5 Fascinating Hill Stations in South India

 

 

South India is referred as the land of several beautiful and charming hill stations. Munnar, Ooty, Coorg, Wayanad and Kodaikanal are some of the top and famous hill stations situated in South India. These magical hill stations covered with dense forests, deep valleys, exotic scenery, misty hills, tea and coffee plantations and abundance of flora and fauna. These are most popular summer gateways in South India due to its pleasant weather. Blazing sun, scorching heat, humid climate and enormous sweating, Indian summer is just around the corner and is the time to escape the heat to the South India hill stations around.

Munnar

Munnar is a fascinating hill station located at the confluence of three mountain streams Mudra puzha, Nallathanni and Kundala in Kerala. Situated at an altitude of 6000 feet, Munnar is one of the most popular hill stations in South India and also regarded as one of the best honeymoon destinations in India. This mesmerizing hill station is famous for its tea estates, exotic scenery and abundance of flora and fauna. Also known as Swiss of South India, Munnar was once the summer resort of the British Governors of South India and also one of most visited hill stations in Kerala. Mattupety Dam, Anamudi Peak, Kundala Lake, Echo Point, Eravikulam National Park, Top Station and Tea Museum are the top places to visit in Munnar. Munnar weather is pleasant throughout the year, while March to May is the peak season.

Ooty

 

Ooty or Udhagamandalam is one of the best hill stations in India. Often referred as ‘Queen of Hill Stations’, Ooty was served as the summer capital of the Madras Presidency during British Rule. Its rolling green hills and pleasant weather make it one of the best hill stations in South India after Munnar. Ooty is also one of the best hill resorts near Bangalore and also one of the top places to represent Tamilnadu Tourism. Ooty Lake, Botanical Garden, Rose Garden, Wenlock Downs, Pine Forest, Doddabetta Peak, Emerald Lake, Pykara Dam & Falls, Avalanche Lake are the top tourist places to visit in Ooty. The narrow gauge Nilgiri Mountain Railway that runs from Mettupalayam to Ooty is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must be experienced.

Coorg

Situated at an altitude of 1525 m on Western Ghats, Coorg is the most famous hill station in Karnataka and one of the best summer destinations in South India. Also referred as the Scotland of India, Coorg is the largest producer of Coffee in India and also one of the top hill stations near Mysore. Misty hills, lush forest, tea and coffee plantation, orange groves, undulating streets and breathtaking views have made Coorg an unforgettable holiday destination in South India. Raja seat, Abbey Falls, Irupu Falls, Omkareshwara Temple, Golden Temple at Bylakuppe, Talacauvery and Dubare the top attractions of Coorg Tourism. Coorg is also popular for its wildlife tourism which includes Pushpagiri Sanctuary, Brahmagiri Sanctuary and the Nagarhole National Park.

Wayanad

Also known as the ‘Green Paradise’ of Kerala, Wayanad is a beautiful plateau situated at a height of 700 m – 2100 m above the sea level in the Western Ghats on the borders of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka States. It is one of the most popular places to visit in Kerala and also one of the top hill stations in South India. Wayanad is well-known for its rich tribal heritage, agricultural prosperity, lush green virgin forests, waterfalls and hill ranges. The district of Wayanad is one of the biggest foreign exchange earners of the State, with its production of cash crops like pepper, cardamom, coffee, tea, spices and other condiments. Meenmutty Falls, Soochipara Falls, Pookote Lake, Banasura Sagar Dam, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Brahmagiri, Chembra Peak, Lakkidi and Edakkal Caves are the must visit places of sightseeing in Wayanad.

Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal

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Kodaikanal, often referred as the ‘Princess of Hill stations’, is a beautiful hill resort situated on the southern tip of upper Palani hills in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Featuring unspoiled natural beauty, cascading waterfalls, glimmering lake and cool weather, Kodaikanal is one of the best hill stations in South India and also one of the top places to experience Tamilnadu Tourism. Kodaikanal is not commercialized like Ooty and it offers a pleasant experience to tourists with relatively less crowd. Kodai Lake, Bryant Park, Coaker’s Walk, Bear Shola Falls, Silver Cascade and Pillar Rocks are the famous places to visit as part of Kodaikanal tour.

Top 10 Places Must See when You Are Visiting Coorg

Coorg Tourism

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Coorg, also known as the Scotland of India, is the most charming hill station in Karnataka. Situated at an altitude of 1525 m on Western Ghats, Coorg is well known for its breathtakingly exotic scenery and lush greenery. Coorg is the largest producer of Coffee in India and also one of the top destinations of Karnataka Tourism. Blessed with scenic charm and picturesque views, Coorg Tourism will present you with some of the best opportunities to enjoy your holidays.

Top 10 Coorg Tourist Places:

Raja’s Seat

Raja’s Seat is a popular sunset point in Madikeri. It is a small pavilion built on a high elevation with a commanding view of the cliffs and valleys.This lovely spot was a favorite place of recreation for the Kings of Coorg. Today it is one of the famous Coorg tourist places and is visited by tourists throughout the year.

Abbey Falls

Abbey Falls or Abbi Falls is a wonderful waterfall situated in Coorg which falls from a height of 70 feet in to a pool. Situated amidst coffee and spice estates, Abbey Falls is one of the top places to visit in Coorg.

Madikeri Fort

Madikeri Fort is a historical landmark and one of the most famous tourist attractions of Coorg. The fort situated in the center of the Madikeri town and still preserving its old charm. The fort was first built by Mudduraja in the last quarter of the 17th century CE. There is mud palace inside the fort and it has a unique sculpture of a tortoise with the initials of King Vijayarajendra engraved on it.

Dubare Elephant Camp

Dubare Elephant Camp is an elephant training center situated on the banks of the river Cauvery and is one of the most famous places to visit in Coorg. Dubare Camp is a project undertaken by forest department and jungle lodges & resorts. The Elephants used for Mysore Dussehra are trained at this camp. Rafting at Dubare is one of the popular things to do in Coorg. Visitors can also participate in various activities involving Elephants which include elephant bath, feeding and safari.

Golden Temple – Bylakuppe

Golden Temple or Namdroling Monastery is a beautiful Buddhist Monastery situated at Bylakuppe.The complex is huge and it houses 40 feet high gilded images of Guru Padmasambhava, Buddha Sakyamuni and Amitayus. It is one of the best places to experience Coorg Tourism.

Cauvery Nisargadhama

Cauvery Nisargadhama is a man-made island formed by the River Cauvery and it spread over a sprawling 35-acre land.Machans (tree top shelters) and pargola (wall less shelters), pedal boating, elephant riding and a deer park are the major attractions here. The island is accessible through a hanging rope bridge.

Tadiyandamol Peak

Tadiyandamol Peak is the tallest peak in Coorg and is situated at an altitude of 5730 feet and it is the second highest peak in Karnataka after Mullayangiri in the Baba Budan Range.It is one of the top places for trekking in Coorg.

Talacauvery

Talacauvery is a beautiful place and the origin of the Cauvery River situated on the slopes of the Brahmagiri mountain range.There is a small square tank called Cauvery Kundike or Brahma Kundike, which is considered to be the birth place of River Cauvery and is one of the top pilgrimage places in Coorg.This place also has a small temple dedicated to Goddess Cauvery and also consists of shrines dedicated to Lord Agastheeshwara and Lord Vinayaka.

Nagarhole National Park

Nagarhole National Park is one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in India and also one of the top places tourist attractions in Coorg.The park has rich flora and covers with small streams, hills, valleys, and waterfalls.The important animals in Nagarhole National Park are tiger, leopard, wild dog, sloth bear, the hyena, spotted deer, sambar, barking deer, four-horned antelope, gaur, wild boar and elephant.

Irupu Falls

Iruppu Falls is a magnificent waterfalls situated in Brahmagiri Hills of Coorg. Also known as Lakshmana Tirtha Falls, it is one of the best waterfalls in Karnataka and also one of the well-known Coorg tourist places. Cascading down from a height of 170 feet through several stages, the falls are situated amidst thick forest of western Ghats and offers great views of the nature.

Coorg or Kodagu is an unforgettable holiday destination due to its misty hills, lush forest, tea and coffee plantation, orange groves, undulating streets and breathtaking views. Madikeri is the center point of Coorg district and is the starting point for many Coorg Tours. Raja’s Seat, Abbey Falls, Iruppu Falls, Omkareshwara Temple, Bylakuppe, Talacauvery and Dubare are the top tourist places to visit in Coorg.Talacauvery, Brahmagiri Sanctuary and Nagarhole National Park are other popular Coorg attractions. Coorg is also famous for trekking activities with peaks like Thandiyandamol, Brahmagiri and Pushpagiri.