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Did You Know The Western Ghats Is A World Heritage Site? 10 Incredible Must-Visit Places

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The Western Ghats are a World Heritage Site. Ideal for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts alike, HolidayIQ Travellers list 10 must-visit places.

Did You Know The Western Ghats Is A World Heritage Site? 10 Incredible Must-Visit Places:

  1. Pune (Maharashtra)
  2. Igatpuri (Maharashtra)
  3. Mahabaleshwar (Maharashtra)
  4. Coorg (Karnataka)
  5. Karkala (Karnataka)
  6. Kukke-Subrahmanya (Karnataka)
  7. Munnar (Kerala)
  8. Ponmudi (Kerala)
  9. Coonoor (Tamil Nadu)

1. Drive Through The Ghats On The Mumbai-Pune Expressway

Drive Through The Ghats On The Mumbai-Pune Expressway
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HolidayIQ Traveller Priyanshu Mukherjee says, “The well-maintained Mumbai-Pune Expressway and free flowing roads makes your drive enjoyable and worth driving. For those who love driving, it's a must-go trip by car. Firstly, you don't find any traffic, secondly, you cannot go below 80 kmph and thirdly, friends and loud music makes the drive even more enjoyable and exhilarating” Adds HolidayIQ Traveller Ashish, “The Mumbai-Pune expressway is very scenic. There are many dhabas and resorts on the way.”

2. Igatpuri

Igatpuri
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HolidayIQ Traveller Jitendra, "Igatpuri is located in the serene western ghats in Nashik District just 130 km from Mumbai. It is extremely beautiful in the monsoon with many waterfalls and green mountains all along. Its easily accessible by rail and road. It is also the starting point for many treks in the Sahyadri. One can go to Kalsubai the highest peak in the Sahyadri via Igatpuri.  There's not much for shopping but key attractions include the camel valley, Randha Falls, Bhadardara Lake, Umbrella Falls. Ghoti a nearby town has many rice mills and the rice from here is fragrant and tasty. One can think of buying it as its really cheap.”

3. The Twin Towns of Mahabaleshwar - Panchgani

The Twin Towns of Mahabaleshwar - Panchgani
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HolidayIQ Traveller Ajay Khakhar says, “Fantastic place with excellent weather. You can reach within 5 hours from Mumbai. The weather was a little rainy and a little cold. Strawberry and ice cream lovers, this is the place for you. Nearby place is Mahabaleshwar. Table land in Panchgani is the best sightseeing.”

4. Varandha Ghat

Varandha Ghat
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Located between Konkan and NH4 in Maharashtra, and about 108 km from Pune, Varandha Pass is a lovely route that is wrapped with scenic lakes and gushing waterfalls. This little known place is just the perfect choice for getting drenched in the rain while you soak up the mesmerizing natural beauty around you. 

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5. Kakkabe

Kakkabe
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This heavy region has a dense rainforest that comprises a rich bounty of rare orchids, plants and birds. 

HolidayIQ Traveller Nelson Elias says, “Kakkabe is a trekker’s pleasure to those people seeking for serenity, as there a number of treks small and medium and of varying grades that is apt for most visitors. The well laid trekking trails in Thadiandamol is challenging and enjoyable. It’s windy peak offers unhindered views of impressive mountain ranges and valleys of Coorg and beyond. Neatly stacked layers of hills align one behind the other, extending to the horizon and gently merging into the blue sky.  It is really a thrilling experience to trek through these stunning and appealing forests of Kakkabe. Not to be missed: Trekking to Thadiandamol peak and visiting the ruined structures of Nalakkanad palace and ends at the Iguthappa peak.”

6. Karkala

Karkala
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HolidayIQ Traveller Naresh from Hyderabad says, “Temple is located in a wonderful place where you can get rid of your 'Sarpadosha'. It is near to Mangalore and Bangalore. From Bangalore, it will be 350 kilometre and from Mangalore it will be 175 kilometre.”

7. Kukke Subrahmanya

Kukke Subrahmanya
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HolidayIQ Traveller Naresh from Hyderabad says, “Temple is located in a wonderful place where you can get rid of your 'Sarpadosha'. It is near to Mangalore and Bangalore. From Bangalore, it will be 350 kilometre and from Mangalore it will be 175 kilometre.”

8. Munnar

Munnar
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HolidayIQ Traveller Purna says, “Greenery greenery everywhere. Beautiful tea plantations, lakes, hills, activities, Munnar has it all. It is a perfect destination for couples, family and individuals be it for honeymoon or relaxing or adventure or just nature watch. The mesmerizing views of the hills are just like wallpaper pics providing the perfect snap. Good food and courteous behaviour of the locals adds to the joy of the vacation.”

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9. Ponmudi Hills

Ponmudi Hills
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HolidayIQ Traveller, “Abhi Bavishi says, “Ponmudi is, indeed, one of the most beautiful hill-stations in Kerala. I was taken aback by its scenic beauty and the serenity of the place. Unlike other hill-stations that are either over-crowded with people, Ponmudi is calm and peaceful. There are not many shops or hotels. If I had to put it in one line-- I would say Ponmudi is NOT a place for tourists; it's a place for travelers. If you happen to visit Ponmudi, make sure you go all the way up to the cliff, and take some time around to gaze the beautiful open farms. There are no points in this hill-stations; it's just the experience that's amazing. Make sure you wear shoes with rubber-sole, or the ones that have solid grip. Also, if you're too tightly wound, take an umbrella.” 

10. Coonoor

Coonoor
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HolidayIQ Traveller Sham Prakash says, “Coonoor tea estate and tea factory are a must-visit. Visiting High Field tea factory will give you gyaan of how the green tea leaves turn into the dark brown tea powder. The step-by-step explanation is worth listening to. We could see the entire processing unit. Had a nice time!” Also, “For tea lovers you have a variety of flavors like lemon, masala, clove, cinnamon, classic leaf etc. Try out the chocolate and masala tea, they are awesome,” he adds.

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