5 Beautiful Hill Stations in South India
Often, the thought of an escape to the mountains makes you head to the fabled highlands of Himachal and Uttarakhand in the North. However, the Himalayas are not the only mountain range in the country. The Eastern and Western Ghats down south are just as beautiful and verdant, making for idyllic getaways.
1. Lose yourself in the alluring beauty of Yercaud
Nested 1500 metres above sea level, this hill station promises mesmerising view in all directions. Called the jewel of the south, Yercaud is a lesser-known, not-so-crowded place in the Salem district of Tamil Nadu. Yercaud (meaning ‘lake forest’) got its name from the Big Lake and a garden that floats right in the centre of this hill station. After soaking in the beauty of the lake, you can descend to the cave temple of Servaroyan and other river deities. In addition, there are coffee plantations, a botanical garden, trekking trails, and the Killiyur Falls to explore and unwind.
2. Take a peaceful break in Munnar
Located in Palakkad district of Kerala, Munnar is said to be the God’s favourite city in his own country. This incredibly beautiful and unspoilt hill station is characterised by mountains lined with tea plantations and lush greenery as far as you can see. The Mattupetty Dam and Indo-Swiss farm experience is blissful. If all this puts you in awe, the splendid wilderness and rare fauna of Eravikulam National Park will leave a lifelong impression on your heart, mind, and soul.
3. Fall in love with beautiful Coorg
Known for its organic coffee and rolling green hills, Coorg, or Kodagu, is one of the most beautiful hill stations in India. Truly living up to its title ‘Scotland in India’, this calm town commands spectacular views of the Western Ghats. Adding on to its charm are numerous waterfalls, forts, temples, and orchid plantations. Abbey Falls, Iruppu Falls, Dubare Elephant Camp, and Talakaveri Temple are some attractions you cannot afford to miss. Whether you go on adventurous trekking trails or follow an itinerary to see this place, you’ll end up falling in love with Coorg.
4. Experience old-world charm in Ooty
A toy train ride through the majestic Nilgiri hills, boating in picturesque lakes, and strolling through stone streets are a few things that highlight nature’s artistry at every step. This makes Ooty an ideal holiday destination for couples, families, and friends alike. After admiring Ooty lake, St. Stephen Church, and the Botanical garden, you can head to other delights like Fernhill Palace, Stone House, Rose Garden, and Murugan temple. In short, Ooty – the ‘Queen of Hills’ – offers everything you could want for from a hill station.
5. Cherish the picture-perfect Kodaikanal
A simple, yet popular, hill station of Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal is flocked by honeymooners, lovers, families, and peace seekers of all ages. The Sparkling Kodaikanal lake, Coaker’s Walk, and Bryant Park are some of the sightseeing spots that usually top the sightseeing list. This charming hill station can make anyone fall in love with it in no time. The Pine Forests, Bear Shola Falls, the infamous Guna Caves, and Dolphin’s Nose in and around Kodaikanal are loved by one and all.
To witness the beauty of these incredible hill stations in South India, pack your bags and get there as soon as possible.
This article originally appeared on the Tripadvisor India blog.