Hills to Discover
With the mercury shooting up, you would want to escape to cooler climes. Wouldn’t it be a double bonanza if life would also slow down and you avoid the bustle of a popular hill station? This is why we have drawn up a list of destinations which are not ‘touristy’ but fit the bill for a
summer break. We have carefully picked destinations close to major cities – so you could do just a week end trip or take an extended break – as it suits you!
Near Chennai: Yelagiri
Yelagiri (also Elagiri) is 240 kms. away from Chennai on the Chennai-Bangalore highway; the nearest rail head is Jolarpettai (30 kms.) away. It is located at a height of 1048 meters above sea level. Though Yelagiri has been a summer retreat since British days, it has been relatively unknown – which translates to very little crowd as there is not too much to do! Take leisurely walks, row around the man-made lake and let the children enjoy the park. The trek up Swami Malai (panoramic view of Yelagiri and nearby Javadhu hills), a visit to the Government Silk Farm and paragliding are some other activities you could consider. Jalagamparai water falls is a one-hour trek away.
Near Mumbai: Matheran
Asia’s only pedestrian hill station is situated 800 meters above sea level – and you make your way on horseback, handpulled carts, on the toy-train or on foot! (All vehicles stop at Dasturi Naka which is 2 kms. away). And the reward is not just the cool, crisp air, but also the incomparable
views on offer. Matheran, although small (8 sq. kms.), has about 38 designated look out points. Located about 100 kms. away from Mumbai, Matheran’s nearest rail head Neral is 11 kms. away. Click here to read the full article.