Indian cities today can be a little too fast-paced, and often, a little too hot. When you truly need to take a break so that you can recenter and re-align, there’s no better way to do it than to visit the Western Ghats. It is the world’s top hotspot for biodiversity, with innumerable exotic and wild animal and plant species. Apart from natural wonders, it’s a treasure trove of man-made marvels as well. Here’s why you must head to the Western Ghats next.

Western Ghats have the most gorgeous climate

A great reason to visit the Western Ghats is the cool climate through the year, courtesy its misty valleys and dense forest canopies.  For an incredible experience, visit the rainforests of the Western Ghats deep into the South.

Home to incredible biodiversity

The Western Ghats are the hot spots of biodiversity; home to an unbelievable number of exotic plants and animal species. Whether it’s the globally threatened Asian Elephant, the endangered lion-tailed macaque or the stunning tigers, you’ll find them all here.

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There’s a lot to see here 

From north to south, the Western Ghats span approximately 1000 miles, running parallel to much of India’s west coastline. Starting in Gujarat in the north, they pass through Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, covering an area of over 160,000 square kilometres. From hill stations, temples, beaches, caves, notable mountain peaks, tribal villages and many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, there’s a new thing to see every few kilometres.

Explore the beautiful plantations

If you need just one reason to convince you to explore the Western Ghats, let it be its surreal plantations. Munnar, in Kerala, is a stunning hill resort that was once favoured by the British for its sloping hills and vibrant coffee and tea plantations. There are plantations growing spices, coffee, and tea, all over the Western Ghats – particularly in Malnad and the Nilgiris.