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Benazir Khan May 19 2014

Which are the best hill stations in South India?

Debangana Sen May 19 2014
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Looking for some cool destinations down south this summer? Travel to these best hills stations in south India.

Munnar, Kerala

One of the most sought-after destinations in Kerala, Munnar is home to sprawling tea plantations, lush forests, rolling valleys and many exotic species of flora and fauna.


Photo by Bimal K C


The Top Station in Munnar (photo below) is one of the highest tea plantations in India.

Photo by Bimal K C


Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu


Popularly known as the "Princess of All Hill Stations", Kodaikanal means the "Gift of Forest" in Tamil. The cool misty weather and the scenic beauty of the dense woods, lakes and waterfalls make Kodaikanal one of the best hill stations in south India. One can also choose from plenty of available Kodaikanal tour packages according to their requirements and budget.



Photo by Challiyan


The Kodai Lake is a popular tourist attraction and geographical landmark.


Photo by Kodaikanal.com



Araku Valley, Andhra Pradesh


Araku Valley
is one of the least polluted and commercialized hill stations in India. It is famous for coffee plantations, Borra Caves and its eclectic tribal population. The valley is home to Araku Emerald, a premium organic coffee brand that sells globally.



Photo of the picturesque landscape of in Andhra Pradesh (by Raj)


Ponmudi, Kerala

A trekking hotspot, Ponmudi is carpeted with lush tropical forests teeming with wildlife, tea plantations, rapids and rivulets. The 22 hairpin curves along the short route add to the thrill of the journey. Use the ixigo LTC discount to further your thrill!


Photo by Kerala Tourism


The Meenmutty Falls are a popular tourist attraction in this region.


Photo by Pillai.mech


Thekkady, Kerala

Famous for the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Thekkady is an important tourist attraction in Kerala. Apart from wildlife and the artificial Periyar Lake, Thekkady is a haven for natural spices like cardamom, pepper, clove and cinnamon.


Photo by Ben3john


Horsley Hills, Andhra Pradesh

Another scenic hill station in Andhra Pradesh, Horsley Hills is one of the few places in India where you can try Zorbing. Famous attractions include Gaalibanda, Environmental Park, Mallamma Temple and Rishi Valley School.


Photo by L. Shyamal


Coorg, Karnataka

One of the dreamiest destinations in India, Coorg (also known as Kodagu) is home to famous attractions like Nagarhole National Park, Abbey Falls and the Dubare Forest on the banks of River Kaveri. Dotted with spice and coffee plantations, scenic valleys and intriguing treks, this is one of the best hill stations in south India.


Photo by Micheal Kohli


Abbey Falls is an enormous cascading waterfall located amidst coffee plantations.

Photo by Vaishak Kallore



Ooty, Tamil Nadu


The capital of Nilgiri district, Ooty is famous for its tea gardens, lakes, forests and home-made Ooty chocolates. The Emerald Lake (photo below) is a popular picnic spot in the area.


Photo by sankaracs


Yelagiri, Tamil Nadu


Surrounded by orchards, rose gardens and emerald valleys, this is a small hill station in Vellore District of Tamil Nadu. Though not very touristy, Yelagiri is good for adventurous activities like paragliding, rock-climbing and trekking.


Photo by L.vivian.richard


Kollur, Karnataka


Known for the Mookambika Temple (photo below), Kollur is a small temple town in Karnataka, blessed with stunning natural beauty. It is home to lush forests, rolling hills, gurgling rivers and cascading waterfalls, most of which are preserved within the Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary.


Photo by Premkudva



Jog Falls is India's second highest plunge waterfall.


Photo by Vmjmalali


So these were our top 10 picks for the best hill stations in south India.

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