Known For : Punganur Lake Nature Park Jalagamparai Falls
Yelagiri is not only famous for its nature's vistas of beautiful lakes, lush green valleys, picturesque hills and aromatic rose gardens. But, Yelagiri is one place where you can bring out your inner adventure junkie. At Yelagiri you can experience the enthralling adventures of paragliding to let yourself blend with nature. The sight of soaring high in the sky and experiencing the world beneath you cannot be put into words. Apart from this, you can enjoy various hiking and trekking experiences amid the serene hills of Yelagiri.
Distance from Chennai: 227 km
Best Time: November to February
Known For : Emerald Lake, Yercaud Pagoda Point Botanical Garden, Yercaud
Resting in the Shevaroys range of the Eastern Ghats at an elevation of 4970 m you will find the forest paradise of South-Yercaud. The abundance of natural vegetation and the pacific Yercaud lakes remains the unmatched beauty of this hill station. You can find here numerous delights of flora and fauna. Being located in the reserved forest area Yercaud houses various species of Bison, Rabbits, Hares, Foxes, Mongoose, Squirrels, Partridges, Snakes, Bulbuls, Kites, Sparrows, Swallows,Deer. Apart from this, you can also witness the never-ending fields of coffee and spice plantation and the Orange grooves.
Distance from Chennai: 364 km
Best Time: October to June
Horsely Hills are a bunch of hills of the Eastern Ghats, named after W.D Horsely, a British collector. Horsely was so awe-gaped by the beauty of this place that he decided to make his retreat and build his residence amidst the unspoilt beauty of Eastern Ghats. The major tourist places around Horsley hills are Lake Gangotri, Viewpoints, Gali Banda, Environmental Park and the Horsley Hills Museum. Horsley Hills is also one of the popular destinations where you can enjoy the adventure of Zorbing.
Distance from Chennai: 274 km
Untouched and explored, is the Kolli hills which still lies a thousand miles away from commercialisation. At Kolli hills you can enjoy the splendid beauty of various waterfalls, the variety of flora and the wilderness of fauna. The famous 70 hairpin bends offer an enthralling ride to the highest point of Kolli hill which will amuse you with its panoramic beauty of Eastern Ghats. Trekking to the Agaya Gangai Falls remains one of the must-do activities of the place. Apart from this, you can also plan your trip to the pineapple research farm, Botanical Garden, Masila Falls and Selur View Point to gain the best of Kolli experience.
Distance from Chennai: 350 km
Known For : Top Station Echo Point, Munnar Atukkad Waterfalls
If there is any perfect destination in South India to unleash your romanticism, then it has to be Munnar. Munnar is known for its tea plantations that drape an endless green carpet. The aroma that is spread in the environment by tea leaves and the serenity that is offered to you at Munnar is unbeatable. The beauty of Munnar has also led many movies to catch Munnar in their frames. Chennai Express is a famous Bollywood flick where you can catch a glimpse of Munnar in the frame. The echo-point and Rose Gardens of Munnar are among the best places of Munnar that you cannot afford to miss.
Distance from Chennai: 585 km
Best Time: September to May
Known For : Green Valley View (Suicide Point) Kodaikanal Lake Bear Shola Falls
The bewitching and hippie culture awaits you at one of the most sought after tourist destinations of South India. The temperature takes a dip; the clouds begin to cover the hills, the lush green lands begin to cover your sight as soon as you enter the boundaries of Kodaikanal. Kodaikanal is rightfully known as the ?gift of forests?, the beautiful flora and fauna that you get to witness at this hill town of Kodaikanal put its name to justice. Some of the destinations that you must visit when in Kodaikanal are Coaker's walk, Kodai Lake, and Dolphin nose.
Distance from Chennai: 524 km
Best Time: September to May
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Known For : Abbey Falls Talakaveri Raja's Seat
Coorg is known as the Scotland of the East and rightly so. For the bewitching sceneries of hills covered in the mist of clouds and the valleys that seem to have just stepped out of a fairy tale, the beauty of Coorg is no less than that of Scotland. Coorg was called the summer retreat during the British era. The cultural heritage, the pleasant atmosphere, the aroma of coffee and cardamom plantations and the wildlife retreat is what you get to see when you are travelling to Coorg.
Distance from Chennai: 584 km
Best Time: October to March
A secluded picturesque hilly territory located in the Theni district of Tamil Nadu, Meghamalai possesses a hoard of natural beauty. It is known for its high wavy mountain ranges, Cloud Land Falls, Vellimalai and much more. The Meghamalai Wildlife Sanctuary is home to various rare species of flora and fauna. Thus, this place is sure to fulfil all the desires of any couple on their honeymoon by offering them a wide array of opportunities to enjoy their time here.
Known For : Sim's Park Dolphin's Nose Ketti Valley
Resting at an elevation of 1,850 meters in Nilgiris, Coonoor is the second largest hill station in South India. Connor is often referred to as getaway to the Nilgiris. Coonoor would also be your beginning point of you wish to trek Nilgiri hills. It is also known as the chief producer of Nilgiri tea. Hence you will come across various tea gardens, green painted valleys, flowery meadows along with the grandeur of Nilgiris hills in the backdrop.
Distance from Chennai: 537 km
Best Time: October to March
Set amidst the Annamalai ranges of the Western Ghats, is another delightful hill town of South India- Valparai. Located at an elevation of 1,193 m, Valparai is surrounded by the deep-dense forests of the Western Ghats that houses various wildlife species. This hill station is also famous for its tea and coffee plantations and the soothing waterfalls that house themselves at various corners of the town. The mild and pleasant climate that Valparai receives throughout the year makes your trip even better.
Distance from Chennai: 586 km
Known For : Nilgiri Mountain Railway Ooty Lake Emerald Lake, Ooty
Nestled in between misty mountains and cotton clouds, Ooty or Ootakamund is popularly referred to as the ?Queen of the hills?. The Nilgiris or the ?Blue mountains? are one of the major attractions of the hill station. The striking winding roads, the hill atop gardens and miniature toy train add to the already mesmerising scenery. On a clear day with bright sunlight, the tinsel town looks as picturesque as a scenery from a colourful children's book!
Distance from Chennai: 553 km
Best Time: Throughout the year
Known For : Elk Falls Longwood Shola Trekking
Kotagiri is a smallest and oldest hill station, nestled in the lap of Nilgiri Hills bounded by surroundings that exhibits peace and tranquility. A hill town that was first noticed by the British as their summer home away from the heat of plains, today, it is again gaining popularity among tourists. In fact, what we see today of the town is nothing but a pure reflection of the glorious past of the British Raj and Kota tribe who inhabited this place in past and has been reduced to a small number at present.
Distance from Chennai: 533 km
Best Time: December to May
These hill stations near Chennai can offer you a perfect getaway. You can grab the best package of nature just by driving away a few hours from your home. What else are you waiting for to plan a trip to these enchanting hill stations that rests within proximity to Chennai?