The Western Ghats of India undoubtedly has many hidden gems that make for a perfect vacation. This 1600 km long Western Ghats boasts of a mountain chain that has forests older than the Himalayan range.
This mountain chain is even recognised as one of the world’s eight ‘hottest spots’ of biological diversity. And to experience the magic of Western Ghats, a road trip is the best way to do so.
So, here are the best road trips that will take you around the Western Ghats, and let you enjoy the beauty of the hills first-hand.
Mahabaleshwar is one such spot that has something to offer to every kind of traveler, no matter whether you are a nature or a history lover or anyone who just loves to travel.
It was once the summer capital of the Bombay Presidency during the British Raj, and showcases the perfect blend of modern and old-world charm. Almost all the parts of this hill station are accessible via car, s o exploring this place will add charm to your travel.
If you are in the mood, you can also enjoy a walk through the woods and take in the best of nature. It is one of the perfect places to visit in the Western Ghats.
Whenever Goa is considered for a trip, most of the travellers think of exploring the beaches, the party scene, and similar other things. In fact, it is a go-to destination for all things modern. However, Goa also has its other side, and very few people take the pain to explore that.
But once you also get a taste of that, you will understand how much this spot is misunderstood. To break your misconception, visit Mollem, a small village in Goa, situated in South India on National Highway 4 near, in the foothills of the Sahyadri Mountain range.
This place introduces you to beautiful waterfalls and wild forests. This spot also takes you to the breath-taking Dudhsagar Falls, so plan accordingly.
Coonoor, Tamil Nadu
Coonoor still proudly retains its colonial tinge, with its club culture, sophisticated architecture and a particular distinct plantation lifestyle. People are drawn to this tea town to enjoy its relatively quieter environs and scenic landscape that can be rarely found anywhere.
Surrounded by Nilgiri Hills, Coonoor is known for its mystical beauty and tea plantations. To enjoy this spot to its core, drive through the beautiful roads that hug the hills, offering you with mesmerizing views of tea plantations.
You can head up to the hills and enjoy a toy train ride or drive to Kotagiri or Ooty to make your vacation memorable.
Agumbe in Western Ghats is well-known for its biodiversity and scenic landscape. If you remember watching the popular serial Malgudi Days, you would be amazed to know that it was largely picturised around this town.
Agumbe’s 14 hairpin bends will not only make your drive exciting, but will also demand good driving skills. Further, Agumbe also receives highest rainfall and is known as the Cherrapunji of South IndiaI. So, try not to plan your trip to this place during the monsoons.
Also, the wild forest in Agumbe is home to a wide variety of reptiles, especially King Cobra, in case you want to spot one.
The is one of the destinations in the Western Ghats that is apt for road trips. The picturesque landscape, rich vegetation, cascading waterfalls, verdant tea plantations, and chance spotting of varied animals, make Wayanad the sought-after destinations in Kerala.
When here, you can explore the untouched landscapes on a hilltop or go on to unravel the mysteries of a cave, or even take part in activities like river rafting, and much more.