Kanatal is arguably the most beautiful hidden gem in the lesser travelled regions of Uttarakhand; one that makes for a great weekend getaway if what you’re looking for is complete tranquility. Nestled among the lofty mountain ranges of The Himalayas, it is easily accessible from Dehradun, Mussoorie and Delhi. Also Read - Nainital Gets India's First-Ever Moss Garden - List of All Tourist Attractions in This Lake Town
Kanatal got its name from the ‘one-eyed lake’ which has long been dried up. Today, the tiny, rustic hamlet is perched at an elevation of 8,500 feet above sea level and is perfect for a visit during winter as it snows here and has some great provision for camping. Also Read - Coronavirus: Devotees Won’t be Allowed Holy Dip in Ganga River in Uttarakhand on Kartik Purnima
There are some popular attractions here that are worth seeing: one of them being the Surkanda Devi temple, located only 10 km away from Kanatal. Once you’re right at the top, you’ll get the most breath-taking 360 degree panoramic view of the neighbouring towns and sweeping landscapes; a million dollar view.
Then of course, for the adventure junkies, the jeep safari from Kanatal to Kodia forest is a must. Set out early morning, and you’ll be smitten by the diverse wildlife you’ll get to see on your way there. The Kodia forest range from Swarg Yogini to Neelkanth has the most amazingly plush green vegetation and is known to be home for numerous rare bird species and animals like musk deer, wild boar, nilgai, and barking deer.
The Kodai Jungle is a perfect place for trekking and nature walks as well. Trekking for 6km en route Chamba is one of the adventurous things to do in Kanatal. The trails are usually dotted with rhododendrons, wild orchids and thick vegetation, and offer the most amazing view of the surrounding hills and valleys.
Kanatal essentially is a serene and picturesque suburb about 37km from Mussoorie. It falls on the Chamba-Mussoorie road and can be visited by road from Delhi upon covering a distance of nearly 300km.