Hot sun, rising mercury, scorching heat waves, Oh My God! Indian summer is just around the corner. Summer season is one of the most testing times for Indian people. Usually Northern states will reach higher temperatures but summer in South India is also furious. Most of the travel takes place during summer season since it is a holiday season for children and an opportunity to escape from the heat.

Below are some of the fantastic summer getaways in south India

Thekkady – Kerala 

One of the finest wildlife reserves, with vast evergreen plantations, deciduous forests, the name, Thekkady conjures up a ‘Green’ heaven in our minds. You can see different wildlife like Sambar, Gaur, Elephants etc., here. The artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam on the Periyar River adds more beauty to Thekkady. A place of serenity and peace this is an attractive choice to visit in summer.

thekkady lake boating- Back view Images

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Coorg – Karnataka 

Rich intoxicating aroma of coffee estates, peaceful surroundings, variety of flora and fauna, wide plantations all these complete the enchanting Coorg. A land of farmers, this valley provides a fantastic experience of peace and tranquility. Summer is the best season to visit this place since from July monsoon will start and continue till November.

coorg karnataka india plantations Images

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Kodaikanal – TamilNadu

A place where you can experience nature at its best is Kodaikanal. With unspoilt natural beauty, lovely star shaped Lake, with attractive waterfalls like Silver cascade falls, vattakanal falls etc., and Kodai Solar observatory, this place is one of the best destinations to visit during summer.

kodaikanal lake and plantations Images

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Munnar – Kerala

The name Munnar brings lush greenery, vast tea gardens, peaceful surroundings etc., to our mind. Being a famous destination, Munnar has been catapulted further into limelight due to the recent blockbuster Life of Pi movie. With a charm of its own, Munnar is the best place to spend time leisurely in nature’s lap.

Munnar Lakes and Hill Station Images

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Ooty – TamilNadu

Being on the most popular destinations of South India, Ooty needs no introduction. Starting from beautiful gardens, Ooty Lake, Doddabetta peak, Pykara Lake and with many shooting spots, Ooty has carved its own place in many tourists’ hearts. Visiting Ooty will be a rewarding experience for sure and summer can be the perfect excuse for embarking on a visit.

ooty dense trees and hill station  Images

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So, folks, what are you waiting for? Head towards any one of the magnificent places mentioned and have fun. Whether it is enchanting Ooty or mesmerizing Munnar, you are sure to have a great time.