Places to Visit in South India for Summer Holidays

Planning a trip to south India this summer but not sure where to go for that memorable summer holiday? South India with its scenic hill stations is an ideal place for summer holidays in India which include both family vacations as well as planning for honeymoon in India.

The Western Ghats stretching all the way to Tamil Nadu and the verdant Nilgiri Hills are sprinkled with some of the most picture perfect hill stations in India. Scenic locales, emerald lakes, tea & spice plantations and abundant wildlife makes South India one of the best places in India to go for honeymoon and family holidays especially during summers.

Although region is best avoided in summer and during monsoon, we have listed some of the best hill stations that makes South India one of the best places for honeymoon and family holidays in summer. These tourist places in South India are best visited from October till June.

Munnar

Landscape, Munnar, Kerala

Munnar - Kashmir of South India is one of the mesmerizing travel destinations to spend vacations away from the scorching summer sun.  Beautifully set amidst the Kannan Devan hills, the small town is praised for its surrounding including lakes, forests, reservoirs, tea estates and spice gardens. The town is also acclaimed as the tea town of Kerala as it features some of the world’s highest tea estates.

To make the visit a lifetime experience, the visitors are advised to enjoy paragliding. Located at an elevation of 1600m above sea level, the town is situated at the meeting of three mountain ranges, namely Nallathani, Kundala and Mudrapuzha.

The months between October and March is considered favorable to visit Munnar as the climate is pleasant and the town features verdant greenery all around. Moreover, Munnar is also a favorable travel destination for honeymooners.

Coonoor

Dolphin's Nose, Coonor
Dolphin's Nose is one of the must visit places in Coonoor to behold the awe inspiring panorama
Located at a height of 4927m, Coonoor is the 2nd largest hill town in the Nilgiri region. From Ooty, the town is at a very short distance of around 19km. Lush greenery is something that adds to the identity of the town. The visitors praise Coonoor for offering excellent views of the Nilgiri Hills and variety of wildflowers and birds that find shelter in the region. The town is also praised for sprawling vegetation, coffee plantation, tea bushes, and an abundance of marigolds, sunflowers, and rhododendrons. Lovely waterfalls also win the heart of the visitors.

On you visit, do not miss to visit popular attractions namely Dolphin's Nose, Hidden Valley, Droog Fort, the Lamb's rock, and Catherine Falls. The town also offers opportunities to indulge in various adventurous activities such as hiking and trekking. Months between October and May are favorable to visit Coonoor and enjoy a memorable vacation.

Ooty

Misty Morning, Ooty
Ooty: The Queen of Hills
For honeymooners, Ooty is regarded as the paradise. The natural beauty and pleasant atmosphere are the attributes that makes the hill station acquire huge popularity. People visiting other town of Tamil Nadu also plan for a visit to Ooty for its character that holds the old-world charm.

The town has numerous attractions that are worth to be visited. Things to do  includes Botanical Gardens, Ooty Lake, Dodabetta Peak, Lamb's Rock and Kodanadu's View Point. Do not miss to enjoy the ride of popular toy train and relive the charm of bygone era.

Travelers are advised to visit Ooty during the months of October to June. In this duration, the town has its splendid beauty to showcase.

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Coorg (Kodagu)

Raja Seat, Madikeri, Coorg
Raja Seat, Madikeri,is one of the must visit places in Coorg
Situated at an elevation of 1100 m above the sea level, 120 km from Mysore and 195 km from Bangalore, Coorg is one of the popular hill stations in South India. Visitors are mesmerized witnessing deep gorges, sloppy hills and hanging valleys that make up the identity of the hill-town.

Coorg is also dubbed as ‘mini paradise’ as the visitors can witness traditional dark tiled cottages and beautiful flowers in the surrounding. The list of must-visit attractions includes Abbi Falls and Irpu Falls.

If you want to add the element of adventure in your vacation, Coorg also offers opportunity to enjoy activities like trekking and rock climbing. To enjoy the best of the vacation, months between October and April are quite favorable.

Kudremukh

Kudremukh Peak
Kudremukh is one of the best places in South India for Hiking
Kudremukh is one of the unexplored travel destinations in India. This hill-station is situated close to Chikmagalur and thus, ensures a memorable vacation away from the humdrums of city life. Moreover, Kudremukh is an ideal vacation destination for trekkers and nature lovers.

“Horse Face” is the literal translation of the word “Kudremukh”. The unique shape of the mountains is the reason behind the name. Located at an altitude of about 1894 meters above the sea level, Kudremukh features the glimpse of the green sylvan settings, beautiful waterfalls and orchids.

The months between October and May are favorable to enjoy summer vacations in Kudremukh. Do not miss to visit attractions namely Hanumana Gundi Waterfalls and Jalamabad Fort.

[ Check Out our list of  Top 10 Hiking Trails in India ]

Araku Valley

The Borra Caves, Araku Valley
The Borra Caves are located on the East Coast of India, in the Ananthagiri hills of the Araku valley
Araku Valley, roughly located at an elevation of 600-900 kilometers from the sea level, is at a proximity to the Orissa Border. The splendid beauty of the valley leaves the onlooker spellbound. With its extension to over 36 kilometers, there are various notable attractions dotted throughout the valley.

When on a sightseeing tour in Araku Valley do not miss to visit attractions such as Araku Tribal Museum, Ananthagiri Hills, Bheemunipatnam Beach, Borra Caves, Katiki Falls, Padmapuram Gardens, and Tyda Park.

Summer is the favorable time to visit Araku Valley and enjoy vacations. The best time to visit the valley is between June and February. The climate is pleasant during these months and the visitors can enjoy various activities and sightseeing tours with ease and comfort.

Yercaud

Yercaud Lake
Yercaud Lake
Yercaud, situated on the Shevaroy Hills in the northern Tamil Nadu, is often regarded as the poor man’s Ooty. The destination is relatively inexpensive than Ooty. The elements like lush greenery and picturesque beauty make Yercaud a popular attraction among tourists.

The town is also popular for coffee plantations and oranges. Coffee, being the main crop, fruits like jackfruit and guava are also cultivated. The forest cover in the region is also popular for high degree of Teak, Sandalwood and Silver Oak plantations. Attractions such as Shevaroy Temple, Kiliyur Falls, Botanical Garden, Lady’s Seat and Pagoda Point ensure a memorable sightseeing tour in Yercaud.

The months from October to June are favorable for enjoying vacation in Yercaud. During summer, the climate is favorable and thus, adventure seekers may also look for trekking oppurtunities. Do not miss Summer Festival, which is organized in May every year. This fair is a spectacular show of fairs, flowers, boat races, and dog shows.

Kodaikanal

Koidaikanal
Views like this makes Kodaikanal one of the best places to go for honeymoon in South India
Situated at the Western Ghats at an elevation of 6854 ft above the sea level, Kodaikanal is counted as one of the calming and charming hill stations in South India. The travel destination is a great choice for vacationers looking for a family or a romantic vacation.

“Kodai” is the alternate name popular for Kodaikanal amongst honeymooners. The list of must-visit attractions include Kodai Lake, Coaker's Walk, Bryant Park, Kodai Astrophysical Observatory, Bear Shola Falls, Fairy Falls, Kurinji Andavar Temple, Pillar Rocks, Green Valley View, and Silver Cascade.

To enjoy the best of the natural beauty in Kodaikanal, plan your visit during September and May. The climate is pleasant and thus, visitors can be sure of a comfortable vacation in Kodaikanal during summers. 

Nandi Hills

Nandi Hills, Bangalore
This sunrise view is what beckons people to Nandi Hills a popular getaways near Bangalore
Also known as Nandidurg, Nandi Hills is a popular hill town in Karnataka. It is a part of the Chikkaballapur district and is well-known for its scenic beauty & natural charm. Visitors from all around the country undertake trips to this scenic hill station.

It is easily accessible from the capital city of Bangalore. It is a popular holiday retreat for the British office before independence. Post independence, it became a part of the state of Karnataka. The hill town is bounded by picturesque hills and comprises of extensive vegetation. Due to its picturesque beauty, Nandi Hills receive huge footfall of tourists.

[ Read More about Top Hill Stations in India ]

Idukki

Idukki Dam
Filled to its brim, Idukki dam woos a lot of tourists
Located in the high range district of Kerala, Idukki is nestled amidst the verdant mountain ranges of the Western Ghats. The town is surrounded by three rivers known as Periyar, Thalayar and Thodupuzhayar. While on a tour to Idukki, you will have a memorable experience in this picturesque land sprinkled with cascading waterfalls, mumbling streams, green valleys and a wildlife sanctuary.

Some popular attractions in Idukki include Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary, Idukki Arch Dam, Thattekkadu Bird Sanctuary and Kuthumkal Waterfalls. If you’re willing to explore the beauty of Idukki, you need to look out for a particular season. Tourists visit this hill town throughout the year.

[ Check Out our list of Top Wildlife Sanctuaries in Kerala ]

Yelagiri

Paragliding in Yelagiri
Not one of the most popular hill station in South India, but Yelagiri certainly is one of the most adventurous by offering paragliding along with trekking and nature walks
Located close to Krishnagiri town on the Bangalore-Chennai Highway, Yelagiri is a beautiful hill station, tucked away from the hustle-bustle of Vellore district in Tamil Nadu. However, when compare other prominent tourist destinations in Tamil Nadu; it is an ideal getaway for tourists who want to break the monotony of the cities to relax for a couple of days.

The hill town is nestled at an altitude of 3000 feet and the weather is salubrious throughout the year. The main attractions of this place are a lake, which is apt for boating and Swamimalai Hills- a 3 kilometer uphill trek that will take you to a small temple.



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6 comments:

  1. Omg! Nice article dude! Thanks a lot, I were having a problem to summer holiday But after read your article my problem is solve out now I plan I will go to ooty in this summer vacations.

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    1. Thank you for appreciation! :) Yes, Ooty is one of the finest places to visit in South India and beat the scorching summer sun.. Happy Summer Vacation!

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  2. Hey Neelam! That's a great post.

    I was recently in Bangalore and I did get to visit Nandi Hills and I must tell you its an awesome place to visit near Bangalore. Would definitely look forward to exploring more places in South India and I would love to take a "toy train" ride to Ooty. Keep it up!

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    1. Thank you!
      Yes, don't miss the ride. As the toy train chugs slowly, you also get swept into the charm of bygone colonial era. On the top of it, the lush greenery wins your heart. The train also offers some great views that you can capture. The beautiful canvas created by nature is simply awesome. :)

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  3. Thanks for suggesting such a wonderful Indian Destinations. But my favourite destination is Idukki. Idukki is best destination for adventure lovers.

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  4. Summer is holiday time for many of them. People searching for best holiday places in summer time. In India there are so many places to visit during summer time, including Ooty, Kodaikanal, Nainital and Shimla. You have shared top destination in India for summer holidays and I agreed with your information. Beautiful images and Information. Thank you for sharing!

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