Top 10 treks in India that are not in Himalayas

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India is a land of diverse topography and is blessed with several trails for trekking. Himalayas offer the most popular trekking destinations for travellers, but to add a bit of diversity, here is a list of the top 10 treks other than the Himalayas that are equally enjoyable.

For travellers who love to be close to nature, a trek in the hills of Wayanad is just what you need. Chembra is 2100m above sea level and is an easy trek that can be done with friends and family. Get to see some unique wonders of nature like the heart-shaped lake and misty clouds at the summit. The trail is not very far from the city of Bengaluru, making this place a perfect weekend getaway for adventure enthusiasts.

Difficulty: Easy to moderate.

Best time to go: Anytime except for monsoons, September to May is the best time to visit the place.

Duration: 1 day (4 hours to ascend and 3-4 hours to descend)

Route: Meppadi Watchtower – Heart-shaped Lake – Chembra Peak – Watchtower

Kerala offers some of the best trekking trails in the country. Hike into the woods and elaborate tea estates of God’s Own Country. The trail also covers a shared area between Kerala and Tamil Nadu, so you can be in two places at the same time. A trek through eight hills is required to reach Meesapulimala's peak. On the way, you may encounter some unusually pretty flora like the Neelakurinji which blooms once in 12 years.

Difficulty: Easy to moderate

Best time to go: September to May is the best time to go is because of the pleasant weather and no rainfall.

Duration: 1 Day

Route: Rhodo Valley – Meesapulimala and Kurangani – Back to Meesapulimala

Kolli Hills trek is a perfect weekend getaway for any serviceman with a passion for travel. It will just take one day to cover the trek, which is in the midst of western Ghats but is alike from other terrains in the Western Ghat. As you move forward, you will be crossing rivers, walk into thick vegetation that turn into dark jungles and then reach the peak to find out a 300 ft beautiful waterfall creating a mystic environment.

Difficulty: Easy to moderate

Best time to go: July to December is generally the monsoon season which makes the weather pleasant for trekking in Kolli hills.

Duration: 1 Day

Route: Puliancholai – Rasipuram – Agaya Gangai Waterfall – Back to Puliancholai

This trek is a fort trek that attracts not just trekkers but also people who are interested in history and architecture. The trek is not an easy one as there are several stretches where climbing can get extremely tough due to big boulders. At the summit, there are two beautiful man-made creations; a temple and a mosque. They look surreal in the backdrop of a blue sky. The fort is also called Pagadicha killa in the local dialect.

Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult

Best time to go: July to January is generally the best time to go for this trek. The monsoon season makes the weather pleasant for fort trekking.

Duration: 1 Day

Route: Ballaleshwar Pali Temple in Pali village – base of Sarasgad and Sudhagad – Pindi Haud – Pali village

Trek into the wilds of Karnataka and immerse yourself into the Bandajje Arabi Waterfalls. The Ballalarayana Durga Fort Trek is the way towards this 200ft waterfall. The trek trail is located in the Charmadi Range of Western Ghats and is just eight hours away from the city of Bengaluru, thus, easily accessible. At the top, you will find a beautiful fort called Ballalarayana Durga that will leave you with an inspiring impression of Indian architecture.

Difficulty: Moderate

Best time to go: October to March is the best time to visit the place because of the pleasant weather and no rainfall. Rainfall makes the trails confusing for trekkers.

Duration: 3 Days

Route: Bangalore – Mundajje – Arabi falls – Ballalarayana Durga – Bangalore

If you are looking for an adventurous trail to cover this weekend, Kumara Parvatha trek is just for you. Located in the state of Karnataka, it is the second highest peak in the state. The trek involves stiff climbing and is not recommended for first time trekkers. In this trail, trekkers will get to cover two peaks: the Sesh Parvatha and Kumara Parvatha. Get close to nature like you have never done before, on this trek.

Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult

Best time to go: October to February is the best time to visit the place because of the pleasant weather and no rainfall. Rainfall makes the trails confusing for trekkers.

Duration: 2 days

Route: Kukke Subramanya Temple – Forest office – Kumara Parvatha summit – Kukke Subramanya

A trek to Buxa Fort in West Bengal will help you experience the adrenaline rush of a trek as well as the imperial charm that lies under rocks of Buxa Fort, which was built by East India Company. The trail is located near the borders of West Bengal and Bhutan and is immensely popular among the travel enthusiasts. Buxa has a dense forest and is known for its diverse flora and fauna.

Difficulty: Easy

Best time to go: May and November are the best time to go for the Buxa trek because of the pleasant weather during this time.

Duration: 2 days

Route: Jayanti to Lepchekha via Buxa Fort – Pompsey base camp – Jayanti

Standing tall at 1,930m in Baba Budan range of Western Ghats, Mullayanagiri near Chikmagalur is the highest peak in the state. The base of the trek is called Sarpa. It does not take much time to complete the trail which makes it a perfect destination for an adventurous weekend. Camp on the hilltop under a blanket of shiny stars and watch the sunrise from the best place possible in Karnataka. Mullayanagiri is easily accessible and is just an overnight journey from Bengaluru.

Difficulty: Moderate

Best time to go: September to February

Duration: 2 days

Route: Mullayanagiri – Baba Budangiri trail – Mullayanagiri hill top

The trek to Kulang, Madan and Alang Forts is considered difficult and should be attempted only by experts. These forts come under the Nasik Region of Maharashtra. There are dense forests and steep cliffs, and the route can get confusing after monsoon.

Difficulty: Difficult

Best time to go: March and April are the only two months when this region is suitable for trekking as the cliffs are steep and it can get risky to climb up these cliffs after monsoon.

Duration: 2 days

Route from Pune: Pune –Nashik phata –Narayangaon– Kotul – Udadhawane – Alang

Route from Mumbai: Mumbai – Kasara – Sakurli – Ambewadi – Alang

Harishchandragad is as difficult as it is rewarding. Once you complete this trek, you can sense the joy of achievement. Climbing an almost vertical cliff and making it to the top of this peak is a daunting task for an expert too. Harishchandragad continues to remain the third highest peak in Maharashtra. The view from the peak is a sight to behold.

Difficulty: Difficult

Best time to go: This destination is perfect for all the seasons and therefore can be visited anytime of the year.

Duration: 2 days

Route: Belpada Village – Harishchandragad (Konkan Kada) – Tolar Khind – Khireshwar village

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