Hiking in South India – What “else” to do in your Great South Indian Experience!

India is a huge country! There is no way you can cover everything in one trip. A lot of people visit Rajasthan (see our blog on Kutch if you want an alternate trip), Goa is always a favorite with beach lovers (personally we have had enough of it), those who are keen for some adventure go to the Himalayas up in the North, the North-East is a not so frequented gem and then there is the South (Kerala is a favorite among travelers and rightly so). This blog is for those who love hiking. We did one for the Himalayas (check out our blog here) and in this one we cover the top hikes in South India.

Hiking in South India

The states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu & Kerala offer some of the best hikes. As these states receive a good amount of rainfall and have a tropical climate, most of the hikes take you through muddy & marshy swamps, which are not the most easy trails you will ever be in. A lot of these trails do not have good sanitation facilities, so you will need to rely on locals offering their homes for you to stay for a day or two or camp out (we would strongly advise booking through a trekking company if you are not used to trekking in such conditions). So without further ado, here we go!

1. Kudremukha
Rolling hills, green meadows, waterfalls and also a coffee plantation to visit to, this is one of the most popular treks in Karnataka. While it rains heavily, the months of July to September are an actual bliss and this is the time we would recommend as well. The winter months of November to February are also a good time. You will need 2 days to do this trek.

 
 
 
 
 
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2. Kodachadri
This is not the easiest trek you will ever do, but it is one of the loveliest. The trek takes you through forests, swamps, a river crossing and eventually rewards you with a glorious view of the sea (if the weather is clear). The months of August to February are a good time to visit.

 
 
 
 
 
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3. Kumara Parvatha
This is hands down the most difficult trek we have done in South India. The final stretch has a high degree of elevation. The only time we would recommend to do this is in the months of October to February as the summer months can be really harsh.

 
 
 
 
 
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4. Tadiandamol
This is a really popular trek, due to it’s close proximity to Coorg, a popular town in the state of Karnataka. This is a short hike and can be done within a day if you are in Coorg (which we would highly recommend visiting). The months of November to February as the best time to hike this trail.

 
 
 
 
 
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5. Top Station
Top station in Munnar (Kerala) is a popular tourist spot, but it’s the hike that leads to Top Station which is an absolute bliss. The sight of the coffee plantations on the way is just mesmerizing and certainly a highlight of the hike. This is again a 2 day hike so you need to camp overnight (in a coffee plantation – watch out for the leeches)

 
 
 
 
 
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6. Chembra Peak
There are many trails leading to Chembra Peak and it really is only a 6 hr hike but the views from the top are just brilliant as you look down to all the tea plantations in and around the area. There is no bad time to hike except the peak summer months (April to June)

 
 
 
 
 
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7. Meesapulimala
This is another marvelous trek in the Munnar district of Kerala. It is one of the longer treks (24kms) that you can do in South India. This is definitely a trek that you should do on a guided tour as it’s very easy to get lost in the many trails that you would find on the way.  (Bangalore Mountaineering Club is who we would generally go with). The monsoon months of July & August are notorious for leaches but a good time to go but we would recommend the months of November to February as the temperature is milder.

 
 
 
 
 
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8. Dolphin’s Nose Hike
Shaped like a Dolphin’s nose, this 8km hike offers a panoramic view of the Kodai Hills. Kodaikanal in itself is a lovely town to visit in the state of Tamil Nadu.

 
 
 
 
 
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9. Perumal Trek
Another one in Kodaikanal. This is an easy trek and can be done within the same day. This trek is known for the panoramic views of the Nilgiri Hills. You also have an option to camp at the top of the hill if you prefer.

 
 
 
 
 
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10. Nagalpuram
Located in the state of Andhra Pradesh, this is a 2 day trek and known for it’s waterfalls and a natural pool which is quite popular with swimmers.

 
 
 
 
 
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