10 Hill Stations in South India you should visit this summer

by Arjun Dikshit
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When you are tired of the heat and the monotonous schedule, when everything feels dull and all you need is a big break, then nothing is as refreshing as a hill station holiday. It is very peaceful and exhilarating to wake up under the blue sky that is surrounded by cool hills and breathtaking views. The top ten Hill Stations in South India listed below are awe-inspiring for spending a beautiful holiday with friends or family and creating special long lasting memories. Even for honeymoons, these are the best tourist places in south India as the hilly regions offer a romantic environment recollected in tranquility. In short, it feels like heaven.

Top Hill Stations in South India

Ooty, Tamilnadu

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Ooty is called the ‘Queen of Hill stations’ and it is a popular honeymoon spot plus a family holiday destination which is located beautifully between the misty mountains and cotton clouds. Hill atop gardens, Nilgiris or ‘Blue Mountains’ and miniature toy train are terrific add on to the captivating scenery.  It is amongst the most exotic tourist places in south India which greets people with evenly spread grasslands, sky-high mountains, tea gardens and dense forest all around the year.

Munnar, Kerala

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Munnar is also called the toy town hill station located in Kerala which is snuggled in greenery and away from the hectic routine clad life. It is known for tea gardens, waterfalls, and lakes. You can visit the Kannan tea museum and walk through the tea gardens laid with the placid trails. The exotic flora and fauna throughout Munnar are sure to take your breath away. There are some heavenly viewpoints which will make you fall in love with this place. Enjoy sipping the brew in small tea stalls while sightseeing and visit the homemade chocolate store to please your taste buds with well processed superior quality chocolates. Munnar is amongst the most desired tourist places in south India for buying tea, chocolates, etc. apart from sightseeing. The best time to visit is from September to May.

Devikulam, Kerala

Devikulam is one of the most gorgeous hill stations and tourist places in South India located 16 kilometers from Munnar. The Sita Devi Lake is the prime attraction of this area. The lake is held sacred and the scenic beauty is unsurpassable. Tall trees, sparkling clear water, and birds chirping around feel so soothing. The place attracts many tourists for its breathtaking views. The best time to visit is from September to May.

Coorg, Karnataka

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Located amongst the hills and valleys of the Western Ghats Coorg is the most spectacular hill Stations in South India. The place is adventurous and beautiful. Nestled within the lush greenery of Western Ghats is Abbey Falls where the water cascades down from 70 feet. The neighboring spice and coffee plantations bring new life to the aura of this pristine waterfall.  If you want to experience inner peace then a visit to a sacred place is must and Talacauvery is extremely sacred. Coorg is also the home for Namdroling Monastery which is a typical Tibetan Monastery. The paintings inside the temple describe the God, culture and some phases of Buddha’s life. The temple is termed golden because of the golden work done on every painting. The best time to visit Coorg is from October to April.

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Idukki, Kerala

Laden with sanctuaries, tea gardens, and national park, Idukki is the perfect escape from the daily grind of life. It is the most mesmerizing hill Stations in South India which offers a unique essence to life. The place is well known for its panoramic viewpoints, Thommankuthu Falls (a seven-step waterfall) and Idukki dam (Asia’s first Arch dam). Enjoy the spectacular views at the hill view park and if you are lucky enough, you can even spot wildlife. Idukki is ideal for nature lovers and trekking enthusiasts. The best time to visit is from September to March.

Coonoor, Tamilnadu

This ideal hill station is on the toy train line between Ooty and Mettupalayam. It is one of the most serene tourist places in South India which is extremely peaceful and relaxing. The rich greenery, manicured hills, and amazing scenery can leave one completely inspired. Creative people would love to lose themselves in nature and get inspired to come up with something interesting. The breathtaking views make one feel as if everything has come to a halt and all you would love to do is unwind and relax. The best time to visit is from November to February.

Vythiri, Kerela

Vythiri is a beautiful hill station destination where your stay in little cottages and resorts ornamenting their pleasant surroundings will make you fall in love with nature and simplicity. The place is perfect for those who would like to step back into the past and experience a simple cottage life. There will be urban modern facilities on demand, but those who visit this beautiful hill station get attracted to a simple life. The major attractions are Wayand Wildlife Sanctuary, Chembara Peak, Banasura Dam, Pookot Lake and Soochipara Falls. The best time to visit is from September to May.

Yercaud, Tamilnadu

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Yercaud is the known tourist places in south India which is also called the poor man’s Ooty with vast coffee plantations, dense and abundant forests and some great species of flora and fauna that offers an amazing gorgeous view. Explore a panoramic view of the entire town of Salem from the Pagoda Point and visit the temple devoted to Lord Rama between the Pagodas. The natural beauty and scenery of the Eastern Ghats look lovely during the sunsets and sunrise. For nature lovers, their stay in vacation cottages built on the hill slopes is sure to offer a wonderful experience. Other major attractions are Killiyur falls, Silk farm, Botanical gardens, etc. The best time to visit is from September to May.

Ponmudi, Kerala

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Experience the charm of nature in magnificent placid surroundings of Ponmudi. The lush green hills and valleys, streams and waterfalls, tea plantations and fresh soothing breeze of air are perfect to laze around and feel completely relaxed. If you love adventure then a visit to the mini zoo, Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary, jungle safari to Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary and Trekking will certainly attract you. Walk through the Deer Park and Ponmudi Crest is a must. The best time to visit is all around the year

Kodaikanal, Tamilnadu

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Last, but not the least Kodaikanal is also known as the princess of hill stations in South India is the most ideal getaway resort to people in metropolitan cities. The forested valleys, waterfalls, lakes, granite cliffs and many other captivating viewpoints are certainly mesmerizing for those seeking a break from their daily life.  The enchanting Green Valley view also known as the suicide point offers a breathtaking view of the hills and valleys. Some other magnificent spots are the Devil’s kitchen, Echo point, Guna Caves, Kodai lake, Bear shoal falls and Coakers Walk. The place is abundant in natural beauty and perfect for adventurous freaks who love to explore untouched places. The best time to visit is from March to June and from December to February.

Visiting these beautiful hill stations in south india is certainly wonderful to feel the real inner peace because the crowd is less at hill stations and you can enjoy interesting activities to divert your mind. You will also come in contact with people who are more energetic and joyful. The weather at these hill stations will also keep your mind calm. So, if you are constantly reminding yourself that it’s time to give myself the inner peace I deserve and protect my mind then your visit to hill stations in South India is a must.

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