South Sikkim is a district in the North Eastern state of Sikkim. The state is divided into four districts based on the four geographical directions of North, East, West, and South. The North district comprises of high altitude pastures and tourist destinations such as Yumthang and Gurudongmar. The East district is where the capital Gangtok is situated. This also happens to be the most visited tourist destination in the state. West Sikkim is famous for its proximity to Kanchenjunga.
South Sikkim is known for a number of smaller tourist destinations. The district headquarter is located at Namchi. The other important tourist destination is Ravangla. There are a number of village tourism destinations in South Sikkim including Borong.
Temi Tea Garden
Temi is the only tea garden in the entire state and is located in the eastern part of South Sikkim. The garden was established in 1969. There is a tourist accommodation in the garden. It is located on a hill slope about 20 km from Ravangla on the Ravangla – Gangtok highway. The tea garden is part of the itinerary of regular tourists as a sightseeing spot.
This is the district headquarter of South Sikkim. The town has come up as a tourist during the last few years. There is a 135 feet tall statue of Guru Padmasambhava on top of the hill. It is known as Samdruptse. The statue can be reached by walking uphill about 2 km from the main market. About 300 meters east of the Samdruptse is the location of Rock garden, this is a small garden maintained by the forest department. The Chardham of Namchi has also become quite famous in the recent past. The Namchi Central park in the main market is also a nice place to spend an evening.
This is a relatively new tourist spot in south Sikkim. Situated at an elevation of 8000 ft the small picturesque semi-town on the Gangtok-Gaysiling highway, Ravangla is becoming a hot destination for its breathtaking landscape and tranquillity. more
Within South Sikkim, you can have varying temperatures depending on the altitude of the place. The maximum temperature varies between 17 to 27 degrees C. The lower altitude places such as Jorethang are especially wormer. The minimum temperature varies between 2 to 20 degrees in different places with places such as Ravangla and Maenam National Park occasionally witnessing snowfall. Rainfall is mostly concentrated in the Monsoon months of July to September with average rainfall being about 163 cms.
2nd most populous district of Sikkim with Namchi as the district headquarter.
Places of Tourist Interest
Temi Tea Garde