Why Should You Visit?
A perfect amalgamation of nature, wildlife, and culture make the Western Ghats a must visit - a journey of exploration. A tour which is a nostalgic reunion with mother nature while watching the ecosystem, we only read in the books, in reality. From hill stations, tea plantations, coffee farms, sanctuaries, grasslands to lakes, waterfalls, and beaches, the Western Ghats has it all. What more does a traveller need?
Places to Visit & Activities to Do
1. Hill Station Tour: Ooty, Mahabaleshwar, Madikeri, Lonavala-Khandala, Coorg, and the most famous Munnar.
2. Wildlife Quest: Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Silent Valley National Park, Kudremukh National Park, Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, Bandipur National Park, Kodagu forest, Dandeli and Anshi National Parks inhibiting Black Panthers, Leopards and Great Indian Hornbills.
3. Discovering the Valley of Flowers, the Kas Plateau in Maharashtra which is known to have numerous species of flowering plants.
4. City Tour: Calicut, Munnar, Kottayam, Kochi in Kerala; Pune in Maharashtra; Dharamsthala, Mangalore and Goa.
5. Caffeine Spree: The Western Ghats offer the best places to find coffee and tea plantations and one cannot come back home without loads of coffee and tea for friends and family. You can visit the coffee and tea plantations in Coorg, Chikmagalur, Valparai, Sakleshpur and Kudremukh.
6. Water Sports: Some places which offer great water sports activities are, Munnar, Kerala is known for backwaters, one of the major tourist attractions; Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu and Dandeli and Kali River in Karnataka for white-water rafting.
7. Waterfall Crawl: Some of the most spectacular waterfalls in India reside in the Western Ghats such as the Jog Falls by Sharavathi River, Athirappilly Falls by Chalakudy river, Kunchikal Falls, Sivasamudram Falls, Unchalli Falls and famous Meenmutty Falls.
8. Beach Relaxation: Goa offers the most popular beaches in India; Gokarna and Maravanthe Beach in Karnataka; Alibaug Beach in Maharashtra and many more.
9. Trekking: Kudremukh Trek, Mekedatu Fall Trek, Brahmagiri Trek and Bandajje Arabi Trek, Tadiyandamol Trek are some well-known trekking options in Karnataka; Bhimshankar Trek and Ratangad Trek Maharashtra; Trek to Dudhsagar Falls and Chorla Ghat Trek in Goa; Chembra Peak Trek and Meesapulimala Peak Trek in Kerala and Perumal Trek in Tamil Nadu.
A Budget for the Western Ghats
Accommodation cost per day: INR 500 - 1000 (low end), INR 1300-3000 (mid-range), INR 3000 above (high-end)
Food Cost per Meal: INR 100 - 250 (low end), INR 300-500, INR 700 above (high-end)
Local Transportation: INR 30-100 (buses, auto), INR 200-800(local taxis, rentals), INR 2000 above (private transport)
The additional cost of recreational activities
States of the Western Ghats
Enveloping the Indian states like Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu, the Western Ghats cover an area of 160,000 sq. kms.
Western Ghats Map