and picturesque beach and also famous for the Shiva temple of Harihareshwar.

  • How To Reach: Pune – Chandani Chauk – Paud – Mulshi – Dongarwadi – Tamhini Ghat – Vile – Nijampur – Mangaon – Lonere Phata – Goregaon – Mhasala – Arathi Road Junction – Shrivardhan.
  • Best Time to Visit: October to March are the best months to visit Harihareshwar when the hot weather is a bit at rest.
  • What to See: Harihareshwar Beach, Kalbhairav Temple, Bagmandala, Diveagar Beach, Ganesh Gully

7. Chorla Ghat, Goa

Chorla Ghat is a nature destination located at the intersection of the borders of Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra. It lies northeast of Panaji, Goa and nearly 55 kilometers from Belgaum, Karnataka. It is part of the Western Ghats in the Sahyadri mountain range and lies at an altitude of 800 meters. Chorla ghat boasts of a few rare species of wildlife like the Barred Wolf Snakein its subtropical forests. File: Chorla ghat sep 2020.ogv Chorla Ghat, end of September The Nature Conservation Center was established in Chorla Ghat to facilitate research and long-term monitoring of the Western Ghats of the Sahyadris region and their biodiversity and aims to provide a platform for conservationists and biologists in the area. wildlife thanks to a fully equipped field station.

  • What to See: Twin Vajra Waterfalls and Peak of Lasni Temb. Activities include: Foot trail, Jungle walks, Treks and hike, Machans and hide.
  • Best Time to Visit: June to September
  • How To Reach: bike rides are thrilling all along the way crossing numerous bridges and paddy fields and then open the view of the picturesque Sahyadri. 

 

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