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Hill Stations of Kerala

Munnar

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Munnar is an idyllic hill station, famous for its tea estates, exotic scenery, abundance of flora and fauna and craggy peaks.

One of the biggest tea-plantation area of South India, Munnar is one of the most beautiful and popular hill-stations of Kerala. Situated on the banks of three rivers- Madupetti, Nallathanni and Periavaru, Munnar is also blessed with natural view-points apart from the tea-plantations. Munnar is divided into Old Munnar, where the tourist information office is, and Munnar, where the bus station and most guest houses are located. The Eravikulam National Park, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary and tea plantations are its major attractions.

Thekkady

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Home to the country's largest Tiger Reserve- Periyar, Thekkady is a great way to enjoy a jungle vacation.

Periyar National Park, being a major attraction, is one place where you can enjoy bamboo rafting in the catchment area of Mullaiperiyar Dam, hiking, and in the midst of wilderness, shopping! Popular for its good eating joints, you can also enjoy its vast stretches of spice gardens and various adventure sports. You can also enjoy a night trek in the wilderness of Periyar.

The early morning ride in the boat within the sanctuary is an extremely awesome experience and you might be able to spot wild elephants, bisons, wild boars, various kinds of birds, etc. Anakarra is also located nearby which is a great place to enjoy nature. Murikaddy is located around 5 km from the city and is famous for coffee and spices plantations. Chellar Kovil is another area located nearby with a lot of picturesque waterfalls and cascades. Mangala Devi Temple, located at an altitude of 1337 m and at a distance of around 15km from Thekkady opens only on the Chitra Pournami Festival.

Vagamon

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1100 meters above sea, far way from the loud city culture, lush greenery and serenity to gift every visitor, Vagamon could be your quiet offbeat hill station in Kerala away from maddening tourist crowds.

Situated on the hills of the Idukki-Kottayam border, Vagamon is a great place known for eco-tourism and is a good place to unwind with your loved ones. Blessed with a mesmerizing view, Thenmala has greenery all over the mountains and appearing as if natural green velvet of nature has covered the place.

Ponmudi

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Nestled in the laps of rolling hills of the Western Ghats, filled with tea-plantations, lush green hills and valleys, waterfalls and streams, this quaint little town draws connoisseurs of mountain life.

You can explore trekking and mountain-climbing on Agasthayarkoodam, the highest peak in the region at 1868 ft. above the sea level. This is a town in the Thiruvananthpuram district and is located 61km from the main city. To get the best of the two worlds, explore the wilderness of the Golden Valley and laze around along the fresh water springs and Kallari River. Don't forget to take a walk through the deer park and the Ponmudi crest.

Idukki

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The aroma of spices tantalizes you, as you step in to the mesmerizing Idukki city. The high mountains that accompany the picturesque setting of the city and the meandering Periyar, Thalayar and Thodupuzha River that dot the periphery of Idukki, makes this destination the most beautiful hill station in Kerala. Literally meaning ‘Narrow Gorge’, Idukki on the contrary has way too much to offer to its visitors. It is the best place to spend an active holiday with trekking, hiking and exploring the nearby places. The main attractions of Idukki are Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary, Idukki Arch Dam, Waterfall at Keezar Kuthu and the sprawling tea and spice plantations. A rich natural repository and a pleasant climate await you at Idukki for offering unparalleled holiday experience.

Revered and highly believed in, thousands of Pilgrims visit each year to seek blessings and show unflinching faith in this temple. Vaishno Devi is a religious trekking destination where pilgrims walk about 13 km uphill to reach the little caves which is among one of the 108 Shakti Peetha. Vaishno Devi, also known as Mata Rani is a manifestation of Durga, a Goddess according to Hindu mythology. The trek itself is very enjoyable, though it might be a little difficult for kids and elderly people. However, ponies and palanquins are available by various vendors to take you there at the top. The whole way is decently paved with lots of shops selling snacks, food items and various religious goods. The pilgrims show their dedication and enthusiasm by shouting slogans and singing songs in the praise of Maa Vaishnavi all along the road. Overall, a great place if you are inclined towards both Hinduism and nature.

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With remains of Chera dynasty, Vembolinad Kingdom, and European plantations in the later years, this rugged hill resort is best known for its wildlife sanctuaries, beautiful bungalows, tea factories, rubber plantations and forests.

Idduki's specialty lies in its arch dam which is the largest in the country, and the Anamudi, which is the highest peak in India, south of the Himalayas. Idukki is situated at the top of Western Ghats surrounded by mountains. The arch dam built across the Kuravan Kurathi mountain is wonderful and beyond description. Attached to this dam of 650 feet length and 550 feet height, two other dams are also there in Kulmavu and Cherunthony. This beautiful high range district of Kerala is geographically known for its mountainous hills and dense forests. The district headquarters of Idukki is located at Kuyilimala in Painavu. A land-locked district, Idukki is one of the most nature rich areas of Kerala. t is one of the districts in the state which has a number of wild life sanctuaries and offers abundant scope for promotion of eco tourism if infrastructure facilities and proper promotional activities are provided. It is also famed for its spice production, tea plantations and rubber cultivation.

Vythiri

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62 kms off Kozhikode is Vythiri, popular resort town famous for its old world charm of cottages, log huts & tree house accommodations cozily nestled in the forests of Wayanad.

Vythiri is an ideal tourist destination with little cottages and resorts ornamenting its pleasant surroundings. It is the place to be in if one wants to step back a little into the past and experience the simpler cottage life while having the urban and modern facilities available on demand to create a truly enjoyable experience. The Pookot Lake, Chembara Peak, Soojipara & Meenmutty Falls and the MuthangaWildlife Sanctuary are its major attractions.

Situated at an elevation of about 1300m above sea level, Vythiri in the Wayanad district of Kerala is known for its scenic beauty. The green-clad rolling hills, the cascading Kabini River and rich avifauna makes Vythiri a perfect holiday destination in Kerala. The undulating mountains give a great trekking opportunity and you can even enjoy rafting, boating and angling activities along with contemplating the majestic landscape beauty of the place. However, the main attractions in Vythiri are temples and Neolithic age Edakkal Caves.

Peermedu

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The green shades of Kerala is something that are exclusive to the state, from the sprawling forests to the interspersed tea, coffee and spice plantations, the shade of green differs and becomes attractive in its own ways. One such destination with a different tone of green is Peermedu. A small hill station named after Sufi Saint Peer Mohammed, Peermedu is an unforgettable experience. Known for the tribal inhabitance, you have a good chance to witness the lifestyle of these ancient tribes in Kerala. Kuttikkanam, Thrissanku Hills, Peeru Hills, Grampi (5 km from Peermede) and Pattumala are some of the best places to visit in and around Peermedu

Malampuzha

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A beautiful hill station from the pocket of Palakkad district, Malampuzha is known as a great family holiday destination. You can plan a great holiday with your family here as the place has something for everyone, right from the fun-filled amusement parks to rock gardens, ropeway to fish-shaped aquarium, it caters to all entertainment needs of family members. Take a bird’s eye view of this beautiful place as you tuck yourself for aerial tour here. The sculpture of Yaskshi (an enchantress) and rock garden created by Padmasree Nek Chand Saini are the main attractions of Malampuzha.

Mattupetty

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A delight to the nature lovers, Mattupetty is known for its sparkling lake and Rolling Meadows. At a very short distance from beautiful Munnar, Mattupetty also boasts of sprawling tea gardens and undying natural beauty. Do not forget to visit the cattle shed here, as Mattupetty houses over 100 varieties of high yielding cattle, and it well could be an entirely different experience altogether for any visitor here. Boating in the Mattupetty Lake and trekking to nearby places are the activities that you can enjoy along with exploring the wide vistas of green landscape.

Ayyampuzha

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The green shades of Kerala is something that are exclusive to the state, from the sprawling forests to the interspersed tea, coffee and spice plantations, the shade of green differs and becomes attractive in its own ways. One such destination with a different tone of green is Peermedu. A small hill station named after Sufi Saint Peer Mohammed, Peermedu is an unforgettable experience. Known for the tribal inhabitance, you have a good chance to witness the lifestyle of these ancient tribes in Kerala. Kuttikkanam, Thrissanku Hills, Peeru Hills, Grampi (5 km from Peermede) and Pattumala are some of the best places to visit in and around Peermedu

Gavi

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One of the most beautiful places in India, Gavi is a small village tucked between tea estates and wide and dense forests. A unique project in itself, the place is a model of eco-tourism site bringing to the world its spell binding abundance in flora and fauna. Gavi is situated some 14 km away from the famed Periyar Tiger Reserve and is heaven on Earth, quite literally. This ambitious eco-tourism project of the Kerala Forest Development Corporation, Gavi has caught the eye of the world for its excellent model and use of local people for conservation & tourism.

A place which is full of breathtaking sceneries, wildlife, amazing people, and great activities is the epitome of everything that tourism in Kerala represents. The road that leads you to the Gavi village takes you through small streams and tea estates. An early morning ride through this road is one of the greatest experiences you can have. The eco-tourist lodge at the village is located conveniently in front of a magnificent lake providing great views of a lake and the adjoining forest. The place is great for nature and adventure lovers with so many activities that allow you to get close to the amazing forest. One can enjoy trekking, camping, canoeing and other activities or just sit back near the lake and be blown away by the beauty of the place. Gavi is a place that should not be missed no matter where you are.

Kalpetta

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Kalpetta is a quaint town with a backdrop of majestic hills lurking in the shadows, lush green surroundings, fresh air and picturesque beauty. Housed in the Wayanad District of Kerala, at a height of 780 m above the sea level, Kalpetta is a perfect place for nature lovers as well as honeymooners.

The mild fragrance of coffee in the air from coffee plantations and rustic feel in the lanes of the town will refresh your tired mind. This town also helps devotees connect with spiritualism with the presence of plethora of ancient temples. Blessed with all the necessary elements of beauty, nature and charming romanticism, this sleepy town is a must on your Kerala itinerary.

Ranipuram

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Situated in Kasargod district in Kerala, Ranipuram is a beautiful hill station known mainly for eco-tourism. An unexplored destination that it is, Ranipuram has a repository of evergreen forests, avifauna and diverse wildlife. Like many hill stations of Kerala, Ranipuram also offers great opportunity for trekking and wildlife and bird watching. You can enjoy jeep safaris in the forests here and get an opportunity to sight elephants as well. The monsoon forest is another attraction along with butterflies in this hill station. Expect a fun-filled holiday experience at this off-beat destination in Kerala.

So, here you go; now you have even more options and destinations to visit in Kerala. Make sure you choose from one of these 20 hill stations in Kerala that can offer resplendent holiday experience. Most of these hill stations houses some great resorts and hotels but make sure you make all the bookings and reservations in advance to have a convenient and hassle-free trip! Veendum kaanaam!

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