Off the Beaten Path: Part I

off the beaten path part i

Why: Surrounded by ruined forts all round, it is a must visit to witness nature in all its glory. Skandagiri is home to some great sunrise treks How: Also known as Kelawara Betta, the hills are adorned by the ruins of Tipu Sultan’s fort, demolished during the British Rule, making it even more tempting to trek on. Located in the village of Chikkaballapura, Skandigiri overlooks the beauty of Nandi Hills, often known as Kalawara Durga. At an altitude of 1,350 metres, it is famous for its night trek. The trek is safe and marked for the convenience of travellers. Set an alarm as early as 4am to witness the sunrise on the hilltop or hire a mountain bike to experience the thrill. The Samadhi Caves here will also welcome you with open arms for hospitality.

P.S. Travellers also need prior permission from the forest department and an online ticket from the Karnataka Ecotourism Board

Why: The journey of the cacao bean to chocolate can be traced in Kerala’s landlocked districtWhen: The ideal time to visit is October to NovemberHow: Known as the ‘spice garden of Kerala’, Idukki is fast emerging as one of the prime destinations for the production of cacao in India…

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