Top Hill Stations in South India

Tea_gardenExplore the famous hill stations of south India which offers beautiful mountains, lush green valleys, tea gardens, waterfalls and lakes. All the below hill stations are very famous and they are frequently visited by tourists on a summer vacation.

Munnar
Located at an altitude of 1600m in the Idukki district of Kerala at the confluence of the Muthirappuzha, Chadavurai, and Kundaly rivers, Munnar is a quite hill station, which is also known for its peace and harmony. That is why so many travellers have a holiday in Munnar as top of their wish lists while travelleing to Kerala. Sprawling Tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes, and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town. Munnar holds
great appeal for those with an appreciative eye for exquisite beauty – from unending expanse of tea plantations to pristine valleys and the verdant mountains of the Western Ghats; and from national parks and sanctuaries teeming with wildlife, to the beautiful lakes. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India – Anamudi , which is of 2695 m. Anamudi is an ideal spot for trekking. The main cultivation crops in Munnar are Tea and Coffee.

Ooty
Ooty also known as Udhagamandalam is the “Queen of hill stations” and the capital of Nilgiris district. It is one of the most popular tourist resorts in India. It is located at an altitude of 2,240 m, has a unique flavour among Indian towns. It is for this and the beautiful greenery that the town of Udhagamandalam is rightly known as the Queen of Hills with temperatures hover between 9°C to 19°C. Its history, coupled with the pleasant temperate mountain climate and beautiful scenic grandeur against the backdrop of Nilgiri Hills,  gives it a colonial charm, typical of a British era hill town which, in fact, it once was. The natural surroundings of Ooty include landscapes, dense forest
reserves and national parks.

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Coonoor
Coonoor is located in the state of Tamil Nadu in Southern India. It is the second largest hill station in the Nilgiris. It stands on a lower ridge of the plateau at an altitude of 1,858 m (6,100 ft), surrounded by verdant tea and coffee estates. This picturesque hill retreat is covered by grassy meadows, with a profusion of sunflowers, marigolds and rhododendrons, all growing wild. It is also known for its tea plantations as the environment there is very conducive to growing exceptionally aromatic tea. Coonoor’s weather remains pleasantly cool throughout the year and this together with its serene surrounding, makes it an ideal place for a peaceful break. The temperatures in summers (March to May) have mercury levels in 15°C to 25°C. This is the most pleasant season in Coonoor. Monsoons (June to September) offer mild to medium rainfalls and make the climate humid. Coonoor is inviting in the rainy days. Winters (December to February) are not chilly here with temperature band in 10°C to 20°C. It is best for people liking cooler climates.

Kodaikanal
Kodaikanal, a charming hill station, stands amidst sylvan beauty on the southern crest of the upper Palani Hills near Madurai in Tamil Nadu. It is also referred to as the princess of Hills and is located 2,133 m above sea level. The word Kodaikanal means gift of the forest in local language. The dense forest with many varieties of trees, the huge rocks in the wilderness and the enchanting waterfalls, makes it a real gift for the tourists visiting this place. Kodaikanal is also well known for the Kurinji flower which blooms once in 12 years in December and covers the valley in a beautiful sea of blue. It last bloomed in 2006; the next bloom is expected in 2018.

Yercaud
Yercaud, in Salem District of Tamil Nadu, is a quiet little hill station on the Shevaroy hills of the Eastern Ghats is the only one of its kind in northern Tamil Nadu. While the rest of this region is generally dry, including the predominantly short and rocky hills of the Eastern Ghats, Yercaud presents a welcome contrast with its cool climate where temperature hovers between 13ºC and 30ºC. It is also a less expensive place than either Ooty (Udhagamandalam) or Kodaikkanal. This city is popular for oranges and coffee plantations. Coffee and citrus fruits, most notably oranges, are grown in abundance apart from bananas, pears and jack. Scenically, Yercaud is as enchanting and picturesque as the hill stations on the Western Ghats and trekking here can be one of the most pleasurable ways to pass time.

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Wayanad
Wayanad is one of the districts in Kerala which was formed on November 1, 1980 as the 12th district by carving out areas from Kozhikode and Kannur districts. It is the least populous district in Kerala. Wayanad has been able to retain its pristine nature. There are many indigenous tribals in this area; some of them are oldest tribes, as yet untouched by civilisation. Wayanad is known for its picturesque mist clad hill stations, sprawling spice plantations,
luxuriant forests and rich cultural traditions. The leading tourist centers of South India like Ooty, Mysore, Coorg, Kozhikode and Kannur are around this region.

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