Everyone has heard of Ooty, Munnar, & Kodaikanal but what about the others like Yercaud, Kottagiri?Why not explore some of the offbeat hill stations in South India on your next vacation.
Here is the list of 12 Hill Stations in South India for your dream vacation:
Munnar is located in the South Western Indian state of Kerala and also known as the ‘Kashmir of South India’.
One of the hidden gems in Munnar which is rich with its natural Vegetation is Vattavada. Vattavada is located about 45km east of Munnar and is an ideal offbeat destination in Munnar. It is a rain shadow village and is known as the market of Kerala as they are famous for vegetable production.
Munnar is famous for ‘Neelakurinji’ a flower which blooms once in twelve years. It’s also a popular honeymoon destination in South India.
|Places to visit in Munnar:||Eravikulam National Park, Mattupetty Dam, Anamudi, Kundala Dam Lake, Attukal Waterfalls|
|Best time to visit Munnar:||June to September|
Yercaud is a hill station situated in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is famous for its orange groves, coffee, and other spice plantations. Yercaud is mainly known for its cool weather and scenic locales. It is situated in Salem district of Tamil Nadu.
Yercaud as a tourist spot has the ability to attract people with its natural beauty and comfortable weather.
|Places to visit in Yercaud:||Yercaud Lake, Silk Farm and Rose Garden, Bears Cave, Kiliyur Waterfall, The Grange, Deer Park|
|Best time to visit Yercaud:||October to June & July to September.|
Kodaikanal the famous hill station of South India is located in Dindigul District of Tamil Nadu. Kodaikanal is also referred to as the ‘Princess of Hill Stations’. It was established in 1845 during the colonial period and its mainly known for its rich flora. It has a cool temperature and is the most famous tourist spot in South India.
|Beautiful places to visit in Kodaikanal:||Mannavanur Lake, Kodaikanal Pine forest, Berijam Lake, Perumal Peak, Coakers Walk|
|The ideal time to visit Kodaikanal:||Between October &March|
Ooty / Udagamandalam is a popular hill in the state of Tamil Nadu. station situated in the Nilgiri Hills and is the capital of the Nilgiris District. Ooty is attractive with its natural environment and is a popular summer destination in South India for tourists.
|Places to visit in Ooty:||Upper Bhavani Lake, Nilgiri Mountain Railway., Avalanche Lake, Emerald Lake, Botanical Gardens|
|Best time to visit Ooty:||March to June|
Coonoor is another hill station which is situated in the Nilgiris District of state Tamil Nadu. Coonoor is the second largest town in the Nilgiri hills after Ooty. Coonoor is situated at a distance of 18 km from Ooty and is mainly known for its Production of Nilgiri tea. It is famous for a variety of wildflowers and birds.
|Places to visit in Coonoor:||Sim’s Park, Dolphins Nose Road, High Field Tea Estate, Catherine Waterfalls, Tiger Hill Cemetery|
|Best time to visit Coonoor:||March to May, June to September, December to March.|
Kotagiri which is also known as Kothagiri is the third largest Hill station in the Nilgiris hills Kotagiri is located about 33km southeast of Ooty and is a taluk in the Nilgiris District of Tamil Nadu. Kotagiri is a town which is rich with its peaceful atmosphere and is believed to have the world’s second best climate.
|Places to visit in Kotagiri:||Kodanad viewpoint, Rangaswamy Peak and Pillar, Longwood Shola, Highield Tea Factory, John Sulliven Memorial|
|Best time to visit Kotagiri:||December to May|
Coorg or Kodagu is a rural district and the most know hill station in Karnataka. Coorg is famous for coffee production and the main destination of nature lovers.
The culture of the people over there is so much inspiring and are notable for their keen hospitality
|Few places to visit in Coorg:||Golden Temple (Namdroling Monastery), Coorg Coffee estates., Iruppu Waterfall, Nagarhole National Park|
|Best time to visit Coorg:||October to May|
Valpara or Valparai is a hill station situated in the Coimbatore District of Tamil Nadu. Valparai is surrounded by tea plantations and also known to have many leopards. The place is rich with birds mainly with the presence of hornbill. Valparai is pollution free land which attracts tourists with it heavenly beauty. The place is rich with beautiful plantations, waterfalls, dams and other exciting views. Valparai is located about 25km away from Malakkapara, Kerala.
Malakkapara is a small hill station situated at Thrissur District of Kerala and is the border between Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Malakkapara is known as the gateway to Valparai from Kerala side.
|Places to visit in Valparai:||Sholayar Dam, Nallamudi Viewpoint, Aliyar Dam, Grass Hills, Monkey Falls|
|The best time to visit Valparai:||September to March|
Ponmudi is a hill station situated in Thiruvananthapuram District of Kerala. It is a popular tourist spot as it is famous for backpacking and trekking in Kerala. Ponmudi also has a good climate and has a golden valley which is one of the major attractions. Ponmudi is rich with its natural beauty and also gives importance to biodiversity which plays a major role in maintaining the ecological balance of the place.
Ponmudi is also a shelter for 283 species of birds. Ponmudi as a tourist spot is so much affordable and a suitable place to spend time more peacefully
|Places to visit in Ponmudi:||Golden Valley, Meenmutty Falls, Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary, Mankkayam Falls|
|Best time to visit Ponmudi:||November to march|
Chikmagalur is a hill station which is located in the state of Karnataka. Chikmagalur is popular for beautiful coffee estates and it captures the attention of people who love trekking as there are many terrains in this area.
The place has a moderately cool climate which gives a pleasant atmosphere to those people who visit this place.
|Places to visit in Chikmagalur:||Mullayanagiri, Hebbe Falls, Hirekolale Lake, Manikyadhara falls|
|Best time to visit Chikmagalur:||September to May|
Vagamon or Wagamon is a hill station located towards the border of Idukki district and Kottayam district of Kerala. Wagamon has a cool climate and it was earlier used by the Britishers for tea plantations. It is also believed to be one of the first British tea plantations in Kerala.
Vagamon is also famous for three hills namely Thangal, Murugan and Kurishumala which are the representation of the religions in the state of Kerala. Vagamon is rich with many tourist spots including pine forests, tea estates, waterfalls, etc which seeks the attention of people and is an apt place to spend time fruitfully.
|Places to visit in Wagamon:||Vagamon Kurishumala church, Thangalpara, Vagamon Hills, Murugan Mala, Kurishumala Ashram|
|Best time to visit Wagamon:||June to September or March to May|
Agumbe is a village located in the Shimoga district of Karnataka and it is nicknamed as the Cherapunji of South India. Situated in the core area of Western Ghats, Agumbe is popular as a tourist spot which mainly focuses on conservation, documentation of medical plants, trekking, and photography. Most of the people who live in Agumbe are farmers and the main crops which are grown here are Rice & Areca.
|Places to visit in Agumbe:||Barkana Falls, Onmmakke Abbi Falls, Agumbe sunset viewpoint, Agumbe Reserve Forest, Joi Gundi Falls|
|Best time to visit Agumbe:||November to January|
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