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Kanatal Uttarakhand | A trip that had to happen

Updated: Jan 2, 2023


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Kanatal Kaudia range Uttarakhand



Kanatal Kaudia Range Uttrakhand is a small village/hamlet at Jaunpur Block in Tehri Garhwal District of Uttarakhand State, India which comes under Kaudia Range Panchayath. The history of Kanatal traces back several decades when a small lake known as the "taal" or "pond" drained up. When it dried up, people began to refer to it as kaana taal. In Hindi, the word kaana usually refers to a dry well or pond. The nearby area of the taal is called Kanatal.


Kanatal tourism

Beautiful Kanatal
Beautiful Kanatal

One of the main reasons why people visit Kanatal Uttrakhand is because of its scenic beauty and tranquillity. The place is ideal for nature lovers, adventure seekers, and those who want to enjoy a peaceful holiday away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Some popular tourist attractions in Kanatal Uttrakhand include Surkanda Devi Temple, Kodia Jungle, Tehri Dam, Kunjapuri Temple, and Kharsali Mahadev Temple. There are also several adventure sports activities that tourists can enjoy in Kanatal Uttrakhand such as trekking, camping, mountain biking, and rock climbing.


Delhi to Kanatal distance


Delhi to Kanatal distance is 295 Kms and takes approximately 7 to 8 hrs by road. Kanatal Uttrakhand is connected by road to Delhi and other major cities. You can reach Kanatal Uttrakhand from Rishikesh or Dehradun (Uttrakhand), both are connected by railways from Delhi. The nearest airport to Kanatal is Jolly Grant airport, Dehradun.

To plan your weakened trip to the amazing natural beauty of the Himalayas connect on Kamal@grokalp.com or call me on +918218274321

Kanatal Bike Trip
Kanatal Bike Trip

I started my bike ride from Delhi towards Meerut which was our first stop at Chotiwala Restaurant. Reaching the breakfast spot where everyone was waiting for me, which took an hour and a half. The roads were wet, but I maintained my speed and arrived on time despite the downpour. I left my bike there and hopped onto one of the vehicles to continue my journey toward Rishikesh with the group.

Kanatal View
Kanatal View


Kanatal Weather


Kanatal weather in summer (April - June) As with most places in Uttarakhand, the summer season in Kanatal is an ideal time to visit. As temperatures range from 25 to 38°C, visibility is excellent, with a cool breeze in the evenings. This is a perfect summer getaway as it still enjoys a relatively cooler climate even in the hottest part of the year. All outdoor activities like trekking, camping, and exploring can be enjoyed during this season


Kanatal weather in monsoon (July - September) During this short, two-month period, people shouldn't go to Kanatal. Being a remote location at an elevated height it tends to receive an incessant amount of rainfall that results in flooding, cloud burst, poor visibility, and strong winds. The entire village becomes inaccessible and could be life-threatening if visitors are not careful. Although the vegetation around Kanatal becomes lush during this time of year, the risks outweigh the rewards.

Scenic Kanatal
Scenic Kanatal

Kanatal weather in winter (October - March) is another one of the most enjoyable times to explore and enjoy Kanatal. With temperatures dropping to as low as 1 to 15°C, the entire village gets covered in a blanket of snow. This time presents a unique opportunity for camping and winter treks, offering jaw-dropping views of the Garhwal Himalayas surrounding the valley.

This is also the season when the beloved Dussehra Festival is celebrated. Special energy and a peaceful atmosphere are created by the thousands of people flocking to this quaint town to take part in the celebrations and rituals.


Kanatal Temperature


Kanatal temperature has its own significance each time of the year which is why tourists can visit throughout the year. The summers are very pleasant with temperatures reaching up to 28 degrees Celsius. The winter months (December-February) bring snowfall, but the temperature falls to 3 degrees Celsius. In Kanatal, the weather is perpetually cold, resulting in a calm atmosphere that affects both visitors and locals alike.

Kanatal Mountain Valley
Kanatal Mountain Valley

Plan your Kanatal trip with us and experience Kanatal at the best time of the year.

Kanatal Temperature in monsoon drops down and brings heavy rainfall in the area, after which the place looks refreshed and blooming, so the reason to visit Kanatal was clear. We wanted to see the lush green beauty of that place. As the ride was immediately converted into a road trip and the convoy of our vehicles entered Rishikesh the twists and turns began. The mountains began to show their true beauty. The trees and plants began to appear greener than before. We were overwhelmed by its grandeur, to say the least about it. We were all keen to see that place one day, but that is a story for another day

Kanatal Mountain Range
Kanatal Mountain Range

When our convoy reached Kanatal (at an altitude of 8500 ft), it was still dark outside; however, there was nothing dark about our moods or spirits which started soaring higher with every step we took towards our campsite “The Kanatal Orchard” overlooking the Himalayas from all directions.

Kanatal Orchard Camp Site
Kanatal Orchard Camp Site

Kanatal Camp


Kanatal Camp is always an intriguing activity when looking forward to having an adventurous weekend in Kanatal. Camping in the Northern Himalayas is no less than a cherry on the cake for all the adventure buffs. The serene surroundings and the thrill of enjoying exhilarating activities in the mountains make Camping in Kanatal a treat for both your mind and body.


While enjoying the scenic beauty of the Garval Valley we reached Chamba the market before entering Kanatal. Our next stop was Kanatal Orchid, which is an eco-tourism camp amid the scenic beauty and quiet of the green hills near Kanatal. After passing the heritage shops of the market and admiring the routine of the locals, we arrived at our destination.


Perched at a height of 8500 feet, the camp offers a peaceful holiday away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The peaceful atmosphere, unobstructed view of the Himalayas, and wide range of adventure activities make it apart from other camps in Kanatal.

Kanatal Orchard Camp Dining Area
Kanatal Orchard Camp Dining Area

In Uttarakhand, the Kanatal Orchids promote eco-tourism, encourage organic farming, and create local jobs.


They do not cater to walk-in guests. For pre-booking contact us. +91 8218274321

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Kanatal Camp Site View
Kanatal Camp Site View

Best time to visit Kanatal


The best time to visit Kanatal is from October through to November as the weather is usually mild and warm, with very little rainfall. However, this is also the high season for tourism so expect prices of accommodation and activities to be higher.


The longest day between sunrise and sunset is usually June. Therefore, if you want to get the most out of your daytime activities, be sure to plan your visit around this time. On average it rains the most days in September, making it the wettest month of the year. Although it’s the wet season, it can often rain a little bit during the day or evening. However, it can also have fine weather for the majority of the day.


Kanatal Orchids
Kanatal Orchids

Places to visit in Kanatal


As you embark on your holiday, places to visit in Kanatal and activities. The temple is located 5 km away from the city centre. A trek of 2 km can be taken to reach it. A lot of tourists visit the Tehri dam. You can explore the places in the state of Uttarakhand in the second half of the day. You shouldn't overlook the sunset.


The town of Chamba has a lot to offer and is a good place for tourists to visit. There are temples, churches and mosques in the area. The Lakshmi Narayan Temple is the main attraction in Chamba town. The carvings are on the ceiling and the walls. The locals believe the Madhav Sarovar and Rani Tal ponds to be sacred. There are many shrines to Hindu gods around the city of Chamba.


Nature walks can take place in the Kodai Jungle. Trekking for 5 to 6 km from Kanatal to Chamba is one of the things to do in the area. The jungle trails have great views of the surrounding hills and valleys and are home to wild orchids and thick vegetation. It is a great place to escape from city life. There are many animals and birds in this area, including wild pigs and Ghoral. The easiest way to get to the jungle is a walk from Kanatal. There's a trail near Hotel Kodai International. If you like camping you should plan a camping weekend in Kanatal.

Kanatal Scenic View
Kanatal Scenic View

If you go for the camping package, you will get a tent with a luxury room, delicious food, adventure sports, and a wide array of activities. There are sports like badminton and volleyball, and adventurous activities like trekking and rock climbing. A lot of things are available to do at night camping.


Do let us know when you are planning to visit Kanatal. OR you can read my blog on the Leh Ladakh Road trip and plan one with us.

Kanatal Scenic View
Kanatal Scenic View

The Garhwal Rifles Museum is a part of the History of the Indian Army. The Garhwal rifles museum has exhibits that are relevant to anyone interested in history. It is one of the best army museums in India with many objects, photographs, and documents related to the Garhwal Rifles of the Indian Army. The museum tells the story of bravery and sacrifice from the 18th century to the present day.


One of the best things to do in Valley crossing is due to the beautiful valleys. The rope activity is a popular tourist attraction and requires a lot of physical fitness and patience. A professional is doing it. The crossing is done with a rope. If you're a first-timer, you should try and cross it for a shorter distance and be a part of some of the best adventure activities in Kanatal.


The rocky outcrops and natural hills of Kanatal are ideal for rappelling and rock climbing. If you are going on a trip with a friend, there are lots of activities in Kanatal that are fun. The activities that are included with the package are mostly organized by private camp organizers and can be had for a heavy discount. It is one of the top things to do and will be mentioned in many destination guides and handbooks.


Seeing wildlife and camping in the forest are two of the most exciting things. The thick green vegetation in the Kodia forest range is rich with flora and is also known for its fauna. There are many rare bird and animal species in the forest. You should have your camera with you to take pictures of the scenic splendours of Kanatal.


The lifestyle of the locals can be seen by living in a Pahadi house. If you want to experience the best of village life you have to plan a different vacation with us. In a mud house, you don't need a roommate and you have access to the kitchen and the rest of the house. You can either spend your time interacting with the locals, exploring the village, or simply relaxing and enjoying the splendid sunsets. Homestays in Kanatal are located with Pahadi Houses.

Kanatal Night View
Kanatal Night View

Trekking to see the snowcapped vistas is a must-have experience if you are wondering what to do in Kanatal for a weekend vacation. The quaint hamlet of Kanatal is embedded in the state of Uttarakhand and is well-known for its hilltop experiences. It is located at an altitude of 8500 feet which makes it a good location to view the enormous Himalayan range. You will be drawn to the green thickets and the snow-capped mountains.

Kanatal River
Kanatal River

The best cottages in Kanatal are located in these ranges. It is possible to stay here amidst the beauty of nature. If you have the time, you can take a stroll through nature or look at the green scenery from a distance, as it will lead you to fall in love with the place. There are places in Kanatal that are perfect for camping.

Kantal View
Kantal View

Watch this video to enjoy the beautiful Kanatal Scenery





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