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.

5 Fascinating Places to Visit in Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal or Kodai is a popular hill station located in the Western Ghats of Tamilnadu. Often referred as ‘Princess of Hill Stations’, Kodai is one of the best hill stations in South India and also one of the top places to experience Tamilnadu Tourism. At an altitude of about 7000 feet on the southern tip of upper Palani hills, Kodai is blessed with picture vast plains,green blankets of gorgeous hills, glittering lakes and enchanting waterfalls.

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This pristine hill station has several scenic natural attractions which are enjoyed by its visitors and make it a popular romantic destination. Kodaikanal is also home to the rare Kurunji Flowers which blooms just once in 12 years.Kodaikanal offers a pleasant experience to tourists with relatively less crowd when compared to other hill stations of Tamilnadu.

Here are some of the most famous tourist places in Kodaikanal:

Kodaikanal Lake

Kodaikanal Lake

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Kodai Lake or Kodaikanal Lake is an artificial, star-shaped lake situated in Kodaikanal town. It is the most famous landmark of Kodaikanal & often represented in promoting Kodaikanal Tourism. Spread over an area of 60 acres, the Kodai Lake was built in 1863 by Sir Vere Henry Levinge, then Collector of Madurai. The lake is located amidst the most calm and serene environment. There is a walk way around the lake and is one of the favourite places where tourist come for a casual walk and enjoys the beauty of the nature. Boating in the sparkling blue waters of Kodai Lake is one of the most popular things to do in Kodaikanal.

Coaker’s Walk

Coaker’s Walk is a narrow pedestrian path situated close to Kodaikanal Lake in the town of Kodaikanal, Tamilnadu. Constructed by Lt.Coaker in 1872, Coaker’s Walk is a 1 kilometer paved pedestrian path running in parallel to the Club Road along the edge of steep slopes on the southern side of Kodai. This is one of the most scenic & beautiful Kodaikanal tourist places and also one of the must visit places in Kodaikanal.

The kilometer long walk provides the most picturesque views of the hills, the valley of the Pambar River, Dolphin’s Nose, Maduraicity and Periyakulam town on a clear day. Evenings is the best time to visit the place when the mountainscover by mystic clouds. The walkway is very well maintained and it’s great spot for photography.

Bryant Park

Bryant Park is botanical garden situated on the eastern side of the Kodai Lake. Spread over an area of 20 acres, the park was planned and built in 1908 by H.D.Bryant, and named after him. This is one of the biggest parks in Kodaikanal and also one of the best places to visit in Kodaikanal.

With 325 species of trees, shrubs and cactuses, the park is a rainbow of various flowers during the monsoon and winter season. A large section is dedicated to nearly 740 varieties of roses. There is a beautiful glass house and a small lake filled with water plants inside the park. The park also organizes horticultural exhibits and flower shows every summer, which attract large crowds.

Bear Shola Falls

Bear Shola Falls is a beautiful waterfall situated in the mesmerizing hill station of Kodaikanal.This is a seasonal waterfall that spouts rich, clear water from all sides during the monsoons. Its name is derived from the fact that bears used to come here to quench their thirst. This is one of best waterfalls in Kodaikanal and also one of the top places of sightseeing in Kodai. Cascading down from a height of 40 feet, the falls is nestled in the thick reserve forest and the walk through the forest itself is a wonderful experience.

Dolphin’s Nose

Dolphin’s Nose is flat rock projecting over a wide gorge which is approximately 6,600 feet deep. This rocky hill cliff provides a bird’s eye view of Kodaikanal and breathtaking Western Ghats. It is one of the most scenic places in Kodaikanal and also one of the frequently visited Kodaikanal tourist places. Resembling the shape of a Dolphin’s Nose, it is also a popular trekking trail in Kodaikanal. One can also access the amazing Pambar Falls from here which is an amazing hidden attraction.