Best Hill Stations in Tamil Nadu to spend Christmas vacation


Do you wish to enjoy your winter vacation in a hill station? Hurry up! Pack your bags and stop by the top hill stations in Tamil Nadu to chill yourself and enjoy your Christmas holidays. Here is the list of best hill stations in Tamil Nadu you must visit during the Christmas and New Year season.

Exploring the hill stations during summer vacation is common. But have you ever planned a trip to hill station during winter vacation? Instead of enjoying the hottest summer, enjoy the coldest winter at the hill stations. Do not delay, go ahead and plan a trip to a hill station. Are you confused about where to go? Cool! A lot of popular hill stations are located in Tamil Nadu. Here is the list of the best hill stations in Tamil Nadu you must go for Christmas and New Year vacation. Pick your destination, go and celebrate Christmas and New Year holidays at the top of the hills along with nature to make your vacation remarkable.

1. Ooty

Ooty or Udagamandalam popularly referred to as the 'Queen of the Hill Stations' is located at a distance of 86 Km from Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. It is one of the best summer vacation spots and those who wish to spend their winter vacation can also choose this destination, as the weather will be at the maximum of 20°C and the minimum of 5°C during winter. Ooty is situated in the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu and lies at an altitude of 7350 feet above sea level. One can enjoy the serene beauty and the panoramic view of the mountains, lakes, green valleys and the tea estates in Ooty. The place has a lot of tourist attractions and its natural surroundings will give a cheerful experience to the visitors. Some of the sightseeing locations in Ooty are Emerald Lake, Ooty Lake, Avalanche Lake, Deer Park, Mukurthi National park, Mudumalai National park, Botanical garden, Kamraj Sagar Dam, Kalhatty waterfalls, Pykara waterfalls, Doddabetta peak and Needle rock-view point.


Image Source: Pykara Waterfalls, nilgiris.nic.in

If Ooty is your vacation destination for Christmas holidays, then you must travel in Toy Train to gain a delightful travel experience. The historical Toy Train is a UNESCO world heritage site and it runs to and fro between Ooty and Mettupalayam via Coonoor through the Nilgiri mountains on a daily basis. Ooty is a tribal area occupied by tribal groups such as Todas and Badagas. The Tribal Research Center and Toda Huts in Ooty help the visitors to understand the life of tribes. St.Stephen's Church and Ooty Stone House stand as an excellent example for the architectural beauty of the buildings in Ooty. Another amazing place located in Ooty is the Wax World, a museum which displays the wax statutes of the famous Indian personalities. If you wish to relax in a calm environment, then you must go for a peaceful walk in Wenlock Downs. On the whole, Ooty is a beautiful vacation spot with amazing tourist locations. Stop by Ooty to have a lively Christmas and New Year vacation with nature.

2. Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal also referred to as the 'Princess of the Hill Stations' is located at Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu. It is one of the popular hill stations in South India and is known for its breath-taking landscapes. Kodaikanal is situated at an altitude of 6998 feet high on the Palani hills. During winter, the weather will be at a maximum of 17°C and the minimum of 6°C. Kodaikanal is a less crowded vacation spot with a lot of beautiful tourist attractions. To capture the natural beauty of Kodaikanal, visit Pine forest, Kodai Lake, Berijam Lake, Silver cascade falls, Pambar falls, Fairy Falls, Bear Shola Falls, Thalaiyar falls, Vattakanal Falls, Dolmen circle. Some of the lush green parks, gardens, valleys, peaks in Kodaikanal that showcases the beauty of nature are Pillar Rocks, Suicide Point (Green Valley View), Silent Valley viewpoint, Moir Point, Devil's Kitchen, Dolphin's Nose, Bryant Park and Chettiar Park.


Image Source: Green Valley View, kodaikanaltourism.co.in

Kurinji Temple, Karthikeya Temple, La Salette Church, Christ the King Church and Lutheran Church are the famous religious places located in Kodaikanal. If you are a trekking lover, then Kodaikanal is the best destination for you, as it has a lot of trekking routes. Other stunning places to visit in Kodaikanal are Kukkal caves, Perumal Peak, Lake View Point, Shenbaganur Museum of Natural History, Coaker's walk and Kodaikanal Solar Observatory. The tourist attractions in Kodaikanal holds a unique beauty and will definitely attract the eyes of the visitors. Explore the beauty of Kodaikanal in winter rather than summer and load the beautiful memories of your Christmas vacation in your travel diary.

3. Coonoor

Coonoor is a popular hill station in Tamil Nadu located near Ooty in Nilgiris district. It is the second largest hill station after Ooty in the Nilgiri hills and is known for the production of Nilgiri Tea. Coonoor is situated at an altitude of 6070 feet above sea level and during winter the weather will be at the maximum of 25°C and the minimum of 5°C. Coonoor is located at a distance of 21 Km from Ooty, so if Ooty is your vacation destination, then you may also visit Coonoor by having a travel trip in Toy Train which runs between Ooty and Coonoor. A lot of tourist spots are also located in Coonoor and it is an ideal spot for trekking lovers as it has a lot of trekking trails. Some of the must-visit places in Coonoor are Sim's Park, Dolphin's Nose Viewpoint, Droog Fort, Catherine falls, Law's falls and Lamb's rock.


Image Source: Sim's Park, nilgiris.nic.in

The lush green valleys, mountains and the different species of flora and fauna in Coonoor will give a pleasant experience to the visitors. Coonoor is the best place for bird watching as it is the house for a variety of birds such as cuckoos, thrushes, vultures, larks, robins, songbirds and eagles. Tea factory, Silk Rearing station and Pomological station are the other offbeat attractions in Coonoor. St.George's Church in Coonoor is a popular church which is known for its architectural beauty and most importantly the Church will look more vibrant in the month of December with colorful decorations. Chill out and gather delightful memories by visiting Coonoor on your Christmas vacation.

4. Yercaud

Yercaud is a famous hill station located on the Shevaroy hills in Salem district. It is one of the glorious hill stations Tamil Nadu and the winter weather in Yercaud will usually vary between a maximum of 27°C and a minimum of 16°C. Yercaud is famous for coffee, tea, jackfruit, orange, guava, black pepper and cardamom. The forests of Yercaud is the home for a variety of wild animals and birds like bulbuls, sparrows, kites, fox, bison, deer, mongoose, snakes and squirrels. An abundance of silver oaks, sandalwood and teak are also present in the forests of Yercaud. The amazing tall mountains and the landscape of Eastern Ghats will give a spectacular view to the visitors. The Pagoda point, Karadiyur viewpoint, Annamalaiyar Temple viewpoint, Arthur's seat, Tipperary viewpoint and Manjakuvai viewpoint are some of the hill viewpoints situated in Yercaud.


Image Source: Yercaud Lake, salem.nic.in

The other tourist attractions in Yercaud are the Yercaud Lake, Kiliyur Falls, Bears Cave, The Grange, the Loop Road, Botanical Garden, Rose Garden, Anna Park and Deer Park. Some of the popular temples and churches in Yercaud are Shevaroy Temple, Sri Chakra Mahameru Temple, Sri Raja Rajeswari Temple, Servarayan Temple, Holy Trinity Church, Sacred Heart Church and Retreat Church. The serene environment and architectural beauty of the temples, churches and cathedrals in Yercaud will definitely impress the visitors. December is the best month to visit Yercaud, so pay a visit to this hill station on your Christmas vacation, spend your time with nature and create evergreen holiday memories.

5. Yelagiri

Yelagiri is a hill station located in between the two towns Jolarpettai and Vaniyambadi in Vellore district. It is one of the popular hill stations which can be reached easily from both Chennai and Bangalore. Though summer is the peak season, the best time to visit Yelagiri Hills is between November and February. The winter weather in Yelagiri hills will range between a maximum of 24°C and a minimum of 10°C. Yelagiri is a well-known place for trekking and paragliding. The sightseeing places in Yelagiri are Swamimalai Hills, Yelagiri wild zone, Nilavoor Lake, Punganur Lake, Nature Park, Jalagamparai falls, Telescope Viewpoint and Ropes and Knots adventure valley.


Image Source: Jalagamparai waterfalls, vellore.nic.in

The popular temples in Yelagiri are Velavan temple, Moksha Vimochana Temple and Jalagandeeswarar temple. The silk farm and herbal farm run by the Government in Yelagiri also attract some visitors. Yelagiri is a tribal area and one can also explore the life of the tribes by visiting Nilavoor Tribal Village. Yelagiri is the best tourist destination which gives a fantabulous sightseeing and adventurous experience to the visitors. Check-in to Yelagiri and capture your best holiday memories.

6. Valparai

Valparai is a famous hill station located on the Anamalai Hills in Coimbatore district. The hill station is surrounded by thick forest and has many coffee and tea estates. The striking view of the mountains, tall trees and the tea estates will give a vibrant feeling to the visitors. Valparai is known for plantations like coffee, tea, cardamom and cinchona. The most popular tourist attraction in Valparai is the Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary. The tourists can pay a visit to the sanctuary and spot the wild animals like Nilgiri Tahr, leopards, elephants wild boar, lion-tailed macaque, barking deer and birds like the great hornbill, the grey Malabar hornbill and the Malabar pied hornbill.


Image Source: Hill View of Valparai, coimbatore.nic.in

Valparai is one of the heavenly hill stations in Tamil Nadu with a lot of tourist spots. Some of the tourist attractions in Valparai are Whispering falls, Chinnakallar falls, Monkey falls, Sholayar Dam, Nirar Dam, Aliyar Dam, Thottapura Viewpoint, Loams Viewpoint, Nallamudi Poonjolai, Tata Coffee Estate, Grass Hills and Azhiyar park. The places of worship in Valparai are Balaji temple, Chidhi Vinayagar temple and Karamalai Annai Velankanni Church. The trekking lovers can go on for trekking as Valparai has many trekking routes. If your vacation destination is Valparai, then you can also explore the beauty of Pollachi which is located at a distance of 65 Km from Valparai. Set your foot in Valparai for your Christmas vacation and admire the beauty of nature.

7. Topslip

Topslip is a hill station located on the Anamalai mountain range at an altitude of 800 feet above sea level. It is one of the famous hill stations located near Pollachi in Coimbatore district. Topslip can also be reached from Valparai, as it is located at a distance of about 70 Km. Topslip is the Tiger reserve forest in the Western Ghats area and is filled with a lot of medicinal plants and a variety of flora and fauna. It is the part of Indira Gandhi Wild Life Sanctuary. The landscape of Topslip will give a majestic look to the visitors. It is the best destination for adventure lovers, trekking lovers and the bird watchers. The major attractions in the Topslip are the bamboo forest, teak forests and the different species of plants and animals.


Image Source: Topslip Tree House, www.topsliptourism.com

To explore the wildlife sanctuary and to view the amazing beauty of Topslip, the visitors can go for elephant safaris or jeep rides organized by the forest department. Rafting, Trekking, Safari, Bird Watching, Campfire are the recreation activities in Topslip. To enter Topslip, the visitors must need a permit issued by the Forest Department of Pollachi. December month is the ideal season to visit Topslip. For accommodation, a lot of resthouses, wood house, bamboo house, treetop huts are available at Topslip. If your Christmas vacation is short, then you can go ahead and plan for an adventurous trip to Topslip, because the entire place can be explored within one or two days. Stop by Topslip and have an adventurous, eco-friendly Christmas vacation.


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Comments

Author: Neeru Bhatt11 Dec 2018 Member Level: Gold   Points : 4

An exhaustive article by the author on the places to visit during Christmas and new year.

Given a choice to choose one out of these, I will suggest Ooty which is really a fabulous and picturesque place to visit and enjoy the natural beauty.

I had gone there and the hill train (toy train) journey from Mettupalayam to Ooty is unforgettable.

Ooty has so many sightseeing and other places that visitors will be fully occupied and will enjoy the variety there.

Many people belonging to North India are familiar with the Himalayan hills and cannot imagine that similar hill ranges are there in Southern India also especially in Kerala, Tamilnadu and Karnataka. For me also it was a surprise when I went to Ooty and thereafter to Munnar in Kerala. I feel these two are the best of the lot there.



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