Western Ghats - Places To See

| July 10, 2013
Tags: anaimudi, heritage site, karnataka, Kerala, maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, western ghats, wildlife
Nagarhole National Park: Once the hunting grounds of the Mysore kings, Nagarhole National Park is spread across Kodagu and Mysore districts of Karnataka. Nagarhole is considered to be one of the best wildlife parks in the country.

CoorgCoorg (also known as Kodagu) is a hill station located in Karnataka. It is famous for its coffee and tea plantations. Coorg is renowned as the 'Scotland of India' and also 'Kashmir of the South' due to its majestic beauty and cool ambience of the hill station. It is situated at an altitude in the range of 3500 ft above sea level. Nestled among lush greeneries of the Western Ghats, Coorg offers unmatched beautiful vacation to tourists.

Mudumalai: Situated at the foothills of Nilgiri Mountains in Tamil Nadu, Mudumalai National Park is one of the first wildlife sanctuaries established in India. It is situated at the trijunction of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. It is part of the Nilgiri sub-cluster under consideration for inclusion in World Heritage Site lists by UNESCO.

Ooty: Hailed as one of the most popular tourist resorts in India, Ooty is also a land of picturesque picnic spots. The hill station is situated at an altitude of 2,240 meters above sea level. Lofty mountains, dense forest, scenic grasslands and miles of tea gardens greet the tourists.

Mahabaleshwar: Located in Maharashtra in western India, Mahabaleshwar is a tranquil summer retreat and boasts of some of the most amazing natural wonders. It is among the popular hill stations in Maharashtra.

Munnar: Situated at a height of 6000 ft, Munnar has an extensive stretch of tea and cardamom plantations. The name Munnar is derived from the words Moonu (three) and Aaru (river), referring to the town's location at the confluence of Madhurapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly rivers.

Anaimudi Peak: Located in Idukki district of Kerala, Anaimudi is the highest peak in South India. The peak is rich in medicinal plants. The hill is one of the challenging trek routes for trekkers. Eravikulam National Park, located around the hill, is home to one of the largest surviving populations of Asian elephants, gaurs and Nilgiri tahrs.

Kalsubai Peak: The highest peak in the Western Ghats in Maharashtra, Kalsubai peak (1646 m) is popular for Kalsubai temple, Ratangad fort and Harishchandragad fort. Attracts a large number of trekkers.

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary: Spread over 490 square km, the sanctuary was declared Jagara Valley Game Reserve in 1951. In 1974, the sanctuary was renamed Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary. In 1998, the sanctuary was declared the 25th Project Tiger of the country. The sanctuary is home to animals like bison, elephant, tiger, deer, sambar.

Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctaury: Located between Wayanad and Coorg, the Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the popular with trekkers in Western Ghats. Spread over 181 km, the sanctuary consists of dense evergreen trees.

Silent Valley National Park: Located in the Nilgiri Mountain ranges, Silent Valley National Park is a wildlife paradise and boasts of lush green landscape and several wildlife species.

Along with Mukhurti National Park and Karimpuzha National Park, Silent Valley National Park forms the core of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.

Kurinjimala Sanctuary: Spread over 32 sq km, the sanctuary gets its name from the word Kurinjimala which means a mountain where Kurinji blooms. Neelakurinji has flowering cycles ranging from one to 16 years. Neelakurunji last flowered in 2006.

Mathikettan Shola National Park, Pampadam Shola National Park, Begur Wildlife Sanctuary, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Thattekad, Kodaikanal, Lovedale, Coonoor, Yercaud, Meghmalai, Valparai, Kumily, Thenmala, Sulthan Bathery, Ranipuram, Matupetty, Wayanad, Idukki, Vagamon, Nelliyampathy, Vythiri, Ponmudi, Chikmagalur, Pratapgad Fort, Raigad Fort, Phansad Bird Sanctuary, Karnala Bird Sanctuary, Khandala, Lonavala and Panchgani are some of the destinations that can be visited in the Western Ghats.