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Hill stations have always fascinated people across the globe. Although Bangalore is not a Hill station but there are lot of hilly areas in and around the city. It would surely take a long time to travel these places so better take a long holiday before planning any trip. People love to visit the places where they can spend some good time seeking thrill and adventure. Also, they make a good retreat from the daily hustle and bustle of the cities. Some of the well known Hill Stations near Bangalore are:
Yercaud (Near Salem)
It is located in the ranges of shevaroys in the Eastern Ghats. It’s situated at an altitude of around 1515 meters above the sea level. The name has been derived from the fact that the entire region is covered with dense forests and the greenery surrounding the lake. The name does specify the Lake Forest. It’s one of the common destinations of tourist and is also referred as the Jewels of South. City of Salem is just 28kms away from it.
The temperature doesn’t rises above 29oCelsius or goes below 13o Celsius. Citrus fruits and oranges along with coffee plantations, pears and bananas are mostly found here, which means you can indulge into lot a of natural food. With regards to scenic beauty it’s a picturesque and enchanting hill station on the Western Ghats and trekking could be one of the interesting time pass for the visitors over here.
Red Hills Lake(Tamil Nadu)
It is also referred as the Puzhal aeri or Lake of Puzhal and is located at the Pooneri Taluk of the Thiruvallur district, Tamil Nadu. It is one of the reservoirs which are fed with rain from where the water is fed from the supply of the Chennai city. The proper capacity of the lake is somewhere around 3300 million feet. The surface area of the location is around 4500 acres.
Coonoor (Tamil Nadu)
It is the municipality and a Taluka which is in the Nilgiris district in the state of Tamil Nadu. It’s well known for its tea production. It is on the altitude of 1850 m above the sea level and is mentioned as the second largest hills in Nilgiri. It’s an ideal location for the trekking expeditions and the nearest Airport for reaching over here is Coimbatore International Airport which is around 56 KM from the town of Coonoor. It is well connected to Ooty via the road ways.
Palani Hills (Tamil Nadu)
They are an eastward extension of the Western Ghats ranges which runs parallel to the west coast of India. They adjoin the high Anamalai ranges on the west and the extend to the east of the plains. It’s covering an area of around 2068 square kilometres. Also the birthplace of Lord Karthikeyan, one of the widely worshiped Gods in Tamil Nadu. Currently the area is seeing a lot of constructional development.
One of the most visited tourist destination of the country, this hill station lies in the Dindigul district in the state of the Tamil Nadu. Kodaikanal means the gift of the forests and therefore it is also known as the “princesses of Hill Stations”. The town of Kodaikanal was established in the year 1845 by the Britishers as a summer refuge. The welcoming nature and the hospitality of the locals have always been the USP of Kodaikanal.
Also referred as Chikkamagaluru, the hill station is located on the foot hills of the Mullayangiri range. It is a famous hill station known for its coffee plantations. The station near the area is expected to be inaugurated in the coming year. The nearest airport is Mangalore Airport which is 160 km.
Apart from the above mentioned hill stations there are some more which can be mentioned as Horsely Hills, Yelagiri Hills, Nandi Hills, Wayanad (Kerala via Mysore), Bellikkal, Lakkidi etc.