33 Short Hikes in India that you should visit - With photos & details

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33 Short Hikes to explore in India

The seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country, and the most populous democracy in the world. A hotpot of languages, religions, numerous cultures & traditions.

AbhayaranyamAbhayaranyam, Near post Office, Kodanad, Dist. Eranakulam, Kaprikad, Kerala 683544, India

The mini zoo housing elephants and deers.

Anachadikuth WaterfallsThommankuthu Road, Idukki, Thodupuzha, Thommankuthu, Kerala 685581, India

It is a lesser-known waterfall situated in the Idukki district. With the low depth and low rush of water, it is one of the safest waterfalls in Kerala.

Anjanadri Hill TempleHanumanahalli, Karnataka 583227, India

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.

Arwah Lumshynna CaveCherrapunjee, Meghalaya 793108, India

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.

Calvari Mount View PointThodupuzha - Puliyanmala Rd, Ayyappancoil, Kerala 685602, India

Soak in the views of Idukki Reservoir, the Western Ghat Mountains, and tribal villages.

Cheruthoni DamUnnamed Road,, Idukki Twp, Kerala 685602, India

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

Christ the Redeemer statue Thabore (Lord Jesus in Thabore hill top)Thabore - Kottathalachi Road, top, Tabore, Kerala 670511, India

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.

Dubare Elephant Camp-Resort-JunglelodgesKushalanagar, Nanjarayapatna, Karnataka 571234, India

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.

Elephant FallsUpper Shillong, Shillong, Meghalaya 793009, India

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.

George Everest PeakKhanij Nagar, Mussorie Range, Uttarakhand 248179, India

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.

Idukki DamCheruthony, Idukki Twp, Kerala 685602, India

One of the highest arch dams in Asia.This double curvature arch dam is constructed between two hills locally known as Kuravan and Kurathy.

Illikkal KalluKottayam, Kerala 686652, India

A half fallen dreadful rock, the mist clad mountains, and a dangerous bridge to hell.

Jakhu TempleJakhu Temple Park, Jakhu, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171001, India

An ancient temple in Shimla, dedicated to the Hindu deity Hanuman. It is situated on Jakhoo Hill, Shimla's highest peak, at a height of 2,455 m (8,054 ft) above sea level.

Jog FallsJog Falls, Karnataka

Created by the Sharavathi River dropping 253 meters (830 ft), making it the second-highest plunge waterfall in India after the Nohkalikai Falls with a drop of 335 meters (1100 ft) in Meghalaya.

JoshimathJoshimath, Uttarakhand 246443, India

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.

Kanayi kanamKannur, Kerala 670307, India

A small stream with several small waterfalls flowing through thick vegetation. The stream has several small pools that are filled with fishes.

Kanthalloor WaterfallsKanthalloor - Marayoor Rd, Kerala 685620, India

20 meters high waterfall set in the wilderness overlooking view towards open valleys. You can shower underneath the falls if you are willing to fight the coldness of the waters.

Kattikkayam WaterfallsPazhukkakanam Rd, Poonjar Vadakkekara, Kerala 686652, India

A short hike, a flight of steps, and then swim under the well-hidden Kattikkayam waterfall.

Keralam Kundu Waterfalls.Manjalam Chola Rd, Kerala 676523, India

The water gushes down over 45 meters to fall into a huge rocky pit which was formed over many centuries by water falling over it.

Kodaikanal Pine ForestKodaikanal Ghat Rd, Senbahanoor, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu 624101, India

A great place for some nature walking and photography. This is a popular tourist spot in Kodaikanal and has an option for horse riding. The pine trees were planted in 1906 in order to grow timber.