Chennai Folks, Go Camping Or Glamping At These 5 Places In the Hills This Summer

Mridula posted on 26 March

The scorching Chennai summers are already here, but so are long weekends! And we have got the details for the best camping sites to consider this year with your squad. Escape to the hills and camp out amidst lush verdant surroundings, enjoy the company of fireflies and make the most of the outdoors this summer.

Masinagudi, Tamil Nadu

If you’re a wildlife enthusiast and your idea of camping is in the forests, then Masinagudi is the spot for you. Camp around the Mudumalai National Park and get a chance to be a part of the tiger reserve, unwind among vast forests and chill amidst clouds. With plenty of wildlife resorts and lodges around, the Tamil Nadu getaway is a delight to drive to. But we are rooting for camping in the wilds and for that you should check out this spot to make it into reality.

Price: INR 3,500 per person

Araku, Andhra Pradesh

At Araku, you not only get to camp amidst mystic hills, but your camping site might just be few kilometers away from the Vizag coast. Araku known for its caves and breezy beaches, is the destination if you’re looking for a camping experience this summer, around Andhra Pradesh. Make the most of the Eastern Ghats and light up your nights with campfire and tribal dances by your tent, organised by local communities. Nature lovers, you also have special guides giving you insights about all the rich flora and fauna around.

You can book yourself a camping experience in Araku here.

Price: INR 1,500 upwards

Thatekkad, Kerala

Looking for adventure with bird watching and trekking thrown in? Then the Hornbill Camp is for you. This one is more than just a pretty sight. The Hornbill organisers have got a whole list of activities arranged for you. Bird watching, kayaking, soft trekking, plantation walks, tribal village visits and more. Looking to do a spot of glamping, then this campsite close to the Periyar River will please you. With luxury tent houses {double fly living tents} that are also air conditioned, these tents come with comfy beds, en suite showers, hot running water and more.

Book yourself a camping spot here.

Ooty, Tamil Nadu

The closest and all time favourite getaway from Chennai — Ooty offers several camping options amidst tea gardens and it is a breath taking view totally worth waking up to. The camps offer trekking until the Droog Fort {actually in Coonoor but close to Ooty} and the many surrounding landscapes. We recommend Aventura as a great camping option in Ooty. The tents are pitched on the hills, with lamps illuminating your path to them, from a common area. There are two separate location for these camps — Tiger Hill, on the eastern side of Ooty, and Fern Hill, the hill which also had the Mysore Maharaja’s mansion. Depending on the size of your group, you can rent tents for two or tents for four, which will be pitched. You also get sleeping bags and an air pillow along with that. The bathroom is not very far away from the tents and has hot water and a shower.
Check out camping options here.

Wayanad, Kerala

A camping wish list is never complete without a weekend at Wayanad. Loaded with cycling tours and cave expeditions, there a whole bunch of camping packages to choose from, from this district. From night camps at Bansurian’s hilly forests to camping inside some of Wayanad’s most enchanting caves, camping weekends here are bustling with energy.

Check out several camping options in Wayanad here.