South India is not merely a display of majestic architecture on monuments and temples. The adventure seekers are warmly welcomed in South India to explore the vast wildlifes, tea and coffee plantations and other hilly terrains experiencing the wild side of trekking altogether. Be it a trekking tour in the grasslands, rock climbing in a rugged terrain or a walk in soothing valleys, the Southern states of India are a haven for all types of travelers. Here are some of the most popular places to trek in South India.
1) Meesapulimala Peak trek
Meesapulimala is a trek through eight hills that passes through the shared border of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The trail gradually inclines towards a steep mountain starting from the small village of Kurangani. This peak, 2640 meters above the sea level, is the second highest peak in the Western ghats. Sunset, misty hills and valleys around this peak results a spectacular view.
Nearest Town: Suryanelli, Munnar, Kerala
Duration: 9-10 hours
Length of Trek: 15 kms
Best Time to Visit: September to April
2) Gandikota Trek
Gandikota translated as a picturesque gorge, formed by river Penna between the Erramala hills, Eastern Ghats is surrounded by the fort and situated amid wild forests. The deep valley and impassable hills with massive boulders of red granite, this picturesque location can be undoubtedly called as Grand Canyon of India. Upon the completion of the trek, from the top of the fort, you can have a panoramic view of the surrounding forests and valleys. It is a recommended spot for rock climbers and trekkers.
Nearest Town: Jammalamadugu, Kadapa district, Andhra Pradesh
Duration: 7-8 hours
Length of Trek: 10 kms
Best Time to Visit: June to February
3) Nilgiris Green Lake Trek
Surrounded by enchanting forests, rolling hills and charming meadows, the massive Green Lake in the Nilgiris is a sight to behold and possibly one of the best places to trek in South India.. Passing through the densest forests, with sightly pine trees and fragrant eucalyptus trees, this trail leads trekkers to an enormous green lake. One can explore the circumference of the lake which gives lovely panoramic views of the entire region.
Nearest Town: Ooty, Tamil Nadu
Duration: 6-8 hours
Length of Trek: 8 kms
Best Time to Visit: March to September
4) Banasura Hill Trek
The trek to the Banasura peak traverses through scenic valleys offering splendid views of the Banasura lake perched below. From its summit one can have panoramic views of a breathtaking landscape that stretches for miles and miles in every direction. A visit to Banasura Sagar dam is an added bonus as it is India’s largest earth dam and one can cover the nearby Meenmutty waterfalls also. The Banasura Hill Trek is a perfect balance between solitude and adventure.
Nearest Town: Kalpetta,Wayanad, Kerala.
Duration: 6-8 hours
Length of Trek: 12 kms
Best Time to Visit: September to January
5) Makalidurga Trek
One of the popular places to trek in South India, The Makalidurga hill standing tall at 4,430ft is a perfect plan to quench one’s weekly thirst for adventure. On one side you will see the Gudamagere Lake, mimicking the outline of South America, surrounded by wild grasslands and manicured farms. From the opposite side of the hill, the enormity of a train is reduced to a web of rails. In overall, it presents a picturesque view from the top of the hill.
Nearest Town: Doddaballapur, Bangalore, Karnataka
Duration: 3-4 hours
Length of Trek: 5 kms
Best Time to Visit: August to February