Trekking is becoming a popular activity sought by adventurers. The challenge is the journey to beautiful locations with limited resources. Although India has a lot to offer when it comes to trekking, enjoying the treks of South India is in vogue nowadays. Diverse wildlife, plantations and the hilly terrains of Western Ghats offer ample opportunities for trekking.
Make a checklist of these 8 best trekking destinations in South India.
Meesapulimala Trek, Kerala
Meesapulimala is the second highest peak in the Western Ghats. At 2640 m. it is considered to be one of the most magnificent mountains to climb in South India. One of the most beautiful part of the trek is Rhodo Valley — the only place in South India where Rhododendrons flowers bloom. The campsite is in the Silent Valley of Munnar, which is a stunning green landscape named after the Silent Valley Tea Estate.
Trek Distance: 15- 18 KMs (to and fro)
Kudermukh Trek, Karnataka
Kudermukha in Kannada means ‘horse face’ and refers to the side of the mountains, which resembles the face of a horse. Located at 335Km from Bangalore, Kudermukh is the pride of the Western Ghats and the third highest peak of Karnataka. Dense Shola forests, vast meadows and grasslands offer mesmerizing views to the trekkers, especially in monsoons.
Trek Distance: 20 -22 KMs (to and fro)
Nagalapuram Trek, Andhra Pradesh
Nagalapuram is a beautiful hill station located in Chittoor district. Known for various waterfalls situated at the hill station — it is also called the ‘Queen of Waterfalls’. One of the most popular treks close to Chennai, it is at an altitude is 213 feet. Camping in the jungle not officially allowed by the government. That being said you can easily trek 12 Km to the peak and be back to the base in a day.
Trek Distance: 10 -12 KMs (to and fro)
Kodachadri Trek, Karnataka
Kodachadri is a beautiful mountain peak in Shimoga district at an altitude of 1343m. The trail boasts of a lush green forest, grasslands, and rocky terrains. The name Kodachadri is derived from words ‘Kodacha’ and ‘Adri’, which in local language means ‘Jasmine of Hills’. ‘Hildumane Falls’ is one of the most famous waterfalls in this area.
Trek Distance: 12 -13 KMs (to and fro)
Kumara Parvatha, Karnataka
Coorg is a paradisaical destination abound by many beautiful peaks. Kumara Parvatha is one of them at a height of 1712 m in the Pushpagiri range. The trail covers thick forests, so one can witness rich flora and fauna while trekking. The trek might be more challenging for you if you are not a regular trekker. However, you can rest assured that for every difficult step you take this trek will present you with charming landscapes.
Trek distance: 17 -18 KMs (to and fro)
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Kote Betta Trek, Karnataka
At the height of 5500m, Kote Betta in Coorg will take you through myriad landscapes in just one day — dense forest, coffee plantations, green meadows, and cascading waterfalls. Witness the mesmerizing sunset, arrange for a campfire and spend some in the serenity of the place. It is around 266Km from Bangalore, which could be covered by an overnight bus journey, making it an easy weekend getaway.
Trek Distance: 12 – 14 KMs (to and fro)
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Chembra Trek, Kerela
The trek to the Chembra Peak passes through the highest summit in Wayanad at the height of 2100m. As is with most treks, one must get permission from forest officials before ascending into the wilderness. The trail covers thick, dense forest and passes through a heart-shaped lake. This is an ideal trek for beginners with the average time for one side journey being 3-4 hours.
Trek Distance: 7 – 8 KMs (to and fro)
Chimmini Trek, Kerela
Chimmini is located at a distance of 12 Km from nearest town Amballoor. It is a wildlife sanctuary and is a home to an astounding 160 bird species. You could also find a lot of insects and Atlas, which is the largest species of butterfly in India. Apart from trekking, you can indulge in bamboo rafting, a popular adventure activity in this area named “Moonlight Sonata” which is one of its kind. The Moonlight Sonata is a remarkable Bamboo rafting trip in Chimmini Dam which is held only on full moon nights.
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