- Brahmagiri Trek
From Irupu falls, the trek starts to ascend towards the Narimane forest camp. It is a 1700 ft climb. The 4 km trek passes through a dense forest cover. There are very high chances of sighting a herd of wild elephants here. Further, a 5 km trek takes us to our destination - the peak of the Brahmagiri hill (a 600ft climb).
The rich biodiversity of the area offers a memorable experience for trekkers and nature enthusiasts.
- Trek to Tadiandamol Peak
From Kaikambe, the trek ascends to Nalknad palace which is a trek of 2.5 km (which is a 350ft. Climb) This palace was built around 1794 AD. A part of the palace will soon be converted into a museum displaying the local art and craft of the Kodagu region.
A further distance of 6Km leads up to a big landmark boulder, a short distance from where one reaches the peak.
- Kudremukha Trek
[Keep an eye out for the mysterious church ruins on the way up to the peak. It is said that the church had been built by the British during the colonial period, but has long been abandoned.]
The evergreen forests and humid weather of the Western Ghats makes the treks up these mountains different from those up in the Himalayan ranges. The peaks are also not as high and are more easily accessible. Travellers are advised to be careful about leeches, especially in the monsoon season.
Being biodiversity hot-spots, a trek to some of the areas of the Western Ghats may require special permission from the forest rang officers. Also, most treks are not more than a day long because it is mostly forbidden to camp near the forest area. Wildlife sightings are common, and the hills are dotted with wild flowers, making it a beautiful sight to behold. A trek to the Western Ghats can be a perfect gateway trek for beginners.