A busy metropolitan city, which is always bustling with life and activity, Chennai is synonymous with fast paced life that is peculiar to any thriving industrial center. In such kind of an ambience, it is a necessity to pause for a moment, break the monotony and go for a holiday to reinvigorate your mind, body and soul. So, take a break from your work and explore these hill stations near Chennai this summer.
Yelagiri (230 km)
Bedecked with a plethora of natural vistas, Yelagiri is a paradise for nature lovers and adventure junkies alike! Beautiful lakes, rose gardens, orchards, which abound with fruits and lush green valleys – all add to the charm of this hill town. Another exciting experience that this city offers is that of paragliding, which allows you to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the city. Hiking and trekking amidst these serene hills is an equally fascinating experience that this city offers. Some of the popular tourist attractions include Jalagamparai Waterfalls, Punganoor Lake and Park and Swami Malai Hills.
Horsley Hills (279 km)
Situated in the cradle of the Eastern Ghats, these quaint hills bear a reminiscence of India’s tryst with colonialism as they are named after the region’s British collector, W.D. Horsely. So enamored was he by the beauty of this place that he built his summer bungalow here. Some of the famous tourist places include Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary, Lake Gangotri and Gali Banda. Zorbing is another activity, which is a favourite adventure sport in this city.
Yercaud (350 km)
Harboured in the Shevaroys Range in the Eastern Ghats, Yercaud is endowed with a rich variety of flora and fauna. This town is well known for a bouquet of things, including its aromatic maze of coffee plantations, spice gardens and the grooves of orange. Besides these places, tourists also throng other centers like Yercud Lake, National Orchardarium, Lady’s seat, Serveroyan Temple and Bear’s Cave.
Kolli Hills (380 km)
Widely acclaimed for its pristine beauty, these hills are the ideal place for you to lose yourself in the wilderness of nature. Another amusing thing about this place is that it has around 70 hairpin bends, which make the ride around this city pretty exciting. A trip to this city is incomplete without paying a visit to Agaya Gangai Falls, Pineapple Research Farm, Botanical Gardens and Selur View Point.