Its Summertime! And Summertime means Vacation Time!
Hill Stations are a perfect summer escape which most people prefer to beat the blistering heat. After all, who can deny the bliss of a restful vacation in the hills?
The best part is that South India is replete with several breathtaking hill stations that offer jaw-dropping sceneries and a cooler and enjoyable climate during hot summers. But choosing the best among them is a difficult task. That’s why we have come up with the list of 10 Best Offbeat Hill Stations in South India for this Summer.
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Munnar – Heaven on Earth
The name that pops up every time you talk about a summer destination in South India – Munnar! Serene and picturesque, and blessed with a pleasant climate throughout the year, Munnar is undoubtedly one of the best hill stations in South India to beat the heat in the scorching summer.
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Apart from jaw-dropping sceneries, this quaint hill station also offers a plethora of adventure activities like trekking, jungle safari, and boating, to lure travelers. One of the most-visited hill stations in Kerala, it is a favourite among nature lovers, honeymooners, and adventure seekers.
Ooty – The Queen of Hills
We certainly cannot miss out on Ooty – The Queen of Hills when we think of a summer vacation in South India.
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Snuggled deep within the Nilgiri Hills of Tamil Nadu, the mesmerizing Ooty Hill Station is replete with breathtaking nature that adds to its old-world charm. The pleasant and cool climate of Ooty provides relief from the scorching heat and humidity in the city, making it a must-visit hill station in South India during summers. When in Ooty, the joyful Toy Train Ride or Nilgiri Mountain Railway, a renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site is a must.
Ananthagiri Hills – A Trekking Paradise
Ananthagiri Hills in Andhra Pradesh is yet another offbeat hill station in South India to spend an adventurous summer holiday. This quaint hill station is well known for its charming weather and pristine beauty.
Set amid the lofty Eastern Ghats, Ananthagiri Hills offers some of the best trekking routes, making it a great trekking paradise for adventure lovers. Being one of the most densely forested areas of the state, the lush greenery of the hill station will keep you enchanted all through the trek.
Coorg – Scotland of India
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Summer is considered the best time to go for wildlife exploration in Coorg. You can even indulge in adventure activities like trekking, boating, hiking, rock climbing, rafting, and camping, here. If you are looking for a relaxing yet adventurous summer vacation, Coorg has to be on your list of best offbeat hill stations to visit in South India for this summer 2022.
Wayanad – Nature’s Treasure Trove
The land of natural splendour, Wayanad offers a rejuvenating break in the arms of nature during the scorching summer. The comfortably chilling climate makes the visit to Wayanad even more delightful.
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This enchanting hill station offers a plethora of naturally beautiful places and exciting adventure activities, making it a year-round tourist destination in Kerala. From trekking, boating, wildlife spotting, bamboo rafting, and treehouse stay, to exploring caves, there are plenty of activities to choose from at Wayanad.
Yercaud – Jewel of the South
Yercaud is an offbeat hill station in South India that offers a perfect summer retreat. For those looking for a quaint setting with an abundance of natural beauty, salubrious temperature, and unparallel serenity, Yercaud is probably the best place to be at.
This serene hill station is a haven for trekkers. Tucked away in the Shevaroys range of hills in the Eastern Ghats of Tamil Nadu, Yercaud offers scenic trekking trails. Travelers can also go boating and enjoy bird watching, apart from trekking when in Yercaud.
Lambasingi – Kashmir of Andhra Pradesh
Lambasingi is a lesser-known hill station in South India that makes for an irresistible setting to celebrate your summer holidays. It is situated in the Vishakapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh, nestled in the picturesque mountains of the Eastern Ghats around 1,000 metres above sea level.
When most parts of Andhra Pradesh record very high temperatures during the summer, Lambasingi enjoys cozy, chilly weather making it one of the best hill stations in South India to explore during summer. Lambasingi also offers a plethora of adventure activities like trekking, hiking, rock climbing, and camping, that you can try your hand at.
Megamalai -Endless Greenery and Abundant Wildlife
The untouched beauty of nature and the pleasant cool climate of Megamalai allure tourists to enjoy a blissful summer vacation here.
An unexplored eco-tourism spot in Tamilnadu, Megamalai is a delight for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. It is blessed with many unexplored forest covers abundant with wildlife and also offers thrilling trekking trails amid nature. Those interested in wildlife spotting, birdwatching, as well as trekking and photography will surely have a great time here.
Kemmanagundi – Ooty of Karnataka
The beautiful and serene Kemmanagundi Hill Station offers a soothing climate to enjoy a cool summer holiday in Karnataka.
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Owing to its serene atmosphere, breathtaking views, picturesque landscapes with dense vegetation covers, and soothing hill-station vibe with similar weather conditions to that of Ooty, Kemmanagundi is often referred to as the ‘Ooty of Karnataka’. With lots and lots of greenery, Kemmanagundi looks as pretty as a picture and is every photographer’s delight. For those who are adventurous, Kemmanagundi offers intricate jungle paths to explore and many lofty peaks to trek.
Vagamon – Unmatched Seclusion
A quaint little hill station in Kerala blessed with cool delightful weather, Vagamon offers an absolute tranquil setting to relax and unwind during the summer.
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The resplendent natural beauty that envelopes Vagamon might leave you smitten for sure. Vagamon is also famed for its endless adventure activities like paragliding, mountaineering, trekking, jeep safari, rock climbing, boating, and many more. Set away from the hustle and bustle, pollution, and noisy traffic of the metropolitan city, Vagamon Hill Station offers a relaxing and refreshing vacation amid nature.
Time to get your vacay mode on and escape to the ever-chilling hill stations of South India! The scenic bliss and pleasant climate of the hill stations make you forget the summers and offer a refreshing vacation you could have ever hoped for.
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