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iXiGOers Apr 16 2013

Which are the popular hill stations in South India?

Chandralekha Singh Apr 16 2013
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Often the part of the year which is looked forward to by adults and children alike, every year the Summer Vacations entail lots of planning and excitement about the hill stations one can visit! Head to one of these places for the fun and rush of adventure sports, the pleasant climes and much needed photos for your Facebook wall and come back happy and refreshed! Here is a list of some beauteous hill stations down south:

1. Ooty

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’, it 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 here 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 marvelous experience and is very popular among tourists.

2. Coorg

One of the best hill stations in the state of Karnataka, it is rightly known as the "Kashmir of South" and "Scotland of India". Known for its mesmerizing scenic beauty and old world charm, this hill station is a real visual treat for all its visitors. This beautiful hill station has some interesting treks including Pushpagiri, Brahmagiri and Tadiandamol Peaks which are quite challenging and are adorned with natural beauty. Outdoor activities here are only limited to trekking but also include angling and golfing at Coorg Golf Links (Bittangala), Golf Course (Pollibetta) and Mercara Downs (Mercara). Coorg is an ideal summer retreat which promises some wonderful moments of relaxation and rejuvenation.

3. Kodaikanal

This "Princess of Hills" 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’, offers scenic landscapes and enthralling waterfalls to all its visitors. Take a boat ride and explore the Christian culture of this place given the many 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.  

4. Munnar

A mesmerising hill station in Idukki district, Munnar is known for being a preferred summer retreat. The favored summer resort of the erstwhile British rulers in the colonial days, it is located at the confluence of three mountain streams - Nallathanni, Kundala and Mudrapuzha. The hill station in God's own country is known for its serenity and remarkable beauty, Tata tea museum and factory, Christ Church, Echo Point, Sita Devi Lake, Top station, Hill View Park and Mattupetty Dam being some the major tourist attractions.

5. Nandi Hills

Soak yourself in the magic of this place given its pleasant weather and serene surroundings, a great summer getaway. Sharing its borders with Tamil Nadu, these majestic hills house the Biligiriranga Swamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary. Be prepared to be surprised to see jungle inhabitants like the Shy Barking Deer, Chital and Sambhar and over 254 species of birds, walking around without any inhibitions. Also forming an important link between The Eastern and Western Ghats, BR Hills create the significant corridor for Asian Elephants and Tigers. Explore some rare species of fauna here, especially since the region itself shows variation in altitude and the different kinds of forests. Get ready for the holiday you'll never forget!

6. Wayanad

Wayanad, which means 'land of paddy fields', makes for a soothing escape from the harsh summers. This picturesque hill station in Kerala spreads out over the delightful landscape of the Western Ghats. Situated in Nilgiri Bioshpere, this place not only has abundance of some of the best of nature's bounty, but it also has an interesting checkered history and has changed many hands such as Vedic Tribal rule, Pazhassi rulers, Hyder Ali (Tipu Sultan's father), and the British. The must visit places here include Edakkal Caves, Wayand Heritage Museum, Kuruva Island, Pazhassi Park and Pookote Lake along with the others.

7. Araku Valley

One of the few pristine hill stations in our country, Araku Valley holds a simple charm that has the power of touching your heart. Inhabited by various tribes, this hill station is free from commercialisation, which means no pushy touts selling you things you don't need, no hoards of tourists and a cleanliness that is hard to find today! Situated about 100 km from Visakhapatnam, Araku Valley has sprawling coffee plantations, gushing waterfalls and breathtaking scenic views to offer, which hold all the potential it needs to soothe your city worn nerves. Take a walk in the wild, work at a coffee plantation along with local farmers, spot an exotic bird, explore a subterranean cave or simply sip a cuppa as you soak your eyes on the scenic beauty that lies in front of you! Sounds good? Pack your bags and head to Araku Valley!  

8. Chikmagalur

Located in the foothills of Mullayanagiri range, this beautiful hill station is adorned with lush green landscape, majestic waterfalls, historical temples and wildlife sanctuaries, making it a tourist paradise. Known as the 'Coffee Land' of Karnataka, Chikmagalur is not only a  major trade and commercial hub of the state, but also a delight for trekkers, explorers and nature enthusiasts. The must visit attractions here include Kallathigiri Falls, Veerabhadra Temple among the others.

9. Ponmudi

Ponmudi, meaning ‘the Golden Peak’, is a popular hill station in Thiruvananthapuram district. A constituent of the Western Ghats mountain ranges, this beautiful hill station is adorned with scenic splendor and natural beauty, with a carpet of thick tropical forest rolling down to the foot of the hill range. The serene atmosphere and the twisted trails across clear streams offer beauty and tranquility to all its visitors. Trekking is one of the popular activities here. Even though its is a small place, but Ponmudi does have a few attractions worth visiting, including Golden Valley, a number of rivulets and rapids, Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary and Echo Point.

10. Coonoor

One of the most popular hill stations in the Nilgiri Hills, 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, it is one of the best places to go 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.

Apart from the hills stations in South India, you can also check out hill stations in NorthEast and West of the country!

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