While it is quite common for the people to flock to Himalaya hill stations for cooling off in the summer time, there are a number of destinations in southern India as well which can also be toured in the summer time. Essentially, these locations are either in the Western or Eastern Ghats region or close to the beaches. These destinations are quite popular among the tourists which can be understood by the fact that hotels in these destinations are fully booked during the peak season and their rentals are also quite high. For those who are looking to travel to south India for spending their vacations by enjoying sightseeing and engaging in fun-filled activities, here is a list of these destinations that remain quite popular with the tourists.
Lonavala and Khandala
Located close to Mumbai and en route to Pune, on way of Mumbai-Pune Expressway, these two hill stations have been popular choices for the people of this part of India. Khandala and Lonavala have also been popularized in the Bollywood movies and are favorite summer touring spots because of cool environs due to high altitude location. A little rain gives these regions astounding natural greenery which make these quite wanton by the tourists.
The important place to see there are the Karla, Bedsa and Bhaja caves and the forts of Tungri, Lohagad and Visapur. Lakes and dams are also quite popular among the tourists. These include the Valvan dam, Lonavla Lake, Tungarli Lake and dam and Bhushi Dam. There is a Celebrity Wax Museum, created on the concept of Madam Tussads Wax Museum which is worth visiting.
Lonavala is well connected by road network as it lies on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway and is also connected to other towns close by. By road, it takes about one and a half hours to reach here from Pune and about three hours from Mumbai. It is also an important railway station where the trains plying on the Mumbai- Pune route stop. There is no airport at Lonavala and one has to arrive at Pune or Mumbai airports and then undertake the road or rail journey to reach here.
There are many places to stay in this hill station. These hotels in Lonavala are located in areas such as Tungarli, Station Road, on Mumbai-Pune road, etc which provide a range of staying choices to the tourists. These Lonavala hotels include wonderful resorts and retreats which make your vacations truly relaxing and rejuevenating.
Panchgani is another famous hill station which is situated close to Mahabaleshwar. It is 285 km from Mumbai and 100 km from Pune. It is surrounded by five hills which also have the second highest plateau in Asia after the Tibetan Plateau.
River Krishna flows close by and there are quite a few points from where astounding beauty of the natural surroundings can be witnessed. Sydney Point, Table Land plateau, Parsi Point and Devil’s Kitchen are some of popular points. Pandavgarh caves of Devil’s Kitchen are believed to have been created by the Pandavas. Dhom Dam is also a famous tourist place.
Panchgani is also a famous convalescence place where the people come to gain health, especially people suffering from TB.
This place can be reached by bus from Mumbai and Pune. Pune is also the nearest airport as well as a major railway junction till which the tourists can arrive by airplane or trains. There are all types of hotels in Panchgani including the cheap and budget ones as well as the star rating ones. Even the Bollywood celebrities visit this place.
Mahabaleshwar is located close to Pune, at about 120 km. This is a plateau region of about 150 sq. km and is situated at 4500 feet above sea level. From Mumbai, the distance is about 220 km. Castle Rock, Babington Point, Baghdad Point, Northcote Point, Carnac Point, Falkland Point, Fitzgerald Point and Bombay Point are some of the important tourist destinations. Apart from the above mentioned places there are many other places of tourist attraction in Mahabaleshwar. The hotels in Mahabaleshwar also include resorts which meet the needs of all types of travellers.
Ooty is one of the most famous hill stations of India. It is nestled in Nilgiri Hills and is surrounded by four hills: Doddabetta, Elk Hill, Snowdon and Club Hill. This hill station is blessed with generous natural beauty including luxuriant hills, a dense flora, lush green valleys and fauna. There are many enchanting hill resorts and Ooty hotels which provide comfortable stay options to the tourists. Ooty is also famous for its tea estates. Botanical gardens, Rose Garden, Mini Garden, Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, the Mukkurthi Peak & national park, Deer Park, Nilgiri Library, St. Stephens Church, Doddabetta, Ooty Lake and Government Museum are some of the major attractions in Ooty.
There are many picturesque locations where Ooty hotels and resorts are situated and these provide good choices for the stay of tourists in the laps of nature.
Further south of Ooty is the hill station of Kodaikanal, in the state of Tamil Nadu. Tourists can enjoy trekking on different routes. There are many landscapes which are captivating including the cascading waterfalls. Some other hot tourist spots include Perumal Peak, Coaker’s Walk, Kukal Cave, Pillar Rocks, Golf Course, Orchid House, Bryant’s Park, Kurinji Andavar Temple, Green Valley View, Bear Shola Falls, Shenbaganur Museum and Berijam Lake.
Airport closest to Kodaikanal is that of Madurai and the closest railway station is that of Palani. This place has a number of beautiful resorts and all sorts of Kodaikanal hotels which cater to the needs of tourists.