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Yelagiri, Kotagiri, Kemmanagundi: Head Off To These Lesser Known Hill Stations In South India

Love escaping to the hills from time to time? Then, there’s a good chance that you’ve covered popular destinations like Ooty, Kodaikanal, and Munnar. But, we have good news, these are just the tip of the iceberg. South India has plenty of hill stations that are yet to be discovered. In all the four states, you can explore untouched landscapes that are made up of open meadows, forests, estates, and wildlife. Here are South India’s lesser known hill stations. Of course, if you want to stick to the more famous ones like Ooty, Coorg and Kodai Kanal, check out these other hill stations under 10 hours from Bangalore.

The closest hill station to our city, Yelagiri is an ideal weekend escape when the heat gets unbearable. The quiet hill station does not draw too many visitors so you can spend your days here soaking in the serene surroundings. You can also explore orchards, sign up for paragliding, and row through Lake Punganoor, that sits at the heart of town. Do note that there aren’t too many hotels and restaurants here, so your eating out options are limited.

Distance from Bangalore: 159 kms

Driving Time: 3 hours (approx.)

Just outside Trivandrum, Ponmudi is a hilly retreat that’s all prettied up by tea gardens, lush forests, and waterways. It’s a fantastic destination for trekkers and hikers who can explore its many picturesque trails. Drive down to the nearby Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary to spot elephants, sambars, and other exotic creatures. Ponmudi also boasts of rich bird life and is home to rare butterflies. Read more here.

Distance from Bangalore: 685 kms

Driving Time: 12 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

A short drive from the ever-popular Munnar, Devikulam is a slice of paradise. The best part is that you can find everything that’s awesome about Munnar — the tea estates, waterfalls, and green mountains — in Devikulam but you’ll be able to skip the crowds. The pristine Sita Devi Lake, the town’s star attraction, is a great spot for a lovely picnic.

Distance from Bangalore: 517 kms

Driving Time: 9 hours 20 minutes (approx.)

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