South India is well regarded as the land of beautiful hill stations. Some of the best summer getaways in India like Ooty, Munnar & Coorg are located in the South and they are visited in large numbers every summer. Along with these most popular hill resorts, we present the Top 10 Hill Stations in South India For Nature Lovers based on their popularity, quality of sightseeing options, ease of access and accommodation options.
The idyllic hill station Munnar - famous for its tea estates,lakes, waterfalls,beautiful countryside,exotic lush greenery and craggy peaks, is located in the Western Ghats, in the “God’s Own Country” – Kerala. It serves as the commercial centre for some of the world’s largest tea estates.Munnar is a trekker’s paradise too, which offers both soft and mountain trekking. Visit the wildlife sanctuaries around Munnar. Visit the Tea Museum to learn about the history and the process involved in brewing tea leaves.Munnar offers different experience throughout the year, while March to May is the peak season. It usually takes at least two full days to explore the important places in Munnar.
Ooty is a very popular destination for couples and honeymooners, and there's no better way to fully take in all that this city has to offer than to take a trip on the Toy Train, which lets you enjoy panoramic views of this beautiful hill station right from your seat. The whole city is tinged with beautiful hues of green, with oases of sparkling blue waterfalls popping up here and there. The Nilgiri Mountain Railways has the steepest track in all of Asia, and it is one of the best train rides you will ever have the chance of experiencing.
Coorg, officially known as Kodagu, is the most affluent hill station in Karnataka. It is well known for its breathtakingly exotic scenery and lush greenery. Forest covered hills, spice and coffee plantations only add to the landscape. Madikeri is the region's centre point with all transportation for getting around starting from here. On a visit to Coorg, cover the beautiful towns like Virajpet, Kushalnagar, Gonikoppal, Pollibetta, and Somwarpet, and experience the beautiful concept of "homestays" to make your experience more memorable.
Coonoor is the second largest hill station in the wonderful Nilgiri Hills of the Western Ghats which will make you to completely lose yourself to nature and its eternal beauty. Coonoor is a delightful location to have a panoramic view of the Nilgiri Hills and the Catherine Falls. Coonoor is a dream come true for writers and poets due to its rich greenery, the manicured hills, the Colonial culture and amazing sceneries, which will leave you relaxed and inspired.
Yercaud is a hill station called poor man's Ooty which is nestled in the Eastern Ghats with abundant forests, vast coffee plantations and some unique species of flora and fauna resulting in gorgeous views.The name Yercaud is derived from the Tamil words yeri which means lake, and kaadu which means forest. Yercaud is home to the famous National Orchidarium and botanical garden which covers an area of 18.4 hectares and has over 3000 trees of jackfruit, pears, oranges etc.Yercaud is also known as the 'Land of 7 forests', situated at an altitude of 1515 meters above sea level.
Wayanad is located on the border of Tamil Nadu and Kerala which is completely green with hilly ranges and wildlife including Tholpetty in the North, Muthanga in the east bordering with Tamil Nadu, Kalpetta in the south, Mananthavady in the north-west and Sulthan Bathery (Sultan Battery) in the east. Walking through the sprawling spice plantations, taking that trek into the prehistoric caves and experiencing a resort holiday are one of the many thing you can do to get a taste of Wayanad. A great place to spot wild elephants, cool breeze, beautiful scenery, Wayanad is guaranteed to please your travel senses. Overall, a perfect weekend idea from cities of South India.
Kodaikanal is one of the most famous honeymoon destinations in India. When you think of Kodaikanal, you think of a wonderful climate, cliffs covered in mist, cloud-capped mountains and beautiful lakes and valleys, and once you visit this hill station, you will find that every bit of what you have imagined it to be is true. Nestled amidst the rolling slopes of the Palani Hills in Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal stands at an altitude of 7200 feet above sea level and has a cool, pleasant climate all year round. Kodaikanal means the gift of the forests.Kodaikanal is a place you can go to take a break from the rigours of daily city life, and this hill station lets you sit back and connect with nature as you head out on biking or trekking trails or take a stroll through the huge forests surrounding the town.
Vythiri is a popular resort town famous for its old world charm of cottages, log huts & tree house accommodations cosily 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, Chembra Peak, Soojipara & Meenmutty Falls and theÊMuthangaWildlife Sanctuary are its major attractions.
Idukki is a tiny hill station located in the Western Ghats of Kerala surrounded by mountains.The arch dam built across the Kuravan Kurathi mountain is incredible and beyond description.It is also known as the largest dam in the country, and the Anamudi, which is the highest peak in India, south of the Himalayas.Idukki is one of the districts in the state which has some wildlife 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.
A quaint little hill station located in Vellore, Yelagiri is just three hours away from Bangalore, making it the perfect spot for a quick weekend getaway. Spread a little over 30 square kilometres, and at a height of over 1100 metres above sea level, Yelagiri offers its tourists some beautiful places like the Jalagamparai falls, sweeping orchards and rose garden, among others. The ideal destination for nature lovers, Yelagiri is a town that is completely off the beaten tourist trail, lending it a quieter and much more peaceful vibe compared to other more famous hill stations nearby.