The Western Ghats start near the border of Gujarat and Maharashtra and run about 1,600km through the states of Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, ending at Kanyakumari, at the southern tip of India.
The Western Ghats are one of the world's hottest biodiversity hotspots, with over 5,000 species of flowering plants, 139 species of mammals, 500 plus bird species and 179 amphibian species. At least 325 globally threatened species occur here. The Western Ghats are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The monsoon months of June to September are best avoided. Rainclouds are forced to climb to clear the Western Ghats and in so doing they deposit most of their rain on the western side of the mountains. The eastern side receives less rainfall, but these are still wet months. Temperature vary according to elevation and distance from the equator.
There’s a variety of accommodation across this huge region, from elegant villas and suites on working plantations to Ayurveda retreats, and rustic-chic treehouses to atmospheric hill station estates
The 'palace for Ayurveda' is dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of its guests through a full range of Ayurvedic treatments.
An 80 hectare spice plantation with elegant suites and treehouses, ideal for experiencing life in rural southern India.
An all-villa resort set on a working coffee plantation, with opportunities for outdoor pursuits and relaxation.
A charming resort with rooms and treehouses set on a coffee plantation, ideal for walking and relaxing.
Time: GMT +5 hours
Flight time from London to Delhi is 8 hours 30 minutes and to Mumbai is about 8 hours.
Language: The official language is Hindi, which about 30% of the population speaks. English is very widely spoken and is used for official and commercial purposes.
Required for British travellers. Other nationalities should obtain advice from their embassy.
There are no compulsory vaccinations.