The Western Ghats or the Sahyadris constitute a mountain range along the western side of India. The range runs north to south along the western edge of the Deccan Plateau, and separates the plateau from a narrow coastal plain, called Konkan, along the Arabian Sea.
The range starts near the border of Gujarat and Maharashtra, south of the Tapti river, and runs approximately 1,600 km (990 mi) through the states of Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala ending at Kanyakumari, at the southern tip of India.
The area is one of the world’s ten “Hottest biodiversity hotspots“ and has over 5000 species of flowering plants, 139 mammal species, 508 bird species and 179 amphibian species; it is likely that many undiscovered species live in the Western Ghats. At least 325 globally threatened species occur in the Western Ghats.
The Sahyadri mountain range is a trekker’s haven with its rugged topography, majestic hill forts, ancient temples, expansive forests, and picturesque lakes.
Girivihar organises short and long duration treks to various forts and other interesting places in the Sahyadri all round the year. A bimonthly Hike circular is made available to the members which gives the itinerary or the scheduled treks for the next two months.