Top 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 Top Hill Stations in South India

1. Coorg, Karnataka - The Scotland of India

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Known For : Abbey Falls | Talacauvery | Nagarhole National Park

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 is not only popular 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 - March

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2. Ooty, Tamil Nadu - Queen of the Nilgiris

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Known For : Nilgiri Mountain Railway | Ooty Lake | Ooty Botanical Gardens

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 Tamil Nadu 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

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

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Known For : Rose Garden | Echo Point | Elephant Arrival Spot

The idyllic hill station Munnar - famous for its tea estates, exotic lush greenery and craggy peaks, 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 : Sep-May

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4. Wayanad, Kerala - Nature's Abode

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Known For : Banasura Dam | Pookot Lake | Chembra Peak

Replete with enchanting waterfalls, historical caves, comfortable resorts and home stays, this popular town is famous for its spice plantations and wildlife.

Best Time : Throughout the year

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

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Known For : Kodai Lake | Green Valley View (Suicide Point) | Pillar Rocks

Located in the state of Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal is one of the most famous honeymoon destinations in 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 : Sep-May

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6. Coonoor, Tamil Nadu

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Known For : Sim's Park | Lamb's Rock | Dolphin's Nose

One of the most beautiful and serene hill stations you will come across in the country, 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 : Oct-Mar

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7. 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 : Oct-Apr

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8. 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 Kerala away from maddening tourist crowds.

Best Time : Throughout the year

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

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Known For : Hill View Park | Gavi | Idukki Arch Dam

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

Best Time : Throughout the year

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

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Known For : Emerald Lake | Killiyur Falls | Pagoda Point

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

Best Time : Oct-Jun

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11. 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 : Nov-Feb

Read More 10 Yelagiri Attractions

12. Chikmagalur, Karnataka - The coffee land of Karnataka

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Known For : Kudremukh National Park | Rafting in Bhadra River | Mullayanagiri

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 tourist destination and is a quaint getaway from the busy life of the city.

Best Time : Throughout the year

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13. 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 : Dec-Feb

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14. 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 : Nov-May

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

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Known For : Hebbe Falls | Z Point | Shiva Temple

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

Best Time : Sep-May

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16. Savandurga, Karnataka

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Known For : Trekking | Corporate Excursion | Rock-climbing

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 : Nov-May

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

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Known For : BRT Wildlife Sanctuary | Activities | Dodda Sampige Mara

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.

Best Time : Apr-Oct

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18. 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

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19. 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.

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20. Kotagiri, Karnataka

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Known For : Elk Falls | Longwood Shola | Catherine Falls

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 : Dec-May

Read More 7 Kotagiri Attractions

21. 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.

Best Time : Oct-Mar

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22. Araku Valley, Vizag

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A hill station located close to Vizag is the Araku Valley. Naturally been bestowed upon with beautiful streams, enchanting waterfalls and a lovely weather, Araku valley is placed at a height of 3100 feet in the effluent hills of Anatagiri.

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23. Nelliyampathy, Kerala

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Known For : Nelliyampathy Hills | Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary | Nenmara

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 a wonderful weather relaxing your nerves, then you are not dreaming, you are in a small beautiful hill station of Kerala known as Nelliyampathy.

Best Time : Oct-Mar

Read More 13 Nelliyampathy Attractions

24. Anthargange, Karnataka

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Known For : Cave Exploration | Trekking

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 : Oct-Mar

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25. 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 : Apr-Jun, Sep-Nov

Read More 8 Peermede Attractions

26. Ponmudi, Kerala

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Known For : Golden Valley | Trekking | Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary

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 : Nov-May

Read More 5 Ponmudi Attractions

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

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Known For : Kudremukh Peak Trek | Kudremukh National Park | Trekking

With the promise of a picturesque view of a mountain in the shape of a horse face, Kudremukh is famous for its biodiversity and scenic beauty.

Best Time : Oct-May

View hotels starting from ₹ 2,000

Read More 10 Kudremukh Attractions

28. Ananthagiri, Andhra Pradesh

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Known For : Katiki Waterfalls | 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 : Oct-Mar

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