Contributed to the Best Escapes Hills book for regions in the South of India. The valleys, deserts and palm-lined beaches are all well and good, but it can get hot down there. India’s princes and British colonials long used cool mountain towns as refuges from the heat and today the hill stations still have lush forests and crisp mountain air. So curl up under a blanket with a steaming cup of local tea and watch mountain birds swooping over misty hillsides, moody clouds passing over undulating hills of bulbous tea trees and village kids running through mountain fog and wildflowers. Discover a whole range of destinations with a guide that you can trust. Go armed with all the information you need without being bogged down by unnecessary details.