Must visit Hill Stations of South India

Must visit Hill Stations of South India

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India being the favorite of nature, it is a natural paradise in every respect. Almost all the states of the country boasts of some spectacular natural views, and most of them are a lifetime experience. South Indian states have a reputation of being loved by tourists all over the globe for its abundance natural views and scenic beauty.

Here’s a list of some of the most mystical hill stations of South India that are a must visit to discover the breath taking natural beauty of the state.
Idukki
Idukki
Situated in Kerala, Idukki is a beautiful hill station with rich flora and fauna. Idukki is known for its sanctuaries, tea gardens, and national park. The Idukki Dam is Asia’s first and world’s second arch dam. This place is also known for spice plantation centers, and mountain treks. The numerous trekking trails combined with the rich flora and fauna makes Idukki a dream destination for people who are in love with nature.
Places to visit near Idukki:

  • Munnar
  • Thodupuzha
  • Kattappana
  • Kumily
  • Adimali

Best time to go: November to May

Yercaud
Yercaud in Tamil Nadu
Situated in Salem district of Tamil Nadu, Yercaud is hailed as the jewel of South India. This beautiful hill station is located 5000 feet above sea level.The rich mixture of flora and fauna has been the reason that the National Orchidarium and Botanical Garden is situated in this place. You can find some beautiful exotic birds and reptiles along with bison, sambar deer, spotted deer, ant eaters, civets and much more.
Places to visit in Yercaud:

  • Big lake
  • Botanical gardens
  • Sacred Heart church
  • Shevaroy hills
  • Shevarayan hill and temple
  • Silk farm
  • Bear cave

Best time to go: October to June

Devikulam
Devikulam in India
Located in the southern state of Kerala, Devikulamis a scenic hill station. Situated in the lap of nature, this place is a must visit for nature lovers. The Devikulamlake is surrounded by lush green hills. You can enjoy nature in the nearby Pallivasal waterfalls. The slopes in this hill station are lush green with tea plantations which is a sight to behold. The pollution free air and lush green plantains will leave you feeling rejuvenated.
Places to visit in Devikulam:

  • Sita Devi lake
  • Ave Maria church
  • Elephant temple
  • Shri Venkateshwar temple
  • Blossom Park
  • Hydel park
  • Tea and Spice plantation

Best time to go: March to May

Araku valley
Araku Tribal Museum in Araku valley
One of the least polluted places in South India, the Araku valley is situated near Vishakapatnam. This hill station is surrounded by coffee plantations. This nature rich hill station is well known for its beauty and many film makers choose this place for shooting films. Don’t forget to sip some refreshing coffee while in Araku valley as its premium organic “ArakuEmrald” coffee is a well known brand globally.
Places to visit in Araku Valley:

  • Borra caves
  • Araku Tribal Museum
  • Katiki waterfalls
  • Botanical gardens
  • Ananthagiri hills
  • Tyda park
  • Bheemunipatnam Beach

Best time to go: February to December

Nandi Hills
Nandi temple in Nandi Hills
Also known as Nandidurg, Nandi hills is a hill fortress of the ancient era that has served various dynasties in the previous centuries. Located only 65kms from Bangalore, nandi hills should not be missed for its rolling green slopes surrounding the AmritSarovarlake. The evergreen forest is forever moist and is home to a large species of diverse wildlife. An excellent place for trekking, and paragliding, Nandi hills boasts of scenic surroundings with breathtaking view.
Places to visit:

  • Tipu Sultan fort
  • Nandi temple
  • Nehru Nilaya
  • Paragliding and trekking activities

Best time to go: All year round. Don’t miss the sunrise and the sunset of the place.

Munnar
Munnar
One state that is a must visit to see the natural beauty of India is Kerela. Munnar is one hill station of Kerela that needs no introduction. Flocked by nature lovers all year round, Munnar is home to breathtaking sceneries. Boasting of the highest peak in South India, Munnar is a hot spot for trekkers and adventure enthusiasts. Munnar beckons you for its sprawling tea plantations, aromatic spices, greenery and mesmerizing beauty in every corner of the hill station.
Places to visit:

  • Mattupetty dam
  • Eravikulam National Park
  • Anamudi
  • Devikulam
  • Attukal waterfalls

Best time to go: October to May

Coorg
Coorg
A coffee lover’s paradise, Coorg is famous for its beautiful and mesmerizing sceneries along with very hospitable locals. The lush green forests, misty hills and a diverse variety of flora and fauna make it a famous hill station. The rich culture and tradition of Coorg is inspiring. Beautiful orange groves, acres of greenery, and magical streets are sure to take your breath away. Visit Coorg for a sip of exceptional coffee while enjoying the scenic hills of place.
Places to visit:

  • Madikeri
  • Kushalanagar
  • Nagarhole National Park
  • Virajpet
  • Talakaveri

Best time to go: November to April

Ananthagiri Hills
Ananthagiri Hills
Located beautifully on top of Elysian Tirumala Hills, Anantagiri is 90kms from Hyderabadand is considered the first place to be inhabited in south india. The birthplace of MusiRiver this place is covered with red soil and is loved by adventure enthusiasts. Now in Telangana district, it is appreciated by both nature lovers and trekkers. The natural stream of water of Krishna river accentuates the beauty of the hills. The famous Padmanbha temple is the highlight of the place and witnesses many pilgrims from the state and beyond.
Places to visit:

  • Musi river
  • Araku Tribal Museum
  • Lord AnanthaPadmanabha Temple
  • The Borra Hills and Caves
  • Padmapuram Gardens

Best time to go: October to March

With some of the best destinations for natural beauty, India has proved its worth globally. Tourism is a growing and successful industry in India and South is a great contributor with its scenic and mesmerizing beauty. Find more about the interesting destinations of South India.

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