(Last Updated on : 20/09/2014)
Charmadi Ghat is one of the most picturesque destinations situated in the Belthangady taluk of Dakshina Kannada district
of the south Indian state Karnataka
. It forms a part of Western Ghats
and a drive through the Ghat is quite risky. The place is uniquely rich in biodiversity and shelters a number of rare medicinal plants
. Many rare animal species of the world are also the inhabitants of Charmadi Ghat. The place is immensely enjoyed by the nature enthusiasts and its natural charm reaches its height especially during the rainy season.
Natural Beauty of Charmadi Ghat
Charmadi Ghat connects the Dakshina Kannada district to the Chikmagalur district
. Nature treats the tourists who opt for a drive through the Ghat for reaching Mangalore
from Chikmagalur in an exquisite way. The landscapes of the place are immensely scenic. Tranquillity and peaceful ambience of the place is very enchanting. Charmadi Ghat is endowed with lush greenery all over. Each and every curve which arrives in Charmadi Ghat is a testament of the amazing creations of nature. Many of the curves invite the tourists for halting and savouring the natural magnificence that envelops Charmadi Ghat. The hills of Charmadi Ghat are vibrant green with a number of mountain streams unfolding a natural charm.
Charmadi Ghat is sprinkled with a number of beautiful small waterfalls which spring to life during monsoons enhancing the natural beauty of the place. At the top of the Ghat, a milky waterfall can be witnessed plunging into the thick green virgin forest. Charmadi Ghat starts from Charmadi village and the place exhibits a stark change in the climate. Nearby attractions of Charmadi Ghat are Ballarayanadurga, a hilltop fort. The place has several coffee
and tea estates however very few of them can be visited by the tourists for short stays.
Trekking in Charmadi Ghat
Charmadi Ghat is also a paradise for trekkers and adventure lovers. In fact the Ghat offers a number of trekking trails, suiting the skills of amateurs and experts. Ballarayanadurga to Bandaje Arbi is a popular trekking trail in Charmadi Ghat. Experienced trekkers opt for the difficult ones however the unreliable weather conditions must be kept in mind. Frequent rains accompanied with mist often leads to difficulty in trekking. It is generally advised that trekking in Charmadi Ghat must be started in the mornings to assure safe returns before nightfall to the base. There are multiple trails for reaching the same peak which vary in their steepness and length.
Nearest airport to reach Charmadi Ghat is Mangalore International Airport
located at Bajpe. Nearest railways station is at Mangalore. The Ghat is also well connected with roadways. State Highway SH64 is on Charmadi Ghat and connects Dakshina Kannada and Chikmagalur districts. Charmadi Ghat lies at a distance of 10 kilometres from Dharmasthala
. Forest department guest houses and bungalows are available for accommodation. People can also hire rooms in the small and hamlets located hillside.