“Wonders of Nature.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 22 May 2015 NEW
The Western Ghats is a mountain range in India, which starts near the border between the states of Gujarat and Maharashtra, runs down into Goa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. It ends at the southern tip of India near Kanyakumari. It is also known as the Sahyadri Hills in India. It has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its biological diversity.
There are many hill stations in the Sahyadris where a nature lover and tourist and can stay and enjoy the beauties of nature.
In Maharashtra you have Matheran, Lonavla, Khandala, Panchgani, Mahabaleshwar, Amboli, Panhala and some lesser known places.
In Goa you will find forest resorts around Mollem, near the Karnataka border.
In Karnataka there are resorts in Dandeli, Sirsi, Shivamogga, Agumbe, Chikmagalur, Madikeri, Virajpet and many other towns.
In Tamil Nadu you have the hill resorts of Ooty, Coonoor and Kodaikanal.
In Kerala there are the famous hill towns of Munnar surrounded by tea gardens, and Kumily with its spice plantations.
In addition there are many wildlife sanctuaries and national parks. The Dudhsagar waterfall in Goa, the Jog Falls in Karnataka, and the Athirappally falls in Kerala are amongst the most beautiful in India.
The best way to reach these places in the hills is by road, which in most cases is narrow and winding. One has to drive very carefully on the winding gradients. The two main routes starting from Mumbai are the Mumbai-Chennai highway (AH47) and the Mumbai-Ernakulam highway (NH17). The latter travels along the western coast of India and gives you a roller coaster ride over parts of the Western Ghats. There are railway lines too, stopping at the base stations, from where you can connect to the higher reaches by road. There are two hill railways, one going to Matheran and the other to Ooty.
The best season to explore the Sahyadris is between July and March. In the monsoons (July to September) it can rain very heavily and you may be stranded at a place till the rain subsides.
The hill towns and forest sanctuaries are worth exploring if you are a nature lover and wildlife enthusiast.
Visited March 2015
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