1. Yercaud, Tamil Nadu Known for its cool temperatures, this ‘jewel of the South’ has plenty of coffee, orange, pepper, banana, and pear plantations.

2. Ponmudi, Kerala Varayadumotta, one of the longest and toughest trekking trails of the state, is located in this hill station and covers 18 km on one side.

3. Kokernag, Jammu & Kashmir The Kokernag Spring, which gushes from the misty hill, is a sight for sore eyes, as are the terrace gardens and botanical gardens that spread for miles.

4. Mechuka, Arunachal Pradesh Known as the ‘Forbidden Valley of Arunachal Pradesh’ due to its inaccessibility, Mechuka is known for the Mopin agricultural festival celebrated by the Galo tribe.

5. Lambasingi, Andhra Pradesh Lambasingi is the only place in South India that receives snowfall during winters and is a paradise for adventure seekers for its trekking, mountain biking, hiking and camping.

6. Barot Valley, Himachal Pradesh This hidden gem in Himachal was initially developed for a hydel project over the Uhl River, and later became a tourist spot.

7. Yuksom, Sikkim Yuksom is the gateway to the Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve, the base for some of the most fascinating treks through the high mountain region.

8. Mangi Tungi, Maharashtra This twin-pinnacle peak with a plateau in between is a place for pilgrimage, and tourists must climb around 4,500 steps to reach the peak.

9. Perumedu, Kerala The town derives its name from a Sufi saint Peer Mohammad, who is said to be linked with the royal family of Travancore. Head here for treks through coffee, tea, cardamom, rubber and eucalyptus plantations.

10. Raithal, Uttarakhand Raithal provides an impeccable experience of trekking and village tourism, with key attractions including Someshwar Temple, the Incomplete Sun temple and Goat Village.