Indilens Travel Desk: The hills around Bangalore are constantly beckoning, whether it is during the misty monsoons, the crisp summers or the cozy winters. Take advantage of Bangalore’s proximity to the Western Ghats and enjoy some highland adventures in these recommended locations.
An old world charm envelopes the hill retreat that is Kodaikanal, nestled in the Palani Hills. It is a gorgeous town where one can soak in the beauty of the Western Ghats and engage in relaxation and adventure both. Meadows dot the hillsides of Kodaikanal, which is more than 2,000 meters above sea level.
The calming vibe here provides a verdant getaway and some of the main landmarks include the sprawling Bryant Park, the serene Kodaikanal Lake – a hotspot for bird-watching and one can also engage in the pleasant Coaker’s Walk, a paved trail that offers scenic views of the surrounding valleys. Choose from a host of
Known for its coffee estates, the town of Chikmagalur is a gateway to the Western Ghats and provides a perfect base for trekking and hiking. The town is also an important spiritual and cultural center of the region and you can explore the old temples and witness the intricacies of old Hoysala architecture.
The riverine landscape around the Yagachi which flows close to Chikmagalur provides many adventure activities. Hebbe Falls is one of the prominent landmarks close to Chikmagalur and you can also visit Kudremukh, a tranquil peak and one of the highest spots in Karnataka. There are many reliable
Coorg is one of the most exotic and beautiful mountain getaways in Karnataka, a few hours’ drive from Bangalore. Rafting and camping are some of the popular activities in the region. The district is also home to some of the most pristine wilderness regions in the country and its forests are home to tigers and leopards amongst other flagship species. Coorg is famous for its plantations and cuisine and a trip to these lush highlands would be incomplete without a taste of the famous pandi curry.
Known for being one of the rainiest places in Southern India, Wayanad is also a place known for its lush landscape, wildlife and sprawling plantations. The charming town of Kalpetta is the district headquarters and a great base for leisure and adventure activities. A trek to the Chembra Peak is always recommended and other landmarks of the region include the Thirunelli Temple and the Edakkal Caves. Find providers of
The famed hill-station of Ooty sits more than 2,200 metres above sea level and is known as one of the heritage hill stations of India. The natural splendour of the region has been chronicled in many books and movies and some of the landmark spots here include the Ooty Lake and the Botanical Gardens.
The Nilgiri Mountain Railway has a route to Ooty, and this railway is also a UNESCO heritage site. The chocolates made in Ooty are another novelty that should be tried out. Ooty is situated in an important biosphere reserve and hikes and treks around this region is a must for nature lovers.
Whether it is a group weekend trip or a solo journey you are planning, the beauty of the hills has a lot to offer. The picture-perfect story book images, the panoramic vistas and the lush forests take us back into simpler times and help the body and mind rejuvenate. Start planning now.