Western Ghats-Top 7 Majestic Tourist Destinations [Guide for Travelers]

Western Ghats
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Who will not be going to pamper the region which is surrounded by a sequence of hills and ideal to vacationers? The Western Ghats which is around 1600 KM in length runs from the south to north along the western border. Being among the eight hottest biodiversity hotspots, the territory is marked by UNESCO World Heritage.

The region known for the hub of biodiversity covers the Indian states Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra, and Gujarat. Besides this, the Western Ghats also believed to be known as the originator of odd rivers like Krishna, Godavari.

The dense forests packed with lush greenery in the Ghats are amazing to enjoy the outdoor activities like trekking, rock climbing, camping, mountaineering. One can also have fun with river rafting as several seasonal rivers made a way through this region.

The incredible place is the abode of 120 odd species of mammals, 400 species of flowering plants, 500 species of birds and packed with innumerable fishes, reptiles and butterflies. A wide range of beauty embedded in the hills fascinates thousands of tourists every year. The famous stations like Ooty, Lonavala, Munnar, Ponmudi situated in the Western Ghats are the most desirable places among travelers worldwide.

Let us portrait some major tourist destinations of western Ghats below that are dragging a number of tourists from decades:

PONMUDI, KERALA

Ponmudi is the most adorable hill station for tourists in Indian state Kerala. This place is a must to visit as the view from the top of the hills is filled with beauties of farmlands and wonderful vast green open landscapes.

Many a tourist sometimes found these kinds of places jam-packed, but it is among one of the serene and tranquil places that are captivating the heart and soul of thousands. The waterfalls, mesmerizing hills’ views are no less than a paradise.

There are almost 22 hairpin bends, one can get out of the motor vehicle at a safe place and can enjoy the natural views. One can have forgettable experience at Ponmudi where you can feel embraced by the clouds and mist.

This place is ideal who craves to breathe in the cool and fresh air as Ponmudi has awesome weather. Some lovely new cottages located in the area are perfect to have a spectacular view at dusk and dawn.

COONOOR, TAMIL NADU

The beautiful hill station is situated in the Nilgiris district is popular for its production of Nilgiri tea. Coonoor is a well-known tourist spot after Ooty, which is very nearer to this.

The place wrapped in solitude offers grassy environs full of a variety of wildflowers and plants. If one happens to take road trips can have a panoramic view of tea plantations along the way.

The major places to visit here include Dolphins Nose, lambs Rock, St. Katherine Falls and Sim’s Park, a well-designed Botanical Garden that houses several rare species of plants.

After heading towards Ooty, the greatest fun lies with the Toy train. It is something no one wants to miss during their trip. The century-old mountain railway mirrors the actual beauty of hills and mountains that will leave one spellbound.

MAHABALESHWAR, MAHARASHTRA

Mahabaleshwar, a lovely hill station cited in the Western Ghats is heaven for the ardent lovers of nature. During the British regime, this place used to be the capital of Bombay.

This place is full of surprises as it has many things to offer to the traveler. The temples, forts, rivers, and forests are the perfect culmination of adventure here.

One can also visit Parsi point and Vienna lake there. The one who wants to get lost in the pristine nature the place is a perfect getaway from Mumbai.

An ideal destination for honeymoon couples, for youngsters and budget vacationers as well. A certain festival is celebrated here with great splendor. Mahabaleshwar is also prominent for luscious fruits like Strawberry.

DANDELI, KARNATAKA

Dandeli, a small town is a perfect place for enjoying nature and doing adventurous activities. The unmatchable scenic beauty is embellished by the exotic wildlife that resides in its tropical forests here. It is also an abode to the black panther apart leopards.

The enriched raw vegetation and deciduous forest make it an amazing hangout destination in Karnataka. Located in the vicinity of Supa Dam Reservoir this small town is also a hub for water sports.

Trekking, wildlife Safaris is also there if one wishes to have complete fun. Many animal species like monkeys, elephants and bird species can also be spotted.

MOLLEM, GOA

Mollem is a small town in the foothills of the Sahyadri Mountains lane. The place enclosed with wild forests is an entry point in Goa. Many wild creatures can be seen and a perfect place for wildlife enthusiasts.

There are a lot of resorts and hotels are available to stay overnight in the vicinity of Mollem National park if one is going to plan a trek to Dudhsagar waterfall.

And there comes the two-major tourist attraction In Mollem which are hoarding people all over from India. Mollem National Park spread in the western Ghats also has numerous sanctuaries as old as Kadamba Dynasty.

This national park is sixty Km away from Panaji. The park was renamed in 1978, and it is also known as Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary. In this park, the species of snakes including the King Cobra, Indian Rock Python, Hump-nosed viper can be found.

Cotigao Wildlife sanctuary in Goa is also a worth watching national park. A vast range of Butterflies such as Crimson Rose, Lime Butterfly, Malabar Tree Nymph, and Blue Mormon there is something you can’t restrict yourself to capture.

MADIKERI, COORG KARNATAKA

Madikeri is the district headquarters nearby Coorg which is a popular district of state Karnataka. The place situated at the height of 1525m, renowned by the name of ‘Scotland of India’ is among the top destinations of Karnataka Tourism.

Coorg, the district has a blend of different communities, and among them, Kodava is the largest Community residing there. The agriculture, forestry, coffee farms are on which their economy is based. Their cultural heritage prevailed among them is the emblem of enriched tradition and history.

The Coffee was brought by the English people who had started Cultivating plantations in Coorg. Coorg is immensely rich in flora and fauna as it is a major part of Western Ghats. Misty hills, breathtaking scenes, orange groves, lush green forests, mighty waterfalls, rivers have made Coorg the top holiday destination.

The serene landscapes and pristine environment have enticed travelers from all over the world. Coorg is the first choice of honeymoon couples in the south. St. Mark’s Church and Omkareshwara are a must-visit when you are in Madikeri.

MESSAPULIMALA, KERALA

Messapulimala is the second highest peak of the Western Ghats. It is endowed with annual sprouts, and this snowy foothill of Messapulimala is just opposite to the giant hills of Anamaudi. The adventure destination is a trekking trail via Rhodo valley. In the journey towards Rhodo Valley, there is the Pandava Cave which one should not miss. The activities like hiking, trekking will arouse the sports spirit in you.

The mesmerizing green landscapes are open before you to embrace and lost in the lap of nature. And there are endearing tea gardens that ensure one to give life-long cherishing memories. One would feel refreshed and excited to see the breathtaking green valley that is full of natural charms.

A major thing to be noted that a flower named ‘Neelakurinji’ blooms every 12 years and next happening in the year 2020. And if one is planning their trip to Kerala don’t forget to see this phenomenon and a magical view from the top or Messapulimala.

 

Today, the Western Ghats region has become the major tourist spot. These Ghats are considered older than the Himalayas. They highlight 39 assigned component areas, which are named as wildlife sanctuaries, reserved forests, tiger reserves.

Most of the cities that fall under the Western Ghats are well-connected by roadways, railways and by air. The summertime would be the best to explore these Western Ghats. These lush green Ghats are perfect antidotes to avoid the tumult of urban life.

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