10 Most Serene Places To Visit In South India For A Summer Escape: How To Reach & What To Do!

Photo of South India, India by Tanvi Shah (travelstoriesbytan)

As the scorching summer heat descends, the idea of a cool and refreshing getaway becomes more and more enticing. While South India may be known for its humid temperatures, it is also home to some of the most picturesque and captivating destinations, offering respite from the blazing sun and the hustle of city life!!

Here are some of the most beautiful places in South India, each promising a memorable summer vacation experience.

1. Kumily, Kerala

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Photo of Kumily, Idukki by Tanvi Shah (travelstoriesbytan)

Nestled in the idyllic Western Ghats of Kerala, Kumily is a charming village renowned for its spice plantations, verdant hills, and serene backwaters.

Things to do:

You can explore the Periyar Tiger Reserve, take a leisurely boat ride on Lake Periyar, and savour the flavours of authentic Kerala cuisine amid the tranquil surroundings.

How to reach:

Theni is the nearest railway station (83 km) & Cochin Airport is the closest airport (99 km).

2. Coonoor, Tamil Nadu

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Photo of Coonoor, Nilgiris by Tanvi Shah (travelstoriesbytan)

Perched amid the Nilgiri Hills of Tamil Nadu, Coonoor is a picturesque hill station known for its lush tea gardens, cascading waterfalls, and panoramic vistas.

Things to do:

You can try scenic treks to places like Lamb's Rock and Dolphin's Nose, visit tea factories to witness the tea-making process, and indulge in birdwatching in the serene natural beauty.

How to reach:

Coonoor railway station, a part of the Nilgiri Mountain Railway, a World Heritage Site, serves Coonoor. The nearest airport from Coonoor is located approximately a distance of 70 km.

3. Hampi, Karnataka

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Photo of Hampi, Kalaburagi Division by Tanvi Shah (travelstoriesbytan)

Immersed in historical significance and adorned with age-old remnants, Hampi in Karnataka stands as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offering travelers a journey through time.

Things to do:

Amidst the captivating scenery of rocky terrain and towering formations, you can discover splendid temples, admire intricate sculptures, and delve into the vibrant cultural legacy of the Vijayanagara Empire!

How to reach:

The nearest railway station to Hampi is Hospet Railway Station (13 km) & the nearest airport is Jindal Vijaynagar Airport (37 km).

4. Gavi, Kerala

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Photo of Gavi, Pathanamthitta by Tanvi Shah (travelstoriesbytan)

Nestled within the lush forests of Kerala's Pathanamthitta district, Gavi is a serene village celebrated for its unspoiled wilderness and varied wildlife.

Things to do:

You can partake in pursuits such as trekking, birdwatching, and wildlife safaris within the Periyar Tiger Reserve, or simply relax amid the tranquil ambiance of this eco-tourism haven.

How to reach:

The nearest railway station is Kottayam railway station (128 km) and the nearest airport is Nedumbassery airport, Ernakulam (160 km).

5. Chettinad, Tamil Nadu

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Photo of Chettinadu, Sivaganga by Tanvi Shah (travelstoriesbytan)

Renowned for its opulent mansions, vibrant cultural heritage, and mouthwatering cuisine, Chettinad in Tamil Nadu is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered.

Things to do:

You can explore the grandeur of heritage homes, visit ancient temples adorned with intricate carvings, and savour the unique flavours of Chettinad cuisine, known for its aromatic spices and rich flavours.

How to reach:

The major railway station is Karaikudi & the nearest airport is at Madurai (90 km).

6. Araku Valley, Andhra Pradesh

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Photo of Araku Valley, Visakhapatnam by Tanvi Shah (travelstoriesbytan)

Nestled in the Eastern Ghats of Andhra Pradesh, Araku Valley is a serene hill station known for its breathtaking landscapes, coffee plantations, and tribal culture.

Things to do:

You can take in fresh air, explore tribal villages to learn about indigenous customs and traditions, and soak in the tranquillity of this idyllic retreat.

How to reach:

Araku is the nearest railway station, while Visakhapatnam airport is the closet air connection.

7. Coorg, Karnataka

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Photo of Madikeri, Mysore Division by Tanvi Shah (travelstoriesbytan)

Fondly referred to as the ‘Scotland of India,’ Coorg is a picturesque hill station in Karnataka known for its mist-covered hills, sprawling coffee estates, and lush greenery.

Things to do:

You can spend time amid nature, enjoy walks amid dense forests, visit serene waterfalls like Abbey Falls and Iruppu Falls, and indulge in adventure activities like river rafting and trekking.

How to reach:

Coorg is easily accessible by road. The nearest airport is Mangalore Airport (160 km). Mysore Junction Railway Station (106 km) is nearest railway station.

8. Alleppey, Kerala

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Photo of Alappuzha, Kerala by Tanvi Shah (travelstoriesbytan)

Famous for its enchanting backwaters, Alleppey is a scenic village in Kerala where you can experience the quintessential houseboat stay.

Things to do:

Drift along tranquil canals and lagoons, witness the vibrant village life along the waterways, and savour delicious Kerala cuisine prepared by skilled local chefs onboard.

How to reach:

Kochi Airport, which is 53 km away from the city. Alleppey Railway Station; it is well within the city limits.

9. Vagamon, Kerala

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Photo of Vagamon, Idukki by Tanvi Shah (travelstoriesbytan)

Tucked away in the Western Ghats of Kerala, Vagamon is a serene hill station known for its lush meadows, pine forests, and mist-covered valleys.

Things to do:

You can check out scenic hikes to places like Thangal Para and Murugan Mala, enjoy adventure activities like paragliding and rock climbing, and bask in the cool mountain breeze in the scenic beauty of this charming village.

How to reach:

The nearest airport to reach Vagamon is Cochin International airport (150 km) & Kottayam railway station is located at a distance of 44 km.

10. Munnar, Kerala

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Photo of Munnar, Idukki by Tanvi Shah (travelstoriesbytan)

Settled in the Western Ghats, the hill town overlooks lush tea estates, scenic waterfalls, misty hills and dizzying lookouts.

Things to do:

Walk through the tea gardens, where you can also enjoy the opportunity to see the tea being picked and processed. Besides, go exploring to the Eravikulam National Park and Anamudi Peak, the highest peak in South India. Try out trekking, camping and other adventures. Do have a taste of chocolate made locally.

How to reach:

The best way to get to Munnar is a road trip. The nearest airport is Cochin (125 km) and the nearest railway station is Aluva (110 km).

While South India continues to be a must-visit destination round the year, it is a popular favourite between April to September! So which place will you be visiting in this beautiful part of the country? Let us know in the comments below.

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