Coonoor is a quieter and hence a more relaxing holiday destination than Ooty, its more famous neighbor. The best way to experience Coonoor is to plan a stay in a Tea Plantation, indulge in tea tasting, take leisure walks in the plantations, visit a Toda tribal village, enjoy the teeming bird life, laze around and have lunch at the Gateway Coonoor. The highlight of this trip is the tea tasting of a variety of Nilgiri tea which is grown here. If you like the gourmet tea then you can buy some of it as well as many varieties are exported and not available in Indian cities. Lambs Rock and Lady Cannings seat offer enticing trekking routes as well. I have always found Coonoor a more enjoyable holiday than Ooty. But i did drop into the chocolate Museum in Ooty on my way back!
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Kolli Hills near Namakkal is a little known hill station of Tamil Nadu and a good weekend getaway if you are looking for a hill station sans the crowd. The approach to Kolli Hills is in itself pretty exciting with 70 hair pin bends over the Eastern Ghats. The famous Arpaleswar Temple is the only well-known attraction at Kolli Hills. Since Kolli Hills is not yet developed for tourists the facilities are rustic but the scenic mountains and waterfalls make it an interesting getaway.
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Yercaud is a picturesque hill station near Salem City in the southern Indian State of Tamilnadu. Nestled on the Shevoroy Hills, Yercaud is famous for Coffee plantations and Citrus Fruits. The weather is pleasant most time of the year making it a good weekend getaway. Yercaud gets extremely crowded during summer and holidays and hence it is advisable to do an off the beaten path plantation stay. Read on for exploring Yercaud away from the crowds and stories like that of a Scotsman who brought Coffee here from Arabia and became the father of Yercaud!
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Muthodi is a beautiful getaway for the weekend. Located 275 kms from Bangalore and 38 kms from Chikmagalur, it is home to the Bhadra wildlife Sanctuary the Project Tiger reserve. Spread over an area of 492 Square Kms, Bhadra is supposed to be home to 33 tigers along with a variety of other wild life. Surrounded by the hills of Mullaianagiri, Hebbegiri, Gangegiri & Babaudangiri and with the beautiful Bhadra River flowing through it, Bhadra Wild Life Sanctuary is very picturesque.
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Pollachi is an excellent destination for a weekend getaway. Located 40 KMs south of Coimbatore, it has all the ingredients that make an ideal holiday destination. Pollachi has as cool and pleasant weather round the year. It has a rich wildlife, picturesque Tea plantations and Dams for Picnic spots. Top Slip, the famous wildlife reserve is just a few Kms away. Pollachi is also visited for its temples like the Maasani Amman, Aiyyapan and Subramniaswamy. The Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi film industry frequents Pollachi for its scenic locales, making it a Mini – Kodambakkam!
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Munnar is an enchanting hill station located in God’s own country, Kerala. While its picturesque surroundings and tea plantations are extremely popular, its home to some lesser known marvels as well. Neelakurinji, a Strobilanthus shrub here, flowers once is twelve years! The story goes that a British traveler procured vast expanse of land from the then King with assistance from Kannan Devan, a tribal chieftain. As a gesture of gratitude, the hills were named the Kannan Devan hills. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India called the Anaimudi which provides a spectacular view of the picturesque valley below.
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