We don't know how and when the Coronavirus pandemic shall desist entirely, because it is still causing problems around the world. But we hope it does when this monsoon starts and people can continue with their normal lives, work as usual and travel as they did pre-lockdown. So, if you are hopeful as we are, then don't delay planning a trip because you couldn't settle with the places you want to visit in July in South India. We have compiled the 10 best and some very distinctive South Indian destinations to visit this July.
1. Chikmagalur, Karnataka
Fund in the foothills of the Mullayanagiri range, Chikmagalur is the coffee haven of Karnataka state. Its picturesque locations and nearby hill stations such as Kudremukha, Mullayanagiri, Mudigere, Koppa, Kalasa, Sringeri and Balehonnuru are some of the main tourist attractions to witness in July.
2. Wayanad - Kalpetta, Kerala
Wayanad is an extraordinary monsoon tourist destination in Kerala and it is enclosed by the wildlife sanctuaries of Bandipur, Nagarhole and Muthanga. The region is also the abode of Banasura Sagar Dam, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, and pine forest.
3. Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
Kodaikanal is a famous tourist destination in Tamil Nadu and the most popular hill station in South India. Some of the attractions in Kodaikanal include several picturesque artificial lakes, natural attractions, and a hot romantic destination for honeymooners.
4. Nelliampathi, Kerala
Encircled by coffee and tea plantations, Nelliampathi hill station is known for Sithar Kundu Viewpoint and Kesavam para viewpoint. The cloud-kissed peaks of the Nelliyampathy are classic holiday destinations for visitors in Kerala.
5. Amboli, Maharashtra
One of the lesser-known places in Maharashtra, Amboli hill station, rests in the Sahayadri Hills. The hills of Amboli village endure uncommonly high rainfall, exhibiting various waterfalls and mist during July month, which are the main attractions for tourists and travellers.
6. Agumbe, Karnataka
Agumbe is appreciated for its picturesque beauty and is also proclaimed as the Cherrapunji of South India. Agumbe rainforest boasts of the tallest waterfalls, and diverse wild animals including lion-tailed macaque, flying lizards, king cobra, and cane turtle.
7. Thenmala, Kerala
Far-famed as South India's first planned eco-tourism destination, Thenmala town in the Kollam district is home to the Ecotourism walkway, Parappar dam, Suspension Bridge, and Thenmala Dam. Thus, it is one of the best commercial ecotourism destinations in Kerala.
8. Malshej Ghats, Maharashtra
Malshej Ghats is snuggled in the mountainous hills of the Western Ghats located in Pune. The mountain pass is abode to many waterfalls and hundreds of diverse flora and fauna.
9. Horsley Hills, Andhra Pradesh
Horsley Hills also proclaimed as 'Andhra Ooty' is a range of hills in Madanapalle taluk. Yenugu Mallama Konda is abode to the tribes of Chenchus and Yanadis, also renowned for hosting threatened species such as white-rumped shama, yellow-throated Bulbul, and black eagle.
10. Ooty And Coonoor, Tamil Nadu
Ooty and Coonoor endure heavy precipitation during July month but Ooty turns beautiful during the Monsoon season. The weather in South India gets pleasing and you can have a really good time with your family.
11. Bhandardara, Maharashtra
Bhandardara village, settled in the Ahmednagar district, hosts Wilson Dam, Randha falls and Arthur Lakeland; some of the popular tourist attractions. The settlement is also known for the very fine Sandhan valley and abode to Mount Kalsubai, the most eminent peak in Maharashtra.
12. Coorg, Karnataka
Coorg, also recognised as Kodagu, embraces both Monsoon and winter perfectly. Kodagu is one of the most visited places in South India in October and an ideal destination to tour during the rest of the seasons.
13. Matheran, Maharashtra
Matheran is one of the best places to visit in South India in July. It's an ideal weekend getaway for people from Mumbai and Pune. Matheran hill station can be toured within a day and is regularly visited during this time.
14. Munnar, Kerala
The enchanting season of monsoon is one of the reasons to hit Kerala when all reservoirs, waterfalls, and other water bodies are filled. Munnar bestows a magical charm during the winter season and offers a great opportunity for a quiet vacation.