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June 22, 2024 19:01
Five Hill Stations to visit in South

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Visakhapatnam, popularly known as Vizag, is located in the Eastern Ghats of India and is known for its pristine beaches, cultural heritage and vibrant lifestyle. While there are many tourist attractions around the city of Vizag, there are beautiful hill stations nearby that add to its charm. The hilly areas near Visakhapatnam inevitably create a desire for places that are much cooler than the warm coastal climate and nature.

1. Araku Valley: Araku Valley is one with nature in the Eastern Ghats. It is just 114 km from Visakhapatnam. Known as the 'Ooty of Andhra Pradesh', this beautiful hill station is blessed with lush greenery, numerous waterfalls and tranquil coffee gardens. The road leading to the Araco Valley passes through lush green mountains and beautiful scenery spreads everywhere you turn, making the road itself a very pleasant journey. Visitors can experience more of the tribal culture by visiting the Araku Tribal Museums and enjoying the scenic tourist railway route through the Araku Valley.

2. Lambasinghi: Lambasinghi is also called the “Kashmir of Andhra Pradesh” because of its misty atmosphere and reminds visitors of the Himalayan mountains that they want to visit in their lifetime. This charming little hill station, about 102 km from Vizag, experiences sub-zero temperatures in winter, a rarity in coastal Andhra Pradesh. Lambasingi's misty valleys, sprawling coffee plantations and dense forests make it an ideal destination for nature lovers who also enjoy adventurous activities. You can't resist before enjoying a hot cup of morning coffee along the scenic area or camping under the stars.

3. Ananthagiri Hills: Located in Vikarabad district of Telangana, Ananthagiri Hills offers a tranquil retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. This hill station has a mystical aura with its green surroundings and ancient caves and temples. Hiking trails are available for hikers who want to hike through dense forests, streams and waterfalls with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. The Anantha Padmanabhaswamy Temple offers a hillside sanctuary for those who seek spiritual nourishment while connecting with their inner self.

4. Paderu: Paderu is a small town at an altitude of 900 meters above sea level. It is just 112 km from Vizag. Surrounded by beautiful coffee plantations, dense forests and mesmerizing waterfalls, Pader fascinates visitors with its tranquil and untouched beauty. A trip to Pader is an adventurous journey as the roads are winding and offer panoramic views of the Eastern Ghats along the way. After reaching Pader, you can explore the best of tribal culture and enjoy nature hikes with mountain views from various vantage points.

5. Yercaud: With the mesmerizing beauty and tranquility of Tamil Nadu, Yercaud is a little over 365 km from Visakhapatnam and is a perfect travel destination. Located at an altitude of 1515 meters above sea level, this city is famous for its lush forests, fragrant coffee plantations and breathtaking observation decks. Yercaud Lake is calm. It is surrounded by beautiful flower gardens and boats are available for guests who want to have a relaxing time. For those looking for outdoor adventure, there are opportunities for hiking, camping, and other trails that immerse you in nature.

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