Western Ghats

#1 Jul 13th, 2005, 19:09
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I have been reading about trekking spots in India and besides the Himalayas, there are the Western Ghats. Has anybody done any treks in the Western Ghats?
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Thumbs up yeah!!!!

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come down to mumbai from that rarefied stratosphere and i will take u to some of the most thrilling treks in the western ghats. i have had quite a few treks...mostly solo in the Majestic and fearful (owing to the venemous snakes out there) Malshej ghat. Kalsubai...the highest peak in the sahyadris is also a very good one. specially if u get to the summit in the early hours of the day. check out the snap of Wilson dam taken from Kalsubai top.

there are many other trekking options in Western ghats. grab "Trek the Sahyadris" by Mr Kapadia....it has an exhaustive bulk of info about all the ranges in the western ghats.

in the snap....the skin is of a krate...completely fresh....i guess u know how venomous this snake is. so u will find all such dangerous creatures in the western ghats. besides, sometimes amyl

In himalayas one will get a shiver down the spine because of the treacherous paths at great heights and here in the western ghats u might well get a small poisonous reptile down ur spine while going under a bent branch in the jungle

hey hey.....spark in my head!!!
why not have a small trek of all the IMers who can manage to get together in Mumabi on some of these rainy weekends. what say guys?

please let know if its possible.
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The skin's about big enough to make a case for your phone

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The krait may be small, but its venom is about 15 times more deadly than the cobra. http://www.survivaliq.com/survival/p...ards-krait.htm

trekker, head to the Nilgiris, (ooty, Kodaikanal, Munnar) where you will find some great trails. But as amyl has pointed out, trekking in India is inherently dangerous.
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Smile Western Ghats, called the Sahyadris

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Originally Posted by trekker2 I have been reading about trekking spots in India and besides the Himalayas, there are the Western Ghats. Has anybody done any treks in the Western Ghats?
Living in Mumbai, the Western Ghats are the only real option for my weekend treks. Have been to most of the mountains; including the difficult ones.

As suggested by amyl, Harish Kapadia's book is very useful. Harish also lives in Mumbai....and has extensively roamed the Himalaya as well & is the current editor of the Himalayan Journal.
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Krait???

That does not look like a krait skin to me. Kraits have bands on their body and are grey/black in colour.
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well i too was a bit doubtful if it was a krait's skin....but talked to some locals there and they said its manyar(Marathi word) and then i looked up in the Indian Reptiles book i had just bot to get the english name....its krait.....may be its missing the flesh and all and also the snap is not that clear to convince someone that it is of krait

i had yet another real encounter with a manyar in the Nane Ghat of Malshej Ghat in Maharashtra....got a shock of my life when i turned around after washing my face to see what the local passerbys where excited about.....they were looking at a beautiful manyar floating in a stone-carved cistern. i was shocked because i was all alone on my tiny trek to Nane Ghat and also the cistern was the same where i had bent down into the same tank to reach the water level and fill in the bottle to wash out the sweat....and this was just seconds before they spotted it in the water....
so u c when i was filling in my emptied Mountain Dew bottle that pretty reptile must be watching my bony hands holding the bottle.......gosh!!! i was speechless thinking on what cud have had happended then if fusssss fusssssssss

since then i am very very careful on my Western ghat trails.......no hurry...no short cuts.....take it easy...hey that reminds me of a road side slogon on the Manali -Leh road.....

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...so do not hurry check all things around before venturing into any bushes in Maharashtra

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i have done some small treks in southern part of western ghat and nilgiri hills...
ther are in sheer contrast to the himalayan treks in the following
1. mostly small length
2. through rain forest
3. height is within 2000m so none will feel short of breath (no height sickness too)
4. no snow capped pics (beauty is half lost) but many waterfalls and beautiful clouds
5. treks are tea house kind of...

there are some treks in kearla, maharastra and karnataka. one famous one is the rail track trek in karnataka. rajamundry hills in kerala near munnar is also a popular one.
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Can I find this book of Mr Kapadia (Treks in Sahyadari) in South Mumbai store. Also had seen a book some time back called Forts of Maharashtra, not able to find one for quite some time, any idea about where would I get it.
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Question Trek the Sahyadris

is avlble at Strand Book stall and at all the Crossword book stall branches.

In S. Mumbai, Oxford and Magna should be good enuff. If nothing works then i'll ask Harish himself, as to where to get his book.
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Cool A Link

hey just thot of sharing one link here about Western Ghats.

just check it out

this has been developed and maintained by my good friend Abhi from Mumbai. before meeting him actaully i have had quite a few solo treks with accurate info-feeds from this really informative site.

http://deepabhi.tripod.com


peep in here if u need to know about Western Ghats (The Sahayadris)

cheers,
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nice link.....thanQ
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Outlook Traveller has published these books called

1. Hill stations in India
2. Trekking in India
3. 100 getaways from Bombay

These books will give u all the info u need on trekking in and around Maharashtra - and the western ghats.
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Western Ghats

There are two books giving information about trekking in the Western Ghats or the Sahyadris - One by Harish Kapadia which is available at bookstores and another called the Sahyadri companion which may not be that easy to get.
You could also join one of several hiking clubs in Mumbai and trek with them if you so wish.
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just bought the book

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Originally Posted by AvidTrekker is avlble at Strand Book stall and at all the Crossword book stall branches.

In S. Mumbai, Oxford and Magna should be good enuff. If nothing works then i'll ask Harish himself, as to where to get his book.
Hi

Just bought the book 'Trek the Sahyadri' by Mr Harish Kapadia. The cost (for other's benefit) is Rs 250 and its a good buy. Informative book.

Any treking clubs situated in South Mumbai?
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