If you are planning to hit some of the hill stations in summer, these lesser known hill stations will in no way less enchanting in providing the utmost thrilling experience and joy. Gifted with natural beauty it gives you a peaceful break away from the crowded and commercialized attractions of life.
Since British times, holidays in cooler climes in higher altitudes are developed to escape the scorching heat of summer. When mercury levels are rising up in the summer holidays at the higher altitudes are the best solution to beat the heat. India, a land of diverse culture, heritage, languages, and people are bestowed with scores of beautiful hill stations. Lofty mountains, breathtakingly beautiful scenery, picturesque hills along with the pleasant climate that takes our soul to the doorstep of heaven. To get the perfect refuge from the heat, India is blessed with some superb, but lesser known hill stations.
Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh
The pleasant and mild climate with sprawling vegetation, beautiful lakes and streams make it the Switzerland of India. It also has a topographical resemblance with Switzerland. It is a forest glade of great beauty surrounded by high mountains.
By air, the closest airport is at Gaggal in Kangra at 18kms. By rail, the nearest railhead is Pathankot at 120 km away and by road, it is connected to Dalhousie and Chamba at 26 km and 24 km respectively.
During the month of May-July and September-November is the best time to visit Khajjiar.
Prime attractions of Khajjiar are the Khajjiar Lake and Golden Devi Temple. The Khajji nag temple can give you a view of Pandavas and Kauravas. There is a sanctuary called the Kalatope Khajjiar sanctuary that leads to a pleasant track.
Haflong, the major hill station in Assam is a land of blue orchards, pineapples, and oranges. The Haflong Lake situated in the heart of this hill station is the prime seat of sovereignty. Dimashi is the main language spoken here and in Dimashi Haflong means ‘White Ants Hillock’. It has a superb subtropical wet climate with monsoonal rainfalls.
By rail, the railway station is located in lower Haflong. By road, you can have all time bus service from Silchar, Guwahati, and Nagaon.
Summertime is the best time to visit Haflong hills. The month of April, May and June will be the perfect time with a maximum temperature of 30 degrees C and a minimum temperature of 24 degrees C.
Jatinga and Maibong are the major spots for an excursion. Jatinga is famed as the place where birds commit mass suicide. A stone house and temple of Kachari kings can be seen at Maibong. There is also a hot water spring, Garampani locates near Umrangshu.
One of the best tourist destinations in south India is Nelliyampathy, located in the state of Kerala. It looks like a paradise located in the high ranges of the Western Ghats. The highest peak, Nellikotta, called Padagiri lies at Nelliyampathy which makes it the favourite destination for many tourists. Nelliyampathy is one of the 10 lesser known hill stations in India with lush greenery of forests and sight of monsoon clouds after rain is a view to relish forever. At the Nelliyampathy hills, you can enjoy the sight of tea, coffee, cardamom and orange plantations.
By air, the nearest airport is Coimbatore at 55 km’s away from Palakkad and by rail the nearest railway station is Palakkad. By road, the Nelliyampathy hills are connected to Palakkad at 75 kms.
The September-may month is the best period to visit here avoiding monsoons. October is also a good month to visit.
The evergreen forests and valley are very attractive for the tourists along with mountains and orange plantations. The place Seethakundu gives an exhilarating experience by viewing a 100 m high waterfall.
Toranmal is a hill station situated in Nandurbar district in the state of Maharastra. It has a very cool and bracing climate with beautiful natural lakes and temples. Yashwant Lake and two old temples of Gorakhnath and Nagarjuna attract a thousand devotees to this peaceful place. If historical importance is to be believed, it is supposed to be the capital of ancient Mandu dynasty.
To reach this place, the nearest airport is Aurangabad at 290 km. Convenient railway stations are Nandurbar at 76 km and Dhule at 128 km. The nearest bus depot is Shahada from Mumbai via Dhule.
You can visit this place throughout the year though the hot season is the ideal time to enjoy. During the month of March and April, thousands of devotees attend a fair of the Gorakhnath on Mahashivaratri.
The places of attraction in Toranmal are a deep valley called Sitakhai, Machindra Gumpha, a natural cave and Yashwant lake. For trekking enthusiasts, Khadkipoint is a perfect place. A lotus lake called Kamal Talao is also situated in Toranmal.
Yercaud, Tamil Nadu
Another spot discovered by the Britishers in the 19th century is Yercaud, is one of 10 lesser known hill station located in the state of Tamil Nadu. Standing at an altitude of 1500 m, the place was earlier known for its surrounding coffee estates. The pleasant, climate, peaceful atmosphere and blossoming coffee bushes make it a popular tourist destination. The name Yercaud has come from two Tamil words very or lake and kadu or forest.
Yercaud is located in Salem district. To reach this place through air service, Tiruchirapalli airport is the nearest, which is 165 km’s away. The nearest railway junction is Salem (36 km’s) and Salem town (33kms) and by road, Yercaud is connected to Coimbatore, Bangalore, and Chennai.
The best time to visit is during the month of May when the summer festival is organized to celebrate the annual festival of Lord Servarayan.
Yercaud lake, Lady’s Seat, Killiyur Waterfalls, Grance, Pagoda Point, bear’s cave, the Servarayan Temple, Anna Park, Lake Forest are some of the most make this place as enchanting as picturesque and termed it as the jewel of the south. The first thing that attracts a visitor is the Yercaud lake surrounded by gardens and well-wooded trees. The winding Ghat roads will surely give you a breathtaking view. Through telescope mounted at the lady’s seat, you can have a closer look at the planes with moonlight that could me more than just romantic. The Killiyur falls and Akashgangai waterfalls is situated amidst Yercaud and known for medical herbs and plants. The castle-like building called Grance is believed to be the summer resort of Robert Clive in British era and is a must visit for tourists. Pagoda Point and Bear’s Cave are also coming under the famous spots in Yercaud. On the banks of Yercaud Lake, Anna Park and Lake Forest are situated and are the real turn on for tourists.
Courtesy: India Travel Blog