Summers seem to be quite testy every year with the temperatures soaring above 45 degrees Celsius in some places in India. The relentless heat makes life miserable everywhere. With the rivers, lakes and the other water sources almost dried up, there hardly seems to be respite anywhere. The wilting trees look hapless, unable to provide cool shades, while the birds fly away to comparatively cooler places. Under such circumstances, most of the people look for getaways to the hill stations in India.
Now, most of the hill stations in north India are chock-a-block with tourists, notwithstanding the fact that South India too has exotic hilly destinations. Here are some places in South India to visit during summer:
- Ooty: Cradled by the Nilgiris, Ooty is the most popular hill station in Tamil Nadu. This place became a cynosure during the British era. This was primarily due to the fact that the East India Company officers in Madras looked for hilly destinations in the south. Despite its location in the hot tropics, Ooty has become a hotspot in South India due to its unusually pleasant climate. Most of Most of the hilly terrain is covered with pine trees, eucalyptus and tea gardens. This beautiful place mostly thrives on agriculture and tourism. Consequently, one would see the market place copious with English fruits, dairy products and home made chocolates, while throngs of tourists jostle there to buy them. One could, therefore, spend the entire day outdoors savoring the cool breeze and the picturesque landscape.
- Munnar: Located in “god’s own Country” Munnar is a blissful toy-town hill station. The placid trails, and strolling paths lead to some of the breath taking lakes, waterfalls and tea gardens. The roads winding up the hills are dotted with small tea stalls, and one could spend the leisurely hours at these tiny joints while admiring the scenic beauty. Also, there are some wonderful restaurants overlooking the hills, which serve freshly prepared aromatic dishes. Munnar is undoubtedly a cool respite in sweltering Kerala.
- Coorg: Also deemed as the “Scotland of South India” by the British, this place lies beautifully ensconced in the Western Ghats. The gentle slopes, salubrious climate, and soil are ideal for coffee plantations, flora and fauna. Besides, the place is good for outdoor activities like angling, trekking and white water rafting. One could also savor the freshly prepared homemade chocolates, pure honey and passion fruit juice in the hamlets and villages. So, if you have plans to visit Karnataka, then do make it a point to visit Coorg, and savor its rustic charm.
- Kodikanal: If one boards a bus from the heat trapped plains of Tamil Nadu, and disembarks at this hilly destination, he or she would be entranced by its mesmerizing beauty. Kodaikanal is hailed as the “Princess of Hill Stations” with beautiful rambling misty hills. It is not at all biting cold here, and the weather is somewhat like an early winter. The rambling hills are covered with shola forests, mahogany, magnolia and rhododendrons. The beautiful lake at Kodai attracts a lot of tourists.
- Coonoor: Nestled amidst the Nilgiri hills, Coonoor is a favorite destination for hikers, trekkers and adventure lovers. The British discovered these gorgeous hills, and spent their summer vacations so as to escape the scorching heat. Coonoor became one of the most coveted tourists spots over the years in Tamil Nadu, primarily due to its tea gardens carpeting the hill slopes and enticing climate.