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Things To Do In Kanatal
Kanatal is a tranquil and charming village of Mussoorie, nestled on the Chamba-Mussoorie Road in Uttarakhand. Relatively remote, Kanatal offers magnificent views, flourishing foliage, and exciting exploration events. It is a perfect weekend getaway for visitors looking for a combination of fun and peaceful vibes. The summer and winter time are the most ideal to travel here. Camping, trekking and trips to the Sukanda Devi Temple are just some of the fascinating activities on offer here. Below is a list of the must-do activities in Kanatal.
This is one the best things to do when visiting Kanatal. Visitors can begin their sightseeing experince by checking out the Surkanda Devi Temple, approximately 5 km away. It was built in dedication to Goddess Sati and is a remarkable example of the Garhwali style of architecture. Additionally, the Tehri Dam is another popular tourist spot famed for its natural beauty and panoramic views. Chamba and Dhanaulti are just some of the other interesting winter destinations worth checking out nearby to Kanatal.
Kodia Jungle Trek
Due to Kanatal's rich natural landscape and pleasant weather, it is no surprise that trekking is one of the best things to do here. The 5 to 6 km trek to the Kodia Jungle which is one the way to Chamba, is one of the most exciting actitivites on offer. The trekking trail is blsessed witscenic views and the jungle itself has a rich variety of flora and fauna like
Kanatal is famed for its special outdoor camping spots especially during the summer season. The weather is warm, but still relatively cooler than most of the other neighbouring cities. This combined with the high visibility and diverse flora and fauna on offer makes this one of the best places to enjoy nature. Visitors can also indulge in a variety of treks and nature walks from these camping spots. This a fun activity for families and nature lovers alike!
Valley crossing is not for the faint of heart. A very popular tourist attraction, this rope-based activity involves visitors having to utilise their patience, strength and balance to pull themselves across the valley. It is conducted under professional guidance and visitors will be crossing an 80 foot deep valley in Kanatal. Beginners are recommended to try covering a shorter distance at first.
If trekking into the Kodia Jungle is not for you, it is recommended to check out the jeep safaris on offer. These safaris take visitors into the heart of the jungle, where they can observe and photograph a variety of plants of animals. Everything from Nilgai, falcons, ravens, musk deer, bears and even very rarely snow leopards can often be spotted. Naturalists flock here in the winter and summer to get a glimpse of the incredible wildlife on offer here.
Visit Surkunda Devi Temple
This temple is a whopping 10,000 feet above sea-level and marks the highest point in the village of Kanatal. Visitors who can make it to the temple can ejoy an incredible 360 degree view of the valley below, with the Himalayas in the backdrop. It is approximately an 8 km trip from the heart of Kanatal and another 2 km trek to get up to the temple. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, most pilgrims and devotees travel here to meditate and take in the serene natural landscape. A visit here is one the best things to do.
Experience a local Homestay
Staying in a local Pahadi House is one of the more offbeat things to do, but makes for a memorable experience nonetheless. Visitors stay in a mud-based house and get interesting cultural insights into the lifestyle of the local people of Kanatal. They can enjoy delicious, homemade delicacies and get a true taste of North-Indian life.