Places in South India to Beat the Heat

Indian summers can sometimes be harsh and unbearable. Well, you can still escape the heat by travelling to cooler places in South India. From beaches to hill stations, South India is abundant in natural landscapes and pleasant climatic conditions. 

Let’s find out some of the best places that can be visited in South India during peak summers. 

Ooty, Tamil Nadu

Ooty, popularly known as the ‘Queen of Hill Stations’, is one of the most popular travel destinations of South India. Blessed by the Nilgiri range of the Western Ghats, Ooty is a perfect blend of dense pine trees, amazing trekking trails and beautiful gardens. 

Tourist Attractions: Ooty Lake, Nilgiri Mountain Railway, Ooty Rose Gardens, Emerald Lake, Tiger Hill, Doddabetta Peak, Kalhatti Falls

How to reach Ooty: The best way to experience Ooty is to take the Nilgiri Toy Train ride to the place. The nearest airport is at Coimbatore, which is around 95km from Ooty.

Munnar, Kerala

Known for its tea plantations, misty mountains and alluring waterfalls, Munnar is one of the romantic destinations in South India that enjoys a pleasant climate throughout the year. 

Tourist attractions: Eravikulam National Park, Mattupetty Dam, Pothamedu View Point, Top Station, Echo Point, Kundala Lake, Anamudi, Photo Point, Devikulam, Blossom Park, Meesapulimala

How to reach Munnar: The nearest airport is the Kochi International Airport which is 125km away, and the nearest railway station is at Aluva which is around 110km away.

Gokarna, Karnataka

Gokarna is famous for its beaches and temples. This beautiful destination offers you a peaceful vacation by the beachside during the summers. You can visit Gokarna to have a great time away from the crowd of tourists.

Tourist attractions: Om Beach, Kudle Beach, Yana, Gokarna Beach, Half Moon Beach, Koti Tirtha, Mahabaleshwara Temple, Idagunji, Maha Ganapati Temple, Bhadrakali Temple, Uma Maheshwari Temple

How to reach Gokarna: Dabolim Airport in Goa which is 140km away, is the nearest airport to Gokarna, and the nearest railway station is at Ankola which is around 20km from the place.

Wayanad, Kerala

Located within the Nilgiri biosphere reserve, Wayanad is blessed with mild climatic conditions around the year and allows you to get refreshed and rejuvenated in the lap of nature. 

Tourist attractions: Chembra Peak, Edakkal Caves, Wayanad Heritage Museum, Meenmutty Waterfalls, Pookode Lake, Banasura Sagar Dam, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Lakkidi View Point, Ambukuthi Hills

How to reach Wayanad: The nearest airport is the Karipur International Airport at Kozhikode which is located around 97km away from Wayanad, and the nearest railway station is also at Kozhikode, at a distance of 86km from the place. 

Yercaud, Tamil Nadu

Yercaud is a comparatively unexplored destination in South India. Known for its lush greenery, stunning waterfalls, architectural marvels and the awe-inspiring caves, Yercaud has enough surprises for you!

Tourist attractions: Yercaud Lake, Pagoda Point, Silk Farm, Botanical Garden, Shevaroy Temple, Lady’s Seat, Bear’s Cave, Kiliyur Falls, Anna Park, Sri Raja Rajeswari Temple, Tipperary View Point

How to reach Yercaud: Salem railway station is the nearest railhead from Yercaud, which is at a distance of 15km from the place. Salem Airport is at a distance of 38km from Yercaud, which can be reached by bus. 

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