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These Hill Station near Chennai are worth Exploring

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Whenever I thought of moving out for an outing, seeing the scorching heat, I always used to end up with one thing. Let’s turn on the air conditioner and escape the torturous heat until I realized that this problem has a far better solution.

Visiting any of the nearby hill stations to your city. Since I was in Chennai for a few months, I got a chance to explore some of the best hill stations near Chennai and had the best time of my life.

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Though the city is majorly famous for its industrial outlook but trusts me it has much more than this. A maximum of you guys must be familiar with the fact that the city is a land of thousands of outstanding temples and arts and performing centers, these hill stations near Chennai also contribute in adding grace to the city.

Check out those mesmerizing hill stations and pick one that you believe can make your weekend sorted.

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Weekend Gateways near Chennai

1. Yercaud

Who doesn’t want a place where they can visit and escape the daily hustle-bustle of life? And spending some your time in the lap of nature is the best escapade.

This small yet beautiful hill station located in Salem district in the Shevaroys hills of the Eastern Ghats is the perfect weekend getaway near Chennai. The place is definitely a treat to your eyes where you can indulge yourself in trekking along with other major expeditions that are organized by Chennai Trekking Club.

As you walk miles through the hilly stretch, do not miss witnessing the Yercaud Lake and the mesmerizing Killiyur Falls.

Also, when in Yercaud make sure you try out some local food as well, especially those capsicum fries. And if you want something more interesting, you can go for Egg Bonda or green chilly fries with its tempting chutney. My mouth is already watering.

Yercaud

2. Yelagiri

You cannot afford to miss this mesmerizing picturesque hill station that is surrounded by flowery orchards, rose gardens, lakes, valleys, green hills, and much more.

Yelagiri can be the ideal pick for all those who are looking for a place perfect for a quick weekend getaway and want to spend some quality time with their loved ones near Chennai.

The place is even considered best for those who love trekking and hiking through the breathtaking nature trails.

Also, for those who look out for or are interested in adventurous activities, paragliding, and rock climbing is also available out there.

If you’re actually planning to visit this charming place, try to visit at the end of May so that you can also attend the colorful summer festival held every year. Some of the other major attractions that you should not miss are Punganoor Lake, Swami Malai Hills, and The Jalagamparai Waterfalls.

Yelagiri

3. Horsley Hills

The reason why this lovely hill station In Andhra Pradesh is worth visiting because of its absolutely great weather that allows you to enjoy some tranquil moments amidst the flora and fauna.

Horsley Hills is actually a group of different hills, which was named after the British Collector of the region, W.D. Horsley.

The hills are full of dense vegetation, outstanding trees, dense forests, beautiful animal and plant life, a few small temples nearby its many hillocks, and what not.

Another reason that makes this place a perfect vacation spot is its unspoiled environment and you cannot go wrong or bored with the place.

Try out some really exciting adventure activities like trekking, bird watching, and the most thrilling activity, zorbing that can only be enjoyed in a few places in India.

Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary is another close proximity to the hills, in case, you have some time left make sure you visit the sanctuary as well.

Horsley Hills

4. Coonoor

This place has surely my heart. Coonoor, the second largest hill station in the state of Tamil Nadu can become your best weekend trip and the reason being its lush greenery, trekking routes, splendid ambiance, and of course, the tea gardens.

The hill town is situated in Nilgiri district, which is mainly known for its Nilgiri Tea production.

Also, Coonoor is popular among trekkers and hikers, after all, who doesn’t want to walk through the blue mountains of the Nilgiri Hills. This hill station is also near Bangalore. So, if you really planning a trip to Coonoor, don’t miss to head towards the Droog Fort, The Law’s Falls, Dolphin’s Nose, Sim’s Park, and Lamb’s Park as well.

Coonoor

5. Kolli Hills

The best part about Kolli Hills and the top reason why I have added the place in my list is that the hills are completely untouched by any type of commercial tourism activities.

In a true sense, you can’t get much cleaner and lush green environment anywhere. Once you visit the place you’ll mostly witness beautiful coffee and tea plantations all around and some paddy fields and jackfruit trees (ensure you try out the fruit, it is the place’s specialty).

The hills are situated on a height of 1300m able sea level, which is surely serving as one of the ideal getaways near Chennai.

You can even enjoy trekking to some amazing scenic viewpoints like Seekurai and Selur or maybe boating at Vasalurpatti’s lake. Well, that’s not the end, you visit the sacred Arappaleeswarar Temple and then walk down 1000 steps to the Agayagangai Waterfalls just to inhale fresh and pure mountain air.

Here’s one secret: Plan a trip to Kolli Hills during monsoon because this is the time when the valley is streaked with various streams.

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Ashutosh Bhatt

Hey! A wayfarer this side who is absolutely obsessed with exploring new places, making new friends, have seen many cultures and colors of the world. I have covered 18 countries, 50+ states and still counting. Initially, I started out with my friends during my graduation days, in order to make a box full of memories, but didn’t know that traveling will someday become my thing and make me a total sucker for those heritage destinations, mighty mountains, and turquoise beaches.

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