Ultimate Summer Escapes - South India's Top 10 Breathtaking Road Trips

Written By  Aquib Nawab

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1. Spiritual Sojourn - Chennai to Tirupati

A popular pilgrimage site in South India, covering 133 km over plains and hills, with the iconic Venkateswara temple as its centerpiece. The recommended vehicle for the 3-hour, 15-minute journey is a small, fuel-efficient car like the Maruti Suzuki Swift, known for its agility in navigating both traffic and hilly roads.

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2. Hill Station holiday - Chennai to Yercaud

Yercaud, nestled in the Shevaroy hills, offers a 365.5 km journey through plains and hills, with attractions like botanical gardens and a lake. Opt for a compact SUV like the Hyundai Creta for the trip, ensuring a balance of power and mileage on the hilly terrain.

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3. Nature Trail - Chennai to Kodaikanal

Embark on a 528.7 km, 9-hour 20-minute journey through a steep hilly route to a scenic hill town. Explore lakes, forests, and viewpoints amidst enchanting nature. Choose a powerful SUV like the MG Hector or Tata Harrier for the winding roads.

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4. Safari Excursion - Kochi to Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Embark on a 4-hour safari spanning 153.3 km through dense woods in a renowned national park, where you can spot tigers, elephants, and other wildlife in their natural habitat around a central lake. Enhance your experience with an open hard-top jeep like the Mahindra Thar.

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5. Backwater Bliss - Kochi to Alleppey

The journey to Alleppey spans 53.7 km in 1.5 hours, offering scenic views of lush green plains. To explore the backwaters, renting a houseboat is recommended. For a straightforward route to town, a small hatchback like the Maruti Suzuki Baleno is ideal.

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6. Misty Mountain High - Kochi to Wayanad

Wayanad's lush hills beckon with 280 km of adventure, featuring treks, jungle stays, and scenic wonders like heart-shaped lakes and waterfalls. For the journey, opt for compact SUVs like the Nissan Magnite or Renault Kiger for a rugged yet comfortable ride through the terrain.

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7. Green Getaway - Kochi to Ponmudi Hills

The journey spans 229.3 km over 5 hours and 20 minutes, winding through hairpin ghat roads and hills to reach Ponmudi, nestled in the Western Ghats. This scenic destination offers trails, tea gardens, waterfalls, and diverse wildlife. For the challenging terrain, compact SUVs like the Hyundai Venue are recommended.

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8. Mountain Adventures  - Bangalore to Kudremukh

The journey spans 331.8 km over 7 hours through the lush, hilly terrain of Kudremukh in Chikmagalur district, known for its waterfalls, mountain views, and trekking trails. Ideal for this picturesque landscape, the Jeep Compass and Skoda Kushaq offer the right mix of style, space, and off-roading capability for exploration.

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9. Beach Blitz - Bangalore to Gokarna

Traveling 486 km from Bangalore to Gokarna takes 9.5 hours via national highways and coastal roads, offering scenic views. Gokarna's serene beaches and hippie ambiance make it a must-visit destination for families or friends. For the journey, a spacious and comfortable 7-seater car like the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is recommended.

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10. Temples & Tranquility - Mangalore to Karwar

Covering 271 km in 5.5 hours, the journey to Karwar offers scenic views of lush forests, golden sand beaches, historic temples, and the Kali river bridge. Sedans like the Honda City provide a comfortable drive with good mileage and cabin comfort for an enjoyable trip.

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