Adventure tourism has always been appealing for hordes of travellers from across the world. South India offers hundreds of adventure hubs– small and big that are must-visits in your lifetime. That too on a train! Explore the top spots around this region that can fulfil your spirit and sense of adventure like you never imagined.

Western Ghats

Taking a train to Ooty or any other spots down South is quite popular, simply for the scenic beauty of the Western Ghats around. Plan a trip to Periyar via train and you will bein love with Nature forever.

Western Ghats in splendor

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As you move along the Ghats, you realise why this is one of the best of biodiversity hubs. It boasts 20 plus forest types as well. Karnataka has great trekking places such as Narasimha Parvata and Agumbe Ghat. Take a walking tour or hike around spots such as Silent Valley, Munnar, Sakaleshpura and Periyar. Other top trek spots are Pythal Mala, Chembra Peak and Agastyarkoodam Peak.


Tamil is one of the best hubs for trekking and adventure tourism in India. Let us not forget the hill hubs of Coonoor and Ooty.

Tea Gradens at Nilgiris

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The famed Hyderabad-Deccan trekking trail is blissful while Chittoor gives ample to explore for adventure enthusiasts. While here make sure you take a walk around Chinnar Forest.


Go deep into the greenery of the lush evergreen forest and patches of grassland at Thatekkad Bird Sanctuary said to house 550 different varieties of birds. Off the bank of the river Periyar, this bird sanctuary is a must-see for all lovers of nature and adventure.

Cauvery Fishing Camp

Hop onto a train to Bangalore and explore the flat lands diversify into hillocks and fields around. Once you reach Bangalore, take a hike 100 kms ahead to reach this destination.

Cauvery Fishing Camp

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Bheemeshwari is a camp on the river line that is daunted by mighty hills. The train ride up till Bangalore is refreshing and makes you recall the carefree days of childhood but once you reach the campsite, you will be bound to be submerged in fishing. The spot is well known as an angler hotspot.

A poet once compared trains to snakes looming past bends in an elephantine fashion. One train journey from your city/town to these Southern adventure gems indeed sanctifies the thought.