Top 5 hill stations in Kerala

Munnar

Top 5 hill stations in Kerala – It is very difficult  to decide the top 5 hill stations in Kerala. The dominance of the Western Ghats in the region has played a prominent role in the State having dense forest and cool wilderness. The Ghats house rich fauna and flora adding up to the exotic appeal of Kerala. We list below the top 5 hill stations where tranquillity abounds and take you to a world of your own.

1. Munnar

Munnar

 Top 5 hill stations in Kerala

One of the most popular hill stations, Munnar is located at an altitude of 1600 mts above the sea level. It used the summer retreat of erstwhile British rulers in South India. Some of the world’s highest tea estates are here in Munnar. The Eravikulam National Park, Top Station, Chinnakanal, Tea Museum etc. are major tourist attractions. It is an ideal destination for trekking and mountain biking.

Kannan Devan Hills, Munnar

Kannan Devan Hills, Munnar

The best tourist season to visit Munnar is August to May.  The  dairy farm, the Indo-Swiss live stock project at Mattupetty (13 kms from Munnar) is another tourist attraction. Eravikulam National Park (15 kms from Munnar) is home to the endangered Nilgiri Tahr. The blossoming of the Neelakurinji flower (once in twelve years) has also attracted a lot of tourists and artists and film makers.

How to reach:

By Air: Nearest airport is Kochi international airport – 125 kms.

By Rail: Aluva – 110 kms. and Theni in Tamil Nadu – 60 kms.

By Road: Connected well by government and private bus services

2. Wayanad

Wayanad

Top 5 hill stations in Kerala

Wayanad means the ‘land of paddy fields’. It is part of the Western Ghats which makes it a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Banasura Dam is  India’s largest earthen dam and Asia’s second largest. The Tholpetty wildlife sanctuary and Muthanga wildlife sanctuary are abundant in bio-diversity. The Edakkal caves attract a lot of archaelogists worldwide because of its prehistoric etchings.

Wayanad

Wayanad, Top 5 hill stations in Kerala

This hill station has a lot to offer the adventure tourist. The weather here makes it ideal to cultivate pepper, cardamom, tea and coffee.  Apart from the meandering roads, scenic mountains, exotic flora, breathtaking waterfalls and fast flowing streams, Wayanad is also known for its largest population of aborigine people in Kerala.

How to reach:

Nearest Airport :  Kozhikode 109 Kms

Nearest Railwaystaion : Kozhikode

Road : NH 212 (Kozhikode-Mysore) passes via Kalpetta and Sulthan Bathery

3. Nelliyampathy

Nelliyampathy-Palakkad-1

Top 5 hill stations in Kerala

Nelliyampathy is a small and popular hill station in Palakkad district. It is located near Nenmara. Estates of tea, coffee, orange and cardamom plantations are found here. The highest hill is Nellikota. The breathtaking hills and misty mountains are worth to be seen and an beautiful view of Palakkad district can be seen from the ranges.

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Nelliyampathy

Accessing Nelliyampathy is a thrilling adventure. One has to negotiate atleast 10 hairpin bends to reach there. The mountain ranges makes it ideal for rock climbing and trekking thereby making it a hot spot for the adventure tourists. The Pothundi dam, Mampara are hotspot places of tourists.

How to reach:

By Air: Coimbatore Airport, Kochi International Airport (180 kms)

By Rail: Palakkad Station

By Road: The nearest KSRTC bus stand is in Palakkad

4. Vagamon

Vagamon

Top 5 hill stations in Kerala

The environment in Vagamon is unique. The hill station comprises of valleys, cascading waterfalls and small hillocks. Kurishu Mala, Thangal Para and the Indo-Swiss Project are places of tourist attraction there. The meandering road to Vagamon is cut in solid rock and pine forests. The hill station has a chain of three hills – Kurishu Mala, Thangal Hill and Murugan Hill making this hill station even more enchanting.

Para gliding

Para gliding at Vagamon

This serene place is an ideal place for meditation. This is one hill station where one can be adventurous and do para gliding. One can go trekking too here.

How to reach:

By Air: Kochi International Airport

By Rail: Kottayam Railway Station

5. Ramakkalmedu

Ramakkalmedu

 Top 5 hill stations in Kerala

Ramakkelmedu’s popularity shot up after the visit of the Hollywood actor Leonardo Di Caprio who said ‘If there is a paradise on earth, it is this.’ Located in Idukki district, this hill station has the historic monument with  statues of Kuravar and Kuravathi. Mythology says that Lord Rama kept his feet at the tip of this place while he was going on his search for Ravana who abducted his wife Sita. The word ‘Ramakkelmedu’ means ‘Land of Rama’s Stone’.

Kuravar and Kurathi

Kuravar and Kurathi at Ramakkalmedu

is the second place in Kerala where you can see a wind energy farm. The eco system is of the Shola forests and bamboo forests too are found here. The place also overs a panoramic view of many towns in Tamil Nadu. The best time to visit would be from September to May.

How to reach:

By Air: Kochi International Airport, Madurai International Airport

By Rail: Changanassery

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