Want a low-key, serene getaway this festive week? Check out this South Indian camping destinations

Spending time in the great outdoors and taking in all the tranquility of being so close to nature is the joy of camping. Be it an adventurous or a relaxing vacation, camping is the hottest thing because staying at a resort or hotel is so fleeting.

Pack your bags and ditch that international travel plan. Make a plan to camp in South India as these scenic destinations are perfect for adventure travel. The foothills of the Nilgiri mountains, the valleys of Kodaikanal and the plantations of Kerala are some.

So here is a list of camping destinations in South India to help you quench your wanderlust.

Ananthagiri Hills, Telangana

Ananthagiri Hills are the most popular campsites near Hyderabad and are loved by nature lovers. The hills are the birthplace of the river Musi which flows through Hyderabad and later joins the river Krishna. Nothing is more beautiful than the view of the Musi river cascading down the hills, and the thick green forests make Ananthagiri Hills a perfect campsite.

This place is covered with forests and in between is the picturesque Ananthagiri temple. Ananthagiri Temple is famous for its camp where you can enjoy stargazing with scenic views.

Ananthagiri Hills, Telangana. Photo: Shutterstock/Arya9173

The pleasant weather of Ananthagiri Hills is just the cherry on the cake.

Wayanad (Kerala)

Kerala’s least populated district, Wayanad, is also its best-kept secret. This place is full of misty mountains, magnificent forests, clear rivers and waterfalls. Wayanad is a camper’s paradise.

If you want to explore Wayanad a little more, plan your camping trip in Valad. The town of Valad is famous for crossing the Kabini river. Banasura Sagar dam area is also a beautiful camping spot in Wayanad.

If you love bird watching, camp at Kuruvadweep or Kuruva Island. There are several campsites on the Kalindhi River. You can sit on the river bank or swim. To keep your adrenaline pumping, you can enjoy various adventure sports in Wayanad, such as mountain biking, river crossings and trekking.


Photo: Shutterstock/Sarath maroli

You can relax by a river and try your hand at fishing; go on, because no one will judge you! Make the most of a camping trip in this paradise!

Araku Valley, Andhra Pradesh

As the Ananthagiri Hills stretch eastward, they merge into the Araku Valley of Andhra Pradesh. The cultural richness and scenery of Araku Valley will make it a favorite camping spot in Andhra Pradesh. Apart from picture-perfect waterfalls, mysterious caves and distant views of the Ananthagiri Hills, the valley is vast.

Walk to Dumbriguda Falls. The experience of walking through dense forests is something different and unique. If you take a few steps further, you will see the Katiki waterfalls from 50 meters; this amazing view will highlight your camping adventure.

Morning light in Araku Valley, Andhra Pradesh. Photo: Shutterstock/jayanta basu

The valley looks more scenic in monsoon, with different flowers blooming and birds calling. Park at a campsite near the village to try local dishes such as Bongulo Oilaskoa.

Munnar, Kerala

Munnar is famous for its tea plantations, breathtaking valley views, national park and lake, and all-day gateways. In Munnar regions, you will find various short and long treks that filter the crowds. These trails take you to blissful spots like streams, natural pools, and waterfalls.

Find a spot for your camp and watch the tea workers go about their daily activities. If you want an aerial view, camp on a hilltop from where you can see the entire district of Idukki.

Munnar is cloaked in a misty blanket as the mercury dips to 4°C

Last week, five degrees Celsius was recorded in the morning in Munnar town and Nallathanni and four degrees in Mattupetty and Kundala, the lowest this season. Photo: Manorama

If you want to explore Munnar at its best, you can go for jungle camps. If you are lucky, you may spot giant squirrels, Nilgiri langurs, sloth bears and jungle cats.

Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu

Kodaikanal is blessed by Mother Nature and is the most scenic place in India. There are several places where you set up camp in Kodaikanal, such as Dolphin’s Nose.

If you love jungle camping, you should go to Vattakanal. At the Vattakanal campsite, campers will find themselves in a pine forest with a lake, surrounded by unparalleled natural beauty.

Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu. Photo: Shutterstock/Srinivasan Gajendran

Sakleshpur, Karnataka

Sakleshpur is a biodiversity hotspot in Karnataka. The slopes of Sakleshpur have plenty of tea and coffee, and its landscape is blessed with greenery throughout the year. You can trek to Bisle Reserve Forest or go to Jenukallu Gudda Peak for an unforgettable experience.

Sakleshpur forest is home to a variety of flora and fauna including elephants, deer, cobras and many birds that roam the dense Sakleshpur forest. If you are lucky, you may see the reddish orange pagoda flowers that grow in the region.

Sakleshpur, Karnataka. Photo: Shutterstock/Joshuajoseph1996

Call it one of your nature trails or simply a little getaway in and around the South. These destinations are sure to put travelers at ease. So what is your goal?

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