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

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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.

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10 Breathtaking Places to Visit in Munnar

Munnar Tourism

Situated at an altitude of 1600 m in the Western Ghats, Munnar is the most charming hill station in Kerala and also one of the best summer getaways in India. Also called as the Swiss of South India, Munnar was once the summer resort of the British Governors of South India and also one of the best weekend getaways from Kochi. Anamudi (2695 m), the highest peak in South India, is situated near Munnar and is considered to be one of the top trekking places in Munnar.

Munnar Tourism is famous for its tea estates, exotic scenery, breathtaking waterfalls, abundance of flora and fauna and craggy peaks. Mattupetty Dam, Echo point, Kundala Lake, Top Station, Anamudi peak, Devikulam, Nyayamkad falls, Thoovanam falls, Eravikulam National Park and Attukal Waterfalls, are the top tourist places to visit in Munnar. Munnar is also well-known for Neelakurinji flowers, which blooms once in 12 years. Munnar weather is pleasant throughout the year, while March to May is the peak season.

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Top Places to Visit in Munnar

Photo Point

Photo Point, popularly known as Shooting Point, is a beautiful view point on Mattupetty road in Munnar. Known for its picture-perfect settings, Photo Point is an ideal spot for picnics andalso one of the top tourist places to visit in Munnar. Dense tea plantations, woods, small rivulets and undulating hills make this spot ideal for photography. These tea gardens are belongs to Kannan Devan Hills Plantations Limited owned by Tata Group and is a private property.

Mattupetty Dam

Mattupetty Dam is a concrete gravity dam located on Munnar – Top Station Highway in Munnar, Kerala. This is one of the popular places to visit in Munnar and also one of the top places most commonly represented for Munnar Tourism. The dam is surrounded by wooded hills and tea plantations, makes a great view. A speed boat ride in the waters of Mattupetty Lake is also a memorable experience. Mattupetty is also famous for its highly specialized dairy farm, an Indo-Swiss project or Livestock project.

Echo Point

Echo Point is a beautiful place situated on the backwaters of Mattupetty Dam amidst rolling hillson Munnar – Top Station Highway. This scenic place earns its name because of the natural echo that one can hear resonating in the undulating hills. Trekking and nature walks are the popular activities in this place with beautiful views of the green hills.One can also enjoy boating here.

Kundala Lake

Kundala Lake is a picturesque lake situated on the way to Top Station or Top Slip from Munnar.Surrounded by rolling hills and valleys, Kundala Lake is one of the most scenic places to visit in Munnar.  The lake is formed by Kundala artificial dam or Sethuparvati Dam and is considered to be Asia’s first arch dam. The unique experience of boating in Kashmiri boats in this lake is a special attraction. A golf course which belongs to Tata Tea Ltd is also located here.

Top Station

Top Station is a breathtaking place situated on Kerala – Tamilnadu boarder. From here, one can get the panoramic view of the Western Ghats and the valley of Theni district of Tamil Nadu. This is one of the popular Munnar attractions and also a popular trail for trekking in Munnar. Top Station got its name from the fact that it was the uppermost railway station located in the Kundala Valley in Kerala. Besides scenic views, this place is also famous for the Neelakurinji flowers, which blooms once in twelve years (next flowering year is 2018).

Eravikulam National Park

Eravikulam National Park is a national park located along the Western Ghats in the Idukki district of Kerala. Spread across an area of 97 Sq. km, it is the first national park in Kerala and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The National Park is home to the largest population of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr. It also plays host to tigers, leopards, sloth bear, wild boar, 120 species of avifauna, a rare collection of trees, and shrubs amongst other wildlife.

Anamudi Peak

Anamudi Peak is a mountain peak situated inside the Eravikulam National Park of Kerala. Situated at a height of over 2695 m, Anamudi Peak is the highest peak in the Western Ghats and also one of the top trekking places in Munnar. Anamudi offers breathtaking views of Western Ghats and a lifetime experience with wonderful nature views. Anamudi, along with the Eravikulam National Park, is inhabited by the largest surviving population of Nilgiri Tahr, Gaur and Asian Elephant.

Nyayamakad Falls

Nyayamakad Waterfalls, one of the highest cascading waterfalls in Kerala,is located on Munnar – Udamalpet road close to the entrance of Eravikulam National Park. It is one of the best waterfalls around Kerala and also one of the top places of sightseeing in Munnar. The water cascades down from a height of about 1500 m through rocks into a big pool. Nyayamakad is surrounded with lush green forest, which will be a perfect spot for those who love adventure and want to have a trekking experience.

Devikulam

Devikulam is a small hill station situated near Munnar town of Kerala. Located at an altitude of 1800 m, Devikulam is famous for its cascading waterfalls as well as lake where Goddess Sita is supposed to have taken a bath. There are several tea plantations in and around Devikulam that add to the charm of the hill resort. Chinnakanal Waterfall and Lock Heart Gap are the nearest attractions to Devikulam. The lush green landscapes and the high cliffs of Devikulam also provide ample scope for hiking and mountaineering.

Thoovanam Falls

Thoovanam waterfalls is a natural waterfalls located inside Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary. It is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Kerala and also one of the top visited places in Munnar. Formed over Pamba River, Thoovanam Falls is cascading down from a height of 1400 feet.

10 Fascinating Places to See in Kerala

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Kerala, the God’s own country, is bestowed with some of the best tourist destinations in India for any kind of holiday. The scenic hill stations, enchanting backwaters, cascading waterfalls, sandy beaches and exotic wildlife are the top attractions of Kerala Tourism. Kerala has been one of the top honeymoon destinations in India and also one of the most popular tourist places in India. Munnar, Alleppey, Kumarakom, Cochin, Kovalam, Thrissur, Athirapally, Trivandrum, Wayanad and Thekkady are the popular places to visit in Kerala. Along with Kumarakom, Alappuzha or Alleppey is among the most famous destinations of Backwaters in Kerala. A houseboat cruise in the backwaters of Kerala is a delightful experience.

Alleppey

Alappuzha or Alleppey is situated on the shores of Arabian Sea close to the banks of Vembanad Lake. Popularly known as the ‘Venice of the East’, Alleppey tops the list of best tourist places in Kerala. Along with Kumarakom, Alappuzha is among the most famous destinations of Backwaters in Kerala. A houseboat cruise trip in these backwaters is a delightful experience.Alleppey is also known for the annual Nehru Trophy Boat Race, the most popular boat race in India. Kuttanad, Alappuzha Beach, Mannarasala, Chettikulangara Devi Temple, Mullakkal Temple and Krishnapuram Palace are the some popular tourist places in Alleppey.

Kochi / Cochin

Kochi, also known as Cochin, is a port city in Ernakulam district of Kerala state. It is one of the popular tourist places in Kerala and also a good place for Kerala Backwaters trip. Well known as the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’, Kochi is the main tourist hub for many Kerala tours. The tourism in Cochin is admired for its scenic beauty, traditional architecture and cultural diversity. Fort Kochi, Bolghatty Palace, Marine Drive, Mangalavanam Sanctuary, Edappally Church, Cochin Jewish Synagogue, Matancherry Palace, and Chinese Fishing Nets are the popular places to visit in Kochi.

Kumarakom

Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the famous Vembanad Lake in the beautiful state of Kerala. Also known as the Queen of Vembanad, Kumarakom is the most famous Kerala Backwaters destination and is among the best places to experience Kerala Tourism. A houseboat cruise along the backwaters of Vembanad Lake is really an amazing experience. The Bird Kumarakom Sanctuary, Vaikom, Pathiramanal Island, Aranmula Temple and Erumeli are the popular Kumarakom tourist places.

Thekkady

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in India, is located at Thekkady in Kerala. The park was established in 1950 and was declared as Tiger Reserve in 1978. The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam adds to the charm of the park. Thekkady is famous for Asian Elephants, Tigers, Gaurs, Sambars, Wild Boars, Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Malabar Giant Squirrel, Civet, Nilgiri Tahr, etc.Murikkady, Chellar Kovil, Mangala Devi Temple, Suruli Falls and Pullumedu are the popular tourist places in Thekkady.

Kovalam

Kovalam, on the shores of Arabian Sea, is one of the most famous Beaches in Kerala and also one of the most popular places of sightseeing in Kerala. The beautiful Kovalam Beach is also known as the ‘Paradise of the South’. Kovalam is literally filled with endless sight of coconut trees breathtaking views while approaching the beach. Lighthouse Beach, Vizhinjam Mosque, Samudra Beach, and Eve’s Beach are the top places to visit in Kovalam. Kovalam is also famous for Ayurvedic massages and many yoga resorts.

Wayanad

Wayanad is one of the marvelous hill stations in Kerala and also one of the popular tourist places to visit in Kerala. Kalpetta, Sulthan Bathery and Mananthavady are the largest towns and are the base stations to visit different parts of the Wayanad district.Blessed with several rain forests, Wayanad is also a wonderful monsoon destination in India. Meenmutty Falls, Soochipara Falls, Pookote Lake, Banasura Sagar dam, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Brahmagiri, Chembra Peak, Lakkidi and Edakkal Caves are the best places to visit in Wayanad.

Thrissur

Thrissur or Trichur is the cultural capital of Kerala and also one of the famous pilgrimage sites in Kerala. Thrissur hosts the world famous Thrissur Pooram held in the month of April / May. This festival is the most colorful and spectacular temple festival of Kerala. UNESCO has awarded Thrissur Pooram as the most spectacular festival in the world. The Vadakkunathan temple, Thiruvambadi Sri Krishna Temple, Paramekkavu Temple,Guruvayur Temple, Athirapally Falls, Peechi Dam & Sanctuary, Thrissur Zoo, Vilangankunnu and Shakthan Thampuran Palace are the top places to visit in Thrissur.

Athirapally

Athirapally Waterfall is one of the most popular waterfalls in India and one of the top tourist places in Kerala. Formed over Chalakudy River, the waterfall drops from a height of 80 feet through several streams offering a great scenic beauty. In rainy season, the water flow is full and all the streams join together and appear like Niagara Falls. This is the biggest waterfalls in Kerala. The Vazhachal Waterfalls, Chapra falls and Sholayar Dam, Valparai are the nearest attractions to Athirapally.

Trivandrum

Trivandrum,the capital city of Kerala, is one of the popular Kerala places to visit. Also known as Thiruvananthapuram, it is considered as one of the cleanest cities in India. Trivandrum is famous for its alluring tourist spots including beaches, historic monuments, lakes, unexplored mountain ranges etc. Sri Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Napier Museum, Kanakakkunnu Palace, Science and Technology Museum, Kowdiar Palace, St. Joseph’s Cathedral and Thiruvananthapuram Zoo are some of the top tourist places in Trivandrum.

Munnar

Munnar is one of the most famous hill stations in Kerala located in Idukki district. Also known as Swiss of South India, Munnar is one of the best summer destinations in India and also one of the top places to visit in Kerala. Also known as the summer capital of British, Munnar weather is pleasant throughout the year. Mattupetty Dam, Kundala Lake, Top Station, Anamudi peak, Devikulam, Eravikulam National Park and Attukal Waterfalls are the top places to visit in Munnar.