Sahyadri Trekking Maps

This site is a collection of trekking maps of the Sahyadri range that I have created using GPS (Global Positioning System) technology.
GPS technology, which utilizes signals from orbiting satellites, enables an accuracy of within 15 feet or 5 meters anywhere on the surface of the globe. Such an unprecedented level of accuracy had never been available until just a few years ago. Without this technology, the maps on this website would not exist.

This website has been created as a free resource to the general trekking community. The maps presented here can be freely downloaded from this website and distributed, provided the original maps are not altered in any way. You can also display these maps at your website if you wish to do so. The use of these maps is restricted to non-commercial use only.

Maps are being added periodically to this website. If you wish to be notified by e-mail whenever an addition is made, contact me (Mahesh Chengalva) at
DrChengalva@hotmail.com so that you can be added to the mailing list.

Click on any of the links below to view and download the corresponding map:
Now that you have had a look at at least some of the maps, the question may come up: Why create these maps? The answer is as simple as "Why not?!". I love trekking and creating these maps provides me with another opportunity to re-live the experience, particularly when it takes longer to make a map than to trek the corresponding terrain!
Besides, this is a way for me to give back something to the general trekking community and spreading the message of responsible trekking. It is particularly disappointing to see ancient monuments being damaged or defaced by irresponsible trekkers. Many trekking spots have significant quantities of litter of all types. It is a pity that some trekkers do not follow the 'leave no traces' principle. The Sahyadris have an unmatched wealth of natural beauty and historical importance that needs to be preserved forever. Since the maps on this website are being downloaded and distributed widely, these form the ideal vehicle to convey the message of preservation.
The idea of creating maps first came to my mind after a trek to the Duke's Nose area near Khandala when I was an undergraduate at IIT Mumbai. The train from Mumbai got delayed and we reached Khandala at 3 am. It was then decided that we trek through the night and hopefully reach Duke's Nose summit to watch a great sunrise. Nobody in our group of a dozen trekkers had ever been to Duke's Nose before. We could not even find anyone to ask for directions so early in the morning. To make a long story short, we ended up climbing the WRONG mountain and realizing it only when we reached the summit and saw Duke's Nose right across the valley, so near and yet so far! (If you see the map of the Duke's Nose area, you'll know which mountain we climbed mistakenly).

It is one thing to want to make accurate maps, but yet another to be actually able to do so. During most of my approximately 100 treks in the Sahyadris, the most I could do was to make crude sketches for maps. Along came a technology a few years ago that changed this entirely. It is called the Global Positioning System (or GPS), which utilizes 22 special satellites in low-earth orbit that continuously transmit signals all over the globe. A portable GPS receiver can determine its position anywhere on the planet to an accuracy of within 15 feet or 5 meters! This technology has enabled numerous applications previously unheard of, including the maps shown on this website.

I hope you find the maps and other information at this website useful. Your contributions to this site are welcome and will be acknowledged here. You can copy the maps presented here and freely distribute these around, including putting them up on your own website too. If you have friends who are interested in trekking, you may want to send them this web site address since they may also find the information useful. The only thing I expect in return is for you to spread the message of responsible trekking to your fellow trekkers and beyond. Your feedback is most welcome (e-mail: DrChengalva@hotmail.com). Other than this, there is little more I can say, other than HAPPY TREKKING!

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