The monsoon casts a spell on the land, breathing life into everything and inviting you to rejoice in new beginnings. This is the perfect time to explore the world anew and what better way to do that than with a trek? The hills turn green, wildlife makes its appearance and navigating your way through slippery trails and rocks adds an element of risk that’s otherwise missing in other seasons. There are numerous regions around Bangalore that are absolutely breathtaking in monsoon and if you’re game for an adventure, make your way to these top 10 locations.
1. Kudremukh Trek in Chikmagalur
Appreciate the beauty of Kudremukh with a 2-day tour to Karnataka’s third highest peak. Spend the night at a dorm and embark on a guided trek the next day. All meals will be provided and you have your choice of vegetarian and non-vegetarian fare. On your return to base camp, you can choose to have an optional bonfire and swap stories with your mates.
2. Nishani Motte Trek
Nishani Motte isn’t the most well-known peak but don’t let it stop you from experiencing its magnificence! The tour is led by a coordinator and a local guide who will take you to the peak where you can sit down for a packed lunch. Enjoy spending the night in sleeping bags or dorms and wake up to breakfast, which will soon be followed by lunch, evening snacks and dinner.
3. Trek to Top Station Munnar
Take in the view of the mesmerizing Western Ghats and if you’re lucky, the rare flowering of the Neelakurinji, with a guided trek to Top Station in Munnar. You’ll trek past valleys, steep slopes that give your legs a good workout, and gushing waterfalls before reaching Top Station. Camp dorm-style under the moon and stars and head home the next day. All meals are included in the package.
4. Tadiandamol Adventure Escape
Coorg’s highest mountain is not for the faint of heart. Prepare to challenge yourself as you make your way to the top with a guided trek. You’ll be rewarded with stunning views of forests and coffee plantations, all perfect photo ops. Spend the night in tents or dorms and enjoy delicious meals. Gather around a bonfire before calling it a night and return home the next morning.
5. Kodachadri Peak Trek
The Western Ghats is home to Kodachari, a densely forested mountain that’s also a national heritage site. Filled with amazing flora and fauna, visitors can book a 2-day guided tour and also have a chance to visit Hidlumane Waterfalls and Shivappanaika’s Fort in Nagra. Food and accommodation are provided in the camps.
6. Trek to Kopatty, Coorg
Kopatty Hills is a little known trekking destination but it offers adventurers plenty. Jeep trails wind towards small streams while dense forests rich in wildlife surround you. The 2 km walk to the peak rewards you with sweeping views of the Western Ghats. You can book a 2-day tour of Kopatty where you’ll spend the night in a dorm and mingle with fellow trekkers around a campfire. Meals will be provided for the first day.
7. Trek to Paithalmala, Kerala
The hill station of Paithalmala is a haven for nature enthusiasts. The Brahmagiri Hills offer visitors a chance to witness native wildlife and flora. You can book a 3-day tour where you’ll trek to the peak on day 2 and go rafting on day 3. Meals will be provided and accommodation will be arranged in a homestay.
8. Belum Caves and Lepakshi
An imposing fort, the longest publicly accessible cave in the country and the temples of Lepakshi: where else can you find so many exciting places to explore on a trek? Book a 2-day tour to these wonders. Your trek will start with a visit to Gandikota’s fort followed by a trip to the Belum Caves and the Lepakshi temples. The package is inclusive of meals and accommodation.
9. Gokarna Beach Trek
Gokarna’s beaches are famous the world over with the Western Ghats lending a beauty that’s hard to find anywhere else. What makes them even more alluring is the trek to get to them. This is no walk in the park and if you want to enjoy the beaches, you have to work for it! You can book a 2-day tour of the popular beaches, inclusive of meals and accommodation. You’ll also visit the 4th century C.E. Mahabaleshwara Temple before concluding your visit.
10. Trek to Kotagiri in Ooty
The hill station of Kotagiri offers trekkers grand views of tea plantations and a chance to visit the mesmerizing double-cascaded Catherine Falls, which is Nilgiri Hills’ highest waterfall. A 3-day trek can cover both locations and present you with numerous photo ops. The package includes meals and accommodation at a homestay.
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