Off-beat trekking in South India

Are you a hiking enthusiast? Then this is for you!

If you want to spend some time in nature and go hiking, here are some lovely and calm places where you may rejuvenate your spirit. South India is brimming with tourist attractions, thanks to its beaches and hilltops. However, the Eastern and Western Ghats are gems for hikers and travellers looking for a vacation from the grind of the workplace or the city.

Chembra Peak

The summit is 2,100 metres above sea level and is part of the Western Ghats’ Wayanad hill ranges. The average time necessary to climb one side of the mountain is roughly 3-4 hours, making it ideal for first-timers. During the hike, you’ll come across a lovely heart-shaped lake, and the surrounding scenery is great for nature enthusiasts. However, because of the potential harm to animals, overnight camping is forbidden at the summit.


The Western Ghats’ second tallest mountain lies about 24 kilometres from Munnar and is a picturesque hill station. The summit, which rises to 2640 metres above sea level, is a biodiversity hotspot. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well. A 15-kilometre hike on one side of the summit takes 9 hours to accomplish.

Kudremukh Peak

It’s often known as the Himalayas of the South and boasts undulating green hills, waterfalls, and a breathtaking outlook. The forest department authorises just 50 individuals (first come, first serve) to climb to the top daily. Kudremukh is one of the most popular hikes in Karnataka, and it’s a fantastic journey to go on.

Kolli Hills

Koli Hills are located in Tamil Nadu’s Namakkal district and are covered with evergreen woods. The hills are around 1000-1300 metres high, and the surrounding region is serene, distant from the city’s congested streets. The hike begins in a bit of town named Puliyancholai at the base of the Kolli Hills and ends with the spectacular Agaya Gangai waterfalls.

Perumal Trek

The Perumal Hike is suitable for starters; it is a short trek that takes 4 hours to complete. Perumal Peak is 18 kilometres away from Kodaikanal. The trip begins in the Perumal Malai Village, 11 kilometres from Kodaikanal, at the foot of the Peak. The Nilgiri hills may also be seen from the top.

Mamallapuram trek

The hiking starts from Aria village. All swimmers are drawn to the waterfalls, a natural water slide, and a 40-foot-deep natural water pool. It also features a strong woodland cover to appeal to those with a sense of adventure.

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