It is a general perception that all good hill stations in India are restricted to the northern part of the country. The truth is that the southern part of the country is also home to a number of breathtakingly beautiful hill stations. Below we explore the top five hill stations of South India:
Kodaikanal: Nestled in the folds of the luxuriant Pali Hills is the pristine and picturesque hill station of Kodaikanal. A visit here means sheer mesmerization. Wooden slopes, mighty rocks, enhancing waterfalls and a beautiful lake bestow an unparalleled charm to it and make it a tourist’s ultimate delight. Kodai is at an altitude of about 2,133m and spans over 21.45 sq. km. The ‘Pride of Kodaikanal’ however is the ‘Kurinji-flower’, which blossoms once every 12 years. The hill plantain fruits and plums are known for their freshness and taste.
Coorg: Coorg, also known as Kodagu, is one of the most enticing destinations of India. A beautiful expanse of hilly landscape in the scenic Western Ghats, it is a beautiful hill country mostly at 3000 to 4000 feet with the tallest mountain peak being at 6000 feet. Coorg is renowned for its coffee plantations with some estates producing world class coffee. The steep hills and valleys of Coorg along with the gorges and countless streams send out a call to intrepid trekkers and rock climbers and adventure seekers. Misty hills, lush forest, acres and acres of tea and coffee plantation, orange groves, undulating streets and gorgeous views make Coorg an unforgettable holiday destination.
Nilgiri Hills: Nilgiri Hills, the Blue Mountains, is one of the most alluringly beautiful hilly terrains in not just India but in the world too. The view from the hills, high above the sea level, situated at the junction of the two Ghat ranges of the Sahayadri Hills, is just stunning. Nilgiris draws its charm from its pristine, natural setting. The steep hills and sharply narrow valleys studded with numerous rivers and rivulets running in all directions with waterfalls make for an enchanting landscape. Nilgiris are much cooler than the surrounding areas which make it a popular tourist spot, especially during the hot summer months.
Yercaud: In the Shevaroy Hills of Tamil Nadu is situated the beautiful hill station of Yercaud. A serene hill town, it promises a very unique and captivating experience thanks to its unusual topography. The area around Yercaud is dry but the hill station itself is blessed with cool climate where the mercury doesn’t rise above 30 Degrees C. Yercaud still remains a low profile hill stations vis-à-vis its counterparts in South India like Ooty and Kodaikkanal. The landscape of Yeracud is mainly composed of coffee plantations and thickly forested slopes which enrich its beauty. At the same time, the offers good trekking and boating opportunities.
Ooty (Ootacamund): Ooty, the Queen of Hill Stations, is one of the most beautiful hill stations in India. Spectacular green downs and lofty hills dot the landscape of Ooty and make it extraordinarily scenic. The climate is salubrious, akin to the English summer. Four majestic hills, Doddabetta, Snowdon, Elk Hill and Club Hill surround the town. These hills are part of the Nilgiri ranges that are the meeting point for the Western and the Eastern Ghats. Ooty is the first choice for a lot of honeymooners. Filmmakers also love it and a number of Bollywood movies have been shot in Ooty. The environs of the town comprise coffee and tea plantations, and trees like conifers, pine and wattle. The lavender-blue flowers spread over the mountains will pack you with memories for a lifetime.