It is fascinating to visit a place and find it unexpectedly awesome! Old thoughts, old expectations, understanding of the land, all get questioned. A new respect and appreciation for beauty grows in my heart every time I come across such a place. So here is a series of posts on the lesser known places which turned out to be one of the best places I have visited.
The ‘Ghats’ had always been an unpleasant word for me as it meant hours spent in a vehicle that keeps going around hilly bends in the road leading to nausea and motion sickness. Now a days that I am traveling out of passion this motion sickness has become much more bearable, as I am so excited about the place I am going to.
Yet I had not particularly noticed them – the brilliant Western Ghats. The beauty of these Ghats hit me to the core only at this secluded spot in the forest at Dandeli,
Rows and rows of undulating hills could be seen in the distance. One after the other, every row becoming one shade lighter until it faded into the sky. A bright and striking sky above a huge expanse of lush forest. The scene spoke to me of untouched nature, ancient places and wilderness like nothing ever before. Since this day Western Ghats have become something sacred for me.
Now when I know that as many as 39 places in the Western Ghats have been allotted World Heritage Site Status by UNESCO I truly appreciate it, because this place is truly ancient! In fact these mountains are older than the Himalayan range and in these days of climatic imbalance, it is a very precious biosphere.
Here are some pictures of the western ghats taken from many different regions I have visited.
So much to explore in Coorg!
It was only when I was writing this post that I realized that the Nilgiris were a part of western ghats. I always thought they were at the eastern side of the country, but then I looked up a map of Western Ghats and realized the actual placement. I have spent quite a bit of time at the foothills of the Velliangiri mountains near Coimbatore which are a part of the Nilgiri biosphere of Western Ghats and done some interesting trekking there.
It was only at one of my last Coimbatore trips in 2013 I guess, that I realised Coonoor & Ooty the popular sister hill-stations of the Nilgiris were really nearby. So I went off for a few days to Coonoor. With a quick day trip to Ooty.
It is amazing how one can keep traveling and just keep realizing how little you have traveled. I am really looking forward to traveling more in this area. Do more of nature trails and wild treks in this awesome biosphere of the Western Ghats!
Have you had any Western Ghats experiences?