All You Need To Know About Ooty

Ooty Tourism

Ooty, also known as Udhagamandalam, is one of the popular hill stations in Tamil Nadu. Situated at an altitude of 7,440 feet, Ooty is popularly called as ‘Queen of Hill Stations’. It was served as the summer capital of the Madras Presidency during British rule. Its rolling green hills and pleasant weather make it one of the best hill stations in India and also one of the top summer destinations in South India.

Ooty Lake

Ooty Lake is a manmade lake built in 1824 by John Sullivan, the then Collector of Coimbatore. Situated amidst beautiful valleys, Ooty Lake is a major landmark in the town and also one of the top places to experience Ooty Tourism. Covers an area of 65 acres, Ooty Lake is one of the top tourist places to visit in Ooty. The average depth of this lake is 40 feet and the lake is fed by the mountain streams in the Ooty valley. The Boat house offers various boating facilities include row boats, pedal boats, motor boats etc. There is a Mini Garden with an amusement park for children with a toy train next to the Lake.

Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden is the most popular tourist places in Ooty. In 1847 CE, Marquis of Tweedale laid the foundation of this garden and is presently maintained by Horticulture Department of the Government of Tamil Nadu. It spreads over an area of 22 hectares with more than 650 species of flowers and trees.This is one of the top places to visit in Ooty and also one of the best botanical gardens in India. The highlight of the garden is a fossil tree that is believed to be 20 million years old.A summary festival held here in every year May with a grand flower show.

Wenlock Downs

Wenlock Downs is a vast expanse of grassy meadow and is a favorite picnic spot around Ooty. The downs spread across 20,000 acres of rolling lands that seems to be stretching endlessly. The Wenlock Downs are perfect for walking and hiking trails amidst this elegant landscape. The peak offers breathtaking views of mighty Nilgiris and the lake formed by the backwaters of Pykara.

Doddabetta Peak

Doddabetta (Big Mountain) is the highest point in Nilgiri Mountains and second highest peak in South India after Anamudi Peak near Munnar. Situated at an altitude of 2623 m,it is the junction of the Western and Eastern Ghats. One can have a magnificent view of the landscape and the whole of Nilgiri district. This is one of the top tourist places to visit in Ooty. The tourism department of Tamilnadu manages a Telescope House in the Doddabetta Peak which enables the visitors to get a better view. This TTDC Telescope gives a complete view of the surrounding landscape.

Kamaraj Sagar / Sandynalla Reservoir & Pine Forest

Kamraj Sagar Dam, also known as Sandynalla Reservoir, is a favorite picnic spot situated on the way to Wenlock Downs & Pykara in Ooty.The Dam and the serene location make it a heavenly place. This is one of the top places to visit in Ooty and a favorite haunt for the nature lovers. There is a Pine Forest adjacent to the main road through which the reservoir is accessed. The Pine Forest spread across several acres and is a nice place to take snaps & famous shooting spot as well.

Pykara Dam & Falls

Pykara Dam, built on Pykara River amidst dense forest, is a beautiful place offering breathtaking scenery. This is one of the best Ootytourist places and an ideal place to experience beautiful boat ride. Pykara Falls is a majestic falls formed by Pykara River on downstream of the reservoir. The falls cascade down through multiple layers on the rocky bed providing a unique beauty to the stream. This is one of the best waterfalls in Ooty and also one of the most popular tourist places in Ooty. There is a boat house, rest house and a restaurant that is run by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation.Boating in Pykara Lake is a memorable experience.

Rose Garden

The Government Rose Garden, formerly known as the Jayalalitha Rose Garden or Centenary Rose Park, was established in 1995 to commemorate the centenary of Ooty flower show. It is situated at an altitude of 2200 m on the slopes of the Elk Hill in Vijayanagaram area of Ooty town. This garden comprises five terraces in an area of 10 acres and houses some of the largest collections of roses in the country including miniature roses, hybrid tea roses, floribunda, ramblers, black and green roses and many other unique varieties.

Apart from the pleasant climate, Ooty is home to several tourist attractions. Ooty Lake, Botanical Garden, Rose Garden, Wenlock Downs, Pine Forest, Doddabetta Peak, Emerald Lake, Pykara Dam, Pykara Falls, and Avalanche Lake are the top places to visit in Ooty. The toy train, also known as Nilgiri Mountain Railway that runs from Mettupalayam to Ooty, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must be experienced as part of Ooty trip. Mudumalai and Bandipursanctuaries provide ample opportunity to explore the wildlife. The annual Tea and Tourism Festival (Jan) and Summer Festival (May) attract visitors in huge numbers.

10 Top Things ti do in Madikeri

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Madikeri or Kodagu is a district in Karnataka and Madikeri is the district headquarters. At an altitude of 1525 meters on Western Ghats, it is also known as the Scotland of India. Madikeri is the most famous hill stations in Karnataka and among the best hill stations near Bangalore. It is also one of the top destinations of Karnataka Tourism.

South Indian state Karnataka is a home for travelers with its pilgrimages, historical sites, waterfalls, beaches, hill stations, palaces and many other attractions. Coorg is one of the best hill station in south India.

Coorg is one of the best travel destinations in Kodagu district of Karnataka, it is also called as Madikeri. The name is came from Muddu Raja Keri (Mudduraja’s town), named after Haleri king Mudduraja. He ruled Kodagu from 1633 to 1687.
Mysure is the nearest town to coorg, which is 120 kms and Mangalore is 136 kms away.

List of Places to visit in Coorg

1. Raja’s Seat – A small view piont which is favourite recreation spot for Kodagu kings.
2. Madikeri fort – The fort was built by Haleri king Mudduraja.
3. Omkareshwara Temple – Temple was built by the king Linga Rajandra II in 1820,dedicated to lord Shiva.
4. Abbey falls – Most visited water falls in Karnataka with a breath taking view.
5. Dubare Elephant Camp – Elephant training center on the banks of Cauvery river.
6. Cauvery Nisargadhama – A river island & One of the most scenic places in Coorg.
7. Tibetan Monastery – Also Called as golden temple. After Dharmashala, second largest Tibetans settlement in India.
8. Nagarhole National Park – One of the best wild life sanctuary in south India.
9. Irupu Falls – Magnificent water falls in Brahmagiri hills.
10. Mallali Falls – one of the best water falls in Karnataka formed by Kumaradhara river.

Trekking & Adventures Activities in Coorg

1. Tadiyandamol Peak Trekking – Second highest peak in Karnataka.
2. Pushpagiri Hills/Subrahmanya Hills Trekking – Second highest peak in Coorg, at an altitude of 5626 feet.
3. Brahmagiri Hills Trekking – Most prefarable trek in Madikeri, at an altitude of 5357 feet.
4. White Water Rafting – water rafting at upper Barapole river. This is the top water rafting attraction in South India. It is also one of the top places to visit in Coorg.

10 Top Places to Visit in Jaisalmer

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Jaisalmer About this sound pronunciation, nicknamed “The Golden city”, is a city in the Indian state of Rajasthan, located 575 kilometres west of the state capital Jaipur. Once known as Jaisalmer state it is a World Heritage Site. The town stands on a ridge of yellowish sandstone, crowned by a fort, which contains the palace and several ornate Jain temples. Jaisalmer is popularly called as the ‘Golden City of India’ because the yellow sand and the yellow sandstone used in the architecture of the city which provides a golden glow to the city. Jaisalmer is named after Maharawal Jaisal Singh, a Rajput king who founded the city in 1156 AD. The ruling dynasty is believed to have descended from the Yadava Prince Lord Krishna. The best time to visit Jaisalmer is from October to February while the peak season is from December to February. Summers are hot & dry and monsoon & winter offer pleasant weather to enjoy the golden city.

Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer Fort is one of the largest fully preserved fortified cities in the world. It is situated in the city of Jaisalmer, in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is a World Heritage Site. It was built in 1156 AD by the Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal, from whom it derives its name. The fort stands amidst the sandy expanse of the great Thar Desert, on Trikuta Hill. Before the days of the British Raj, the fortress city served as a refuge and way-station for caravans and travelers along the Silk Road. Its ramparts served as the backdrop for many battles in past centuries when the Silk Road still served as one of the main trade routes between East and West. It is one of the best places to visit in Jaisalmer.

Patwon Ki Haveli

Jaisalmer Railway Station, Patwon-ki-Haveli is situated in a narrow lane near the Patwa Complex in Jaisalmer. It is the first haveli to have been erected in Jaisalmer and also one of the top places to visit in Jaisalmer. The Patwon ki Haveli is considered to be the one of the largest as well as the finest haveli of Rajasthan.

Gadisar Lake

Gadisar Lake or Gadsisar Lake is an artificial reservoir in Jaisalmer. It was the only source of water for the Jaisalmer city in the olden days and also one of the best Jaisalmer sightseeing places. The Gadisar Lake was constructed by Raja Rawal Jaisal, the first ruler of Jaisalmer and later reconstructed by Maharawal Gadsi Singh in the year 1367 AD. It is said this rain water lake once provided water to the entire town.

Salim Sing Ki Haveli

alim Singh ki Haveli is an old edifice located at the heart of Jaisalmer city near Jaisalmer Fort. This beautiful architectural building is one of the major tourist places in Jaisalmer. Salim Singh ki Haveli was built in 1815 CE by Salim Singh, the then Prime Minister of the kingdom when Jaisalmer was the capital. It is said that once the Haveli of Salim Singh had two additional wooden storeys in an attempt to make it as high as the maharaja’s palace but the Maharaja did not take this attempt in good spirit. Currently it has only five stories as the upper two tiers were demolished as per the order of the king.

Desert Cultural Centre

Desert Cultural Centre & Museum is located on the Gadisagar Road in Jaisalmer. It is one of the popular tourist places in Jaisalmer. Various musical instruments and folk dance related costumes can be found in this museum. Costumes of the erstwhile maharajas and maharanis can also found in the museum.

Tazia Tower

Tazia Tower is located in the Badal Palace complex near Amar Sagar Gate inside Jaisalmer Fort. The intricate designs, minarets and architectural fusion of this tower make it one of the top Jaisalmer tourist places. Tazia Tower was constructed in the form of Tazia that are usually part of Muslim religious festivities. It was constructed in 1886 AD by Muslim carvers who presented it as a gift to the imperial Hindu king, Maharawal Berisal Singh.

Jain Temples – Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer has been enriched by its Jain community, which has adorned the city with beautiful temples, notably the temples dedicated to the 16th Tirthankara, Shantinath, and 23rd Tirthankara, Parshvanath. There are seven Jain temples in total which are situated within the Jaisalmer fort built during 12th and 15th centuries. Among these temples, the biggest one is the The Paraswanath Temple and is most attractive; others being Chandraprabhu temple, Rishabdev temple, Shitalnath Temple, Kunthunath Temple, and Shantinath Temple. Known for their exquisite work of art and architecture that was predominant in the medieval era the temples are built out of yellow sandstone and have intricate engravings on them. Jaisalmer boasts some of the oldest libraries of India which contain rarest of the manuscripts and artefacts of Jain tradition. There are many pilgrimage centres around Jaisalmer such as Lodhruva(Lodarva), Amarsagar, Brahmsar and Pokharan.

Bada Bagh

Bada Bagh, also called Barabagh is a garden complex about 6 km north of Jaisalmer on way to Ramgarh, and halfway between Jaisalmer and Lodhruva in the state of Rajasthan in India. It contains a set of royal cenotaphs, or chhatris of Maharajas of Jaisalmer state, starting with Jai Singh II

Lodurva

Lodrawa is a village in Jaisalmer district, Rajasthan, India. It is 15 km to the north-west of Jaisalmer. Lodrawa was the ancient capital of the Bhatti dynasty till 1156 AD, when Rawal Jaisal founded the Jaisalmer state and shifted the capital to Jaisalmer. Today, it is a popular tourist destination, known for its architectural ruins and surrounding sand dunes. Apart from that Ludrawa is also famous for the Jain temple dedicated to 23rd Tirthankara, Parshvnath destroyed in 1152 AD when Muhammad Ghori sacked the city but was reconstructed in 1615 by Seth Tharu Shah and further additions were commissioned in 1675 and 1687. The temples were rebuilt in the late 1970s, are reminders of the city’s former glory. Rishabhanath Temple and Shambhavanath Temple are also major attraction. Other places are Hinglaj mata temple, Chamunda mata temple, and old temple of Shiva.

Kuldhara

Kuldhara is an abandoned village in the Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan, India. Established around 13th century, it was once a prosperous village inhabited by Paliwal Brahmins. It was abandoned by the early 19th century for unknown reasons, possibly because of dwindling water supply, or as a local legend claims, because of persecution by the Jaisalmer State’s minister Salim Singh. Gradually, it acquired reputation as a haunted site, and the Rajasthan State Government decided to develop it as a tourist spot.

10 Fascinating Places to See in Kerala

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Kerala, the God’s own country, is bestowed with some of the best tourist destinations in India for any kind of holiday. The scenic hill stations, enchanting backwaters, cascading waterfalls, sandy beaches and exotic wildlife are the top attractions of Kerala Tourism. Kerala has been one of the top honeymoon destinations in India and also one of the most popular tourist places in India. Munnar, Alleppey, Kumarakom, Cochin, Kovalam, Thrissur, Athirapally, Trivandrum, Wayanad and Thekkady are the popular places to visit in Kerala. Along with Kumarakom, Alappuzha or Alleppey is among the most famous destinations of Backwaters in Kerala. A houseboat cruise in the backwaters of Kerala is a delightful experience.

Alleppey

Alappuzha or Alleppey is situated on the shores of Arabian Sea close to the banks of Vembanad Lake. Popularly known as the ‘Venice of the East’, Alleppey tops the list of best tourist places in Kerala. Along with Kumarakom, Alappuzha is among the most famous destinations of Backwaters in Kerala. A houseboat cruise trip in these backwaters is a delightful experience.Alleppey is also known for the annual Nehru Trophy Boat Race, the most popular boat race in India. Kuttanad, Alappuzha Beach, Mannarasala, Chettikulangara Devi Temple, Mullakkal Temple and Krishnapuram Palace are the some popular tourist places in Alleppey.

Kochi / Cochin

Kochi, also known as Cochin, is a port city in Ernakulam district of Kerala state. It is one of the popular tourist places in Kerala and also a good place for Kerala Backwaters trip. Well known as the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’, Kochi is the main tourist hub for many Kerala tours. The tourism in Cochin is admired for its scenic beauty, traditional architecture and cultural diversity. Fort Kochi, Bolghatty Palace, Marine Drive, Mangalavanam Sanctuary, Edappally Church, Cochin Jewish Synagogue, Matancherry Palace, and Chinese Fishing Nets are the popular places to visit in Kochi.

Kumarakom

Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the famous Vembanad Lake in the beautiful state of Kerala. Also known as the Queen of Vembanad, Kumarakom is the most famous Kerala Backwaters destination and is among the best places to experience Kerala Tourism. A houseboat cruise along the backwaters of Vembanad Lake is really an amazing experience. The Bird Kumarakom Sanctuary, Vaikom, Pathiramanal Island, Aranmula Temple and Erumeli are the popular Kumarakom tourist places.

Thekkady

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in India, is located at Thekkady in Kerala. The park was established in 1950 and was declared as Tiger Reserve in 1978. The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam adds to the charm of the park. Thekkady is famous for Asian Elephants, Tigers, Gaurs, Sambars, Wild Boars, Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Malabar Giant Squirrel, Civet, Nilgiri Tahr, etc.Murikkady, Chellar Kovil, Mangala Devi Temple, Suruli Falls and Pullumedu are the popular tourist places in Thekkady.

Kovalam

Kovalam, on the shores of Arabian Sea, is one of the most famous Beaches in Kerala and also one of the most popular places of sightseeing in Kerala. The beautiful Kovalam Beach is also known as the ‘Paradise of the South’. Kovalam is literally filled with endless sight of coconut trees breathtaking views while approaching the beach. Lighthouse Beach, Vizhinjam Mosque, Samudra Beach, and Eve’s Beach are the top places to visit in Kovalam. Kovalam is also famous for Ayurvedic massages and many yoga resorts.

Wayanad

Wayanad is one of the marvelous hill stations in Kerala and also one of the popular tourist places to visit in Kerala. Kalpetta, Sulthan Bathery and Mananthavady are the largest towns and are the base stations to visit different parts of the Wayanad district.Blessed with several rain forests, Wayanad is also a wonderful monsoon destination in India. Meenmutty Falls, Soochipara Falls, Pookote Lake, Banasura Sagar dam, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Brahmagiri, Chembra Peak, Lakkidi and Edakkal Caves are the best places to visit in Wayanad.

Thrissur

Thrissur or Trichur is the cultural capital of Kerala and also one of the famous pilgrimage sites in Kerala. Thrissur hosts the world famous Thrissur Pooram held in the month of April / May. This festival is the most colorful and spectacular temple festival of Kerala. UNESCO has awarded Thrissur Pooram as the most spectacular festival in the world. The Vadakkunathan temple, Thiruvambadi Sri Krishna Temple, Paramekkavu Temple,Guruvayur Temple, Athirapally Falls, Peechi Dam & Sanctuary, Thrissur Zoo, Vilangankunnu and Shakthan Thampuran Palace are the top places to visit in Thrissur.

Athirapally

Athirapally Waterfall is one of the most popular waterfalls in India and one of the top tourist places in Kerala. Formed over Chalakudy River, the waterfall drops from a height of 80 feet through several streams offering a great scenic beauty. In rainy season, the water flow is full and all the streams join together and appear like Niagara Falls. This is the biggest waterfalls in Kerala. The Vazhachal Waterfalls, Chapra falls and Sholayar Dam, Valparai are the nearest attractions to Athirapally.

Trivandrum

Trivandrum,the capital city of Kerala, is one of the popular Kerala places to visit. Also known as Thiruvananthapuram, it is considered as one of the cleanest cities in India. Trivandrum is famous for its alluring tourist spots including beaches, historic monuments, lakes, unexplored mountain ranges etc. Sri Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Napier Museum, Kanakakkunnu Palace, Science and Technology Museum, Kowdiar Palace, St. Joseph’s Cathedral and Thiruvananthapuram Zoo are some of the top tourist places in Trivandrum.

Munnar

Munnar is one of the most famous hill stations in Kerala located in Idukki district. Also known as Swiss of South India, Munnar is one of the best summer destinations in India and also one of the top places to visit in Kerala. Also known as the summer capital of British, Munnar weather is pleasant throughout the year. Mattupetty Dam, Kundala Lake, Top Station, Anamudi peak, Devikulam, Eravikulam National Park and Attukal Waterfalls are the top places to visit in Munnar.

6 Best Places to see when you Visit Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand, also known as the ‘Switzerland of India’, is a beautiful hill state located in the foothills of mighty Himalayas in the northern region of India. It is popularly called as Devbhumi, the Land of Gods, due to many Hindu temples and pilgrimage centres found throughout the state. Ganga and Yamuna, the two most sacred rivers of India, originate from the Himalayan glaciers in Uttarakhand. Uttarakhand Tourism is a blend of pristine landscapes, adventure, pilgrimage and wildlife. It is one of the most popular tourist places in India and also one of the top honeymoon destinations in India.

Nainital, Mussoorie, Almora, Haridwar, Rishikesh and Jim Corbett National Park are the top places to visit in Uttarakhand. Besides breathtaking hills and snowcapped Himalayas, Uttarakhand is also well known for its adventurous activities including trekking, river rafting, skiing, and mountaineering. For wildlife lovers and nature lovers, visit to Corbett is truly a delightful experience during Uttarakhand tour.

Nainital

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Situated in the Kumaon foothills of Himalayas, Nainital is a charming hill station in Uttarakhand well-known for its striking beauty and natural splendor. Commonly known as the Lake District of India, Nainital is one of the best hill stations in India and also one of the most popular hill stations near Delhi. Situated at an altitude of 1938 m, Nainital derives its name from Naini Lake and the town is spread around the Lake. Nainital Lake, Naina Devi Temple, Mall Road, Naina Peak, Snow View Point, Kainchi Dham, Raj Bhavan, High Altitude Zoo, Bhimtal and Sattal are the top places to visit in Nainital.

Mussoorie

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Mussoorie is a popular and picturesque hill station situated atop a horseshoe crest in the Garhwal Mountains of Uttarakhand. Mussoorie offers enchanting views of the underlying Doon Valley and the magnificent Himalayas. Also called the gateway to the Yamunotri and Gangotri, Mussoorie is one of the most visited summer getaways in Uttarakhand and also one of the best hill stations near Delhi. Kempty Falls, Camel’s Back Rock, Mall Road, Cloud’s End and Bhatta Falls are the famous tourist places to visit in Mussoorie. This majestic hill station also offers adventure opportunities like Horse Riding, Sky Ride, Valley Crossing, Zip Swing, Paragliding, and Night Camping. Mussoorie weather is pleasant in summer as it is the best time to experience Mussoorie Tourism at its best.

Jim Corbett National Park

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Jim Corbett National Park or Corbett Tiger Reserve is India’s oldest and most popular national park situated at the foothills of the mighty Himalayas in Uttarakhand. Established in 1936 as Hailey National Park and came under Project Tiger in 1973, Corbett acts as a protection zone for Bengal Tigers of India. The Park is one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in Uttarakhand and also one of the popular tourist places to visit in Nainital. The park is home to wide variety of wildlife including Tigers, Elephants, Chital, Sambar Deer, Nilgai, Gharial, Wild boar, Hedgehog, common Musk Shrew, Flying fox and Indian Pangolin. The pictorial and wonderful view of the park and its wildlife during open Jeep safari captivates the attention of the tourists and provides an unforgettable experience.

Haridwar

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Haridwar, also called as the ‘Gateway to the Lord’, is an ancient religious city on the banks of River Ganges in Uttarakhand. It is one of the popular pilgrimage sites in India and also one of the best tourist places to visit near Delhi. Often referred as Pilgrimage Capital of India, Haridwar is one of the seven holiest places for Hindus and is the place where river Ganga descends to the plains. It is also famous for the Kumbh Mela, a festival, which takes place once in every 12 years.

Haridwar is the place where people from different regions visit for pilgrimage and to take a holy dip into the holy river Ganges. Har-ki-Pauri, Chandi Devi Temple, Mansa Devi Temple, Vaishno Devi Temple, Bharat Mata Temple, Maya Devi Temple and Shanti Kunj are some of the important places to visit in Haridwar. Rishikesh, Sapt Sarovar, Triveni Ghat, Kanva Rishi Ashram, Rajaji Wildlife Sanctuary are the other attractions.

Almora

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Almora is a scenic hill station located on a 5 Km long horse shoe shaped ridge in Kumaon Himalayas of Uttarakhand. Lies at an altitude of 1,651 m, Almora is considered the cultural heart of the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. Alluring beauty, panoramic view of the Himalayas and rich cultural heritage of Almora makes it one of the top places to visit in Uttarakhand and also one of the least expensive hill stations in India. Nanda Devi Temple, Kasar Devi, Chitai Temple, Jageshwar, Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, Baijnath, Katarmal Sun Temple, and Bright End Corner are important places of sightseeing in Almora.

Rishikesh

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Rishikesh, also known as the Gateway of Garhwal Himalayas, is a holy city on the banks of the River Ganges in Uttarakhand. Renowned as the adventure capital of India, Rishikesh is the gateway to the upper Garhwal region and one among the best tourist places in Uttarakhand. It is the starting point for the Char Dham Yatra of Uttarakhand (Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath). Triveni Ghat, Parmarth Niketan, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Kailash Niketan Temple, Neer Gaddu Falls and Bharat Mandir are the important attractions in Rishikesh. Now world famous as a Yoga Capital of the World, Rishikesh is also offers several activities like mountain biking, bungee jumping and white water rafting.

Popular Summer Holiday Destinations in SouthIndia

Blazing sun, scorching heat, humid climate and enormous sweating, Indian summer is just around the corner and is the most favorite time for Indians to travel around the corner of the country because of the holiday season for children and is an opportunity to escape from the heat. South India is well known as the land of beautiful hill stations. During summer, the hill stations of South India provide a welcome respite from the scorching heat in the plains. Trawell.in presents the 11 best summer destinations in South India based on their popularity, quality of sightseeing options, ease of access and accommodation options.

Munnar, Kerala

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Munnar is a charming hill station in Idukki district of Kerala and one of the most popular places to visit in South India. Also called as the Swiss of South India, Munnar was once the summer resort of the British Governors of South India and also one of the top places to experience Kerala Tourism. It is known for its tea gardens, lakes, waterfalls and beautiful landscape. The weather in Munnar is pleasant during summer and good for sight-seeing. Anamudi Peak, Mattupetty Dam, Echo point, Kundala Lake, Top Station, Devikulam, Nyayamkad Falls, Eravikulam Park and Attukal Waterfalls are the top attractions of Munnar.

Ooty, Tamilnadu

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Ooty, also known as Udhagamandalam, is one of the best hill stations in India. Often referred as ‘Queen of Hill Stations’, Ooty was served as the summer capital of the Madras Presidency, and much visited by British during the colonial days. Its rolling green hills and pleasant weather make it an ideal summer destination in South India. Ooty is also one of the best hill resorts around Bangalore and also one of the top places to represent Tamilnadu Tourism. Ooty Lake, Botanical Garden, Rose Garden, Wenlock Downs, Pine Forest, Doddabetta Peak, Emerald Lake, Pykara Dam & Falls, Avalanche Lake are the top places to visit in Ooty.

Coorg, Karnataka

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Coorg is a fascinating hill station located in the mesmerizing Western Ghats of Karnataka. Also known as the Scotland of India, Coorg is the largest producer of Coffee in India and also one of the top hill stations near Mysore. Picturesque beauty, tranquility, strong aroma of coffee plantations and salubrious weather makes Coorg one of the top summer getaways in South India. Raja’s seat, Abbey Falls, Irupu Falls, Omkareshwara Temple, Golden Temple at Bylakuppe, Talacauvery and Dubare the major attractions in Coorg.

Wayanad, Kerala

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Wayanad is a picturesque hill resort nested amidst the mountains of the Western Ghats on the borders of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka States. It is one of the cheapest hill stations in India and also one of the top places to visit in Kerala. Wayanad has a pleasant weather throughout the year and is one of the popular summer places to visit in South India. Meenmutty Falls, Soochipara Falls, Pookote Lake, Banasura Sagar Dam, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Brahmagiri, Chembra Peak, Lakkidi and Edakkal Caves are the prime places of sightseeing in Wayanad.

Kodaikanal, Tamilnadu

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Kodaikanal, often referred as the ‘Princess of Hill stations’, is a beautiful hill station situated on the southern tip of upper Palani hills in Tamilnadu. Featuring unspoiled natural beauty, cascading waterfalls, glimmering lake and cool weather, Kodai is one of the best places to visit in South India during summer. Kodai Lake, Bryant Park, Coaker’s Walk, Bear Shola Falls, Silver Cascade and Pillar Rocks are the famous toutist attractions in Kodaikanal.

Araku Valley, Andhra Pradesh

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Araku Valley or Araku is a scenic hill station in the Vishakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh. Located on the Eastern Ghats, Araku is a perfect tourist destination with pleasant climate, lush greenery, waterfalls and streams. It is well known for its valleys & coffee plantations. Araku is the most popular hill station in Andhra and also regarded as one of the least expensive summer getaways in India. Borra caves, Anantagiri Hills, Tyda Nature Camp, Katiki Falls, Chaaparaayi, Tribal Museum and Padmapuram Gardens are the top places Araku attractions.

Yercaud, Tamilnadu

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Yercaud is a small hill station in the Shevaroy hills of Eastern Ghats in Tamil Nadu. Sir Thomas Munroe, erstwhile governor of Madras Presidency in 1842 developed this place. The place is covered with the lakes, waterfalls, parks and many colonial buildings. Best places to visit in Yercaud are Emerald Lake, Anna Park, Lady’s Seat, Shevaroy Temple, Small Lake, Bear’s Point, Pagoda Point, Killiyur Falls and Botanical Garden. The weather of Yercaud is pleasant during summer never exceeds 30 degrees.

Chikmagalur, Karnataka

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Chikmagalur is situated at the foothills of Mulliyangiri range in the state of Karnataka. Chikmagalur is famous for its pleasant atmosphere, lush green forests and tall mountains. Often called as ‘the coffee land of Karnataka’, this is the place where coffee was cultivated for the first time in India. Hirekolale Lake, Mahatma Gandhi Park, Amruthapura, Baba Budangiri, Mulliyangiri, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Kemmangundi and Manikyadhara Falls are the popular tourist places in Chikmagalur.

Coonoor, Tamilnadu

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Coonoor is an idyllic hill station situated in Nigiris at an altitude of 1,858 m above the sea level. After Ooty, Coonoor is the second popular hill station in the Nilgiri region. Coonoor is one of the most beautiful hill stations in Tamilnadu and is known for its production of Nilgiri tea. Velvet lawns, exotic flora and the cool mountain breeze of Coonoor attract visitors in large numbers. Sim’s Park, Lambs Rock, Dolphins Nose and Law’s fall are the top attractions of Coonoor.

Yelagiri Hills, Tamilnadu

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Located at an altitude of 4,626 feet, Yealagiri is a beautiful hill station in Vellore district of Tamilnadu. This is the considered as the best hill station close to Bangalore & Chennai. Yelagiri is a cluster of 14 hamlets lie between four mountains. It is surrounded by green forests and wonderful mountain slopes. Yelagiri is also one of the popular places for trekkers due several trekking trails. Swamimalai Hill, Javadi Hills, Palamathi Hills, Punganur Lake, Velavan Temple & Jalagamparai falls are the top attractions in Yelagiri.

 

 

9 Top Places Must See When You Visit Wayanad

Wayanad

Wayanad is a beautiful hill station situated in the Western Ghats of Kerala. Also known as the ‘Green Paradise’ of Kerala, Wayanad is one of the best hill stations in Kerala and also a wonderful summer getaway from Bangalore, & Mysore. Wayanad is known for its rich tribal heritage, lush green forests, lakes and hill ranges. The district is one of the biggest foreign exchange earners of the State, with its production of cash crops like pepper, cardamom, coffee, tea, spices and other condiments.

Wayanad has pleasant weather throughout the year and is one of the popular destinations of Kerala Tourism. Wayanad Tourism is a mix of scenic beauty, Wildlife, adventures and waterfalls. Meenmutty Falls, Soochipara Falls, Pookote Lake, Banasura Sagar dam, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Chembra Peak and Lakkidi are the top places to visit in Wayanad. Best time to visit Wayanad is from September to May while the peak season is from October to March.

Top Wayanad Tourist Places:

Pookote Lake

Pookote Lake or Pookode Lake is a natural fresh water lake situated close to the Kalpetta – Kozhikode main road in Wayanad. Situated at an altitude of about 2500 feet, this fascinating natural fresh water lake is surrounded with evergreen forests and rolling hills. It is one of the must visit places to visit in Wayanad and among top places to visit in Kalpetta. The Panamaram stream, one of the main tributaries of the Kabani River, originates from the Pookote Lake. The lake offers boating facility with pedal and row boats.

Lakkidi

Lakkidi, often called as the gateway of Wayanad, is situated at an altitude of about 700 m at the crest of the serpentine Thamarassery ghat pass. It is one of the places with highest rainfall in India and is one of the richest biodiversity areas in the Western Ghats. Lakkidi View Point offers beautiful views of the cliffs and valleys surrounding the region.

Chembra Peak

Situated at an altitude of 2100 m, Chembra Peak is the tallest peak in Wayanad & third highest peak in South India. Chembra Peak is part of the Wayanad hill ranges in the Western Ghats and is one of the popular trekking spot in the Wayanad. There is a heart shaped lake on the way to the top of Chembra Peak is the major attraction here. Chembra Peak trek is a challenging task and recommended for experienced trekkers. Prior permission is required from the Forest Range Office at Meppadi for trekking at Chembra Peak.

Banasura Sagar Dam

Banasura Sagar Dam is an earthen dam built across the Karamanthodu River, a tributary of Kabani River, in Wayanad district of Kerala. It is the largest earth dam in India and the second largest dam of its kind in Asia. Banasura Sagar Dam is one of the most popular tourist places in Wayanad and often represented in the promotion of Wayanad Tourism. The reservoir is dotted with a cluster of small size islands. These islands with the background of the Banasura hill provide a mesmerizing sight to the visitors. Speed boating is the favourite activity for visitors here.

Soochipara Waterfalls/ Sentinel Rock Waterfall

Soochipara Waterfalls, also called as Sentinel Rock Waterfalls, is a beautiful waterfall amidst the thick forest of Wayanad near Meppadi town. It is one of the best waterfalls in South India and also among the most popular Wayanad tourist places. Soochipara is a 3 tiered waterfall, dropping from a height of about 200 m. The waterfall cascades down into a large pool and is a good place for swimming. The Sentinel Rock, a huge rock of about 200 m height, is an ideal place for rock climbing.

Meenmutty Waterfalls

Meenmutty Waterfalls is magnificent waterfalls located near Banasura Sagar Dam in Wayanad. It is one of the best waterfalls in South India and among the best places to visit in Wayanad.It is a three tiered waterfall falling from a height of over 800 feet. It is a spectacular waterfall situated inside thick forest of Wayanad and it offers wonderful experience to the visitors. The falls is located on the Wayanad – Ooty road and can be reached by a 2 km hike from the road.

Kuruva Island

Kuruva Island, also known as Kuruva Dweep, is a 950 acre protected river delta system on the Kabini River. This is one of the popular tourist places in Wayanad. The island is uninhabited and is home to some rare species of birds, orchids and One can also see several migratory birds are also seen on the island. The main island contains two small fresh water lakes and is being developed as eco-tourism project.

Edakkal Caves

Edakkal Caves are two natural caves located on top of Ambukutty Mala in Wayanad. Lies at an altitude of over 4000 feet, Edakkal Caves are one of the popular places to visit in Wayanad. These caves are natural rock formations which were formed by a large split in a huge rock and are famous for its pictorial paintings belonged to the Neolithic Age dating back to 6000 BC.The caves are accessible though narrow iron steps. The views of Wayanad hills and surrounding peaks from the entrance of main cave are breathtaking.

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary- Muthanga

Established in 1973, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1973. The sanctuary is bordered with Nagarhole & Bandipur in Karnataka and Mudumalai in Tamilnadu. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is the second largest sanctuary in Kerala and is now an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. Wayanad Sanctuary is divided into two parts, known as Upper Wayanad and Lower Wayanad. The Reserve is home to a small population of tigers, Elephants, Jungle Cats, Panthers, Monkeys, Wild dogs, Deers, Spotted Bears, Bisons, Gaurs, Cheetah, Wild Bears, Peacock, Owls, Jungle fowls, Woodpeckers, Babblers, Cuckoos. Entry to the Wayanad Sanctuary is only permitted as part of a jeep safari.