June 09, 2022
CM Content Team
When you think of trekking places in India, you may invariably think of the trekking trails in the North. But there are many other wonderful places in south India as well where you can enjoy trekking.
Nature has blessed south India with diverse terrain, replete with hills, valleys, and much more, making it an ideal place for your next trekking expedition. All the states in South India have some interesting places where you can go trekking in a group or alone.
So, if you are keen to explore the trekking trails in the south, we have compiled a list of the best trekking places in south India that would surely give you an enthralling experience.
Fondly known as the ‘Himalayas of the South,’ Kudremukh peak is a stunning mountain range that has lush greenery all around, gushing waterfall, and offers a spectacular view. There are many trekking trails here that are suitable for both amateurs and experienced trekkers.
The area is completely protected by the forest department of Karnataka and they allow only 50 people every day on a first come first serve basis for trekking to the peak. While you are on your way up, you would come across thick forest and air would be filled with the sweet aroma of coffee plantations.
One of the most exciting places to visit in South India, the Kudremukh trek is sure to give you a memorable experience.
The Scotland of India, Coorg is a treasure trove for wonderful experiences and trekking. There are many trekking trails here but none more popular and exciting than the Tadiandamol Peak. Located at about 5735 feet in the middle of the Shola Forest, it is the highest peak in Coorg.
It is one of the best trekking places in south India and the whole trail starting from the Kakkabe River Camp would give you amazing experiences. Enroute your journey to the top, you pass through amazing water streams, lush green forests and many unique and indigenous flora and fauna.
You can easily recognise the midpoint of the trek as there is a big rock along the path, you would have to climb and cross the rock to continue your trek to the summit. The fresh air, the mist and the stunning view from the top will leave you rejuvenated and feeling fresh as a lily.
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The Perumal Peak is located at about 18 kms from Kodaikanal, one of the most popular hill stations in Tamil Nadu and a favourite tourist spot for many in India. You need not take any prior permission to go trekking here. If you are an amateur, this is the best place to go trekking in South India, the trail is quite easy and suitable for beginners.
It may take about four hours to reach the summit if you go at a decent pace. The trek starts from the base camp, which is at the Perumal Malai village on the foothills of the peak. Because of the short duration of the trek, many tourists choose to return to their hotel. But, you can also set up a camp at the top and spend a night under the blanket of stars and enjoy the stunning view of the Nilgiri Hills visible all around from the peak.
One of the lesser known places to trek in South India, Kolli Hills is located in the Namakkal district. The hills, covered with lush and evergreen forest, are about 1000-1300 feet high and the surrounding area is so serene that you can hear silence here.
The base of the trek is a small village known as Puliyancholai. The trek itself is not very difficult and the trail is beautifully surrounded with gorgeous views all around. The final point of the trek is the Agaya Gangai waterfalls and the view from the top is ethereal.
If you are looking for an off-beat trekking place, Nagalapuram Hills is a haven for you. Not known to many, it is one of the hidden gems, but utterly fascinating place for hiking in South India. The starting point of the trek is about 20 kms from the town and you must leave your vehicles at Arai village and walk till the base.
The hiking trails itself is about 13 kms and enroute you go through dense forest and beautiful gorges with rock walls. The trek is not recommended for beginners as it may take about one full day to complete the trek till you reach the summit. From the top you can witness a magical natural waterfall that falls in the 40 ft deep gorge forming a natural water pool; it is a sight to behold!
So, now that you know about the best places to go trekking in south India, which trekking are you most excited about? Take your pick, gather your group of trekking-loving friends and head off to a southern adventure.
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