35 Short Hikes to explore in India
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It is believed to be the birthplace of Lord Hanuman. The temple sits on a hill, you need to climb over 500 steps to reach it. The view of the old ruins of Hampi along with the paddy fields around the hill is a magnificent sight.
A huge cave surrounded by the thick forest. The cave is known for its fossil formations, limestone structures, and stalagmite and stalactite formations which are believed to be millions of years old. It houses many narrow passages and chambers, as well as a stream that flows inside the cave.
Third highest concrete gravity dam in India which is 138 metre tall and is constructed as a part of Idukki hydroelectric project along with the two other dams at Idukki and Kulamavu. One of the main Picnic spot and viewpoint in Idukki
A large sculpture of Christ the Redeemer on top of a hill, overlooking valleys and mountain ranges below. About 2 kilometers of hiking(one side) is required to reach the place. Especially popular for sunset views.
An important base for the Karnataka Forest Department's elephants. At present, after logging operations with elephants have ceased, the elephants have been practically retired except for giving interaction activities with them to tourists.
Dramatic, multi-tiered waterfalls in picturesque surrounds, with an easy walking trail and stairs. The local Khasi people called it Ka Kshaid Lai Pateng Khohsiew (or “Three Steps Waterfalls”). The British renamed the falls because there used to be a rock resembling an elephant near the left side of the main falls (which I think was the bottommost one). However, that rock was destroyed in an earthquake back in 1897.
Located near to the famous Paithalmala of Kannur, Ezharakund Waterfalls consists of a series of waterfalls along a stream, with rocky pits of varying sizes and depths underneath every fall. A hike along the stream give visitors access to all the falls, and pools for swimming.
A short hike to view an incredible sunset, and of the valleys and towns laying below. The peak is named after George Everest who was the Surveyor General of India from 1830 to 1843. The majority of the Great Trigonometrical Survey in India was completed under him. His house is located 300 meters down the peak.
Illikkal Kallu (Illikkal Rock) is a large rock located 900 meters above the sea level on Illikkal Mala (Illikkal Mountain) in the Western Ghats. The rock is peculiar for its view, with half of it fallen down years ago and the remaining half still standing tall intimidating and fascinating its visitors. The beauty of the landscape is comparable to that of the popular Pillar Rocks at Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu.
Joshimath, also known as Jyotirmath, is a city and a municipal board in Chamoli District. It is a gateway to several Himalayan mountain climbing expeditions, trekking trails and pilgrim centers like Badrinath. It is home to one of the four cardinal pīthas established by Adi Shankara.