Chennai in itself is a beautiful city with the beaches and the historical heritage it nurtures. There are many amazing hill stations and wildlife sanctuaries too surrounding this wonderful capital of Tamil Nadu. Besides these, there are some wonderful plantations near Chennai that offers the best green and hilly weekend holiday.
Distance from Chennai: 228 kms
Yelagiri is basically a cluster of small villages spread amidst four mountains located 920 meters above sea level in the Javadi Hills. Also known as the ”city of lakes” , the shimmering waters of Avalanche Lake that are said to get their colour from the Blue Mountains and the Punganoor Lake are the highlights of Yelagiri. Have a wonderful time at the tea plantations, Jalagamparai waterfalls and Jolarpet plains if you ever visit this place.
Distance from Chennai: 366 kms
The beautiful landscape of Kolli hills located in central Tamil Nadu is sure to soothe your eyes. It is located 1300 meters above the sea lvel. Tea as well as coffee plantations, paddy fields, pineapple and pepper farms makes it one of the greenest and best hills near Chennai. The breathtaking view of Agaya Gangai and Masila Waterfalls is truly worth a visit. You can even have a boating experience at Kolli hills boat house. Religious souls would have a peacefully pleasing time at Arpaleeshwar Temple.
Distance from Chennai: 367 kms
Yercaud is situated 1515 feet above sea level. It is a serene hill station profusely charmed by tea plantations, wildlife sanctuaries and dense forests. Except the tea estates, Cauvery Peak, Yercaud Lake, Lady’s Seat and Killiyur Falls are worth visiting at Yercaud. On Sundays, there is a big market held near the Yercaud Lake in the Sacred Shola or Grove.
Distance from Chennai: 549 kms
Around 1500 meters above sea level, Meghamalai is one of the most sought for hill stations for trekkers. The tea and cardamom plantations makes this place even more popular and picturesque. Do not miss out on Meghamalai Falls along the Suruli River. You can try your luck at spotting elephants, deer, gaur or other wild beings over here. Get authentic tea packets from the most famous tea estates over here.
Distance from Chennai: 590 kms
Munnar is specifically popular for the mountains of green carpted tea gardens. It is a very popular hill station in God’s Own Country with an altitude ranging from around 1600 to 1800 meters above sea level. The highest peak of South India Anamudi is located here. There are many places to visit in and around Munnar. Devikulam lake, Pothanmedu, Eravikulam National Park and Anayirankal Dam are some of the sightseeing options near Munnar.
Distance from Chennai: 621 kms
Coorg is also known as The Scotland of India. It is like an all-rounder. Be it trekking, shopping, rafting, wildlife sanctuaries, waterfalls, plantation hikes and pilgrimage sites, Coorg has them all. Trek along the Brahmagiri hill to head to Irrupu falls and Kundha hills near Virajpet on the way to Nagarhole National Park and Thadiyandamol hill. River rafting can be enjoyed at Dubare elephant camp and Barapole. Shopping for coffee beans and tea leaves is a must thing to do if you are at Coorg. Visit Raja’s Seat to witness a splendid sunset view.
These green plantation weekend getaways is a great idea if you wish to try out something new. Visiting tea or coffee estates and having an insight into its preparation is an interesting thing to do, right?
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