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Hill Stations in Kerala

From one corner of the state to the other, scenic splendours and enchanting landscape await travelers. The towering ranges of the Western Ghats have given rise to numerous picturesque hill stations. Whether you are a couple, a family, an individual or honeymooners, Kerala satiates the holiday needs of all. While you choose to spend you next holiday in the hills of Kerala, you also have the opportunity of enjoying deep forest trails, hiking/ trekking trails, camping and bird watching among other activities. In terms of accommodations facilities too, there is no dearth of plantation retreats, hill resorts and mountain lodges in the state.

You can also choose to enjoy your stay in camp houses located on the hills. A trip to Kerala hill stations may also remind you of the Colonial Era, as most of these happen to be the one-time summer resort of the British Government in southern India.

Given below are some of the most visited and scenic hill stations in Kerala :


Ponmudi
The hill station is visited for its pleasurable climate, picture-perfect scenes and large tea plantations. Perched at an elevation of 915 m a.s.l, Ponmudi also offers some of the most wonderful deep forest trails, ideal for trekking.

Wagamon
The place is much popular with trekkers and adventure lovers. Wagamon is situated at a height of 1100 m a.s.l and is a treat for all eyes. It can be easily reached from Kottayam, which is just 60 km from the hill station.

Munnar
The hill station happens to be one of the most picturesque hill stations not only in Kerala but in the whole of India. Munnar occupies a location at the junction of three mountain streams (Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala). Feast your eyes upon sprawling tea gardens and stroll through picturesque towns and their winding lanes.

Nelliyampathy
Located in the Palakkad region, Nelliyampathy occupies a position at an elevation ranging between 467 and 1572 m a.s.l. While you arrive here, do remember to visit a place called Seethakundu, which affords birdís eye view of almost 1/3rd of Palakkad.

Wayanad
The hills of Wayanad in Kerala are a preferred destination for all nature lovers. The hill station features a number of scenic hiking trails and a sanctuary where travelers can watch a variety of rare bird species. At an elevation of 2,100 m a.s.l., Chembra is the highest peak of the Wayanad Hills. It is also a trekkerís delight.

Peerumed
Lying en route to Thekkady, Peerumed is snuggled up in the midst of tea/ coffee plantations, winding hills and verdant valleys. The one-time summer resort of the Maharaja of Travancore, it is popular for eye catching waterfalls and scenic treks.

Pythal Mala & Ezhimala
The hill station of Pythal Mala occupies a location close to the Kerala-Karnataka border. Tucked away at 4,500 ft a.s.l., the hill station boats an exotic flora and fauna. Trekkers can indulge in a six-km hiking up to the top of the hill at Pythal Mala. Ezhimala attracts visitors for a hillock which scales 286 m.

Rajamala
Snuggled up at an elevation of 2,695 m above sea level, the hills of Rajamala is one of those places where the highly endangered species of Nilgir Tahr has found a home. The hill station has become all the more popular also due to its closeness from Munnar, just 15 km away.

Ramakalmedu
Ramakalmedu is famous hill station in Idukki district in Kerala, located 15 Km from Nedumkandom. The word Ramakalmedu originated from the belief that lord 'Sree Rama', the Hindu mythological God, had set his foot on this rock.