5 Highest Peaks Of Western Ghats That Call Out To The Explorer In You
Are you a mountain lover? Imagine mist playing with the mountains and blurring out the whole landscape in front of you. The trees cluster around you and the surrounding mountains wrapped in 50 shades of emerald. Welcome to the Western Ghats, a land that can truly be tagged with the name, Heaven on Earth. Bestowed with lush green forests, waterfalls, wildlife and spectacular mountain ranges this place will definitely call out to the explorer in you. The Western Ghats is a stretch of the mountain range that runs along the western ridge of the Indian Peninsula. You can call it the ‘Sahyadri Hills’ which when literally translated means, “The Benevolent Mountains” and that describes these ranges perfectly.
Traveling in the Western Ghats Mountains have made my experiences treasurable as a trotter and I have made a list of 5 highest peaks in this place that is bound to take your breath away with their enchanting beauties and a countless variety of spots worth a visit to.
5 Highest Peaks of Western Ghats
- Anamudi, The Pride of The State of Kerala
- Meesapulimala, The Second Highest Peak of the Western Ghat
- Doddabetta in the Nilgiri Range
- Kolaribetta Peak at Mukurthi National Park
- Kadikkadu Peak
1. Anamudi, The Pride of The State of Kerala
Anamudi, thehighest peak of the Western ghat is also the tallest peak in peninsular India and is located in the Idukki district of Kerala. Reach this place to get a glimpse of the majestic Asian Elephants, Nilgiri Tahrs, the endangered caprid and the Gaurs, the largest species of cattle. It is the Garden of Eden in the wild with lush evergreen forests covering the gentle slopes; explore here a wide variety of flora and fauna with their exceptionally charming beauties. Take permission from the authorities of Eravikulam National Park and enjoy the adventurous trek to the top.
2. Meesapulimala, The Second Highest Peak of the Western Ghat
Here, awaits the excitement of trekking and hiking for the sporty spirit in you. The mountains here open up before you the exotic views of the mesmerizing serene green landscapes. The 8km trek along the gurgling brooks and endearing tea estates is sure to give you a memory to cherish life-long. The blooming Rhododendrons and the luxuriant green valley welcome you with all their charms.
3. Doddabetta in the Nilgiri Range
At a height of approximately 8652 feet lies Doddabetta, a peak in the district of Tamil Nadu. With nature’s bounty and soothing weather, this is the perfect recipe to de-stress with your loved ones or even solo. Trekking here is easy and every step of your journey gives you bewitching views and experiences. In this peak a ‘Telescope House’ by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation has been established, so that the visitors get a better view from here.
4. Kolaribetta Peak at Mukurthi National Park
Kolaribetta has a height of 8629 feet and is located at Mukurthi National Park, Nilgiris. The peaks of Kolaribetta and Kudikkadu is home of Avalanche. Sit enjoy at the limitless expanses of greenery while sipping a cup of your favorite piping hot coffee. This place houses a large species of flora and fauna.
5. Kadikkadu Peak
Avalanche hill is another name of Kudikkadu and is at an elevation of 8497 feet, located at Mukurthi National Park. Kudikkadu is a peek at a height of 8497 feet.
Best Time to Visit the Western Ghats
The mountain range of Western Ghats mostly has pleasant weather throughout the year. Any time that you chose to visit, you will experience the best that the mountains have to offer. However, avoid visiting the range during monsoons as you may face heavy rain falls. During monsoon, the weather is quite gloomy and the peaks may be covered with cloud. You will obviously miss out on a lot of beauty. Therefore, summer may be the best time to visit the western ghats. While the rest of the state may experience scorching heat, the mountains have peasant weather that will enchant you.
The whole mountain range of the Western Ghats is home to a number of different cultures. Each offers a variety of experience. You will find different tribes. Every region has its own festival and celebrations. You will find different folklores and legends attached to these mysterious peaks of the western ghats. Churches, temples, monoliths can be found in abundance among the range of the ghats. Each situated or constructed by the local people of the region.
Each of the separate regions that constitute the Western Ghats offers their own unique flavors. The all-time favorite of the mountaineers is hot tea and coffee. You will discover new dishes and recipes as you travel through the mountains. Coorg, for example, is very famous for Malenadu which is a local dish. You will experience distinct flavors from Maharashtra and Goa, famous for their seafood. Kerela also offers its exquisite cuisine. The whole coastal region offers a mesmerizing amalgamation of flavors. There are also a number of options you can explore if you are vegetarian.
Other Places of Interest
Apart from the magnificent peaks of the Western Ghats, there are a number of places that you can visit. You can take a slight detour and pay a visit to the Koodlu Theertha Falls and Jogigundi Falls in Agumbe. This place also offers a rich diversity of flora and fauna. In Yana you can visit the Vishnu Theertha Lake, Hedbandar beach near Kumta and Nirvana Beach are worth a visit. You can go to the tea plantation in Munnar and experience the excellence of the tea cultivators. Ooty is also called ‘the blue mountains’ and is considered as one of the most beautiful hill stations in Tamil Nadu.
Last But Not the Least
The highest peak of the Western Ghat offer a wide diversity of experiences. The rainforests, food and different cultures are definitely worth a visit. Take cameras with you to freeze the moments so that you can cherish them later. The western ghats are well connected by roads and railway, therefore, you should not have to face many difficulties while going from one place to the other. These mountains have a number of wildlife parks and sanctuaries where you can see different birds and animals up close. Do not miss the waterfalls while visiting the mountains. The western ghats offer a number of experiences that you will cherish throughout your life.