South India is one of those regions of India to which nature has been kind. It offers everything a tourist can think of. From stunning hill stations, backwaters, wildlife sanctuaries, ancient historical monuments, temples to waterfalls and famous south Indian cuisine, it is a perfect picturesque holiday destination in India. If you have a perception that South India is not an ideal place to visit during summers, you would be surprised to know that there are many tourist places in South India that you can visit during summers, and some of them are mentioned below:
It is a small town yet one of the most sought after by tourists especially during summers. It has a pleasant temperature during the months of summer and temperature does not cross 23 degree Celsius. Thus, in summers also this place remains cool. Stunning landscape, boat rides and local chocolates make the tour of this city enchanted.
How to reach Ooty, Tamil Nadu: It is situated approximately 88 kilometres away from Coimbatore. The nearest domestic airport from Ooty is Coimbatore airport. This airport is well-connected with most of the major Indian cities. Flight from Bangalore is also available. After reaching the airport, you can take a taxi or bus to reach Ooty.
The ride to Lakkidi is quite an adventurous one with sharp turns at 180 degrees that will make your stomach churn. The stunning Western Ghats are full of biodiversity. Pookot lake, Dakshinamoorthy Temple, the Mariamman temple, Someswaram Temple- at Palappuram, Padur 18 km from Lakkidi known for Padur Vela festival, Pazhayannur Just 12 km from Lakkidi is a very well-known ancient Hindu temple. It is also the venue of its annual festivals that are attended by a large number of devotees. Chelakkara is around 22 km from Lakkidi, it is home to two ancient temples of Narasimha Murthy and Anthimahakalan. Other attractions of this place are a dam, St. George Church, Sree Dharma Sastha Temple, and St. Mary’s Forane Church. Manissery is around 12 km from Lakkidi. The ancient mansion of Varikkasseri Mana is the main attraction here. Vennimala Sree Rama Lakshmana Perumal Temple is an excellent piece of traditional Kerala temple architecture and consists of beautiful idols and sculptures.
How to reach: Lakkidi, Wayanad Kerala: Karipur is the nearest airport to Lakkidi, and it is an International airport in Kozhikode. It is located at a distance of just 110 km. You can hop on to a private or state-run bus or taxi from Bangalore to go to Kozhikode/Calicut. For a comfortable stay book a Hotel in Lakkidi and enjoy your vacation.
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This beautiful town covered with lush green tea-estates with sky-high waterfalls is the coolest place to visit in South India during summers. Pothamedu (6 km from Munnar, Mattupetty), (13 km from Munnar), Devikulam (7 km from Munnar), Chithirapuram (10 km from Munnar), Lock Heart Gap (13 km from Munnar), Attukal (9 km from Munnar), Nyayamakad (10 km from Munnar) are some nearby tourist destination that have lot to offer to visitors.
How to reach Munnar: The nearest airport to the city is Cochin International Airport. If you want to travel by train the nearest railway station is located in Kochi or Ernakulam. Once you land in Kochi, Aluva or Ernakulam, you take a ride on a private or sharing cab or take a bus to Munnar.
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Also known as Scotland of East, it is a beautiful suburb that is set in the backdrop of the scenic Western Ghats. Coorg is also called the Scotland of the East. Brahmagiri Peak is one of the major attractions where you can go for mountaineering and other mountain adventures. You can explore wildlife at the Dubare Elephant Camp, and enjoy the aroma of coffee as you walk through the coffee plantations waterfalls over here are also popular.
How to reach Coorg: The nearest domestic airport from Coorg is Mangalore International Airport and the nearest international airport is in Bengaluru. Busses run daily from Bengaluru, Mysore, and Mangalore to Coorg.
Alleppey is also popularly known as Alappuzha and ‘Venice of the East’. It is the 10th largest city of Kerala. It is a famous tourist spot in Kerala and well-known for houseboat rides, water sports and its jaw-dropping beauty. You can also take a tour on the World’s Leading Luxury Train award winner (2013) Maharajas Express. All these special things make the tour of this astounding town more enjoyable. The city is home to picturesque backwaters, beaches and canals. Major tourist attractions of the city include Alappuzha Beach, Alappuzha Lighthouse, St. Mary’s Forane Church, International Coir Museum, Kayamkulam Lake, Vijay Beach Park and more. To enjoy such vacation book hotel in Alleppey.
How to reach Alleppey, Kerala: The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport which is located around 78 km away from the city and it connects to all major domestic cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Pune and Hyderabad. Alleppey is connected by Coimbatore, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Kollam and Trivandrum via National Highway 66. State-run buses, Luxury air-conditioned buses and taxis operate from Chennai, Mysore, Bangalore and Coimbatore to Alleppey.
‘Nandi’ the ‘Bull god’ is seen at the entrance of the famous temple Yoga Nandeeshwara Temple based on which these hills are known as Nandi hills. These hills are popular for coffee estates and spice plantations on the mountainsides. The air around the Nandi hills is filled with the aroma of spices and fresh coffee. Activities like paragliding, mountain cycling, nature walk with watching nature keep the tourists engaged and entertained.
How to visit Nandi hills: Though there is no bus stand in the Nandi hills, the nearest bus stand is Nelamangala from where you can easily reach Nandi hills. The Nandi hills are not connected via regular trains either. The nearest railway station is Oddarahalli. From Oddarahalli, you can catch a local train to Nandi Hills. The nearest airport is the Hindustan Airport, which is 42 km away from the Nandi hills.
These were some of the best tourist places in south India that you can visit during summers and spend some cool days in a memorable way. So, start planning your trip as the summers are just around the corner.