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Adventure Travel in the Western Ghats in India

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Explore the adventure travel options in Western Ghats of India, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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  Exploring the Western Ghats in India, a UNESCO World Heritage Site   Authored by: www.adventureclicknblog.com   SUMMARY The Western Ghats are a mountain range that runs almost parallel to the western coast of India. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Exploring the Western Ghats a UNESCO World Heritage Site      Being a women adventure traveler with a toddler, it gets difficult sometimes to go for a long adventure trip but a 2-day weekend trip to Western Ghats is always on.   The Western Ghats are a mountain range that runs almost parallel to the western coast of India. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A total of 39 properties including national parks, wildlife sanctuaries and reserve forests were designated as world heritage sites - 20 in Kerala, 10 in Karnataka, 5 in Tamil Nadu and 4 in Maharashtra. These hills cover 160,000 km2 and the average elevation is around 3,900 ft. The area is one of the world's 10 Hottest biodiversity hotspots . Western Ghats is one of the 33 recognized ecologically sensitive zones in the World.   Western Ghats range has 3 distinct mountain ranges that are Sahyadhris in Maharashtra & Karnataka, Nilgiris in Tamil Nadu and the Anaimalai Hills in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Important rivers in Western Ghats include the Godavari, Tungabhadra, Krishna and Kaveri.   Adventures in Western Ghats   For an adventure seeker, Western Ghats are a dream destination as good as the Himalayas. For me, it is even better.   Trekking / Camping:   Western Ghats have 35 designated mountain peaks, most are 1-2 days trekking expedition.  a.   Anamudi, the tallest peak in Kerala (8839 ft.): Anamudi, the highest peak in the Western Ghats is in Idukki district. The meaning of Anamudi is “Elephant Forehead” as it looks like elephant head.  b.   Mullayanagiri, the tallest peak in Karnataka (6330 ft.): Mullayanagiri is located in Chikmagalur. This stretch is fairly steep (almost 60 degrees) and first passes through brush and low trees.    c.   Kalsubai, the tallest peak in Maharashtra (5500 ft.): Known as the Everest of the Sahyadris. There are three ladders on the way to Kalsubai and one needs to be careful while negotiating them.  a.   Chembra Peak Hike (Peak Height –  6888 ft.): Chembra Peak is the highest peak in Wayanad. A heart shaped lake on the way to the top of the peak is stunning. The lake is believed to have never dried up. After getting to the lake you need to trek another halfway. This is special to me as it was my first trekking experience in Western Ghats.  b.   Trekking at Anamudi peak (Peak Height –  8839 ft.):Anamudi, the highest peak in the Western Ghats is situated in Idukki district. The meaning of Anamudi is “Elephant Forehead,” as the mountain looks like elephant head. The p lace looks like a rain forest and I suggest you go in September, right after the monsoon season gets over.    a.   Trekking at Mullayanagiri (Peak Height –  6330 ft.): Mullayanagiri, the highest peak in Karnataka is located in Chikmagalur, Karnataka. This was an impromptu trek in 2013. We went there in 2013 for camping and went for the trek after learning about it.  b.   Trekking at Kudremukh (Peak Height –  6212 ft.): This tropical evergreen mountain is the largest one in Karnataka. Trek difficulty level from Mullodi to Lobo's house trek is easy. From Lobo's house to Ontimara difficulty level is Moderate.  c.   Trekking at Kalsubai (Peak Height –  5500 ft.): The Everest of the Sahyadris, Kalasubai is the highest peak of the mountain range of Sahyadri. There are three ladders on the way to Kalsubai and one needs to be careful while negotiating them. Rock Climbing   Because of the wide range and variety of rock formations across Western Ghats, rock climbing has been a favorite activity in Western Ghats.  a.   Hampi & Badami: Badami's red sand stone cliffs have horizontal crack systems, similar to Gunks. There are over 150 bolted routes and multiple routes for free
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