Beaches, backwaters, and hill stations, Kerala is abundant with immense natural beauty; no doubt it is called “God’s Own Country.” The pristinely beautiful Western Ghats offer some of the best choices for adventure tourism and relaxing retreats. If you are planning to visit Kerala, here are five hill stations that you should definitely consider.
The lush-green hills of Vagamon have been listed amongst the ‘50 most attractive places to visit in India’ by National Geographic Traveler. Situated 1100 meters above sea level, Vagamon has a cool and pleasant climate throughout the year, and is a great destination for anyone looking for a quiet getaway amidst nature. Kurisumala Monastery, Murugan Hill, Vagamon Meadows are a few of the famous places of attraction here.
The scenic hill-station of Munnar is situated at the confluence of the Mudhirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly rivers. One of the most famous hill stations of South India, Munnar is situated around 1600 meters above sea level. It consists of vast expanses of tea plantation and exotic flora and fauna. Some major places of attraction here include Tea Museum, Attukud Waterfalls, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary and Mattupedi Dairy Farm.
Situated in the Wayanad district of Kerala, Vythiri is a picturesque hill station situated around 120 kms away from Ooty and about 63 kms from Calicut. Some famous places of attraction here include Pookot Lake, Lakkidi, and Karalad Lake. If you are thinking about which place to stay in Vythiri, do consider Vythiri Resort, an ecofriendly jungle getaway where guests can stay in tree houses and opt for meditation sessions, amongst many other stimulating options.
Known for its luxuriant forests and spice and tea plantations, Idduki is one of the most-visited hill stations in Kerala. Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary, Kurinjimala Sanctuary, Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary and many others make Idduki the perfect desitnation for nature and wildlife enthusiasts. Other major places of attraction here include Sita Devi Lake,Cheeyappara Waterfall, Kalyanathandu Hills.
Ponmudi is a beautiful, quiet little hill station in Kerala located 55.2 km North-East of Trivandrum city. One of the lesser known hill-stations in Kerala, Ponmudi is bestowed with unparalleled scenic beauty and exotic flora and fauna (many endangered species of birds and butterflies are found here.) Agasthyamalai Biosphere Reserve, Menmutty Falls, Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary are a few of the must-visit places in this picturesque hill-station.