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iXiGOers May 13 2013

Which are the best summer holiday destinations near Chennai?

Vaishali Singh May 18 2013
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If the sweaty summer is not something which agrees with your temperament, then a trip to some of the famous hill stations near Chennai is in order for sure. Let's take a look at the various options we have.

Yelagiri (227.5 km)

Photo of Yelagiri Hills (by Coolsangamithiran)

The dream land of adventure lovers, Yelagiri calls out to you for a fun filled break. If you are one of those whose eyes are always looking for uncharted territory, 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 an ideal 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 available in this region.

Horsley Hills (275.5 km)

Photo of Horsley Hills (by Official Website)

Horsley Hills is a pleasant summer retreat in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. The place 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. Dense grove of Eucalyptus, Gulmohar, Mahogany, Jacaranda, natural sandalwood and many other exotic trees pave your way to this hill retreat.

If you are a true adventure lover, get ready for an absolutely pulsating treat. Adrenaline pumping activities like Zorbing, Rappelling, Trekking, Running Bungee, Rock Climbing and many more can be enjoyed here to the fullest.

If you wish to explore more, then there are number of other places to visit in Chittoor.

Yercaud (359.9 km)

Photo of Yercaud Lake (by Riju K)

Can't splurge this holiday? No problem! Head to Yercaud from Chennai for a pocket friendly getaway! With its rugged mountains cradling a serene lake, Yercaud makes for one hill station that will blow your mind. 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.

Kolli Hills (382.5 km)

Photo of Agayi Gangai Waterfall in Kolli Hills (by Docku)

Representing natural beauty in its purest form, Kolli hills (located on the Eastern Ghats) is one of the few hill-stations that remains relatively untouched by commercialism today. Two viewpoints - one at Seekuparai and another at Selur Nadu - are being developed to encourage tourism.

You can always grab a bite at one of the pineapple farms set up here by the government. Research about medicinal plants is pursued on these mountains.The government also holds a cultural tourism festival in August. Kolli Hills is the ideal place for nature lovers, trekking clubs, hiking enthusiasts and meditation practitioners.

Agaya Gangai is the famous waterfall situated near the Arapaleeswarar temple. In addition to this, the district administration has recently developed a botanical garden, Cave house, Boat house and new waterfalls called Masila Falls. A great place to get away from the stress of city-life, the Kolli Hills is surely one of the famous hill stations near Chennai.

Athoor (438.4 km)

Photo of Athoor Village (by Official Facebook Page)

Athoor, more commonly known as Kamarajar Valley has a pleasant rustic charm about it. There isn’t much to do here other than visiting the local villages or taking long walks through the lush greenery around. That's what makes it an ideal place to simply unwind and relax. Mostly, travellers stop over here on their way to Kodaikanal.

Kodaikanal (516.2 km)

Photo of Kodaikanal (by Thangaraj Kumaravel)

The "Princess of Hills", Kodaikanal is a great place to soak yourself in the green, fresh and picturesque surroundings, a real treat during summers. Kodaikanal, literally means ‘The Gift of the Forest’, offering scenic landscapes and enthralling waterfalls to all its visitors. Take a boat ride and explore the Christian culture of this place by visiting the various beautiful and exquisitely built churches. The must visit attractions here include Kodaikanal Lake, Coakers walk, Kurinji Andavar Temple, Pillar rock and Berijam Lake along with the others. Along with boating and horse riding, there are number of other things to do in Kodaikanal.

Coonoor (529.6 km)

Photo of Coonoor (by Premkudva)

One of the most popular hill stations near Chennai, Coonoor is known for its impressive views of the lush green Nilgiri hills, tea plantations and serene environment, conducive to growing exceptionally aromatic tea. Walking through the tea gardens and touring the plantations is one of the main draws of this place.

Surrounded by tea plantations, a trip to Coonoor is one of the best options in summers given its pleasant weather. Take a toy train ride to explore area around Coonoor and you will be delighted by the breathtaking views of the Nilgiri hills. The must visit attractions here are Droog Fort, Catherine Falls, Hidden Valley, Lamb’s rock and Sim’s Park.

Ooty (547.3 km)

Photo of Ooty (by Ghost Particle)

The Queen of Hill Stations, Ooty has been a popular summer getaway since colonial times. The capital of Nilgiri District, Ooty draws a large number of tourists every year given its lofty mountains, sprawling grasslands, great lakes, dense forests, miles of tea gardens and eucalyptus trees which greet the visitors en route. Nestled in the Nilgiris or the ‘Blue Mountains’, Ooty is perched at an altitude of 2,240 meters above sea level. This spellbinding little hill station in Tamil Nadu has pleasant weather all year round, making it a perfect hideout in the summers.

The must visit attractions in Ooty include Government rose garden, Botanical garden, Ooty lake, Stone house, St. Stephen’s Church along with the others. The annual Tea and Tourism Festival attracts a huge number of tourists to the place. Apart from this, the mountain train journey commencing from Kallar to Coonoor is a marvellous experience and is very popular among tourists.

Valparai (592.7 km)

Photo of Valparai (Velu Sundareswaran)

Located on the Anaimalai Hills in Coimbatore, Valparai is another clean and green hill-station that would be an ideal place to visit after a hectic week at work or at school. Given the number of tea and coffee plantations here, you’ll definitely have a cup of fresh tea or coffee in hand quite frequently. Places to visit in Valparai include Solaiyar Dam, Monkey Falls, Balaji Temple, Pancha Mugha Vinayakar Temple, Aaliyar Dam and Athirampalli Falls. This place is definitely worth a visit!

With all those options mentioned above, it is going to be a hard decision to pick one, as your famous hill stations near Chennai. All the best for that!

Arun Naaidu Thamizh Naadu Sep 03 2013
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Try Jawadhu Hills, just 200 kms from Chennai City.This is the Nearest one from Chennai,

Its Not a Hill Station but the weather and roads are very nice one, thanks to Tamilnadu government and state highways department for maintaining the roads in good quality. Please Avoid Night Drivings. 6am to 5pm is safer time. After polur town To jamuna marathur 40kms of Ghat roads you cant see any shops or even peoples. But it is mind blowing road.

Direction :

BY ROAD : Chennai-Arcot-Arni-Polur-Jamuna Marathur.(Javvadhu Hills)

From Chennai Take NH4, chennai-poonamallee Bypass- Arcot and Take Arni road ,after Arni Bypass take the Polur Road, When You reaches Polur town, ask the route for aththiyur and after aththiyur you can see the sign boards for JAMUNA MARATHUR.

Simply the 90 minutes polur-jamuna marathur ghat road of 40kms is gives us the love with nature of Eastern Ghats

Krishna Srivatsa Nimmaraju May 16 2013
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The nearest hill station near chennai is yelagiri(230km). Yercaud near salem is also the one of the best hill station near Chennai(350km).

But you can try kodaikanal or ooty which are around 500km from chennai.

Leo Anthony Sep 19 2013
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Would like 2 visit the javadi Hills .. need asst..

Need Accomodation details.... Mail me @ [email protected]

Tamil Raghu Dec 21 2014
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chennai most very import place for valluvar kottam

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