Want to take a break from the oppressive heat, streets clogged with traffic, the pungent air heavy with smog? Yes this is the plight of many metro cities and even that of Chennai, the economic powerhouse and the queen of showbiz. It’s a pity that it cannot boast of a great weather to soothe the soul of the Chennaites.
Chennai bestowed with architectural glory, lovely beaches and rich Tamil culture and tradition can however boast of several mesmerizing sky-kissing hill stations in close proximity. The kaleidoscopic landscapes of these charming hill stations will make you realize that heaven does exist on earth! They serve as a perfect escapade and an ultimate hideout enticing a flock of local as well as international travelers.
Let’s take a peek into the nearest hill stations to escape f the scorching heat of the summer sun in Chennai!
Yelagiri: It is a charming hill station nestled cozily amidst four mountains. It has a superb climate and you can relish on some yummy fruits and enjoy seeing vibrant flowers in different hues. Other major attractions of this place are the Punganoor Lake at the centre of the hill, Velavan temple on top of a small hill which is frequented by devotees of Lord Murugan and Swamimalai hill which is the highest point in the hill station. You can also enjoy an array of adventure activities like trekking, paragliding and rock climbing at the smaller peaks of Javadi Hills and Palamathi Hills.
Horsley Hills: It is a quaint hill station most ideal for nature walks. It is the departure point for the Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary. The hill top offers amazing and breathtaking panoramic views of the plains. The view from the top is akin to an eagle’s eye view of the world.
Yercaud: It is a charming hill station bestowed with lofty hills, lovely lakes, lush- green forests and with very rare species of flora and fauna. Glimpses of various temples and shrines add a perfect religious touch and prove to be a balm for the mind and soul!
Kolli Hills: It is a paradise for nature lovers, adventure activists, hiking enthusiasts, and honeymoon couples. It is untouched by commercial tourism and retains its natural beauty. The Arapaleeswarar temple draws in a number of devotees every year.
Kodaikanal: Flanked by the Gundar and Parappar valleys, this “Princess of Hill Station” is perched on a plateau of the upper Palani Hills. It is a picturesque location with rippling waterfalls, beauteous green hills and soothing climate. The lush hillock acts as a paradise for the trekkers. You can also enjoy an adventurous boat ride at the dazzling Kodai Lake.
Coonoor: It is one of the most picturesque hill stations of the Nilgiris Hills lending a cool and misty climate among the majestic hills and sweeping valleys. It is indeed a nature lover’s paradise and a bird lover’s haven!
Ooty: It is a scenic hill station situated in the mountain ranges of Nilgiris and is also known as the “Queen of the Hill Stations”. It is a popular summer weekend gateway for people in the plains who want to escape the sweltering summer heat. The manicured gardens, granite stone cottages, tall eucalyptus trees, etc are a great treat to one’s eyes.
Coorg: It is an amazing hill station located amongst the Western Ghats with a picture- perfect landscape and a refreshing climate. It is a great place for all adventure enthusiasts who can enjoy a gala time trekking, rafting, biking, horse riding, and much more.
Munnar: It is one of the most enchanting and ideal hill station for honeymoon couples as well as leisure travelers. It is also an ultimate spot for trekking. The panoramic view of the lush-green tea and coffee plantations, the exotic species of dazzling flowers, the sweet melodious chirping of the birds and the spice-scented cool air skin leaves you greatly mesmerized!
The Chennai hotels provide a rich mixture of heritage and modernity. There is a myriad of accommodation options suiting all classes of people. Most of the star hotels are located at the heart of the city with exquisite facilities like swimming pools, spa facilities, multi-cuisine restaurants and much more.
The prestigious landmarks are The Accord Metropolitan, Aloft, Ambica Empire, and several others. There are also budget category hotels which provide flawless services like the Emerald hotel, Crescent Park, Cine City hotel, The Address, etc.
About the Author : Aakesh Adhikari is an Independent travel consultant and blogger who loves to explore new destinations. Check out his travel portal to learn more. It is about the things that are cool about travel, that inspire us to travel.