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.

9 Top Places Must See When You Visit Wayanad

Wayanad

Wayanad is a beautiful hill station situated in the Western Ghats of Kerala. Also known as the ‘Green Paradise’ of Kerala, Wayanad is one of the best hill stations in Kerala and also a wonderful summer getaway from Bangalore, & Mysore. Wayanad is known for its rich tribal heritage, lush green forests, lakes and hill ranges. The district 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.

Wayanad has pleasant weather throughout the year and is one of the popular destinations of Kerala Tourism. Wayanad Tourism is a mix of scenic beauty, Wildlife, adventures and waterfalls. Meenmutty Falls, Soochipara Falls, Pookote Lake, Banasura Sagar dam, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Chembra Peak and Lakkidi are the top places to visit in Wayanad. Best time to visit Wayanad is from September to May while the peak season is from October to March.

Top Wayanad Tourist Places:

Pookote Lake

Pookote Lake or Pookode Lake is a natural fresh water lake situated close to the Kalpetta – Kozhikode main road in Wayanad. Situated at an altitude of about 2500 feet, this fascinating natural fresh water lake is surrounded with evergreen forests and rolling hills. It is one of the must visit places to visit in Wayanad and among top places to visit in Kalpetta. The Panamaram stream, one of the main tributaries of the Kabani River, originates from the Pookote Lake. The lake offers boating facility with pedal and row boats.

Lakkidi

Lakkidi, often called as the gateway of Wayanad, is situated at an altitude of about 700 m at the crest of the serpentine Thamarassery ghat pass. It is one of the places with highest rainfall in India and is one of the richest biodiversity areas in the Western Ghats. Lakkidi View Point offers beautiful views of the cliffs and valleys surrounding the region.

Chembra Peak

Situated at an altitude of 2100 m, Chembra Peak is the tallest peak in Wayanad & third highest peak in South India. Chembra Peak is part of the Wayanad hill ranges in the Western Ghats and is one of the popular trekking spot in the Wayanad. There is a heart shaped lake on the way to the top of Chembra Peak is the major attraction here. Chembra Peak trek is a challenging task and recommended for experienced trekkers. Prior permission is required from the Forest Range Office at Meppadi for trekking at Chembra Peak.

Banasura Sagar Dam

Banasura Sagar Dam is an earthen dam built across the Karamanthodu River, a tributary of Kabani River, in Wayanad district of Kerala. It is the largest earth dam in India and the second largest dam of its kind in Asia. Banasura Sagar Dam is one of the most popular tourist places in Wayanad and often represented in the promotion of Wayanad Tourism. The reservoir is dotted with a cluster of small size islands. These islands with the background of the Banasura hill provide a mesmerizing sight to the visitors. Speed boating is the favourite activity for visitors here.

Soochipara Waterfalls/ Sentinel Rock Waterfall

Soochipara Waterfalls, also called as Sentinel Rock Waterfalls, is a beautiful waterfall amidst the thick forest of Wayanad near Meppadi town. It is one of the best waterfalls in South India and also among the most popular Wayanad tourist places. Soochipara is a 3 tiered waterfall, dropping from a height of about 200 m. The waterfall cascades down into a large pool and is a good place for swimming. The Sentinel Rock, a huge rock of about 200 m height, is an ideal place for rock climbing.

Meenmutty Waterfalls

Meenmutty Waterfalls is magnificent waterfalls located near Banasura Sagar Dam in Wayanad. It is one of the best waterfalls in South India and among the best places to visit in Wayanad.It is a three tiered waterfall falling from a height of over 800 feet. It is a spectacular waterfall situated inside thick forest of Wayanad and it offers wonderful experience to the visitors. The falls is located on the Wayanad – Ooty road and can be reached by a 2 km hike from the road.

Kuruva Island

Kuruva Island, also known as Kuruva Dweep, is a 950 acre protected river delta system on the Kabini River. This is one of the popular tourist places in Wayanad. The island is uninhabited and is home to some rare species of birds, orchids and One can also see several migratory birds are also seen on the island. The main island contains two small fresh water lakes and is being developed as eco-tourism project.

Edakkal Caves

Edakkal Caves are two natural caves located on top of Ambukutty Mala in Wayanad. Lies at an altitude of over 4000 feet, Edakkal Caves are one of the popular places to visit in Wayanad. These caves are natural rock formations which were formed by a large split in a huge rock and are famous for its pictorial paintings belonged to the Neolithic Age dating back to 6000 BC.The caves are accessible though narrow iron steps. The views of Wayanad hills and surrounding peaks from the entrance of main cave are breathtaking.

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary- Muthanga

Established in 1973, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1973. The sanctuary is bordered with Nagarhole & Bandipur in Karnataka and Mudumalai in Tamilnadu. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is the second largest sanctuary in Kerala and is now an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. Wayanad Sanctuary is divided into two parts, known as Upper Wayanad and Lower Wayanad. The Reserve is home to a small population of tigers, Elephants, Jungle Cats, Panthers, Monkeys, Wild dogs, Deers, Spotted Bears, Bisons, Gaurs, Cheetah, Wild Bears, Peacock, Owls, Jungle fowls, Woodpeckers, Babblers, Cuckoos. Entry to the Wayanad Sanctuary is only permitted as part of a jeep safari.