From the Malabar Giant Squirrels, Nilgiri Tahrs, Lion-tailed Macaque to Nilgir langurs and gaurs, if there is one way you can catch the raw wildlife of the Western Ghats, it is by exploring the mountains on foot. Taking you through beautiful landscapes, meadows, canopies and forests, trekking in the Western Ghats is truly a life-changing experience and probable the best activity to do in Tamil Nadu. Of all the treks, Maruti peak is considered to be the most scenic one and a fan favorite for frequent trekkers. Of late, trekking has been increasingly seen as a way to explore the mountains and a lot of tour operators and individual operators take people on treks to the Western Ghats. If you are in Tamil Nadu, spare a day or two for trekking.
Location: Western Ghats
For: Groups of friends and honeymoon couple
Difficulty Level: Moderate to difficult
Approximate Cost: Depends on tour operators and the permits required
Why you should do it: To see in person the landscapes and wildlife animals you have only been reading in geography books and fairytales. This place lets you in and offers a vibe that will change the way you perceive life and approach towards it.
Tips: The Western Ghats house tons and tons of leeches. So cover up accordingly. Carry enough snacks and water, sunglasses, hats, and insect repellants. If you are camping here, carry flashlights and power banks. Though connectivity is not a concern, do check out the experience of your tour operator before booking.