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1. Ooty

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Ooty is a popular hill station, located in the Nilgiri Hills in the state of Tamil Nadu. And also called as “Queen of Hills“. However, it was considered as the summer capital of Madras Presidency under the British. And can be safely regarded as “India’s Switzerland”. Undoubtedly, Ooty is famous for its waterfalls, botanical gardens, bustling markets, and striking lakes. Further, more than thousands of tourists come here every year for vacation. Thus, it is one of the Best Places to visit in South India.

  • Best time to visit: March to June.
  • Places to visit: Avalanche Lake, Pykara Falls, Doddabetta Peak, Ooty Lake, Botanical Gardens, Toy Train, Deer Park, Tea Museum, and Needle Rock viewpoint.

2. Munnar

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Munnar is a popular hill station in Kerala. Also known as the ‘Kashmir of South India‘. Situated at an altitude of 1600 meters above sea level in the Western Ghats. Further, famous for its tea estates, mesmerizing viewpoints, misty hills, and forests full of exotic plants. Moreover, you can also indulge in various activities like boating, trekking, and paragliding. Thus, Munnar attracts millions of tourists from all over the world.

  • Best Time To Visit: September to May.
  • Places to visit: Eravikulam National Park, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary,  Pothamedu View Point, Echo Point, Marayoor, Kundala Dam & Lake, Attukal Waterfalls, TATA Tea Museum, Photo Point, and Wonder Valley Amusement Park.

3. Coorg

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Coorg is the most affluent hill station in Karnataka. And also called as Kodagu. Famous for coffee and spice estates, beautiful hills, temples, and the pleasuring weather. Then, Coorg is considered as one of the major coffee producers in India. However, the stunning mountains, waterfalls, dense trees and eye-feasting views of the flora and fauna make this place really beautiful and a perfect location for holidays. Further, this place gives tourists several reasons to visit other than Abbey Falls or Madikeri Fort. Moreover, it has a moderate climate, which makes every season a great season to visit. Hence, it is one of the top places to visit in Karnataka.

  • Best time to visit: October to March.
  • Places to visit: Tadiandamol Peak, River Rafting, Iruppu Falls,  Dubare Elephant Camp, Abbey Falls, Mercara Gold Estate Coffee Plantation, Talakaveri, Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, Raja’s Seat, and Namdroling Monastery.

4. Kodaikanal

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Kodaikanal is a hill station, located in the Dindigul district in the state of Tamil Nadu. Also called as “Princess of Tamil Nadu’s hill stations“. However, the pleasant weather, refreshing breeze, and misty hills make it perfect for sightseeing. Further, here you can enjoy various activities like trekking, cycling, and boating. Thus, it is a must-visit place in Tamil Nadu.

  • Best time to visit: April to June
  • Places to visit: Silver Cascade Falls, Lake, Pillar Rocks, Poombarai, Dolphin’s Nose, Kodaikanal Solar Observatory, Mannavanur, Coaker’s walk, Pine Forest, and Kukkal caves.

5. Mahabalipuram

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Mahabalipuram is a town in Chengalpattu district in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is an important place of Classical Monuments in India, the monolithic and cave temples. Moreover, it is famous for its Beautiful Shore Temple. Further, Mahabalipuram attracts more than thousands of visitors from all over the world. Therefore, the city has beautiful beaches, magnificent architecture, pleasant weather, and also offers a beautiful experience to the tourists.

  • Best time to visit:  November to February.
  • Places to visit: Shore Temple, Pancha Rathas, Arjuna’s Penance, and Krishna’s Butter Ball.

6. Alleppey 

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Alleppey or Alappuzha is often termed the “Venice of the East”. The town is among the oldest planned towns in India. And also famous for its several backwater canals, beaches, a network of tranquil canals, paddy fields, and lagoons. Further, one of the prime attractions that pull visitors to the place is the stay at houseboats. Moreover, the modern houseboats consist of all the comforts like AC, living rooms, a kitchen, and even a balcony. Thus, it is one of the popular places to visit in Kerala.

  • Best Time To Visit: September to May.
  • Places to visit:  Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Marari Beach,  Alappuzha Beach, Vembanad Lake, Mannarasala Temple, St. Andrew’s Forane Church, and Stay in Houseboat.

7. Tirupati 

Tirupati is located in the southern part of the state, Andhra Pradesh. And also, it is one of the most visited pilgrimage centers in the country. Tirupati is popularly known for the famous Lord Venkateshwara Temple. However, more than thousands of people come here from all corners of the world. Further, the various places of attraction in Tirupati are  Sri Venkateswara Temple, Talakona Waterfalls, TTD Gardens, Deer Park, Museum, Sri Govindarajaswami Temple, Srikalahasti. Thus, it is one of the most famous pilgrim places in India.

  • Best time to visit: September to March
  • Places to visit: Sri Venkateswara Temple, Talakona Waterfalls, TTD Gardens, Deer Park, Museum, Sri Govindarajaswami Temple, and Srikalahasti.

8. Pondicherry

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Pondicherry also called Pondy, is one of the seven Union Territories of India. Often referred to as the ‘French Capital of India’. It is bounded by the southern state of Tamil Nadu. Further, the former French colony here is a perfect example of traditional Indian and French architecture. Moroevrer, Pondicherry is filled with beautiful beaches, heritage buildings, ancient temples, churches, and a colonial ambiance. There are plenty of places to visit in Pondicherry. Thus, pondy is one of the best picnic spots to visit during weekends.

  • Best time to visit: October to March.
  • Places to visit: Paradise Beach, Aurobindo Ashram, Auroville, Serenity Beach, Arikamedu, lighthouse, Rock Beach, Varadaraja Perumal Temple, and Meeran Mosque.

9. Madurai

Madurai is located in the state of Tamil Nadu. This city got its name Madurai from the Tamil word ‘Mathuram’ which means “sweetness”. It is famous for its beautiful temples built by Pandyan and Madurai Nayak kings in the Dravidian style of architecture. And also famous for its food, cuisine, architecture, shopping, and endearing people. Thus, Madurai is must- visit place in Tamil Nadu.

  • Best time to visit: December to February
  • Places to visit: Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, Aayiram Kaal Mandapam, Vaigai Dam , Meghamalai, Pazhamudhir Solai, Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine ,Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal , Gandhi Memorial Museum, and Samanar Hills.

10. Hampi

Hampi is an ancient village, located in the state of Karnataka. It was once the capital of the historical Vijayanagara Dynasty. However, the temples of Hampi, their monolithic sculptures and monuments, attract tourists because of their excellent workmanship. Therefore, the architectural ruins of Hampi are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Thus, Hampi is a favorite destination for tourists in Karnataka.

  • Best time to visit: September and March.
  • Places to visit: Virupaksha Temple, Lotus Mahal, Vijaya Vittala Temple, Hampi Bazaar,  Yantrodharaka Hanuman Temple, Hippie Island, and Elephant Stables.