Anyone living in Bangalore is undoubtedly feeling the effects of Global Warming as the temperature is hitting heights that were unheard of in the ‘city with the best weather.’ With summer barely even reaching its peak, Bangaloreans are already having to deal with 40 degree heat which is just ridiculous. Since the season for holidays is also coming up, I thought it would be a good idea to list out some off-beat hill stations near Bangalore that you can visit to beat the summer heat.
1) Yercaud, Tamil Nadu
Distance from Bangalore: 222 km
Nicknamed “The Jewel of the South”, Yercaud is a beautiful hill station in the Salem district of Tamil Nadu and lies in the Shevaroys hill range of the Eastern Ghat. With wonderful trekking routes, an abundance of coffee and citrus fruit plantations and temperature that never exceeds 29 degrees, Yercaud is the perfect place to escape to for a couple of days.
2) Idukki, Kerala
Distance from Bangalore: 525 km
Although it is primarily known for its unique “Gold” herbs, Idukki is rather underrated as a travel destination. It has dams, waterfalls, abundant greenery and it also happens to be the centre point to a number of sanctuaries and wildlife reserves as well. Either way, there’s a lot here to keep you occupied no matter what your preferred methods of relaxation are.
3) Coonoor, Tamil Nadu
Distance from Bangalore: 289 km
The second highest hill station in the Nilgiris range after Ooty, Coonoor offers a sort of serene beauty that is still untouched by mainstream commercialisation. Most people end up visiting Ooty and Kodaikanal which leaves Coonoor relatively free from annoying crowds of tourists. If you want to spend your holidays in peace and quiet with no distractions, then Coonoor is the hill station to visit.
4) Devikulam, Kerala
Distance from Bangalore: 516 km
Devikulam is a hill station near Munnar and is steeped in Hindu mythology. Its name translates to “Goddess Pond” as it is believed that Goddess Sita had once bathed here. Due to this, the lake is held sacred and is believed to have curative powers. The tea plantations and waterfalls that surround the tiny hill station add to its scenic beauty.
(Also read: Best places to visit in Kerala during the monsoons)
5) Kotagiri, Tamil Nadu
Distance from Bangalore: 396 km
After Ooty and Coonoor, Kotagiri is the third highest hill station in the Nilgiri region of Tamil Nadu. The Doddabetta mountain range protects it from the south-west monsoon of Ooty while the Moyar river adds to its beauty. Lush-green tea plantations all around make Kotagiri an exciting place to trek.
These are some of the best hill stations near Bangalore you can visit this summer. To make the trip more exciting, you might also want to consider travelling by bikes instead of cars or buses and if you don’t have one you can rent a bike from Wheelstreet at the most affordable rates. Happy Riding!