Drive through the western ghats of India - The perfect itinerary! #westernghatsinphotos

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The Western Ghats of India is an unique ecosystem on earth, an ecological hot-spot, which is why it was declared by UNESCO as a natural heritage site. During my stay in Mumbai and Bangalore I had the chance to explore the best of Western Ghats, one weekend at a time. So I took it upon myself to prepare the perfect road-trip itinerary for exploring this region in 8 days. I'd ideally ask you to take your time exploring each of these places but if you don't this would a road trip to remember.

Day 1 - Dudhsagar Falls, Goa

Discover a different face of India's most famous hippie destination, the beach paradise called Goa. You can see it from the Mumbai-Goa express train that runs on the bridge across the waterfall, or go on a jeep safari into the forests.

Photo of Dudhsagar Falls, Sonaulim, Goa, India by Sinjana Ghosh

Drive to Karwar , Karnataka

Day 1

Drive from Sonalium, Goa to Karwar in coastal Karnataka. Stay near the Devbagh beach resort to experience the tranquil beauty that inspired the poetic genius Rabindranath Tagore in his youth.

Photo of Karwar, Karnataka, India by Sinjana Ghosh
Day 2

Day 2: Drive to Jog Falls and Honnemaradu

If you start for Jog falls at noon after an early lunch at Devbaugh, you can reach Jog Falls by 4 pm after a scenic drive through coastal Karnataka. Watch one of the tallest cascades in India from the viewpoint and take a boat ride in the golden waters of Honnemaradu lake.

Look at the amazing tree tunnel that we are driving through

Photo of Jog Falls, Karnataka, India by Sinjana Ghosh

The magical Jog Falls

Photo of Jog Falls, Karnataka, India by Sinjana Ghosh

The unbelievably beautiful lakes of Shimoga

Photo of Jog Falls, Karnataka, India by Sinjana Ghosh

Day 3: Scenic Drive to Kasargod, Kerala

Continue your mesmerizing drive through Konkan to reach Kasargod, a hidden gem of Kerala. Relax in the beach, take a coracle ride in the backwaters before you retire for the day.

That's me chilling at a beach resort in Kasargod

Photo of Kasaragod, Kerala, India by Sinjana Ghosh
Day 4

Day 4: Bekal Fort in Kasargod

Explore the towering medieval structure standing the test of time and tide.

Photo of Bekal Fort, Railway Station Road, Pallikere, Kerala, India by Sinjana Ghosh
Day 5

Day 5: Drive to Bandipur Tiger Reserve, Karnataka

Waterfalls, hills,and seas being done, it's time to experience the wildlife! Welcome back to Karnataka.

Our tryst with the Tiger!

Photo of Bandipur, Karnataka, India by Sinjana Ghosh

Sunset in the forests

Photo of Bandipur, Karnataka, India by Sinjana Ghosh

The black faced monkey

Photo of Bandipur, Karnataka, India by Sinjana Ghosh
Day 6

Day 6: Drive to Kodaikanal

From Bandipur you can visit one of the best hill stations of Tamil Nadu -Ooty, Coonoor or Kodaikanal. My favorite is Kodaikanal!

Trek at Kodaikanal - from our early trips

Photo of Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, India by Sinjana Ghosh
Day 7

Day 7: Drive to Munnar, Kerala

Treat your senses with the lush green tea plantations and spectacular lakes. Can I just say it once and for all that Munnar is the most beautiful hill station in the Western Ghats?

Anyirangal Lake - "Where the elephants come"

Photo of Munnar, Kerala, India by Sinjana Ghosh
Photo of Munnar, Kerala, India by Sinjana Ghosh

Day 8: A jeep safari to Kolukkumalai, Tamil Nadu

Taste the orange pekoe tea at the highest tea estate of the world while watching the clouds at nose level.

Scenes from our jeep safari

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Watch the clouds

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Rare flowers adorn the hills of Kolukkumalai

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Check out the route here on Google Maps!

All photographs are taken by me and my friends. Not meant for commercial use without permission.

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