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8 Secret Escapes for the Nature-Loving Couple

8 Secret Escapes for the Nature-Loving Couple bcmtouring.com

The western ghats hide many secrets. Getaways far from the maddening crowd of conventional touristy places where two people can go to explore, each other and the nature that embraces them.

8 Secret Escapes for the Nature-Loving Couple:

  1. Agumbe (Karnataka)
  2. Valparai (Tamil Nadu)
  3. Kerala
  4. Sakleshpur (Karnataka)
  5. Wayanad (Kerala)
  6. Kudremukh (Karnataka)
  7. Dajipur (Maharashtra)
  8. Dandeli (Karnataka)

1. Agumbe, the lair of the King cobra

Agumbe, the lair of the King cobrasource: natgeotraveller.in

Agumbe, is a small village perched in the Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary on the Western Ghats. Ever green rainforests, torrential streams and enormous waterfalls define this region. The forests, rich in biodiversity, offer exciting treks and wildlife sightings.  The wild becons!

Soumik: Staying in the middle of the forest is an awesome experience. The Forest Never Sleeps !!! A walk through the forest at night is very thrilling, feels like a blanket of darkness covering you all around. The sound of the bugs and insects gives a chill. You can find various types of birds, butterflies, snakes(especially vipers and king cobras) and insects in this forest region. If you are visiting during the rainy season be careful of leeches. Torches, binoculars and raincoats are must. There is a Rainforest Research Station situated in the middle of the forest and a sunset point nearby. 

2. The tea estates and wild outdoors of Valparai

The tea estates and wild outdoors of Valparaisource: Flickr: Mahesh Subramanium

Valperai is a quaint hill station surrounded by tea estates and three national parks and the Sholayur dam. Trekking around in the tea estates, jungle safaris to the Indira Gandhi national park or a visit to the Sholayur dam, beautiful waterfalls, all leave you with a different connection.

Devan: Rolling meadows, tea estates, high mountains, ravines, excellent roads, tea estate bungalows to stay, reservoirs, great scenery, forests & wildlife and no bus loads of noisy tourists! Perfect for leisurely and slow paced holidays.

3. Let nature create an impression at Gavi

Let nature create an impression at Gavisource: keralatrips.co.in

Gavi, a hidden pearl in the Periyar national park, is relatively less explored and your guaranteed the absence of maddening tourist crowds. Surrounded by tea estates, jungle trails and spectacular waterfalls, this place will leave a lasting impression on your inner self.

Anooj: If you want to be away from the madding crowd and unwind yourself under the canopy of tropical wet ever green forests, I strongly recommend Gavi in Idukki District in Kerala In Gavi you breath fresh air which is saturated with the aroma of cardomom, cool-off in the pristine chilly waters,or simply relax under the forest canopy watching 'Nilgiri langurs' performing acrobatics.Unlike other tourist destinations in India here nobody will stare at you except wild animals and birds. 'Gavi' will rejuvenate your body and mind

4. Disconnect and seek yourself at Sakleshpur

Disconnect and seek yourself at Sakleshpursource: hardyhawks.com

Underrated and under-explored, Sakleshpur in Western Ghat getaway disconnects you from the toil of daily life and brings you closer to the ways of the soul.  Trek the surrounding rainforests, try your hand at farming in a homestay, visit a historic fort or just relax in the serenity, you will learn something new about yourself.

Kavya: The place is good for a weekend and views are awesome. The wind is breezy and relaxing. The  views of the valleys are breathtaking. It's a quite place and not crowded. So you get to have your own privacy, The nearby manjarabad fort is very nice for photography. The stay was memorable and a excellent experience overall.

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5. Explore and rejuvenate Kalpetta

Explore and rejuvenate Kalpettasource: windiaw.com

Kalpetta is a small, quiet hill station in Wayand, Kerala. Thick forests, tea and coffee plantations are treat to the adventurous. Try the trekking, cave exploration and Jungle safaris at Kalpatta. Also, trekking to the heart shaped lake on Chembra Peak is a must do.

Saurabh: Kalpetta is a nice weekend getaway from Bangalore. It a small and quiet hill station at the borders of Kerala. Lush green surroundings, fresh air and picturesque scenic beauty make it the destination perfect for nature lovers. The coffee and tea plantions are sure to refesh your tired mind.

6. Trek closer to heaven at Kudremukh

Trek closer to heaven at Kudremukhsource: skbcarrentals.com

Kudremukh is a favourite among of nature enthusiasts and avid trekkers. The company is what makes this place even better!

Bhavan: Kudremukha peak in Karnataka is famous for trekking. The name, Kudremukha means Horse Face. It's a beautiful place for trekking and very well maintained. Best time to visit in rainy and winter season and beware about leeches too. Wonderful place for Photographers. Its too cold in rainy and winter season so its better to carry good jackets.

7. Radhanagari the realm of the Indian Gaur

Radhanagari the realm of the Indian Gaursource: amazingmaharashtra.com

Fed by the annual monsoon, Radhanagari, is a paradise is all about adventure and discovery. Possessing rich deposits of Bauxite ores, the forest is a natural habitat of various reptiles, amphibians and avifauna and is one of the few places to sight the Indian Gaur at close quarters.

8. Adventurous and wild, mystic Dandeli

Adventurous and wild, mystic Dandelisource: mouthshut.com

Radhika: This place is good for taking a break from hectic daily routine. It is known for its adventure activities like river rafting, kayaking, natural Jacuzzi bath in river, river crossing, rappelling etc. I would recommend travelers to pre-book a jungle camp which includes staying in camps at night followed by early morning trekking. Other attractions include jungle safari, syntheri rocks and nagoda falls. For commuting within Dandeli, you will need to book cabs as the local buses and autos do not drop you till the sightseeing spots. Dandeli is a beautiful place and you can easily spend 2 days there.

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