Chennai, bestowed with architectural splendour and exquisite beaches, is enveloped by many picturesque and mesmeric sky-kissing hill stations nearby. Fervent lakes, the sunshine dappled slopes, inexplicably twisted trees and tweeting birdies are suggestive of the secluded hill escapes from Chennai. Gasp the cool fresh air and striking aromas inaugurate a vacation alive with beautiful marvels!

Escape the heat and indulge yourself to a breath-taking climate with these hill stations near Chennai. With so plentiful to offer, all you need to do is just pack your bags and head-off to any one of these wonderful hill stations and get thoroughly relaxed and rejuvenated.

1. Yelagir

Yelagiri
Yelagiri Lake

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At a distance of nearly230 km, Yelagiri is the nearest hill station to Chennai, surrounded by mountains, valleys, and lakes. It is a charismatic hill station nestled snugly amid four mountains with wonderful weather. One can enjoy lip-smacking fruits and vivacious flowers of different varieties. Yelagiri is a place you go if you are into eco sports including paragliding, rock climbing, and trekking. The other attractions include rose gardens and orchards, Velavan temple, the Punganoor Lake, and the Jalagamparai Waterfalls.

2. Horsley Hills

Horsley Hills

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Located at a distance of about 279 km from Chennai, the Horsely Hills is an old-fashioned hill station best for nature walks. Situated within the close vicinity to the Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary, this is one place where ‘lush’ is an underestimation. The hill-top provides incredible and spectacular panoramic views of the plains. This hill station is a popular haven for the tourists who visit Tirupati.

3. Yercaud

Yercaud

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Yercaud is a charming hill station nestled in the Shevaroy hills near Salem, bestowed with beautiful lakes, lofty hills, and rare species of flora and fauna, and lush- green jungles. Sights of many temples complement a seamless spiritual touch for the mind and soul! Yercaud, located at a distance of approximately350 km from Chennai, is famous for its coffee plantations and orange orchards. It is a good place for trekking and bird-watching. The various tourists spots in Yercaud includes the Anna Park, Servaroyan temple and a bear cave, the lake, the Killiyur Falls, an orchidarium, and silk farms.

4. Kolli Hills

Kolli Hills

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Kolli Hills, although still evolving as a hilly destination, is a paradise for nature devotees, adventure campaigners, hiking buffs, and honeymoon couples. Since, it is still a least commercialised tourist destination; it thus preserves its natural exquisiteness. Enveloped with green lush sceneries, it is one of the nearby hill stations to Chennai, almost 380 km. It is known for its tea and coffee plantations. The Agaya Gangai waterfalls and The Arapaleeswarar temple draw in a number of tourists every year.

5. Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal
Upper Lake

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Kodaikanal, often referred to as the ‘Princess of Hill stations’ is located at a distance of approximately 472 Km from Chennai. Bordered by the Gundar and Parappar valleys, Kodaikanal is a spectacular hill station rested on a plateau of the upper Palani Hills. Its scenic location with undulating waterfalls, soothing climate, and the lovely lush hillock is bliss for the trekkers. One can also enjoy a boat ride at the Kodai Lake.

6. Coonoor

Coonoor

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At a distance of approximately 524 km from Chennai, Coonoor is a small, beautiful and one of the most picturesque hill stations of the Nilgiris Hills offering a misty and cool weather among the magnificent hills and extensive valleys. It is undeniably a nature lover’s heaven and a bird lover’s paradise! Coonoor provides the panoramic view of the plush green Nilgiri hills, with its valleys, waterfalls, gorges, and tea plantations. It also offers a perfect setting for activities like hiking and trekking.

7. Ooty

Ooty

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Located at a distance of 590 km from Chennai, Ooty is probably one escapade you will never regret. It is situated at an altitude of 7,440 feet above sea level in the mountain ranges of Nilgiris and is known as the “Queen of the southern hill stations”. It is a renowned getaway to escape the scorching summer heat. It has picture-perfect picnic spots with the manicured lawns and tall eucalyptus trees. An added attraction is the train ride commencing from Mettupalayamon a ratchet and pinion track and travels through many spine-tingling curves and dreadful tunnels with bushy forest, lofty mountains, extensive grasslands and sprawling tea gardens welcoming the travellers.