Coorg

Coorg is the most affluent hill station of Karnataka. Nestled in lush greeneries and exotic scenic environment, Coorg offers a luxurious vacation to the tourists. Situated at a height of 3500 m, Coorg is also known as 'Kashmir of the South' due to its majestic beauty and cool ambience. The best time to visit Coorg is summer though many tourists visit this hill station during monsoon to enjoy the wild beauty. Dense teak wooded forests, lush green valleys, breathtaking coffee plantations and undulated challenging mountain ranges make Coorg an exquisite location for nature loving tourists. The nearby attractions are Chelavera Falls, Nainad Palace, Madikeri Fort and Museum, Abbi Falls, Raja's Seat, Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary and Elephant Training Camp.

Raja's Seat

How to Reach

Coorg is 260 km from Bangalore. Direct buses are available from Bangalore to reach Coorg. You can also reach Mysore from Bangalore by train. Distance from Mysore to Coorg is 107 km. Coorg is easily accessible from Mysore by hired car.

Accommodation

Palm Era Cottages. Tariff - Rs. 3300-4000. Tel: 9740796989.
Parampara Resort & Spa. Tariff - Rs. 3900-8000. Tel: 9901308444.
Coorg Jungle Camp. Tariff - Rs. 5100-9900. Tel: 9482404040.
Kadkani Riverside Resort. Tariff - Rs. 11500-15500. Tel: 9480833780.

Vythiri

Vythiri is an offbeat destination situated in Wayanad district in Kerala. Situated at an altitude of 700 m, the place is blessed with unending natural beauty. The serenity, light breeze, undulating hills and chirping of birds make Vythiri amazing and awe inspiring. Apart from coffee and tea plantations, Vythiri is surrounded by various types of trees and forests. You can visit Pookode Lake, Edakkal Caves and Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary. The best time to visit Vythiri is during the monsoon. One can also go for adventure sports like rock climbing, boating and trekking.

Pookode Lake

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How to Reach

Trains are running from Yesvantpur to Kozhikode. Buses and cars are available from Kozhikode to reach Vythiri. Distance is 62 km. Buses are also plying from Bengaluru to Vythiri.

Accommodation

Vythiri Resort. Tariff - Rs. 13500-30000 (including food). Tel: 04936-256800.
Vythiri Village Resort. Tariff - Rs. 8500-35000. Tel: 04936-256716, 8086622217.
Green Paradise Resort. Tariff - Rs. 2500-4000. Tel: 9388110827.
The Windflower Resort & Spa. Tariff - Rs. 10800-15300. Tel: 9895226611.
Vythiri Greens. Tariff - Rs. 4500-5400. Tel: 04936-255111, 9544827771.
Vythiri Meadows. Tel: 04936-256701.

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Bhandardara

Bhandardara is a virgin hill station situated in the Western Ghats of India. Bhandardara is located in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra at a height of 750 m above sea level. The main attraction of this hill station is the serenity, lush greenery and the unparalleled beauty of nature. During rains when the clouds descend from the sky, the sight is truly spectacular and mesmerizing. Mt. Kalsubai, the highest peak of Sahyadri range is visible from Bhandardara. Other attractions of Bhandardara include Wilson Dam built on Pravara River, Arthur Lake, Ratangarh Fort and Umbrella Falls.

Arthur Lake

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How to Reach

Trains are running from Mumbai to Igatpuri. It takes around two and a half hours to reach Igatpuri from Mumbai. Bhandardara is 45 km from Igatpuri. Hired cars are available from Igatpuri to reach Bhandardara.

Accommodation

MTDC Holiday Resort. Tariff - Rs. 1350-4850. Tel: 02424-257032.
Anandvan Resort. Tariff - Rs. 3500-44000. Tel: 9920311221.
Yash Resort. Tariff - Rs. 3500-15000. Tel: 9325633306.

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Pangot

Pangot is a bird lover's paradise situated in the Kumaon Hills of Uttarakhand. Located at a distance of 17 km from Nainital, Pangot is home to 150 different species of birds. The hill hamlet of Pangot is surrounded by forests of pine, fir and rhododendron trees. A number of birds like Eurasian Jay, Black Headed Jay, Himalayan Gray Bushchat, Gray Winged Blackbird, Blue Winged Minla and White Throated Laughingthrush are seen at Pangot. One can still observe the traditional lifestyle of the hill folk at Pangot.

Pangot

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How to Reach

Trains are running from New Delhi, Delhi and Delhi Cantt. to Kathgodam. Pangot is 53 km from Kathgodam. Cars are available from Kathgodam to reach Pangot. You can also visit Pangot from Nainital. Distance from Nainital to Pangot is 17 km.

Accommodation

Mountain Quail Lodge. Tariff - Rs. 3000-4800 per person (including food). Tel: 7055358111, 8191995255.
Janardan Resort. Tariff - Rs. 1800-4400. Tel: 9795009888.
Hidden Valley Adventure Lodge. Tariff - Rs. 1600 onwards per person (including food). Tel: 9289666555.
Jungle Lore Birding Lodge. Tariff - Rs. 4300-8000. Tel: 9266519519.

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Jim Corbett National Park

Jim Corbett National Park is situated in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. This national park was originally established in the year 1936 as Hailey National Park. The park spans over an area of 1318 sq km and its elevation ranges from 600-1100 m above sea level. The Jim Corbett National Park hosts a wide range of animals including the Himalayan Black Bear, Sambhar, Elephant, Leopard, Wild Dogs and of course the majestic Royal Bengal Tiger. The forest is also home to more than 580 species of birds and 25 species of reptiles. The main entrance to this jungle is the town of Ramnagar. Apart from the forest, the other attractions in and around Ramnagar are Corbett Jungle Museum, Garjia Temple, Kyari Camp, Sitabani Forest Reserve, Sitabani Temple, Dhangari Museum, Bijrani, Jhirna, Corbett Water Falls, Sunrise Point and Kalagarh Dam.

Corbett National Park

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How to Reach

Trains are running from Delhi to Ramnagar. Ramnagar serves as an entry point to the Corbett National Park. Buses are also available from Delhi to reach Ramnagar.

Accommodation

KMVN Tourist Rest House. Tariff - Rs. 1400-2600. Tel: 8650002527.
Ashoka's Tiger Trail. Tariff - Rs. 4000-6000. Tel: 9818068025, 9871449971.
Hotel Corbett Plaza. Tariff - Rs. 1300-2500. Tel: 7982055099.
Safari Park Resort. Tariff - Rs. 3100-6000. Tel: 9015500200.

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