Hill Stations in Kerala

1. Ponmudi

Ponmudi
Ponmudi

Ponmudi Hill Station lies in Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala state.  It is located at about 60 km north-east of Thiruvananthapuram city at an altitude of 1100 meters.  Main attractions of the hill station include tea plantations, mist covered valleys, lush forest area, waterfalls, wildlife, resorts, etc.

2. Agasthyarkoodam Peak

Agasthyarkoodam Peak
Agasthyarkoodam Peak

Agasthyarkoodam peak is a pilgrimage center, which lies in the Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam districts of Kerala state and Kanyakumari and Tirunelveli districts of Tamil Nadu.  The peak is about 1890 meters above sea level and is the second highest one in Kerala.  Main attractions of the peak include medicinal plants and herbs, wildlife, orchids and tea plantations at the base stations of the peak.

3. Thenmala

thenmala_eco_tourism
thenmala_eco_tourism

The first planned eco-tourism destination in India, Thenmala, is located in Kollam district of Kerala state.  Thenmala is blessed with several tourist attractions including Thenmala dam, boating facility, forest trekking and hiking, waterfalls, dancing fountains, wildlife parks, tree houses, butterfly safari park, etc.

4. Charalkunnu

charalkunnu
charalkunnu

In the banks of river Pampa lays Charalkunnu hill station, which is in the Pathanamthitta district of Kerala.  It’s a picturesque location to spend time with family and friends watching sunrise or sunset and the low lying valleys and gushing streams below.  Activities to do here also include trekking and cycling.  Nearby attractions include Kumbhavurutty waterfalls and Perunthenaruvi Waterfalls.  Travellers can buy things like tea, spices, aromatic candles and soaps, strawberries, etc. while visiting the hill station.

5. Vagamon

Vagamon
Vagamon

Blessed with tea plantations, beautiful valleys, waterfalls and cool climate, Vagamon is an ideal destination for holidays.  Located in the Kottayam-Idukki border of Kerala state, Vagamon is the perfect destination for trekking, paragliding, rock climbing, meditation, and enjoying the greenery of tea plantations.

6. Elaveezhapoonchira

Elaveezhapoonchira
Elaveezhapoonchira

The word Eleveezhapoonchira means “a flowery lake where no leaves fall.”  At 3200 feet above sea level, this peak offers a panoramic view of the valleys below and peaks nearby.  Located at about 60 km from Kottayam Town and 20 km from Thodupuzha, Elaveezhapoonchira is an ideal destination for trekking, with three beautiful hillocks surrounding.

7. Munnar

Munnar
Munnar

One of the most popular hill stations of Kerala, Munnar, is located in Idukki district at an altitude of 5200 feet above sea level.  Tea plantations, winding roads, cold weather, water bodies, etc. make Munnar a picturesque holiday destination for all ages.  Popular attractions in the area include Mattupetty dam, Rajakkad, Marayur, Tea Museum, Pallivasal, Anamudi Peak, etc.

8. Peermade

Peermade
Peermade

On your way to Thekkady, 85 km from Kottayam, lays Peermade hill station, one of the popular holiday destinations in Western Ghats.  People flock here to enjoy the beauty of plantations (tea, coffee, spices, rubber), trekking through mountain ranges, diving in water bodies, and to enjoy the chilling whether and mist around.

9. Nelliyampathy

Nelliyampathy
Nelliyampathy

Nelliyampathy, located in Chittur taluk of Palakkad district is well known for its natural beauty with plantations, water bodies, wildlife, peaks and more.  Tea, coffee, cardamom and orange are cultivated in Nelliyampathy hills, which offer picturesque locales for visitors.  Activities to do here include trekking, bird watching, wildlife viewing, and boating.

10. Attappady

Attappady
Attappady

Located in Palakkad district, Attapadi is a mountain valley in Western Ghats. Blessed with water bodies, wildlife, rich flora and fauna, mountain ranges, and lush green forests, Attapadi is a perfect tourist destination in Kerala. Some of the popular attractions around Attapadi include Silent Valley National Park, Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Malleswara Mudi, Karuvera Waterfalls, Perumal Mudi, etc.

11. Dhoni Hills

Dhoni Hills
Dhoni Hills

Dhoni Hills is a popular trekking spot in Palakkad district that is blessed with waterfalls and dense reserve forest.  A 4-km trek through hilly terrain is required to reach the waterfalls above.  On reaching the top, you can enjoy the waterfalls visually or by taking a bath in the cold waters and a panoramic view of the jungles below is also possible.  Dhoni farm situated nearby is also famous for rearing cattle of Swiss variety.

12. Thusharagiri

 

Thusharagiri Waterfalls
Thusharagiri Waterfalls

Snow-capped mountain, that is what Thusharagiri means in the regional language, is formed by three waterfalls creating a snowy spray of water.  The place is known for trekking, plantation safari, wildlife watching, and enjoying the flora and fauna of dense evergreen forests.  Thusharagiri waterfalls lay in the Western Ghats mountain ranges, in Kozhikode district of Kerala.

13. Kottakkunnu

Kottakkunnu
Kottakkunnu

One of the popular tourist destinations in Malappuram district, Kottakkunnu, is a hill garden, which attracts large number of Keralites as well as foreigners.  Attractions to spend quality time with your friends or family here include an open air theater, art gallery, water theme park, adventure park and kid’s traffic park, balloon park, 16D Cinema and water fountain and laser show on weekends.

14. Pakshipathalam

Pakshipathalam
Pakshipathalam

Ornithologist’s paradise, lying at an altitude of 1740 meters, accessible only by trekking, surrounded by dense forests and steep hills is how I describe Pakshipathalam.  In brief, the richness of bird life here along with the adventure of trekking through forests and steep hills attract thousands of tourists to this spot.  Another attraction of the place is a cave, believed to be used by saints in ancient times for meditation.  Pakshipathalam is yet another tourist attraction in Wayanad district of Kerala.

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