If scorching heat doesn't stop you to do expedition, then definitely the month of May in Tamil Nadu is your ideal time. Summer in Tamil Nadu starts in march and lasts till May. During these months, the weather remains hot and humid with an average temperature of 35°C and a maximum of 42°C. Though the season is all about blistering heat, yet a heavy footfall of tourists can be spotted at various places of Tamil Nadu. Despite not being the ideal most season to visit Tamil Nadu, one can still experience so much while being here in May. The oldest city of Tamil Nadu, Madurai hosts a 12-day long festival in the summer season which celebrated in the Meenakshi Temple. Once again, the sublime hill stations of Ooty, Yercaud, Kodaikanal, and Yelagiri are some of the best places to visit in Tamil Nadu in May.
Every tourist wants to see the wondrous magic of mountains and valleys in Ooty. It's rightly called the Queen of Hills, and people also call it Udhagamandalam. Ooty is a hill station & coolest place in Tamilnadu, situated at a height of 2240 meters. Here you will find lakes for boating and tea gardens where you can just stroll among the garden paths and smell the invigorating aromas of fresh tea.
Nilgiri Mountain Railway, which goes through scary bends on the mountain slopes, is the best way to see the panoramic landscapes of Ooty.
Picture yourself a landscape full of misty mountain tops, mystic valleys, rolling pastures, and a carpet of green slopes, and you get an idea of what Kodaikanal is all about. This hill station of Tamil Nadu is a favourite with honeymoon couples, and in the dense forests of Kodaikanal, there is ample solitude to spend time in each other's arms. Nestled at a height of 2133 meters above sea level & rated as the 2nd coolest place in Tamilnadu. At Kodaikanal, you can enjoy some breathtaking treks if you are adventure lovers, or plan a more relaxed time, as there are lakes and parks here.
Green hills rolling as far as the eye can see, mists hovering over the valleys, deep mystical forests teeming with wild creatures, colonial buildings with their Victorian charm... Coonoor is an apt place to describe all the above, and even more. There are mesmerizing waterfalls in the monsoons, tea and coffee estates, where you should take a stroll to find out how your daily beverage is made, and plenty of vantage points for tourists to have a panoramic view of the Nilgiri Mountains. Coonoor a hill station that's close to Ooty, but has the subtle charm that will entice you to visit it at least once in your lifetime and thus we rate it as the 3rd coolest place in Tamilnadu.
If you've always imagined yourself sitting by the window, sipping a cup of brewing hot coffee, and looking at a landscape of surreal imagination, then perhaps Kotagiri is the perfect hill station you might want to go. Situated at a height of 1985 metres & rated as the 4th coolest place in Tamilnadu, Kotagiri has one of the best climates for relaxation and touring. If you like being in the midst of lush green gardens, then go to the tea estates and you will not feel like leaving the place!! Kotagiri is among the top hill stations of Tamil Nadu, & the sublime peace that you'll encounter here is a precious thing you'll take away from your vacation in Kotagiri.
Yercaud is one hill station of Tamil Nadu where you will wonder at the colours of nature & rated as the 5th coolest place in Tamilnadu. The blue hills are rolling across the vast landscapes, acres and acres of green coffee plantations, and the vast azure skies, with grey clouds hovering about like lone travellers. Yercaud is famous for its orchards, and here you will not only find coffee estates but orange and pear orchards. There are oak and sandalwood forests too, and teeming with wildlife. In Yercaud, there are many viewpoints in the hills, from where you get to see fascinating panoramas open before you, and lakes and parks to just relax a bit.
6. Yelagiri Hills
Yelagiri is a hill station of Tamil Nadu, is just the opposite of the much more popular Ooty, but the charm of Yelagiri will overwhelm you all the same.
Yelagiri is nestled amid four hills, and going here is a travel experience in itself. You will have to drive up slopes of mountains, traversing as much as 14 scary hair-pin bends to reach this hill station. But the trip is worth the drive, and you go past rustic villages, green fields, valleys, and fruit orchards. Yelagiri is home to tribals for centuries, and if you like trekking, there are many trekking routes to go explore the forests.
If you want to visit a place that's surrounded by forests, then you must head to Valparai, one of Tamil Nadu's most spectacular hill stations. Valparai is surrounded by tropical evergreen forests, and there are famous national parks in this region to spot varied types of animals and birds. Valparai is situated at an elevation of 1500 meters, on the Anamalai Hills. Its unpolluted air, plenty of greenery, and a cool climate is just the reason why it's among the best hill stations in Tamil Nadu. You must go to the tea and coffee plantations in Valparai, and for trekkers, the hills promise a bounty of wild trails and treks.
8. Kolli Hills
You might not have heard about this hill station of Tamil Nadu, but Kolli Hills is all about untouched beauty of nature. It's hidden from the radar of most tourists, and this is what makes it more tempting.
Kolli Hills at an altitude of 1300 metres, and going to Kolli Hills is an adventure in itself. You will have to go through as many as 70 jaws dropping bends and curves, and the scenic beauty of this trip most wonderful experience for any tourist. Kolli hills are covered in evergreen forests, and there are many creatures to be seen. You can go trekking too, and also opt to stroll in the fruit orchards or coffee plantations here.
9. Velliangiri Hills
This hill station of Tamil Nadu, at an altitude of 2438 metres, is the best places to see the Western Ghats. It's close to Coimbatore, and there are several viewpoints from where you will see the pinnacles of mountains covered in mists. An ancient Shiva Temple is famous here, and it's a religious hotspot for pilgrims. Even sages sit deep in the forests meditating in solitude. But, the tropical forests here are teeming with wildlife, and if you are lucky, you might just see a snake slither by, or a grazing deer among the trees. Many adventurous souls do trekking on the mountains here, and this place also is tribal land, and it's their original place.
10. Anamalai Hills
Anamalai Hills, It's very name means Elephant Hills, and true to its name, you will find herds of wild elephants bathing in the forest streams, or grazing among the tall grass. Anamalai Hills has some of the highest peaks in South India & the wildlife here is breathtaking. You will find Black Panthers, Leopards, Gaur and many other species in the tropical jungles here. Anamalai Hills is where you will also see coffee and tea gardens, and you might even go to one and taste freshly brewed tea/coffee. Dense forests, enchanting scenic landscapes, rolling carpets of green on the hills, makes Anamalai Hills one of the most perfect hill stations of Tamil Nadu & 10th ranked the coolest place in Tamilnadu.