Monday, 17 February 2014

Places to visit in South India during Summers

Summer is a great time to visit hill stations. Some favourite ones in South India are:

Ooty - Ooty in Tamil Nadu is the most popular destination of South India in summers. It is an evergreen hill station and can be visited throughout the year. Other names of Ooty are Ootacamund and Udhagamandalam and it is situated at an altitude of 2,240 mts. above sea level. There are lots of places to see and things to do here. Major attractions are flower shows, botanical gardens, Doddabetta lake, Ooty lake, Pykara Lake, waterfalls, sunset points, tea plantations, Tiger Hill etc.

Kodaikanal - This is another popular hill station in Tamil Nadu. In Kodaikanal, the nature can be experienced at its closest. Kodaikanal or Kodai is situated at a height of 2,195 mts above sea level and is a quiet hill station. It is also known as the 'Princess of Hill Stations'. The scenic beauty is untouched. Attractions here are Star-shaped lake, Silver cascade falls, Solar Observatory, Vattakanal falls etc and many more. 

Munnar - Munnar is a hill retreat located in Kerala. It is located in the Western Ghats range of mountains and is 1,600 mts above sea level. Beauty at its best, Munnar is full of peaceful surroundings, lush greenery, expansive tea gardens. The hill station came to limelight recently due the shooting of a part of the famous movie 'Life of Pi'. Munnar is just 130 kms from the hub of Kerala, Cochin railway station.

Mahabaleshwar - Mahabaleshwar is a picturesque hill resort located in the lap of mountain ranges of Western Ghats. It is at a height of 1,372 mts  and around 115 kms southwest of Pune, a major commercial town of Maharashtra. You can have breathtaking views of lush valleys, soaring peaks, beautiful rivers, vast forests etc. It is very popular among couples as an awesome honeymoon destination. It is also the highest hill station in Western India. So, pack your bags and head for Mahabaleshwar

Coorg - Considered a land of farmers, Coorg, is a small hill station in Karnataka but is very popular throughout India. Intoxicating aroma of Coffee estates, rich flora and fauna, and amazing peace and tranquility describe the town of Coorg. Monsoon starts from July here, so summer is the best time to visit. It is also known as the 'Scotland of India' and 'Kashmir of the South'. So, you can imagine the beauty here. It is atop hills of Western Ghats at 3,500 mts above sea level. Major attractions here are trekking, bird-watching, spice and coffee plantations etc. Also, visit Coorg for the amazing people here and their distinct culture. 

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Pragya Banerjee
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