India is a country blessed by the great bounty of nature, in terms of geographical features like mountains, plateaus, oceans, rivers and a lot more. One such amazing natural feature located in the South Western part of the country is the Western Ghats, which are a major tourist attraction, besides having a tremendous influence on the climatic conditions of the region.
Here is a list of the top hill ranges of the Western Ghats:
The Nilgiri hills or the Blue Mountains, as the name suggests, are located on the state borders of Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. These mountain ranges have scores of high peaks which exceed a height of 2000 meters. Nilgiris are known for their beautiful hill stations and amazing wildlife.
Next on the list of top hill ranges of the Western Ghats is the Anaimalai Range, which is situated in the states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Also known as Elephant Hills, it houses the highest mountain peak in the Western Ghats, namely Anamudi in the Idukki district of the state of Kerala.
Another major hill range in the Western Ghats is the Cardamom Hill range, which is known for its rich coffee and pepper plantations. The famous Idukki dam and Mullaperiyar dam are also located in this hill range.
Another one hill range in the list of top hill ranges of the Western Ghats is the Palni Hill range, which is surrounded by the Cumbum valley, Kongunadu region and Vaigai River. This hill range attracts a large number of tourists on account of the presence of a wonderful wildlife sanctuary called the Palni Hills Wildlife Sanctuary.
A hill range located at the meeting point of the Western and Eastern Ghats is the Biligiriranga Hills, which is famous for a temple and a wildlife sanctuary with the same name.
The top 5 highest peaks of the Western Ghats are listed below:
Located in the Eravikulam National Park at a great height of 2695 m, the Anamudi peak is not only the highest peak in the Western Ghats, but also the highest peak outside the Himalaya Mountains.
On the second position in the list of top 5 highest mountain peaks in the Western Ghats is the Meesapulimala peak, which stands tall at a height of 2640 m. It is located in the Idukki district of Kerala and offers recreational facilities like trekking and hiking for adventure loving people.
The Kolaribetta peak in the Nilgiris stands proudly at a height of 2630 feet to occupy the third position among the top 5 highest peaks in the Western Ghats.
Next on this list, with a height of 2623 m is the Doddabetta peak, situated in the Nilgiris range in the state of Tamil Nadu. The famous hill station of Ooty is located near this mountain peak.
Situated in the Mukurthi National Park in Nilgiris, the Kudikaddu mountain peak is on the fifth spot in this list. It stands at a great height of 2590 meters.
All these beautiful hill ranges and mountain peaks make the Western Ghats the “Paradise of South India” and attracts thousands of tourists to this region.