Trekking in western ghats is an adventurous and beautiful experience all by itself. The western ghats mountain range covers a stretch of 1,600 km parallel to the western coast of the Indian peninsula and consists a total of thirty-nine areas designated as world heritage sites including national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, and reserve forests, traverses the States of – Kerala with twenty, Karnataka with ten, five in Tamil Nadu and four in Maharashtra.
The Western Ghats is a biodiversity hotspot that contains a large proportion of the country’s flora and fauna; many of which are only found in India and nowhere else in the world.
The Western Ghats consists
- 7,402 species of flowering plants
- 1,814 species of non-flowering plants
- 139 mammal species, 508 bird species
- 179 amphibian species
- 6,000 insects species
- 290 freshwater fish species and
it is likely still that the Western Ghats still consists of undiscovered species and at least 325 globally threatened species are from the Western Ghats
Homestay’s and Campsites in the Western Ghats
To experience the Western Ghats, you can choose Homestays in the midst of malenadu or a campsite on the fringes of the forest. A campsite is usually more economical than homestays and resorts in the Western Ghats as you get to experience real wilderness and bliss of nature without compromising on good washrooms, hygiene food and all the adventure of spending most of the time under the sky.
Trekking & Camping in the Western Ghats
After most of the Western Ghats has been declared a wildlife zone or reserve forest zone, especially in Karnataka you cannot go for a trek without forest department permission and camping in the forest is totally not allowed, due to which you need to do meticulous planning for both trekking and camping with expert trek organizers. Feel free to get in touch with us if you are looking for trekking and camping experience in the Sharavathy valley of Western Ghats or if you want to have an adventurous experience we connect you to some of the best trekking organizers in the Western Ghats for other locations.
Rural tourism in the Western Ghats
Rural tours are the choice to go for if you are not too keen on adventure and wildlife. The Western Ghats has a wide variety of local food, custom, folk art which varies from region to region which is also influenced by the state it lies in. The experience is best when you opt for a rural tour in the festival season as you get to experience the traditions and more variety of authentic local food.