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.
Time: GMT +5½ 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.