Blazing sun, scorching heat, mercury soaring high; summer is knocking the door! However, it is also the holiday season, calling for fun-filled vacations. During summer, South India is hot and humid, and most travellers stay away from visiting this region. However, unlike what people think, there are some exotic tourist destinations in South India, which are beautiful, cool, and pleasant. Listed here are the top 7 coldest places in South India that are worth visiting during summer.
The gateway to Wayanad District of Kerala, Lakkidi is located 700 m. above sea level, atop the beautiful Thamarassery Ghat Pass. The quaint hill station receives second highest degree of rainfall in the world, thereby, experiencing mist and fog, and chilly climate throughout the year. Lakkidi enjoys Kopen Highland climate, and is said to be one of the South India’s coldest places. Breathtaking mountain peaks, luxuriant vegetation, gurgling stream, picturesque view of the deep valley, and meandering roads make Lakkidi a popular summer destination in South India. It also boasts one of the richest biodiversity in the Western Ghats, where you get up, close and personal with rare species of birds, lion tailed macaque, Indian shag, Little Green Heron, Little Cormorant, and Pond Heron.
6Lambasingi, Andhra Pradesh
Nestled at an altitude of 2600 feet above sea level, the tiny hamlet – Lambasingi – is one of the coolest places in South India. A land once anonymous and undiscovered, Lambasingi earned the sobriquet of “Andhra Kashmir,” with night temperatures often falling to sub-zero level. Of late, it became a popular tourist destination and an exotic summer retreat. Picturesque beauty, dense foliage, chilled weather and mist makes the places even more mysterious and amazing.
5Horsely Hills, Andhra Pradesh
The charming hill station of Andhra Pradesh is one of the best summer destinations in South India. Located 144 km. from Tirupati, the pretty hamlet enjoys pristine beauty, cool weather, and gentle breeze all through the year. Beat the heat of summer months visiting this picturesque hill station, which is rich in bio-diversity. From exotic flora like Eucalyptus, Reetha, Gulmohar, Mahogany, and Sandalwood to adventurous wildlife such as wild dogs, bears, sambars, jungle fowl, panthers, porcupine, and four horned antelope, Horsely Hills is a place worth visiting during summer.
4Araku Valley, Andhra Pradesh
Famous for its amazing trekking terrain, pleasant climate all through the year, blossoming orchards, sprawling coffee plantations, and ancient caves, Araku Valley is one of the best places to visit during summer in South India.
3Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
Experience nature at its best in Kodaikanal! Featuring unspoiled natural beauty, cascading waterfalls, glimmering lake and cool weather, it is one of the best places to visit during summer. Pleasant weather and cool breeze can be experienced all through the year, with enchanting view points and breathtaking backdrop of lofty mountains, which makes Kodaikanal worth visiting.
Picturesque beauty, tranquility, intoxicating aroma of coffee plantations, rich flora and fauna, and of course, salubrious weather makes Coorg one of the top coldest places in South India. A perfect blend of beauty and serenity, Coorg is often referred to as the Scotland of the South. Gentle breeze, chilled mornings, and mist make the place even more enchanting.
1Ananthagiri Hills, Andhra Pradesh
Cocooned amid the lofty hills of Andhra Pradesh, Ananthagiri is blessed with spectacular beauty, rolling hills of the Eastern Ghats, and splendid weather. It is one of the top coolest places in South India and a favorite summer holiday destination. Gorgeous waterfalls, dense woodlands, blossoming orchards, stretches of coffee plantations and rich flora await you in Ananthagiri Hills. The summers are cool, rains draw a magical picture, winters are serene with blue skies and springs see breathtaking landscape with a myriad of colors.