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Best time to visit Western Ghats
Rivers in the Western Ghats work overtime, draining almost 40 percent of India’s water. While rainforests thrive, it also makes them vulnerable to monsoon flooding.
If you’d rather leave the mac at home, avoid the Southwest Monsoon from July to September. On a good year, there might be flooding. Then there are the bad years – flooding and landslides exacerbated by poor dam management displaced almost one million Keralans in 2018. That said, it’s still worth considering traveling in rainy season. You’ll see impossibly green landscapes and meet fewer tourists. The best time to visit the Western Ghats, however, is after October. You’ll be treated to misty cool hill walks and warm-to-hot days in the national parks. Things cool down towards December, when hill towns like Munnar dip below 10°C.
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Western Ghats vacation advice
Sanjay Oberoi, from our supplier Bespoke India Travel, shares his Western Ghats travel tips.
Road & rail
“Aside from driving on the scenic Konkan Highway, the best way to enjoy the coastline of Karnataka is to take the train which features around 10 stations from Kerala to Goa. It really is a lovely route and a great way to have an authentic Indian experience, if you have the time.”
Walk this way
“One of my favourite experiences is the full-day adventure trek on the hills of Wayanad to Chembra Peak. Or the trek to Meesapulimala at Munnar – the Western Ghats’ second highest peak. A full day bamboo rafting and trekking through Periyar National Park will be great for those with an adventurous spirit.”
Escape the crowds
“Expect crowds in wildlife sanctuaries, soft adventure spots, seasonal waterfalls and many scenic points during weekends, festivals and national vacations, as the majority of Indian tourists prefer to travel to the Western Ghats then. Nowadays, travelers choose the quieter monsoon time for a leisurely drive through the winding roads and plantations.”
More about Western Ghats
Think India’s mountains begin and end with the Himalayas? Think again. Our Western Ghats travel guide unveils a 1,600km-long range that creases the whole western edge of the country. And while the hills might be a quarter of the size of India’s most famous peaks, their staggering biodiversity makes them a must-visit for wildlife watchers.