“I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” — RLS
The great English writer Robert Luis Stevenson nails the traveller’s impulse in this graceful line. Being a traveller and chronicler of his travels across Europe, he looked at wandering as nothing more than the simple urge to be on the move, aimlessly drinking the new sceneries, memorizing landscapes and collecting experiences.
When it comes to travelling, you get all kinds. Those who wish to travel by roads, riding motorbikes, gathering dust in folds of their sleeves, wearing an expression which seems to have been carved on a stone and sweeping vistas in glances. Then there are those who travel soberly, at a quiet pace, feeling walls of the old buildings, and finding pleasure in local sights and smells. Those who like to travel like tourists, you know people who find relics more alive than sensations. There is another kind that is drawn towards nature, large bodies of water, smoking mountains, the soft wet sands and lush green vegetation; and you will find such travellers in plenty, peacefully coursing through Western Ghats.
If you’re planning to travel to Western Ghats, also known as the great escarpment of India, the possibilities are endless. Running for about 1600 kms through Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, It is one of the eight biological hotspots in the world and is home to several national parks, wildlife sanctuaries and forest reserves, quite a few of which are also World Heritage sites. Alongside the mountain ranges stretches the Konkan Coastline and if beach is your thing, you can always hop over to the coast.
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In terms of mobility, Western Ghats have a little bit for everyone. If you are used to hassle-free travel then of course there’s the train. That journey is said to be one of the most scenic in all of India. Monsoons are the ideal time to travel when low looming clouds and rain-washed flora will only add to the magnificence. And obviously, it is a kind of Narnia for wildlife people and bag packers whom you will find in great numbers, travelling for reasons of scientific curiosity and forest adventure. Also, let’s not miss trekkers and climbers who will find many peaks to scale.
Kaas plateau, situated in the Sahydari Range, is a petite version of the Valley of flowers. It is home to over 150 species of flowers of every imaginable shape and colour that bloom between August and September and softly sloping hills that are a beautiful, almost overwhelming green after the rains, rolling onto one another. The effect is such that it’s almost an equivalent of Florence Syndrome, just that the artist here is Nature herself.
Among the most treasured portions of mankind’s heritage is the Silent Valley National Park situated in the Nilgiri Hills in Kerala. Preserved from intrusions of ecological imbalance and footprint, the Silent Valley National Park with its virgin tropical rain forests is the pulse of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. The Silent Valley is shut off as if by some design of nature on all four sides by running ridges and escarpments shielding it almost miraculously from human intervention and climatic extremities. With its unspoiled and uninterrupted ecological past, this wondrous phenomenon of nature has its own special micro climate. For travellers that hunger for exotic ecological sites, the Silent Valley should be a must-go-to destination on their travel itineraries.
The Konya Wildlife Sanctuary is yet another unique ecological environment in which all the interwoven elements are in harmony with each to preserve the delicate balance of nature of this ecosystem. The sanctuary is a thick forested area and just like the Silver Valley, is protected from human intrusion by natural barriers such as a lake on one side and Western Ghats escarpments on the other side. These natural protective barriers are the reason for the thriving biodiversity of the region. The sanctuary is home to the endangered Bengal Tiger, the leopard, the seemingly invincible Indian bison, deer like the barking deer and Sambar deer. Other residents include large reptiles, Indian pythons and even King Cobras.
If you are an avid traveller and have not been to the Konya Wildlife Sanctuary, you don’t know what you are missing.
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