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 : Emerald Lake, Yercaud Pagoda Point Botanical Garden, Yercaud
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 : Punganur Lake Nature Park Jalagamparai Falls
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.
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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.
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
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. Dotted by patches of greenery and gushing waterfalls Theni is the best-kept offbeat hill stations in Tamil Nadu. Theni is an abode to 27 forests. For those craving for tranquillity, the aroma filled tea estates in Theni are a paradise. The Kolukkamalai Tea estate is often deemed to be the world's highest organic tea estate. The Suruli Falls and the Kumbakarai Falls are the crown jewels of Theni. These gushing waterfalls cascading down gigantic rocks is a memorable sight.
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
Located down south, in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, the town of Pollachi is a popular filming spot due to its lavish greenery and blissful sceneries. Primarily an agricultural region, Pollachi adorns vast spreads of coconut, jaggery and vegetable fields. The famous Topslip Tiger reserve and Annamalai wildlife sanctuary along with their historically significant temples gravitate tourists and wanderers from all over the world all through the year.
Situated at 1500m above sea level in the Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu, Valparai is an obscure yet tranquil hill station in the Anamalai Hills. Its alluring combination of grassy knolls, clean air, and picturesque sights entice tourists from all over the country and beyond, rendering it one of the most sought-after destinations in the southern region of the Western Ghats.
Right between the 200km distance from Coimbatore and Madurai lies the hilly town of Palani. The town has two hills, Sivagiri and Sakthigiri, that are the prominent visual in this scenic, hilly landscape. There are many lakes in Palani that eventually drain into the Shanmuga River at the foot of these hills.
Known For : Kolukkumalai Tea Estate
Kolukkumalai is a small village in the Theni District of Tamil Nadu, on the border of Idukki District, Kerala. At 7,000 ft above sea level, it is home to the highest tea plantations in the world. The natural beauty here is intoxicating, promising a beautiful sunrise overlooking the Palani hills. The aromatic breeze in this hill-station is unique and fresh, causing the tea in the Kolukkumalai Tea Estate to be special, and guests to feel special.
The Velliangiri Hills or 'Sapthagiri' are located in Tamil Nadu at the border of the Coimbatore District and Palakkad District, Kerala. Part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, the Sapthagiri or Seven Hills are a scenic, sacred adventure that commemorate Lord Shiva and Vishnu amidst nature and wildlife. River Noyyal originates from here and is a major tributary of River Kaveri. At the highest point of these hills, Shiva is worshipped as Swayambhu - The Self Manifesting God.
Covering an expanse of 60,000 acres, Sirumalai is a hilly region in Dindigul District, Tamil Nadu. At an altitude of 1600m, this densely forested region boasts of diverse wildlife and flora. The weather in this southern hill station is pleasant throughout the year. Having also been recognised as a place of religious importance, certain sacred and rare medicinal herbs grow in this region. These reserve forests are protected by the Tamil Nadu Forest Department.
Anaimalai Hills or Anamala Hills are a range of mountains that form the southern border of the Western Ghats, through Tamil Nadu and Kerala. While they are famous for the highest peak in South India, the lower slopes boast of expansive tea & coffee plantations. Rosewood, Sandalwood, Teak and Sago Palms form dense monsoon forests in this region. It is a popular trekking destination in South India - a wispy escape from tropical heat.
The Javadi Hills are situated between the Vellore and Tiruvannamalai districts of Tamil Nadu, dividing them. A tourist hub, the region promises diverse wildlife, flora and attractions. It has been admired for its picturesque beauty through history, specially during the colonial times. The serenity promised is evidenced by the success of the Vainu Bappu Observatory - taking advantage of clear skies in this region.
The Pachamalai Hills or Pachais in Tamil Nadu are a green hill-range 80 km north of Tiruchirappalli. With rivers Sweata Nadi and Kallar flowing through, these hills offer waterfalls, trekking trails and medicinal gardens. It has recently developed as a region for eco-tourism, especially for weekend getaways. Blossoming flowers and butterflies add to the scenic terrain and views. It is known to be home to tribal communities giving the culture of Pachais a unique flavour.
Chathuragiri or the Sathuragiri Hills are found in the Madurai District of Tamil Nadu. It is believed that this is the meeting point of the four Vedas and is the abode of God. The sacred hills are a religious centre for pilgrims and Shiva bhakti. Reaching Sathuragiri involves a full-day upward trek through a hilly, rock-cut terrain with accompanying streams of clear water. There are two main temples at the top of the hill.
Thally or 'Little England' is a picturesque, hilly town in the Krishnagiri District of Tamil Nadu, 54 km from Bangalore. This small hill is an interesting daycation from Bangalore that offers a garden & lake as a picnic spot. Surrounded by the Anchetty/Banerghatta forests, this hilly region is home to forests and rare, wild flowers. Wispy air and green pastures are a promise!
The Manjolai Hills lie 70 km away from Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu. A scenic and serene getaway, the hills boast of emerald green tea gardens and picturesque skies. With vivacious waterfalls and meadows, this densely forested area is a nature lover and trekking enthusiast's perfect getaway. Still unknown to most, these hills at 1162m msl preserve their quaint and tranquil nature. The tea estates, dams and waterfalls in this region give tourists a variety of options. The Kakkachi Lake is worth visiting as it has a natural made Golf Course adjacent to it.
The Kalrayan Hills or Kalvarayan Hills are a mountain range in Tamil Nadu that form part of the Eastern Ghats. Spanning over an area of 1095 sq. km, they separate the Salem and Kallakurichi districts. Unknown to most, this region has not received the attention it requires to ensure conservation. Scrub and bush jungles cover this region but there are a few trekking routes here, fit for a day-trip.
The hill stations of Tamil Nadu are, a must visit for any tourist looking for an escape from the noisy and polluted city life.