The Western Ghats are also known as Sahyadris in Hindi, which literally translates to “the benevolent mountains”. The colloquial christening must have been done owing to how important they are in terms of biophysical and ecological processes that take place through the entire western coast of the Indian peninsula. Surprisingly, the Western Ghats are even older than the Himalayas, which is a testimony to their significance in moderating the climate of the region. The mountain chain is approximately 1,600km long and runs through the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
Where is it: Everywhere between Gujarat and Tamil Nadu on the Indian west coast.
Why visit: The mountain chain is home to at least 325 species of flora and fauna that are universally endangered.
How to reach: Travel to any of the states listed above via whichever medium of transport and you will be able to spot them.