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Five lesser-known mountain destinations in South India you can visit in summer

If you are looking to escape the sweltering heat for just a bit, consider the following mountain destinations located in the southern part of the country to experience tranquility of a different kind

papi hills, andhra pradeshPapi Hills located in Andhra Pradesh's Rajahmundry. (Photo: Peace_dudoo/ Instagram)

While the Himalayas are the first choice for many when it comes to a mountain getaway, it is fallacious to think that South India is all about beaches and backwaters. This summer, if you are looking to escape the sweltering heat for just a bit (or for a workation, perhaps?), consider the following mountain destinations located in the southern part of the country to experience tranquility of a different kind.

Sakleshpur, Karnataka

Ditch Nandi Hills to give Sakleshpur a visit. Known as the ‘Switzerland of Karnataka’, Sakleshpur in Hassan is perched at a height of 956m. Besides enjoying the views of the Western Ghats, you can also explore the diverse flora and fauna of Sakleshpur.

Papi Hills, Andhra Pradesh

Located in Andhra Pradesh‘s Rajahmundry, Papi Hills is truly a hidden gem. The hill is located in the Papikonda National Park through which the magnificent Godavari river meanders.

Devikulum, Kerala

If you were planning to visit Munnar, take a detour to Devikulum when you want to beat Munnar’s tourist rush. Devikulum translates to the ‘Lake of the Devi’. Bask in the greenery of the place, roam its tea and spice plantations, and if you have the time, visit the nearby Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary.

Ponmudi, Kerala

Located in Trivandrum district of Kerala, Ponmudi translates to ‘Golden Hill’ or ‘Golden Peak’. It has an altitude of 1100m. Tourists are likely to find it shrouded in mist during the day, revealing and hiding the view of the Western Ghats that surround it. It is located 60 kms from the Trivandrum airport and 55 kms from the Trivandrum railway station.

Valparai, Tamil Nadu

Located amidst the gorgeous Anaimalai Hills, Valparai Hills is home to the Anaimalai Tiger Reserve. Populated by elephants and rhinos and dotted with green tea estates, this hill station looks like it’s right out of a children’s book.

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First published on: 17-04-2022 at 08:50:42 pm
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