September- Sahyadri range - Bike rides
Western Ghats TourismHome to more than 500 hill stations and 1000 trekking trails, most of the Western Ghats still stays unexplored and unknown. Curious much?The average trek length of the Western Ghats peaks is just around 10-11 kms, which can be trekked in a single day, followed by night camping, and descending the next day - much lesser in comparison to the Himalayan treks.Chikmagalur, district of Karnataka, with 10-12 treks, boasts to have the highest number of trekking spots.
IntroductionThe Western Ghats is a mountain range, running parallel to the western coast of the Indian peninsula and is one of the eight "hottest hotspots" of biological diversity in the world. Recognised as the UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is also known as Sahyadri (Benevolent Mountains). The Western Ghats traverse about 1600 kms from the border of Gujarat and Maharashtra, south of the Tapti River and stretching southwards to Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu. Internationally recognized as a region of immense global importance for the conservation of biological diversity, it treasures a total of 39 properties including national parks, wildlife sanctuaries and reserve forests. Covering only 6% of the land area of India, the Western Ghats contain more than 30% of all plants, fishes, herpeto-fauna, birds, and mammal species found in India.The Northern part of the range inhibits about one-third of the plants, almost half the reptiles, and more than three-fourths of the amphibians known in India. While, the Southwestern Ghats, hosts the country's largest population of Asian Elephants, Bengal tigers, Lion-tailed Macaques, Sloth Bears, Nilgiri Tahrs and much more.This lush green high mountain range also influences the Indian monsoon weather pattern, exemplifying one of the best monsoon systems on the planet.Feeling like you're back to high school geography class? Wait until you find out that the Western Ghats make one of the best tourism destinations in India.
Chasing monsoon on Royal Enfield Himalayan, classic 500 and KTM 390 Duke.This ride takes one through the western ghats of Karnataka, India.
Western Ghats, The Sahyadri; call it as you desire but one of the most iconic and historical mountain range of Indian Subcontinent, diverse in its biological flora and fauna running along the west coast of India, it is a mind boggling feat of nature and for nature lovers it offers a passage back in time to how nature is supposed to be in all her grandeur. As i move to the fourth article in this series I would be taking the reader to one of the top waterfalls in terms of beauty in the Western Ghats, hidden in the mountains near to a nondescript village known as Kigga.