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.

Explore 5 Beautiful Lakes in Ooty apart from Ooty Lake

Ooty

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Ooty, also known as Udhagamandalam, is a charming hill station in Tamil Nadu.Drenched with natural beauty, Ooty is one of the top hill stations in South India and also one of the top places to experience Tamilnadu Tourism. Often referred as ‘Queen of Hills’, Ooty is a nature lovers paradise. The rolling hills, lush green vegetation and the misty landscapes attract everyone to this hill station. The pleasant Ooty weather and the verdant green surroundings make Ooty Tourism is extremely popular. Apart from Ooty Lake, this scenic hill station also boasts of several lakes which are the important places to visit in Ooty.

Trawell.in presents a list of some of Ooty’s popular lakes that you can visit on your next trip here.

Pykara Lake

Pykara Lake is a beautiful lake formed on the backwaters of Pykara Dam in Ooty. Pykara Dam built on Pykara River amidst dense forest is a beautiful destination offering breathtaking scenery. Pykara Lake is one of the top Ooty Tourist Places and an ideal place to experience beautiful boat ride.  Boating in the backwaters of Pykara Lake is a memorable experience and one can also catch a glimpse of wildlife like Elephants roaming on banks of the lake.

Emerald Lake
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Emerald Lake is serene lake with emerald blue waters in Nilgiris district of Tamilnadu. Situated amidst dense forests, it is one of the top Ooty Sightseeing places. The lake is part of the Silent Valley National Park situated on the way to Avalanche village. Due to the lush green surroundings, this lake shines in an emerald hue and is a beautiful sight to watch. There are various activities for tourists around this lake like trekking, fishing, bird-watching and boating.

Bellikkal Lake

Bellikkal Lake is a wonderful place amidst the lush greenery and appealing surroundings. This is a must see destination for tourists, wildlife enthusiasts, nature lovers and honeymooners alike.The beautiful Bellikkal Lake is a preferred watering hole for many wild animals like elephants, tigers, bison, deer and bears. It is also a great place for bird watching because of varieties of birds like Shrikes, bulbuls, mourning doves, crow pheasants and woodpeckers are spotted here. One can also pot for adventure activities like Mountain biking and trekking.

Avalanche Lake
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Avalanche Lake, one of the best Ooty tourist places, is a mesmerizing lake formed naturally in the year 1823 due to a massive landslide (Avalanche). Surrounded by a rolling landscape with blooming flowers and rhododendrons, the lake is a heaven for nature lovers, as small waterfalls falling down from the encircling mountains creates a picture perfect ambience. This lake is mostly visited after monsoons as the high water level offers great opportunity for trout fishing. It is considered as one of the star attractions of Ooty tourism. This lake is the major source of water supply for the Kundah Hydro Power stations.

Kamaraj Sagar / Sandynalla Reservoir

Kamaraj Sagar, also known as Sandynalla Reservoir, is a manmade lake and is one of the most popular places to visit in Ooty. Situated on the way to Wenlock Downs & Pykara, the glittering waters and the serene location make it a heavenly place. This is a favorite haunt for the nature lovers as well as film makers. It is also a great fishing spot in Ooty.