Be what the weather may, be it summer, winter or monsoon, nobody would hesitate a quick break at a hill station. A few days in the refreshing climate would rejuvenate one from the hustle and bustle of a hectic work life and make one return with a boost of energy.
The beautiful locales in South India are simply unmatched. Most of us know about Ooty, Coorg, Munnar and Kodaikanal, but South India has more. Unbox these hidden gems and make your expedition all the more interesting. Take a look.
Lakkidi - Kerala
Home to the majestic Thamarassery Ghat and also the gateway to Wayanad, Lakkidi is one of the highest points in the Western Ghat region.
The place is well known for its closeness to the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary which is home to a large number of endangered and rare animal species like the lion-tailed macaque, Indian shag and many more.
Lambasingi – Andhra Pradesh
Lambasingni is tiny hidden hamlet in Visakhapatnam and is fondly called the Kashmir of Andhra Pradesh. Due to its elevation and dense greenery the place does not get too hot and is, hence, home to a wide variety of rare plants and flowers.
Apart from being the coldest place in Andhra, it is also well known for its coffee plantations and coffee production.
Vagamon – Kerala
Situated along the borders of Kottayam and Idukki districts, Vagamon is a small plantation town which still remains under the wraps and seldom pops up in the list of mainstream destinations.
Apart from breathtaking ravines and rivulets, which are spread across the green-hued hills, the place doubles up as perfect paragliding destination.
If paragliding is not your cup of tea, then trek up one of the three hills namely Thangal Hill, Murugan Hill and Kurisumala.
PC: Ashwin Iyer
Kotagiri – Tamil Nadu
Nestled between the hill stations of Ooty and Coonoor is the hamlet of Kotagiri. The place is filled with tea plantations and splendid misty mountains.
Kotagiri is paradise for trekking enthusiasts as it is home to a large number of trails such as Catherine Falls, Kodanad and Longwood Shola.
PC: Jaseem Hamza
Araku – Andhra Pradesh
Situated between the mountains of Galikonda and Chitamogondi, the valley of Araku is a hidden gem in the state of Andhra Pradesh.
The valley is filled with beautiful waterfalls which originates from the Eastern Ghats. The place is home to tribal farmers who were the first harvesters of coffee in the country. One can get to know more about them in the Araku Tribal Museum.
Kemmangundi – Karnataka
The village of Kemmangundi was the erstwhile summer retreat of Krishnaraja Wodeyar. This hilly retreat is blessed with all sorts of natural wonders and is paradise for those who love trekking. The place is home to the tallest and second tallest peaks of Karnataka namely Mullayanagiri and Budangiri.
PC: RakeshRaju M