Tamil Nadu is not just popular for its pristine coastal fronts and beautiful beaches, but also its dense forests. It is the only state in India which is home to a significant portion of both the Western and Eastern Ghats; so you can imagine the thick forest cover and abundance of wildlife here. Which is why they are perfect for activities like trekking. So, if you’re planning to put those trekking shoes on, these are the forests you must explore in Tamil Nadu.

Mudumalai National Park

Located on the northwestern side of Nilgiri Hills, Mudumalai National Park is one of Tamil Nadu’s greatest natural treasures. Its thick jungles and incredible wildlife make it a perfect destination for forest trekking. Famous for its population of tigers, elephants, gaurs, leopards and a huge variety of avifauna, the park is also a great choice for those interested in birding and wildlife photography. There are three small lakes inside the park that can be reached through different trekking routes, where chances of spotting the animals are the highest.

Anamalai Hills

Anamalai Hills are the range of mountains that form the southern part of the Western Ghats and span the border of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. It’s home to several gorgeous wildlife parks such as Eravikulam National Park, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, and Anamalai Tiger Reserve; their thick jungles mainly home to elephants. Other wildlife spotted here include a large population of tigers and leopards; you can easily spot them while trekking here.

 
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Jawadhu Hills

These are an extension of the Eastern Ghats, spread across parts of Vellore and Tiruvannamalai districts in the northern part of the state of Tamil Nadu. Jawadhu Hills are a rather popular destinations for trekking, thanks to a renewed interest by trekking clubs in nearby cities of Chennai and Vellore. The picturesque hills are located at an altitude of 1,000 metres; the trekking trails offering various levels of difficulty to the trekker.

Yelagiri

The closest hill station from Chennai, Yelagiri is one of the famous places for trekkers in India. The hill station is located at a height of 1,400 meters above sea level. Yelagiri comprises of many hamlets as well as temples spread over several hills. A popular trail is the Peerumedu Trail that leads to the picturesque Peerumedu Falls. Another famous trekking route here is the Swamimalai Hill, the highest point of Yelagiri.