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Water bodies[ edit ] View from Varandha Pass Mahad showing the numerous waterfalls The Western Ghats form one of the four watersheds of India, feeding the perennial rivers of India. The majority of streams draining the Western Ghats join these rivers, and carry a large volume of water during the monsoon months. These rivers flow to the east due to the gradient of the land and drain out into the Bay of Bengal. The Periyar , Bharathappuzha , Pamba , Netravati , Sharavathi , Kali , Mandovi and Zuari rivers flow westwards towards the Western Ghats, draining into the Arabian Sea , and are fast-moving, owing to the steeper gradient. Jog Falls in Karnataka, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in India The rivers have been dammed for hydroelectric and irrigation purposes with major reservoirs spread across the states. The reservoirs are important for their commercial and sport fisheries of rainbow trout , mahseer and common carp.

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The beauty of trekking in the Sahyadris is different. It gives you hope instead of making you feel like an insignificant little ant, which happens when confronted by the majesty of mountains like the Kanchenjunga. Of course these treks are easier, but not just physically; the emotional and mental effects of these treks are a lot easier on the system, too! On a practical note, they take far less time — lots of them are one-day treks — and cost far less money. Harishchandragad Pic: rohit gowaikar 2 Kedareshwar cave of Fort Harishchandragad Harishchandragad is the second-highest peak in Maharashtra and is an extremely popular trek.

The bad news is that solitude has to be a state of mind if you hope to find it on this trek. The good news is that there are multiple routes for multiple skill levels, so you can choose whichever suits you best. The popular routes are via Khireshwar , Nalichi Vaat and Pachani.

If you want a short trek, you can get to your destination in under four hours if you take the Pachani route. The others are considered far more difficult, and take about seven hours.

Nalichi Vaat, especially, is quite arduous. There are two view points that are quite stunning. Konkan Kada is famous for good reason, after all! Kaas Plateau Pic: Travelling Slacker Kaas Plateau is best known for the flower trail, but the trek itself, if you choose to trek instead of doing it on wheels as far as they will take you, is quite good. If you do want to see the flowers — and they are spectacular — brave the possibility of crowds.

This trek will take you along the edge of the Sahyadri Tiger Reserve, right through the jungle, and you end up at fort set amidst lovely green cover. The second-best part about this trek is the Marleshwar Falls, which is really great. See, this is one of the advantages of trekking in the Sahyadris instead of the Himalayas — you can splash in the pools without fearing frostbite!

Pics: solarisgirl 2 This is a popular trek, though not popular enough to be overrun. The base village for this one, Khandas , is 34 km from Karjat. However, there is, apparently, a lesser known route from Lonavala to Bhimashankar, though that is for those who really like the road less travelled and the path not trodden.

This route will also take you to Kusur Plateau, which is extremely beautiful. Take a weekend to explore everything! Ratangad Pics: Elroy Serrao 2 This is definitely one of the best Sahyadri treks for those who are used to easy treks and would like to step it up a notch.

Recommended base village is Ratanwadi , which is about 50 km from Kasara. You can find buses to take you halfway to the village till Shendi , then hire a jeep or a boat, though the latter option is not advisable during monsoons. The first part of the trek is the same as that of the Harishchandragad trek. The river will make things interesting if you go during rainy season. You will need to cross it at least once and it might be quite full and in a hurry. But nothing venture, nothing gain, right?

For those who are especially adventurous, you could do three forts in the Kalsubai range — Kulang, Madan and Alang — together.

The base village will be Ambevadi. You will be required to try some rock climbing, so be prepared! You can, and most people recommend that do, stay overnight, but make sure you pack all your sleeping gear. But it is rewarding. Want to book a similar trip? Flights Booked?

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The beauty of trekking in the Sahyadris is different. It gives you hope instead of making you feel like an insignificant little ant, which happens when confronted by the majesty of mountains like the Kanchenjunga. Of course these treks are easier, but not just physically; the emotional and mental effects of these treks are a lot easier on the system, too! On a practical note, they take far less time — lots of them are one-day treks — and cost far less money. Harishchandragad Pic: rohit gowaikar 2 Kedareshwar cave of Fort Harishchandragad Harishchandragad is the second-highest peak in Maharashtra and is an extremely popular trek. The bad news is that solitude has to be a state of mind if you hope to find it on this trek.

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An entire season dedicated to the rains, when the gods go off to sleep, in India makes for an entirely different concept from that in the West. In fact during the monsoon months it is finally not too hot to step out and one can enjoy the great outdoors. The appetite returns which had turned to liquids during the peak of summer. One knows that monsoon is around the corner, when the frogs start croaking away whilst they lay their eggs bringing alive the eerie silence of summer. The migratory bird flies over the vast Indian Ocean from East Africa to make it in time for the beloved Monsoon of India. A lazy, parasitic bird can fly across thousands of miles in time to greet the monsoon. Pied Cuckoo or Chatak as seen just before the rains in the Western Ghats A lesson in Geography — The Western Ghats The monsoon is then the best time to explore what is known as the Sahyadris Range or the Northern part of the Western Ghats, a colossal wall formed millions of years ago due to volcanic eruptions known as Deccan Traps that slope downwards as it goes east and climbs higher as proceeds southwards towards the states of Karnataka and Kerala.

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Biography[ edit ] He began climbing and trekking in the range around Mumbai , the Western Ghats. His first visit to the Himalayas was almost 40 years ago[ when? His main contribution to Himalayan climbing has been to explore unknown areas and, in number of cases, to open up climbing possibilities. He was operated on for a dislocated hip-joint and had to spend two years walking on crutches, but that did not keep him out for too long and he has climbed for three decades after the injury.

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