Hectic life in the bustling cities makes you realize you need to spend some time with nature to refresh your body and soul. These 7 unexplored hill stations in south India is an ideal destination for you.
South India is known for its great temples, cultures, foods, exotic arts, and stunning hills and valleys. Traveling around south India is indeed a wonderful experience, especially for those who love spending time with loved ones amid natural surroundings.
Besides beautiful hill stations likes Ooty, Munnar, Kodaikanal there are some hidden and unexplored hill stationsyou must visit once in your life.
The hill Stations of South India are considered a perfect destination for vacations due to their weather throughout the year.
Below are the seven unexplored Hill, Stations:
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LAMBASINGI HILLS: ANDHRA PRADESH
Lambasingi is often called the Kashmir of Andhra Pradesh, is located in the Eastern Ghats of Chintapalli Mandal of Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh. The must-visit hill station has an altitude of 1000m above sea level.
The hill station offers a heavenly landscape, freezing temperature, close-knit forests, and natural fauna. It is the only place in South India where snowfall can be seen at times. The hill station is mostly famous for its beauty and chilly weather.
Best time to visit: November to January
Major Attractions: Kothapally waterfalls, Hope island, Thajangi reservoir, Papi hills
How to reach: Lambasingi hill station has well-maintained road connectivity and hence you can easily reach it by taking a direct bus or hiring a taxi from Visakhapatnam
The nearest airport: Visakhapatnam Airport ( 107 Kms)
The nearest railway station: Chintapalle Railway Station (20 Kms)
Madikeri(Mercara) also known as Scotland of India is the capital of Coorg lies 1525 m above the sea in the Western Ghats. It is one of the most beautiful and well- known hill stations in Karnataka. The colorful scenery, misty mountains, dense tropical forest, beautiful waterfalls made this a summer retreat in the south.
This hill station is known for its coffee, tea, and spice plantations and also offers tourist activities like White water rafting, trekking, camping, and elephant rides.
There are many eye-catching attractions in and around Madikeri.
Best time to visit: October to May
Major Attraction: Dubare Elephant Camp, Honnamana Kera Lake, Omkareshwara Temple, Kottabeta Trek, Madikeri Fort, Mallali Falls, and Mandalpatti Trek.
How to reach: The best way to reach Madikeri is by hiring a taxi or by bus. Buses are available from places like Mysore, Udipi, Mangalore, and Banglore
Nearest airport: Mangalore International Airport (135 km)
Nearest Railway: StationHassan Junction (102 km)
Idukki is a beautiful hill station located in Kerala. Tourists from all over the world visit the place to enjoy the beautiful valleys, dense forest, and extensive wildlife.
Idukki is one of the most nature-rich areas in Kerala and one of the greenest hill stations in South India with more than 97% of its area covered by forests and trees. The Idukki hills are known for its wildlife sanctuaries, tea factories, rubber plantation, and forests. In short Idukki is heaven for nature lovers.
Major Attractions: Spice estates mountain treks, Hill View Park, Idukki Arch Dam
Best time to visit: March to May or June to September
How to reach: Idukki can easily be reached through road. NH-49 is the national highway that passes along this place and you need to hire a taxi or board a bus from the nearest Airpor and Railway station.
Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport (98 km)
Nearest railway station: Kottayam Railway Station (114 km)
YERCAUD: TAMIL NADU
Yercaud is a hill station in Salem District in Tamil Nadu. It is located in the Shevaroy range of hills in the Eastern Ghats. Yercaud is a paradise for nature lovers, this picturesque town is an amazing weekend gateway in South India that one cannot afford to miss.
It is known for its exquisiteness, verdant greenery, and coffee plantations. It is often called a Ooty of Poor people.
Major Attractions: Lilliput Falls, Lady’s Seat, Pagoda point, Bear’s Cave, Lady’s seat, Killiyur falls, etc.
Best time to visit: October to June
How to reach: Buses are available regular intervals at Selam central bus stand but the best way to reach is by driving along the 32 km loop and it will make for a great road trip. You can hire a taxi or board a bus from the nearest Airport and Railway station
Nearest Airport: Coimbatore Airport (152 km)
Nearest Railway Station: Danishpet Railway Station (22 km)
ARAKU VALLEY: ANDHRA PRADESH
It is one of the unexplored hill stations in South India. Situated 120 km away from Visakhapatnam Araku valley is often referred as Ooty of Andhra. Araku Valley is also home to many tribals and also few tribal caves as well.
This valley is perfect for adventure activities like tracking, caving, and swimming as well. It is one of the least polluted hill station in South India
Major Attractions: Chapati waterfalls, Ananthagiri hills, Padmapuran botanical garden, Borra caves, and Bheemli beach, etc.
Best time to visit: December to February
How to reach: Araku is well connected to all major cities and towns of South India by road network. Araku valley has its own Railway station so you can take a train from Visakhapatnam to Araku valley station or Flight to Viskhapatanam and travel the rest of the way by hiring a taxi or bus.
Nearest airport: Vishakhapatnam (115 km)
Nearest railway station:Araku Railway station
COONOOR: TAMIL NADU
Coonoor is the most popular hill station of Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu. It is the second-highest hill station in the region. It is also known for its serene beauty but luckily it is not a crowded place.You must visit this one of the beautiful hill staions of south india.
This Hill station has lush greenery, deep valleys, magnificent gorges, and waterfalls. Coonoor is also famous for its production of Nilgiri tea. Bird watching is one of the popular activities in Coonor.
Major Attractions: Thandu Mariamman Temple, St George Church, Lamb’s rock, Katary Falls, Hidden valley, Sims Park
Best time to visit: October to March
How to reach: Connoor is very easy to reach as it is connected with all the major cities of the south. Regular buses are available from Coimbatore, Ooty, and Kotagiri Or hire a taxi or cab from Coimbatore airport and Coonor is well connected with the railway station.
Nearest Airport: Coimbatore Airport ( 73 km)
Nearest Railway station: Mettupalayam railway station (45 km)
This place is heaven for trekkers as there are a lot of trek activities offers there. The views of the valley are simply superb and perfect for photography. Mullayanagiri is the tallest peak of Karnataka also situated there.
These hills offer a perfect summer retreat for adventurers and nature lovers. This place has a lot of attractions from beautiful waterfalls to nature trek. The weather is lovely throughout the year and you can visit Kemmangundi all year around.
Major Attractions: Hebbe Falls, Mullayanagiri, Kallhati falls, Rock garden, Z point, Baba Budan Giri, etc
Best time to visit: September to February
How to reach: Kemmangundi is easily accessible by road from major cities like Bangalore however Mangalore is closer to Kemmandgundi, you can board local buses from either city place to reach.
Nearest Airports: Mangalore Airport (150 km)
Nearest railway station: Tarikere Railway station (35 Km)
These are some hidden or unexplored hill stations in south India you must visit once in your life if you are a nature lover. If you are visiting the south for the first time you must visit the most popular and famous hill stations like Ooty, Kodaikanal, Munna, Wayanad, and Thekkady also.
Besides this beautiful hill-station, South India is blessed with many popular temple towns, historical monuments, beautiful waterfalls, and amazing wildlife sanctuaries.
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