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Kanatal Hill Station - A Lost Hamlet

Located in the picturesque settings of the Garhwal Himalayas, the charming hill station of Kanatal is a perfect weekend getaway for the weary souls. Encircled by the sun-kissed peaks and the velvety coniferous trees, Kanatal still remains relatively unexplored. 

The tiny hamlet of Kanatal is perched at an elevation of 8,500 feet above sea level on Mussoorie - Chamba road. Kanatal is a perfect winter destination as it snows here and is also an ideal place for camping. 

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Kanatal Tour Packages

Harsil Luxury Tour Package
6 Days/ 5 Nights
₹. 26,900.00
Budget Camping in Kanatal
2 Days / 1 Night
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Why Visit Kanatal Uttarakhand?

The pleasing environs, the salubrious weather and the quietude of Kanatal are enough to lure any traveler to visit this place. Although, the place is relatively unexplored and secluded traveling here is swift and easy as the hill station is well connected with motorable roads. 

You can stroll around the village, visit the apple orchards, breathe in the scent of the rhododendrons, pick the wildflowers, enjoy photography and bond with nature itself. You can also have a little chit-chat with the locals to know how life is in the hills or pay obeisance at the small village temples. Meditate and get rid of all the unguarded thoughts in the pleasant ambiance of Kanatal.

The town is far and far away from the pollution, humidity and hustle-bustle life of the cities.

One of the popular tourist attractions, the Surkanda Devi temple is located only 10 km away from Kanatal.

The adventure lovers can go on a quest into the wild and walk through the dense Kodia Jungle located only 1 km from Kanatal. You can savor the refreshing views of the bubbling natural springs and if lucky, you can spot a few wild animals. Also, Tehri Dam which is yet another touristy place in the proximity of Kanatal should be visited at any cost. For excursions, one can visit Chamba, Mussoorie, and Dhanaulti that can be easily accessed from Kanatal. 

Activities in Kanatal

  • Hiking: Kanatal offers ample opportunities for trekking and hiking in the lush green forests in the vicinity. In the summer season, trekking can be paired with camping which makes for an ideal outdoor activity.
  • Ayurveda Spa: Some resorts in Kanatal offer full body Ayurvedic treatments for their guests where traditional herbs and medicines are used to cure mental and physical ailments as well as stress.
  • Nature Walks: The abundant flora that encapsulates Kanatal is perfect place for nature lovers who always seek the company of nature. Nature Walks are ideal activity to explore and enjoy Kanatal’s phenomenal beauty.

Kanatal Travel Tips

  • There is no ATM or petrol pump facility at Kanatal. It will be wise to take care of money and fuel at Mussoorie or Chamba itself.   
  • Winters are excruciatingly cold but beautiful at the same time, so carry heavy woolens if travelling during the winter season. 
  • When travelling in monsoons, it is wise to check with local authorities, tour guides or tour operators about the weather and road conditions before you actually start your journey.
  • Kanatal can be visited throughout the year. However, best time to visit this hushed hamlet is during summers.

Staying in Kanatal

Kanatal is a hidden jewel that has only recently caught the eyes of tourists who want peace and tranquility in the lap of Mother Nature. Being a hidden destination, there are only a handful of accommodation options available at Kanatal. There are quite a few luxury and semi-deluxe resorts and hotels at Kanatal with all the amenities and facilities. Tent accommodations are also available at Kanatal. We recommend Pahadi House in Kanatal as it offers local cultural experience and cuisines for guests.

Kanatal Food Guide

Kanatal is a remote hill station and it is still untouched by urbanization, so one does not find any fast food joints and restaurants here. The only restaurants you find here are the ones in the resort and hotels. These restaurants in hotels serve mostly multi-cuisine Chinese, continental or north Indian food.

History of Kanatal

History goes around that Kanatal gained its name from the now dried lake with the same name. To personify the lake existence this hidden hill station was named after the lake itself.

Local lore about Kanatal

The locals believe that once there was an emerald lake in the region by the name of Kanatal, which dried up with time and doesn’t exist anymore. Therefore, the place was named as Kanatal which literally suggests the 'dry lake' in the local language. 

Kanatal Photo Gallery

Mesmerizing sunset view from Kanatal, Tehri Garhwal
Splendid view of majestic Himalayan peaks from a small yet one of the best hill stations 'Kanatal' which is situated on Mussoorie-Chamba road in Tehri district of Uttarakhand.
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