10 Hill Stations of South India to Visit on Summer Vacations

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Summer is on its way: South India, the charming part of the country, filled with amazing natural wonders and rich natural beauty.

The hill stations of South India showcase lush greenery that is the birth of some rich biodiversity, housing various exotic flora and fauna. Right start from the plush green valley touching the sky to the shimmering beaches lien on the ground, south India has everything that will make your Indian Tourism memorable. This is why mostly Indians prefer visiting to the hill stations of South India for summer holidays. States like Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu or any other… hill stations of these states are full of lavish greenery. From the deeply entrenched culture, to wildlife, forests, seashores, yoga, coffee plantations, backwaters to wide-ranging festivals and adventure sports; the summer holidays in South India altogether makes a holiday that you wish could never end.

List of South Indian Hill Stations:

1. MunnarCoolest Hill Station Of Kerala:

Munnar, a beautiful hill-station of South India which is also called as “Kashmir of Kerala” is located in the lap of Kerala which is famous as the God’s own country. Munnar is a located in the Idukki District of the southwestern of Kerala, 1600 m above sea level. Munnar is also called the “Kashmir of South India” and is a popular honeymoon destination.

Attractions: Blossom Park, Marayoor Dolmens, Anamudi Peak, Meesapulimala, Indo Swiss Diary Farm and so on.

Best Places To Visit: Attukad Waterfalls, Top Station, Kundala Lake, Mattupetty Dam, Eravikulam National Park, TATA Tea Museum, Cheeyapara Waterfalls, Pothamedu View Point and more.

Things to do:

  • Mountain Biking at Suryanelli
  • Picnic at Lakkham Waterfalls
  • Rock Climbing and Rappelling
  • Tree House Stay
  • Water Sports
  • Elephant Safari
  • Camping And Trekking at Echo Point
  • Jeep Safari

2. Ooty – Queen of Hill Stations:

Ooty the “Queen of Hill Stations” officially known as Udagamandalam is a town in the Niligiris District of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is located In the Nilgiri, 2240 m above sea level. It is a popular hill station located in the Nilgiri Hills. A perfect family holiday destination & popular amongst newly weds and Ooty has been a popular hill station since years. Soaring mountains, thick forest, extensive grasslands and miles of tea gardens greet every traveller. Don’t forget to ride the famous train that takes you to the nearby hills, tour through the coffee plantations and taste some fresh coffee.

Attraction: Tiger Hill, Kotagiri, Kamraj Sagar Lake.

Destinations: Ooty Lake, Ooty Rose Garden, Ooty Botanical Gardens, Thread Garden, Emerald Lake, Kalhatti Falls and more.

Things to do:

  • Ooty Boat House
  • Wildlife Photography
  • Spending Time with the Tribal people
  • Plan a cycling from Ooty to Masanagudi
  • Trekking at Parsons
  • Rangaswamy Pillar
  • Kotagiri Hill
  • SengottaraayarMalai in Coonoor
  • Ebbanadalong with Fishing and Toy Train Ride.

3. Thekkady – Beautiful Hill Station of Kerala:

Thekkady is a charismatic wildlife and vegetation zone located in the Idukki district, 700m above the sea level. Thekkady is quite close to the border of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. It has an enormously enjoyable season during the year. Best time to visit Thekkady is winter months from November to February. Thekkady hosts many things that can be enjoyed with family and friends. It has dense forests and rich plantations of the region with the unique bio network. Staying in the wildlife sanctuary is fun. A traveller’s paradise, a treasure trove for nature lovers, a romantic escapade for honeymooners, an ultimate leisure destination for fun seekers, and a wonderful adventurous destination in Kerala. Thekkady is all about the pristine beauty of nature. Well, while talking about the beauty of this pictorial tourist destination in Kerala, one must be very careful as they can get infected easily with Thekkady’s treacherous beauty, this gorgeous destination can fulfill all your travelogue dreams come true!

Attractions: Anakarra, Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation, Kadathanadan Kalari Centre.

Tourist Places: Periyar National Park, Periyar Tiger Trail, Periyar Lake, Chellarkovil Viewpoint, Vandiperiyar

Things to do:

  • Bamboo Rafting & Hiking
  • Jeep Safari
  • Walking amid Nature
  • Spending Time with the Tribal people
  • Elephant Safari
  • Boat Ride in Periyar Lake
  • Visit to the Spice Plantation.

4. Coorg – The Scotland of India:

Coorg is one of the best hill stations in South India, located in the Western Ghats of south-west. Most of the people called as “Scotland of India” because the climate of Coorg and places remind about Scotland. Coorg is the place to be for all nature lovers, located amidst imposing mountains in Karnataka with a perpetually misty landscape. This popular coffee producing hill station in South India, it is also renowned for its beautiful green hills and the streams cutting right through them. It also stands as a popular destination because of its culture and people. This foggy landscape is the perfect domicile for all nature lovers. Unleash the freshness in air as you visit the forest covered mountains, spice and coffee plantations all around.

Attractions: Tadiandamol Peak, Mandalpatti, Raja’s Seat, Nagarhole National Park, Madikeri Fort, Nisargadhama Forest and so on…

Top Destinations: Abbey Falls, Talacauvery, Namdroling monastery, Iruppu Falls and more.

Things to do:

  • Dubare Elephant Camp – Bathe Elephants
  • Golden Temple – Experience Tibetan Culture
  • Abbey Falls – Click Pictures
  • Trekking – On The Gorgeous Routes
  • Food Tour – Explore The Flavours
  • Coffee Plantation Tour – Surround Yourself With Endless Greens
  • Camping – Riverside And Jungles
  • Kaveri River – Go Fishing
  • Homestays – Choose To Stay Here
  • Barapole – Enjoy River Rafting
  • Jeep Safari – Sightseeing And More
  • Hiking – The Spellbinding Western Ghats
  • Quad Biking – Befriend The Muddy Roads
  • Wildlife Safari – Nagarhole National Park
  • Bird Watching – Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Holy Bath – Talacauvery
  • Rappelling – At The Waterfall

5. Kodaikanal – Princess of Hill Stations:

Kodaikanal is referred to as the “Princess of Hill stations” which is located in the Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu, 2100 m above sea level. Kodaikanal is one of the most well-known and well-populated hill stations in South India. Though it is renowned as the Honeymoon destination, spending Summer Holidays here would be a sheer fun. Meadows, grasslands, waterfalls, valleys, forests & lakes define this picturesque hideaway. Go boating in the Kodai lake and trek to various viewpoints for a mesmerizing view. Frequented by city dwellers, this is a popular weekend getaway for Bangaloreans.

Attractions: Dolphin’s Nose, Brayant Park, Silver Cascade Falls, and Silent Valley View.

Destination: Coakers Walk, Kodai Lake, Bear Shola Falls, Green Valley View, Pillars Rocks, Devil’s Kitchen, Thalaiyar Falls and more…

Things to do:

  • Photography at Berijam Lake
  • Visit to the Kurinji Andavar Temple
  • Sacred Heart Natural Science Museum
  • Kodaikanal Forest Trip
  • Night Safari at Kodai
  • Pine Forest

6. Nandi Hills – Hills of Happiness:

Nandi Hills is known as the Hills of Happiness” or Ananda Giri, located In the Chikkaballapur district, at an altitude of 1478 m above sea level. Nandi Hills (commonly known as Nandidurg) is a popular tourist hotspot near Bangalore. Nandi hills get their name from their shape of a sleeping bull. Nandi Hills have been a perfect getaway resort to Tipu Sultan, the Britishers and now is a hot favourite amongst Bangaloreans. An early morning refreshment after a long Friday night booze, sunrise, cool weather, a short trek, a tryst with nature.

Attractions: Muddenahalli Museum, Yoga Nandeeshwara Temple…

Destinations: Tipu’s Drop, Tipu’s Summer Residence, Amrita Sarovar.

Things to do:

  • Biking
  • Cycling
  • Paragliding
  • Camping at Hills of Nandi
  • Trek to Chennagiri
  • HoraginaBetta

7. Vagamon Hill Station – Enchanting hill station:

Vagamon, also spelt Wagamon, is an Indian hill station town primarily located in Peerumade taluk of Idukki District (majority area including Vagamon town) 1100 m above sea level, and also Meenachil Taluk and Kanjirappally Taluk of Kottayam District in the state of Kerala, India. Vagamon was used by the British for tea plantations and they were followed by Christian missionaries who built their abode of service at Kurisumala in Vagamon. National Geographic Traveller has listed Vagamon on their directory of the “50 most attractive places to visit in India”. It offers its tourist eye-catching views. It is subjugated with tea plantations, pine backwoods, cascades and enormous greenery. It has three peculiar hills named Thangal, Murugan and Kurisumala hills. They are famous for trekking, paragliding, mountaineering and rock climbing.

Attractions: MundakayamGhat, Vagamon Pine Forest, Pattumalai Church…

Tourist Places : Ulipooni Wildlife Sanctuary, Vagamon meadows, Kurisumala, Barren Hills, Pine Hills, Maramala Waterfalls and Murugn Mala.

Things To Do:

  • Paragliding Training
  • Tandem Paragliding
  • Hilltop Camping

8. IdukkiAdventure with Scenic Pleasure:

Idukki district in kerala located in the Western Ghats of Kerala, 1200 m above the sea level. This eco-village is ready to welcome you throughout the year. The various spice production, tea estates and rubber cultivation sights are a place to sooth your eyes and soul for long. Idukki district is a densely forested, mountainous region in the south Indian state of Kerala. In the north, Anamudi mountain towers over Eravikulam National Park, where the rare, blue Neelakurinji flower blooms every 12 years. The craggy hills and condensed forests are among the places to know nature even better.

Attractions: Painavu, Mangala Devi temple, Murrikaddy, Thumpachi Kalveri Samuchayam.

Destinations: Hill-view Park, Gavi, Kulamavu Dam, Arch Dam, Keezharkuthu Falls, Ayyapancoil Hanging Bridge etc.

Things To Do in Idukki:

  • Trekking in Ramakkalmedu
  • Chinnar Overnight Camps
  • Tandem Paragliding
  • Stay in Wooden Chalets

9. Yercaud Hill StationTrekking Hill Station:

Yercaud is located In the Salem District, 1623 m above sea level. Nestled in the Western Ghats, Yercaud has ample jungles, infinite coffee estates and some exceptional classes of flora and fauna. The place is well-known for the Seven Forests that keep it cool throughout the year. Visit in the month of May if you wish to attend the Summer Festival here. Yercaud is relatively small and quiet hill station which attracts the tourists for its distinctive topography. It is relatively inexpensive as compared to Kodaikanal or Udhagamandalam but is equally picturesque and charming. Riveting waterfalls, hushed lakes and colonial buildings can all be found in Yercaud. Trekking is the favourite time pass for most tourists.

Attractions: Kottachedu Teak Forest, Deer Park.

Destinations: Yercaud Lake, Pagoda Point, 32-Km Loop Road, Silk Farm & Rose Garden, Lady’s Seat, Kiliyur Waterfalls, Bear’s Cave.

Things To Do: 

  • Visit to the Botanical Garden
  • Shevaroy Temple
  • Anna Park
  • Sri Rajarajeswari Temple
  • Karadiyur View Point.

10. Wayanad Hill Station – Green Paradise:

Wayanad located at the north-east tip of Kerala, 700m above the sea level. Pack your bags as the enthralling cascades, historic caves, with comfy resorts and home stays awaits you this summer. Keep your cameras ready as you can spot wild elephants anytime and anywhere. With the fresh and revitalizing calm gentle wind, stunning scenery, Wayanad is sure to satisfy your holiday senses.

Attractions: Lakkidi View Point, Neelimala View Point, Meenmutty Waterfalls, Irupu Falls, Soochipara Waterfalls, Phantom Rock…

Famous Places to Visit in Wayanad:

  • Chembra Peak
  • Banasura Sagar Dam
  • Kuruva Island
  • The Bamboo Factory
  • Pookode Lake
  • Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Edakkal Caves
  • and the list go on…

Things To Do in Wayanad:

  • Mountain Hiking
  • Zip Lining
  • Walking in the Tea Estates
  • Boating in the Pookode Lake
  • Cycling
  • Trekking on the Chembra Peak
  • Visiting the Edakkal Caves
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