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Looking to break free from busy urban lifestyles and reconnect with nature? Karnataka has some of the beautiful hill stations nearby, which are equipped with peace, pristine natural beauty, pleasant weather and beautiful scenery. Here is our best.

Ooty

Known as the Queen of Hill Stations, Ooty is home to lush green gardens, quaint red-roofed cottages, beautiful landscaped gardens, beautiful lakes, dense forests, misty mountain ranges and colonial charm at every nook. Panoramic Hill Station. Nestled in the Nilgiri Mountains, this beauty is liked by everyone from nature lovers to entertainment seekers and history lovers. Tourists can roam the tree-lined streets and gaze at historic structures, including St. Stephen's Church, possibly the oldest church in the region, dating back to the 19th century and claiming the Gothic architectural style Does.

The scenic outdoors will not only be thrilled with its many activities with adventurous activities, including trekking, hand gliding and boating, but also photographers, as the spectacular beauty is revealed at every turn. Other places to visit should include the Botanical Garden which is famous for its 20 million year old fossil tree trunk as well as exotic and native plants, flowers and shrubs, the Tea Museum and the Thunder World (theme park). Don't forget to ride the famous toy train that passes through picturesque places near Coonoor and Mettupalayam.

Ooty, Tamil Nadu, India

Panoramic view of Ooty | © Big Eyed Sol / Flickr

Yelagiri Hills

An attractive hill station situated at an altitude of 1,111 meters, Yelagiri Hills boasts a spectacular landscape with picturesque mountains, waterfalls, ancient lakes, flowering orchids and rugged terrain. Must-do activities include boating in Punganur Lake, and trekking of the Jalagamparai Falls, where the water falls 15 meters through rocky cliffs and tourists can soak up its beauty while bathing in the water. In addition, it is worth strolling through the magnificent Nature Park, which has 12 acres of serene beauty. An unattainable place is Swamimalai Hills, which is the highest point of the region and can be reached by trekking. A particularly attractive feature of these hills is that they are cake shaped that form a strong base on the lower floor as well as a high peak that offers a panoramic view of the region. There are also many ancient temples in this area which are worth visiting.

Yelagiri Hills, Tamil Nadu, India

Yelagiri Hills | © Avinash Singh / Flickr

Horsley Hills

Located at an altitude of 1,290 meters, Horsley Hills mesmerises travelers with its picturesque scenery, which includes lofty hills, mighty rocks and thick vegetation of exotic trees and a variety of vegetation species. The adventurous landscape is perfect for adventurers who can engage in activities such as trekking, zorbing, rappelling and hiking. Those seeking a serene experience can witness the unrivaled beauty of the Gangtori Lake, surrounded by dense eucalyptus trees, or take a leisurely stroll along the Gali Bandalu, a rocky hill with majestic expanses of valleys all around. The region is rich in wildlife, so keep your eyes peeled for dull bears, sambar deer, yellow-necked bulbul and wild boar.

Horsley Hills, Andhra Pradesh, India

Wayanad

Located at the southern end of the Deccan plateau, Wayanad is a hill station popular with nature lovers, wildlife enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike. Paddy fields, natural waterfalls, lofty ridges, dense forests, diverse wildlife and the Western Ghats make it a scenic spot. Major points of interest include Meenmutty Falls and Soochipara Waterfall, which is perfect for rock climbing; Chembra Peak, particularly notable for its heart-shaped lake atop the hill; Banasura Dam, famous for the picturesque plains of the mountains against its backdrop; Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, and Ekdala Caves are known for prehistoric carvings of human figures.

Wayanad, Kerala, India

Chembra Peak | © Karkiabhijeet / Wikimedia Commons

Kolli Hills

Nestled in the Eastern Ghats at an altitude of 1,300 meters, Kolli Hills is a small hill station built largely by tourism. It may come as a surprise that the region is considered the most beautiful; Lush greenery, with diverse flora and fauna and ancient temples. Visitors can participate in adventure activities, such as trekking or hiking, while those seeking peace and tranquility can explore the centuries-old Siddhar Caves, which are said to be the abode of sages practicing natural medicine and traditional medicine. Be sure to visit the Arapaleshwar temple dating back to 1st century AD and stands as a witness to the stunning Dravidian architectural style. Should you stop for some time, explore the nearby picturesque cities such as Puliancholai, Salem and Madurai which are perfect for adventurous and spiritual seekers alike.

Kolli Hills, Tamil Nadu, India

Munnar

Located in the Western Ghats, Munnar captures the hearts of travelers from all over the world with its moist weather, peaceful atmosphere, fresh air and abundant natural beauty. For outdoor lovers, there is a plethora of recreational activities in and around the region, including trekking, parasailing, camping, boating and rock climbing. For nature lovers, take a stroll in the aromatic tea and spice gardens. One of the best attractions is the Anamudi peak which is situated at an altitude of 2,695 meters, which offers unbeatable views of rolling hills and valleys. One should also visit the Tata Tea Museum to learn about tea processing and sample fresh tea directly from the tea plantation. At any time of the year, this hill station is a great place to explore!

Munnar, Kerala, India

Munnar

Munnar tea plantations | © Lakshmichandrakanth / Wikimedia Commons

Yercaud

Often referred to as the 'Jewel of the South', Yercaud is an evergreen hill station, detailed by its evergreen forests, coffee plantations and diverse flora and fauna. A typical tourist itinerary involves visiting the coffee plantations, taking a trip to the Yercaud hills, spotting wildlife and nature lovers and photographers taking a boat ride on the Emerald Lake, surrounded by lush green greens and cloudy hills is.

Yercaud, Tamil Nadu, India

Yercaud

Yercaud Lake | © Riju K / Wikimedia Commons

Kodaikanal

Known as the 'Princess of Hill Stations', Kodaikanal is an ideal place for those secluded with nature. From natural lakes and waterfalls to lush green forests, the hill station boasts diverse views that photographers and nature lovers alike will love. The place also offers a lot of recreational activities, ranging from trekking to rock-climbing, horse riding, boating, forest walks, and for those who like to enjoy the open air. Places of interest include the Kodai Lake (an artificial lake), the nose of a dolphin (a flat rock at 2,000 meters elevation), offering beautiful views of the area, the Berijam Lake and the Kodaikanal Solar Observatory.

Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, India

Kodai lake

Boating at Kodai lake | © simianwolverine / Flickr