South India presents some of the best hill stations in India for newly wedded couples looking for that perfect retreat at the beginning of their life. The romance, seclusion and breathtaking beauty offered by the hill stations in South India would be the best initiation in the new paths they are going to tread together. Beat the devastating heat and explore these relatively un-spoilt hill stations down South which the British used to escape to! Tea and coffee estates, the smell of eucalyptus in the crisp mountain air, cool nights huddled in shawls, sylvan lake rides and mountain treks… Peace and tranquility is at hand!
OotyOoty is the one of the most preferred honeymoon destination and celebrated hill stations for couples starting their life together. With its perfect assortment of adventure and recreation, Ooty in the Nilgiri hills has the capacity to give you the best vacation of your life. Trekking, hand gliding, angling and of course, boating are some of the activities young couples indulge in. The extensive grasslands and the soaring mountains conjure up beautiful images that you can feast your eyes on. The best time to visit Ooty would be anytime.
CoorgYou can guess the beauty and magnificence of Coorg by the fact that it was called the ‘Scotland of the South’ by the Britishers once. Ensconced among vibrant hill ranges, visitors can wake up to the aromatic punch of freshly made coffee while staying at the resorts at Coorg. The best time to visit Coorg would be during the October to April period.
KotagiriEscape the mad crowds of Ooty by opting for another of its Nilgiri neighbours – Kotagiri. Enjoy the sight of these blue mountains at some vantage points like the Kodanad View point. Feel the tingling spray of water at scenic waterfalls like Catherine the Elk falls. Book yourselves at a tea estate – the best way to enjoy the serene green world of Kotagiri.
MunnarAt Munnar, couples can lie in the lap of luxury and enjoy some of the best days of their life together. If the marriage is during the hot summer months, then a honeymoon at Munnar would definitely be the newest and best chapter in their lives. The lush scenery on offer at Munnar would provide them with the much needed refuge and seclusion. Munnar has some of the best plush properties on offer. If you want privacy, silence and plenty of good scenery, you can come here and enjoy your honeymoon with your partner. Munnar is buzzing with tea gardens, flower shows, lakes and waterfalls, apart from the serene countryside. The best time to visit Munnar would be during the September to May period.
YercaudPray at the cave temple of Lord Sevyorayan, the deity who is supposed to protect the 64 hamlets in this area. Local tribals celebrate their annual festival here every May. Walk into the Botanical Gardens which are home to hundreds of plants including rarities like the pitcher plant and the Kurinji flower which blooms once in every 12 years. Spend some time near the lake feasting on hot chilli bhajias and corn on the cob. For a panoramic view of the area drive to Pagoda point. Named after three neat stacks of stones roughly placed like a pagoda, the place offers a panoramic view of picture perfect tribal villages and hazy Blue Mountains from here.
KodaikanalThe literal meaning of this hill station located in the Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu is Gift of the Forest. Located in the Upper Palani Hills of the Western Ghats, Kodaikanal is the ‘Princess of South Indian hill stations’. Lush meadows, towering waterfalls, deep valleys and verdant forests make it a complete hill station. Boat on the Kodaikanal Lake, take a walk in Bryant Park, and get a panoramic sweep of the landscape from vista points such as Dolphin’s Nose and Pillar Rocks. You can picnic at the Bear Shola Falls and pray at the Kurinji Andavar Murugan temple. Take a walk along Coaker’s Walk — a paved pedestrian path running along the edge of steep slopes and visit the Shembaganur Museum of Natural History for their outstanding taxidermy collection of more than 500 species of animals, birds and insects.
Araku ValleyOne of the least polluted hill stations in South India. you can visit here any time of the year as this place has pleasant climate all the time. You can visit here by rail as this place as a railway station. nearby airport is Vishakhapatnam at a distance of 112-km. This place doesn’t offer much of sightseeing but rather it’s the place you can be one with nature. This is one of the places where movies have been shot all year long. You can visit nearby Chaparai falls and Ananthagiri falls.
CoonoorCoonoor is an idyllic hill station situated on the eastern side of the southern extremity of Doddabetta range, at an altitude of 1,858 metres above the sea level. It is a quieter alternative to the crowded hill station of Ooty. With red roofed colonial homes, sprawling lawns, exotic flora and the cool mountain breeze, this is the second largest hill station in the Nilgiris. Take the Nilgiri toy train with a World Heritage tag from Mettupalayam to Coonoor and enjoy the ride. Spend time on the manicured lawns of Sim’s Park filled with different varieties of roses and magnolias, and get a bird’s eye view from the Dolphin’s Nose Viewpoint, Lamb’s Rock and Lady Canning’s Seat.
Nandi Hills (Anandagiri)Anandagiri which also means ‘Hill of Happiness’ is a name bestowed upon the Nandi Hills which are small hillocks ennobled at a height of 1478 m above sea level, near Bengaluru in Karnataka. The entire terrain is a kind of citadel with a Fort nestled atop that was constructed during the reigns of Tipu Sultan. Puffy clouds drift through the hills kissing them, making a guest appearance in and out of the Yoganandeeshwara Temple that harbors a splendid statue of Nandi (the bull) at its doorsteps. Apart from enriching the history of Chola Dynasty and its rich heritage, Nandi Hills is a region that is an absolute retreat for aesthetes and adventurers as trekking is one of the prime attractions here.
Yelagiri hillsYelagiri, at a height of 920 meters above sea level, stands majestically amidst four mountains. This is a hill station with a salubrious climate prevailing throughout the year so that winters do not keep visitors away. Relax and re-discover the joy of boating in the placid Pungavoor.Lake and spend some time exploring the gardens around it. Pump up your adrenaline with a trek along the Swami Malai hills while you take in the untouched beauty of nature that lines the path. Also, take time out to go to the other side of the hill station to see the gushing Jalagamparai waterfalls.
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