Summers in India is becoming so very unbearable, isn’t it? What do you do to escape the intense summer heat? I hear most of the people running to the north side of India to chill in the hills. Very less people know the fact that the Eastern and Western Ghats also offer beautiful and pleasant weather all throughout the year, except for some monsoon months. So, if you are one of those who is tired of visiting the same old hill stations in the north, then its time you give a chance to hill stations in South India this time. Let’s explore 8 unseen hill stations in South India.
8 Unseen Hill Station In South India
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1. Lakkidi – Wayanad
Located in the state of Kerala around 58 kilometers north-east of the Kozhikode district, Lakkidi is one of the ultimate getaways in the Western Ghats. Located at a massive height of around 700 meters above the sea level, Lakkidi is popular for being one of the highest points atop Thamarassery ghat pass. Vythiri town is very to Lakkidi, it is just 5 kilometers from Lakkidi. Don’t miss to go sightseeing, chain tree and Pookot Lake are few of the popular ones you just can’t miss seeing. There are several tourist resorts within a distance of 5 kilometers from Lakkidi, hence it is the perfect location for a vacation.
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2. Nelliyampathy – Palakkad
Nelliyampathy is one mesmerizing hill station located at a distance of around 60 kilometers from the Palakkad district in the state of Kerala. It is considered to be one precious gem in the Western Ghats. What makes the hills of Nelliyampathy really attracting is that it touches a massive height of 5,000 feet. Its stretches can be best viewed from the Pothundy Dam. There are other viewpoints too located on the Ghat Road. Tourist can enjoy boating at the lake which is shaped by the Pothundy Dam. Also visiting the beautiful orange plantations and enormous tea estates is totally worthwhile. Seetharkundu is a popular trek point located at a distance of 8 kilometers from Nelliyampathy, this trek takes you to a 100 meters high waterfall.
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3. Vagamon \ Wagamon – Travancore
Vagamon or Wagamon is another beautiful hill station in the state of Kerala, it is located in Idukki- Kotayam district. Vagamon is placed at an altitude of 1100 meters above the sea level. It is known for its awesome cool climate, where the typical temperature during a mid-summer day ranges from 10 degrees to 23 degrees Celsius. This little hilly area is a small plantation town in Travancore. The best part about this place is that it is still untouched from commercialisation. There are many breath-taking ravines and streams at Vagamon which makes it totally awesome place to be. Other than that, this is one great place for paragliding too. For those who love trekking, you can plan a trek to any of the trio hills located in this area, the Thangal Hill, the Murugan Hill and the Kurisumala Hill.
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4. Lambasingi – Visakhapatnam
Lambasingni is a tiny yet beautiful village set in Visakhapatnam. This place is quite often called the “Kashmir of Andhra”. This is for one simple reason, the chilling winters where the temperatures touch 0° Celsius. The altitude and the deep and dense forest around this village contribute largely to the lovely weather of this village. Yes, it never gets too hot here, and this is one reason that it is a habitat for numerous rare flowers and plants species. There is another factor that largely contributes to the name and fame of Lambasingni, it is the COFFEE. Yes, you must make sure to plan a visit to the coffee plantations here. The Royal Kothapally Waterfalls is another popular attraction at Lambasingni, to be here one needs to hike.
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5. Kotagiri – Nilgiris
A Panchayat town located in The Nilgiris District in the beautiful state of Tamil Nadu. To be precise about the location, it is tucked in the middle of Coonoor and Ooty, set at an elevation of around 5,883 feet above the sea level. It is a quiet little hill station blessed with immense natural beauty. Apart from the nature, Kotagiri is also pretty popular for its schools that are still standing strong from the British Raj period. Stippled with massive tea plantations and scenic mountains, Kotagiri is one place you really need to be. For those who love trekking let me tell you this place has ample of opportunities for you. Few of the popular and loved trails here are Catherine Falls and Longwood Shola. the Rangaswami Pillar, Doddabetta Range and Elk Falls are other popular charms to witness in this area.
6. Ponmudi – Thiruvananthapuram
Ponmudi or the Golden Peak is one really popular hilly destination located in the Thiruvananthapuram District, Kerala. Ponmudi peak is a beautiful chunk of the Western Ghats mountain range which runs equivalent to the Arabian Sea. Despite of being so popular this hill station is very quiet; hence it is perfect to spend a relaxing vacation. Ponmudi is also very popular for its hiking and trekking spots. Agasthyarkoodam is one among the most popular and highest peaks in the Western Ghats. Meenmutty Falls and Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary are a must visit here.
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7. Araku – Visakhapatnam
Sandwiched between the mountains of Chitamogondi and Galikonda, the Araku Valley one secreted hill station located in Visakhapatnam. Typically, this area is home to the tribal farmers who first harvested coffee in India. To know a bit of history on this you can visit the Araku Tribal Museum. Chaaparai Waterfalls is located in Paderu which is just 30 kilometers away from the main town. Also, the Anantagiri Waterfalls located near Anantagiri village is one must visit place.
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8. Kemmannugundi – Chikkamagaluru
Known to be the majestic summer retreat for King Krishnaraja Wodeyar, the village of Kemmanagundi is one blessed place. This little hamlet is totally blessed with natural wonders. Well apart from the mesmerizing natural beauty, this is one perfect destination for trekking too. One interesting fact about Kemmanagundi is that it is home to Mullayanagiri the tallest peaks in the state of Karnataka. Mullayanagiri is without a doubt one must visit place in Karnataka. Don’t forget to visit the duo waterfalls (Kallathi and Kalahasthi Falls), it is set a location of just 10 kilometers from the city of Kemmanagundi.
It’s time to get away from the visiting the same hill stations in the north. As these beautiful hill stations in the South are equally good to steal your breath away. Let us know which of the 8 unseen hill stations in South India you plan to visit. Do share with us your experiences as comments below.
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