Known For : Nilgiri Mountain Railway Ooty Lake Emerald Lake, Ooty
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
Known For : Green Valley View (Suicide Point) Kodai Lake Bear Shola Falls
A stunning hill station 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: September to May
Known For : Sim's Park Dolphin's Nose Ketti Valley
One of the most beautiful and serene hill stations you will come across in the country, Coonoor is the second largest hill station in Tamil Nadu and in the 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
Known For : Killiyur Falls Lady's Seat Bear's Cave
Nestled in the Eastern Ghats, Yercaud is a hill station in Tamilnadu 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
Known For : Yelagiri Adventure Camp Jalagamparai Falls Nature park
A quaint little hill station in Tamilnadu (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
A secluded picturesque hilly area located in the Theni district of Tamil Nadu, Meghamalai possesses a hoard of natural beauty. It is known for its high wavy mountain ranges, Cloud Land Falls, Vellimalai and much more. The Meghamalai Wildlife Sanctuary is home to various rare species of flora and fauna. Thus, this place is sure to fulfil all the desires of any couple on their honeymoon by offering them a wide array of opportunities to enjoy their time here.
Known For : Hogenakkal Falls Mettur Dam Melagiri Hills
Hogenakkal is where the Kaveri river splits into multiple streams of waterfalls, making it arguably the most heavenly place in the state. The neighbouring regions and small villages that surround this place are breathtaking, making your holiday a perfect amalgamation of relaxation and discovery. It is known for the Hogenakkal Falls, which are often touted as the Niagara Falls of India, making it a must-visit in hill station in Tamilnadu.
Best Time: October to March
With an ominous name which means 'Mountain of Death', Kolli Hills are a mountain range located in the Namakkal district of Tamil Nadu. It is relatively untouched by commercial tourism and therefore has retained most of its natural magnificence.
Known For : Kovai Kondattam Vydehi Falls Marudhamalai Hill Temple
Often termed as 'Manchester of South India', the city is photographically situated on the banks of River Noyyal and has an array of natural attractions.
Best Time: September to March
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
Known For : Shenbaga Falls Five Falls Main Falls
Kutrallam is a perfect getaway for those who want to be connected with nature and get lost in the penchant of spirituality. It is a small town of Tamil Nadu located in its Tirunelveli District perched at an elevation of 167 m on the Western Ghats.
Best Time: July to March
Located in the beautiful hills extending from Coonoor to Ooty in Tamil Nadu is the beautiful Ketti Valley. The best way to visit this beautiful hill station in Tamil Nadu, that is if you want to really feel its beauty is to take the toy train which is like a 20-25 minute ride. If you are a lover of culture and have an interest in learning the culture of Tamil Nadu, then a visit to Ketti Valley has to be on your To-Do list. The Ketti Valley is also famous for bird watching and especially trekking. Being the second largest gorge in the world, the Ketti Valley is a natural beauty surrounded by the beautiful blue mountains( Nilgiri hills). Don’t forget to visit the famous Shiva Lingam temple, the tea gardens and also to mention the amazing waterfalls in the area.
Known For : Suruli Falls Meghamalai Vaigai Dam
The mighty Western Ghats fringes the beautiful hamlet of Theni. It is dotted by luscious patches of greenery and gushing waterfalls wherever you go. The town of Theni offers unprecedented serenity and peace. Theni spoils the revellers with the plethora of options for things to do in the city. From seeking divinity at the exquisite temples to taking a dip into the waterfalls, there is something offered for everyone.
Dolled up all in green, the mesmerising Theni is the best-kept offbeat hill stations in Tamil Nadu. The topography of Theni mainly consists of hills and ranges. It won't be an exaggeration to say that Theni has a cordial relationship with plenty of rivers and dams which add up to the beauty of this place. Theni is an abode to 27 forests. This gives an idea of the unparalleled greenery and wilderness of the district.
Known For : Elk Falls Longwood Shola Trekking
Kotagiri is a smallest and oldest hill station in Tamil Nadu, nestled in the lap of Nilgiri Hills bounded by surroundings that exhibit peace and tranquillity. A hill station 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
The hill stations of Tamil Nadu are, a must visit for any tourist looking for an escape from the noisy and polluted city life.
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