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Tamil Nadu: From A Camper's Perspective

Bounded by the lush green hills on one side and by the Bay of Bengal on the other side, Tamil Nadu allures tourists from all over the world. However, this beautiful state is only popular for its ancient monuments and religious sites and hence, it is also home to several pilgrimage centres. Due to these ancient pilgrimage sites, it has become immensely popular amongst Hindu devotees and history lovers today. But, have you ever considered Tamil Nadu as the land of hills and forests? If not, then it is high time you plan a trip to its exotic hill stations which are perfect places for trekking and camping.

Whenever we look for camping experiences in India, Northeast India, Kerala, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand are some popular names which strike our mind. How about going unconventional this time? If you love exploring new places and experiencing new spots, then you must try camping in Tamil Nadu. The presence of luxuriant plains, green hills, lush vegetation, dazzling lakes and soothing waterfalls will certainly provide you with bliss. Following are the major places where you can go camping in Tamil Nadu.

1. Yercaud

Located in the Salem district and known as the poor man's Ooty, Yercaud is one of the few places in Tamil Nadu where you can actually enjoy a peaceful environment. Due to its less popularity amongst tourists, it maintains an unpolluted and stainless atmosphere, which is perfect for pitching your tents.

From lakes to hills and waterfalls to squashy grasslands, there are hundreds of spots within the boundaries of Yercaud where you can settle down in your tents. Due to the presence of hills, it is also a perfect place for trekkers.

The presence of beautiful farm fields and colourful gardens adds to its existing charm. Apart from camping, you can also enjoy exploring the beauty of Yercaud Lake, Kiliyur Falls, Lady's Seat and Sacred Heart Church.

2. Yelagiri

Once a private property during the 1950s, Yelagiri is a picturesque hill station now and is visited by millions of tourists every year. Located at a distance of about 100 km from Vellore, Yelagiri is known for its beautiful orchards, green hills and mesmerising rose gardens.

Don't you think it is a perfect setting for a camper to settle down? Certainly yes. Who wouldn't love to spend their weekends outdoors under twinkling stars as they pitch their tents in this midst of beautiful gardens surrounded by hills? Well, if you are looking for such places, you should not miss out on planning a trip to Yelagiri.

Here, you can assuredly feel the essence of freshness on account of its unexplored surroundings. The major places here include Nature Park, Jalagamparai Waterfall, Swamimalai Hills and Yelagiri Lake. Did you know you can also go paragliding in the valleys of Yelagiri?

3. Valparai

Flourishing on the enriching expanse of Anaimalai Hills at a distance of about 110 km from Coimbatore, Valparai is an ideal location for camping and trekking. Characterised by tea estates, rich wildlife, dense forests and winding routes, this enthralling hill station seems like a dream destination.

Even though there are not many places to explore here, except for trekking and camping, it is still a hotspot for several offbeat travellers. Hence, it is frequented by thousands of travellers every year. How about getting yourself to this wondrous beauty and savouring the beauty of camping by tea estates in the midst of green valleys? As the area is rich in wildlife, you can also spot several rare and endangered species of plants and animals here.

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4. Kodaikanal

One of the most popular hill stations in India, Kodaikanal is a paradise for a nature lover. With lakes, hills, forests and waterfalls, it is one of the richest parts of Tamil Nadu. However, due to the increment in tourism, it remains flooded with tourists from all over the country throughout the year.

Therefore, it is difficult to find peaceful places for camping within the main city. Hence, you need to camp on the outskirts of Kodaikanal. There are numerous spots around its core settlement which can certainly interest you on account of their greenery and serene surroundings.

From these spots you can enjoy the panoramic views of the city as well as the breathtaking beauty of the surrounding hills. So, what do you think of this quaint beauty as your next camping destination?

5. Meghamalai

A beauty hidden in the midst of the Western Ghats, Meghamalai is a beautiful mountain range in Tamil Nadu and is known for its alluring valleys and unexplored corners. Therefore, it will make for an idyllic camping destination in the state. With the presence of an evergreen forest, the atmosphere of Meghamalai remains favourable throughout the year.

Tea estates, dams, temples, misty mountains, beautiful streams, coffee plantations and rich wildlife are major attractions here. If you are looking for camping in an offbeat place, then Meghamalai is a perfect stoppage for you. What else would you need other than these natural marvels? So, get yourself here, pitch your tents and savour the best of the natural atmosphere. You can also trek up its beautiful hills.

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