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Reema Bhalla Jan 02 2014

Which are the best offbeat hill stations around Chennai?

Debangana Sen Jan 02 2014
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There are some interesting options you might consider when it comes to offbeat hill stations in Chennai.

1. Yercaud (around 360 km)

A pocket friendly option for trekkers, Yercaud with its rugged mountains cradling a serene lake, makes for one hill station that will render you breathless. Endlessly sprawling orange and coffee plantations spell this charming hill station, which also has numerous parks, viewing points, waterfalls and caves to offer you the thrill of exploration. Don't forget to throw in those walking shoes when packing for Yercaud.



Photo of Yercaud Lake (by Tamal Das)


2. Yelagiri (227.5 km)

The dream land of adventure lovers, Yelagiri calls out to you for a fun filled break. Another one of the uncharted territories near Chennai, Yelagiri is just the place you want to head to. Pleasantly free of commercialisation which a lot of hill stations ail from, the place is also the perfect place to get those postcard perfect shots. Yelagiri is going to ensure a fun filled picnic for you and your loved ones. Do pick the YMCA honey when here. To know more about this place, please check the Yelagiri Travel Guide.



Photo of Yelagiri Hill (by L.vivian.richard)


3. Horsley Hills (276 km)

Horsley Hills is a pleasant retreat in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. It offers splendid sceneries and numerous activities that you can enjoy. Located at a distance of 520 km, Horsley Hills is one of the best hill stations around Chennai, parts of which are virtually unexplored. Dense grove of Eucalyptus, Gulmohar, Mahogany, Jacaranda, natural sandalwood and many other exotic trees pave your way to this hill retreat.



Photo of Horsley Hills (by photoglot)


4. Kolli Hills (382 km)

Next on the list representing natural beauty in its purest form, Kolli hills is one of the few hill-stations that remains relatively untouched by commercialism today. However, two viewpoints - at Seekuparai and at Selur Nadu - are being developed to encourage tourism. The hill station is home to Agaya Gangai, a famous waterfall near the Arapaleeswar temple. Major scientific research about medicinal plants is pursued on these mountains.The government also holds a cultural tourism festival in August. On the whole, Kolli Hills is the ideal place for nature lovers, trekking clubs, hiking enthusiasts and meditation practitioners. Please check out the Kolli Hills Travel Guide page for more information



Photo of Kolli Hills waterfalls (by Docku)


5. Kotagiri (528 km)

Last but not the least, Kotagiri is more of a tea estate, in the shade of the Dodda Betta Range. There is little to do except trekking inside the Longwood Shola preserve. But the spectacular 220o, take-all-you can view offered by the Kodanad Viewpoint (18 km from Kotagiri) is a great reason to go all the way. The viewpoint is nestled beside one of the most beautiful 1,000 acres of tea gardens — Kodanad Estate.



Photo of a tea plantation in Kotagiri (by Natataek)


Hope this list of offbeat hill stations around Chennai helps you in planning your vacation better. Have a great trip!

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