Hill Stations in South India For A Cozy Vacation

Hill Stations

Hill Stations In South India

With the scenic Western Ghats dominating the landscape, the hill stations of South India showcase lush greenery that is the birth of some rich biodiversity, housing various exotic flora and fauna. When the summers hit this tropical region, hill stations like Coorg, Wayanad, and Yercaud come to the rescue of those frying in the heat of the coast and the cities.

Here is the list of 28 Hill Stations in South India For A Cozy Vacation

1. Coorg, Karnataka - The Scotland of India

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Known For : Abbey Falls Talacauvery Golden Temple (Namdroling Monastery)

Located amidst imposing mountains in Karnataka with a perpetually misty landscape, Coorg is the place to be for all nature lovers.  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. The Kodavas, a local clan specialising in martial arts, are especially notable for their keen hospitality. 

Best Time: October to March

2. Ooty, Tamil Nadu - Queen of the Nilgiris

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Known For : Nilgiri Mountain Railway Ooty Lake Ooty Rose Garden

The Blue Mountains have always been shrouded in mysticism, and Ooty is no exception to that. For every mountain lover, the very idea of travelling to the city known as the Queen of the Hills holds an allure like no other. Once regarded as the summer headquarters of the East India Company (and for a very good reason), Ooty, also known as Udagamandalam, is a hill station in South India which serves as a very popular tourist destination for anyone looking for a picturesque place to relax and unwind. Ooty is nestled amidst the Nilgiri hills at an altitude of 2,240 meters above sea level and enjoys a favourable climate all year round. 

Best Time: Throughout the year

3. Munnar, Kerala - Tea Gardens, Lakes and Pretty little hill-station

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Known For : Atukkad Waterfalls Echo Point, Munnar Pothamedu View Point

An idyllic hill station in South India, Munnar is famous for its tea estates, exotic lush greenery and craggy peaks. Munnar is located in the Western Ghats, in the state of Kerala. It serves as the commercial centre for some of the world’s largest tea estates. In addition, Munnar has many protected areas which are home to endemic and highly endangered species like the Nilgiri Thar and the Neelakurinji.

Best Time: September to May

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4. Wayanad, Kerala - Nature's Abode

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Known For : Banasura Dam Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary Edakkal Caves

Replete with enchanting waterfalls, historical caves, comfortable resorts and homestays, Wayanad is a popular hill station in South India famous for its spice plantations and wildlife. Walking through the sprawling spice plantations, taking that trek into the pre-historic caves and experiencing a resort holiday is one of the many things you can do to get a taste of Wayanad. A great place to spot wild elephants, cool breeze, beautiful scenery, Wayanad is guaranteed to please your travel senses. Overall, a perfect weekend idea away from the cities of South India.

Best Time: Throughout the year

5. Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu - The Princess of Hill Stations

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Known For : Green Valley View (Suicide Point) Kodai Lake Bear Shola Falls

Located in the state of Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal is a very famous honeymoon destination since it is one of the most developed hill stations in South India. When you think of Kodaikanal, you think of a wonderful climate, cliffs covered in mist, cloud-capped mountains and beautiful lakes and valleys, and once you visit this hill station, you will find that every bit of what you have imagined it to be is true. Nestled amidst the rolling slopes of the Palani Hills in Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal stands at an altitude of 7200 feet above sea level and has a cool, pleasant climate all year round. Kodaikanal means the gift of the forests.

Best Time: September to May

6. Chikmagalur, Karnataka - The coffee land of Karnataka

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Known For : Mullayanagiri Kudremukh National Park Baba Budangiri

If you love the aroma of freshly brewed coffee in the mornings, you are going to love Chikmagalur, which has a perpetual fragrance of coffee lingering in the air. Very famously known as the ‘Coffee Land of Karnataka’, Chikmagalur is situated in the foothills of the Mullayangiri Range in Karnataka and stands at an altitude of 3400 feet. Famous for its tall mountains, lush green forests and its tranquil environment (apart from its coffee production), Chikmagalur is a very popular hill station in South India and is a quaint getaway from the busy life of the city.

Best Time: Throughout the year

7. Savandurga, Karnataka

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Situated 60 kms to the west of Bangalore, Savandurga, considered to be one of the largest single rock formation in the whole of Asia. It comprises of two hills, Billigudda (white hill) and Karigudda (black hill) and has a temple situated at the foothill and a pond near by.

Best Time: November to May

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8. Idukki, Kerala - Eco-village in the western ghats

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Known For : Gavi Hill View Park Kulamavu Dam

With remains of Chera dynasty, Vembolinad Kingdom, and European plantations in the later years, this rugged hill station is best known for its wildlife sanctuaries, beautiful bungalows, tea factories, rubber plantations and forests.

Best Time: Throughout the year

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9. Coonoor, Tamil Nadu

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Known For : Law's Falls Sim's Park Lamb's Rock

One of the most beautiful and serene hill stations in South India, Coonoor is the second largest hill station in the wonderful Nilgiri Hills of the Western Ghats. It is situated at an altitude of 1930 meters and just 19 km from Ooty.

Best Time: October to March

10. Yercaud, Tamil Nadu - The Land of Seven Forests.

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Known For : Killiyur Falls Emerald Lake, Yercaud Bear's Cave

Nestled in the Eastern Ghats, Yercaud is a hill station called common man's Ooty with abundant forests, vast coffee plantations and some unique species of flora and fauna resulting in gorgeous views.

Best Time: October to June

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11. Kudremukh, Karnataka - Close to the Nature's Face

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Known For : Kudremukh Peak Trek Kudremukh National Park Hanuman Gundi Falls

With the promise of a picturesque view of a mountain in the shape of a horse face, Kudremukh is famous for its biodiversity and is one of the most scenic hill stations in South India.

Best Time: October to May

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12. Devikulam, Kerala - A lake in which Goddess Sita bathed

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Known For : Devi Lake Pallivasal Falls Thoovanam Falls

A lake with a legend of its own, greenest sceneries, waterfalls and tea plantations are what offer its charm to Devikulam, a hill station in Kerala.

Best Time: November to May

13. Kemmanagundi, Karnataka - House of the tallest peak of Karnataka

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Known For : Hebbe Falls Mullayanagiri Z Point

A hill-station of widespread views and scents of beautiful gardens, Kemmanagundi or KR hills, homes the tallest peak of Karnataka, Mullayanagiri.

Best Time: September to May

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14. Vagamon, Kerala

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Known For : Ulipooni Wildlife Sanctuary Vagamon Meadows Pine Hill

1100 meters above sea, far way from the loud city culture, lush greenery and serenity to gift every visitor, Vagamon could be your quiet offbeat hill station in South India away from maddening tourist crowds.

Best Time: Throughout the year

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15. Yelagiri, Tamil Nadu - The Call of the Hills

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Known For : Yelagiri Adventure Camp Jalagamparai Falls Nature park

A quaint little hill station located in Vellore, Yelagiri is just three hours away from Bangalore, making it the perfect spot for a quick weekend getaway. Spread a little over 30 square kilometres, and at a height of over 1100 metres above sea level, Yelagiri offers its tourists some beautiful places like the Jalagamparai falls, sweeping orchards and rose garden, among others. The ideal destination for nature lovers, Yelagiri is a town that is completely off the beaten tourist trail, lending it a quieter and much more peaceful vibe compared to other more famous hill stations nearby. Originally belonging to the Zamindar family of Yelagiri, the hill station began to gain popularity since the colonial rule, when it was used by the British as a summer getaway. Ever since then, it has been one of the hidden gems of South India, replete with rocky hills and natural scenic beauty, making it the perfect place to take a break from the fast-paced city life.

Best Time: November to February

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16. Araku Valley, Vizag

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One of the most popular hill stations in Andhra Pradesh and located close to Vizag is the Araku Valley. This place has naturally been bestowed upon with beautiful streams, enchanting waterfalls and lovely weather. Araku valley is placed at a height of 3100 feet in the effluent hills of Anatagiri.

17. Papi Kondalu, Andhra Pradesh

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Known For : Papi Kondalu Hills Gandi Pochamma Temple Perantapalli Village

Papikondalu mountain range runs along the River Godavari (Western Godavari) and is located in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh. Papikondalu is a sheer fest to the eyes in terms of its scenic beauty. As the hills become closer and closer to the visitor, the width of the mighty Godavari becomes narrower. In accordance with this view resembling the middle partition of a woman's hair, it was initially named as 'Papidi' Kondalu- Paidi in Telugu means the middle partition of a woman’s hair. Later, it came to be known as Papikondalu in the local language. The river narrowing, its twists and turns along with the Papi Hills form a breathtaking visual experience and a must-visit hill station in South India.

Best Time: October to March

18. Ponmudi, Kerala

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Known For : Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary Golden Valley Mini Zoo, Ponmudi

Ponmudi is nestled in the laps of rolling hills of the Western Ghats, filled with tea-plantations, lush green hills and valleys, waterfalls and streams. This quaint little town draws connoisseurs of mountain life.

Best Time: November to May

19. BR Hills, Karnataka - Of picturesque and exotic flora and fauna

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Known For : BRT Wildlife Sanctuary Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Activities

The Biligiriranga hills, or the BR Hill as they are better known, are a bit of heaven between the Western and the Eastern Ghats, with a wonderful floral diversity and a vast variety of fauna as well. The places which you must visit while you are here are the Dodda Sampide Mara which means big Champak tree and is a spiritual site which holds a thousand-year-old tree, Biligiri Rangaswamy temple, a coffee estate and BRT wildlife sanctuary.

Best Time: April to October

20. Thenmala, Kerala

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Known For : Butterfly Safari Adventure zone Trekking

Snuggled in between dense woods of Western Ghats, Thenmala is an ecotourism destination located in Kollam district of Kerala. A fetching fusion of pristine nature and fabricated design, it offers quietude unlike any place else. Dotted with winding roads and rubber and tea plantations, Thenmala boasts of being the first planned ecotourism site in India. Spread over acres of dense timber trees, the name 'Thenmala' translates to Honey Hill suggesting the supply of high-quality honey from the region. This honey has medicinal properties because of the surrounding floral varieties and is exported in large amounts.

Best Time: December to February

21. Bellikkal, Tamil Nadu - The Hills of Good Times

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Bellikkal is one of those places where you can completely relax, without having to worry about a 'to-do' list for your vacations and yet experience mountains that will steal your breath away. Instead of having a hundred places to offer, it will take you by its beauty, calmness and serenity.

Best Time: Throughout the year

22. Vythiri, Kerala - An old world charm of cottages

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Known For : Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary Chembara peak Soochipara Falls

62 kms off Kozhikode is Vythiri, a popular resort town famous for its old world charm of cottages, log huts & tree house accommodations cosily nestled in the forests of Wayanad. Situated at an altitude of 700 metres, Vythiri in Wayanad comprises of 18 villages.

Best Time: October to Apr

23. Kodachadri Hills, Shimoga

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Kodachadri Hills serve as a stunning backdrop of evergreen forests to the town of Maravanthe. Located in the Western Ghats at a height of 4411 feet above the sea level, they also proves to be one of the good trekking trails, beginning at the South Kanara Forest.

24. Kotagiri, Karnataka

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Known For : Elk Falls Longwood Shola Trekking

Kotagiri is a smallest and oldest hill station, nestled in the lap of Nilgiri Hills bounded by surroundings that exhibits peace and tranquility. A hill town that was first noticed by the British as their summer home away from the heat of plains, today, it is again gaining popularity among tourists.

Best Time: December to May

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25. Nelliyampathy, Kerala

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Known For : Nenmara Vallanghy Vela Nelliyampathy Hills Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary Nenmara Shopping in Nelliyampathy

If you see the mist floating in the air and a pleasant aroma of coffee teasing your nostrils, a chain of majestic mountains peaking from all around and wonderful weather relaxing your nerves, then you are not dreaming, you are in a small beautiful hill station of South India known as Nelliyampathy.

Best Time: October to March

26. Anthargange, Karnataka

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Known For : Cave Exploration Trekking in Anthargange

Anthargange is situated in the Kolar district of Karnataka in the Shathashrunga range, about 70 km from Bangalore. The mountains at an altitude of 1712 meters from sea level with rocky boulders, small caves and dense plantations are one of the best getaways for trekking, rock climbing and cave exploration enthusiasts.

Best Time: October to March

27. Peermede, Kerala

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Known For : Grampi Thrissanku Hills Peeru Hills

Blessed with lots of green cover, beautiful rolling hills, wandering streams and gurgling waterfalls; Peermede is a small bewitching hill station of Kerala, pure and pristine. Perched at an altitude of 915 m above the sea level, the town has many hidden treasure troves waiting to be uncovered.

Best Time: April to June, September to November

28. Ananthagiri, Andhra Pradesh

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Known For : The Borra Hills and Caves Araku Tribal Museum

Set amid the Eastern Ghats, Ananthagiri is a beautiful retreat where majestic hills in the backdrop flirt with clouds all the time.

Best Time: October to March

The hill stations of South India are the perfect vacation destinations throughout the year due to their amazing climate, coffee plantations and natural diversity.

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