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In pics: Monsoon along the Western Ghats

Breathtaking views of the Western Ghats
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The lush Western Ghats are older than the Himalayas. It’s home to an extensive ecosystem consisting of a variety of flora and fauna, many of which are unique to India. A Unesco World Heritage Site, the Western Ghats are spread across the Indian states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra, and Gujarat. Adorned with distinct hues of green and spectacular views, monsoon in the Western Ghats is a sight to behold. Here’s a look in images.

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Kerala

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Monsoon clouds drift above the plush green tea plantations of Munnar, Kerala. Munnar is South India’s largest tea-growing region.

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The picturesque landscape of the Periyar Tiger Reserve became Kerala’s first tiger reserve in 1978. Periyar’s hilly jungle scenery takes on a magical feel with the onset of monsoon.

Tamil Nadu

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The rolling Nilgiri mountains are a part of the Western Ghats of Tamil Nadu. Its rich ecosphere inhabits various endangered spices of plants, mammals, and birds.

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Kodaikanal (Kodai) is a misty hill station in Tamil Nadu. Its year-round cool weather attracts tourists from all across the country. The rains are just a cherry on top of its scenic beauty. Pictured above is a calming view of the Pillar Rocks in Kodaikanal.

Karnataka

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With its tropical evergreen rainforest, waterfalls, and stunning biodiversity – Agumbe in the Western Ghats’ of Karnataka, is the second wettest place in India. Pictured above is the Boulengers Tree Frog, an endangered species, found in the forests of Agumbe.

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The Western Ghats offer thrilling topography as well as a refreshing backdrop for a perfect road trip. Pictured here is Charmadi Ghat, Chikkamagaluru, Karnataka.

Goa

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The impressive Dudhsagar Falls in Goa, the second-highest waterfall in India, thrives with the arrival of the monsoons.

Maharashtra

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The Western Ghats, also known as Sahyadri in Maharashtra, is popular with travellers and trekkers during the monsoon season.

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Khandala’s dense forests offer an atmospheric mirror to Shimla and Darjeeling, with added jungle appeal.

Gujarat

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Nestled in the Sahyadri range, Saputara has an abundance of pretty gardens, lakes, and waterfalls.

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Numerous waterfalls come to life with the onset of rains in South Gujarat.