Alluring Hill Stations near Ooty for a Blissful Getaway

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Best Hill Stations near Ooty

Owing to the hilly terrain, the numerous hill stations near Ooty make it the most sought after vacation destination. The presence of both mainstream, commercial and also slightly unexplored hill stations near Ooty are the reason why it is the most loved holiday spot among romantic couples, families, friends, adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. Nestled in between the mighty Nilgiris and covered in emerald green plantations, these gorgeous hill stations attract a whole lot of photographers as well to capture the magnificence, charm and the magical ambience of the twee towns. Among the most popular ones are Kodaikanal, Coonoor, Coorg etc. However, if you want to wander slightly deeper into the dark woods and peaceful valley, Yercaud, Valparai and Bellikal etc are unbeatable. Located at short distances away from the main city, these charming hill stations near Ooty are sure to lure you with their picture perfect setting, the mesmerizing panoramic vistas and the overall tranquillity and serenity.

Here is the list of 19 Alluring Hill Stations near Ooty for a Blissful Getaway

1. Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu - The Princess of Hill Stations near Ooty

Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu - The Princess of Hill Stations near Ooty
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Known For : Green Valley View (Suicide Point) Kodai Lake Bear Shola Falls

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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.

Distance from Ooty: 251 km

Best Time: September to May

35 Kodaikanal Attractions

2. Coonoor, Tamil Nadu

Coonoor, Tamil Nadu
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Known For : Sim's Park Dolphin's Nose Ketti Valley

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One of the most beautiful and serene hill stations near Ooty, 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.

Distance from Ooty: 19 km

Best Time: October to March

17 Coonoor Attractions

3. Valparai, Tamil Nadu

Valparai, Tamil Nadu

Situated at 1500m above sea level in the Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu, Valparai is one of the obscure yet tranquil hill stations near Ooty. 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.

Distance from Ooty: 213 km

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

Yercaud, Tamil Nadu - The Land of Seven Forests.
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Known For : Killiyur Falls Lady's Seat Bear's Cave

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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.

Distance from Ooty: 244 km

Best Time: October to June

20 Yercaud Attractions

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

Bellikkal, Tamil Nadu - The Hills of Good Times
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Bellikkal is a small village in the south of Sigur Plateau in Tamil Nadu. This is one of the small and elusive hill stations near Ooty which is as beautiful as those in the Himalayas and has yet managed to retain its old world charm. Anyone who has gone to Bellikkal will pine to go back.

Distance from Ooty: 14 km

Best Time: Throughout the year

6. Coorg, Karnataka - The Scotland of India

Coorg, Karnataka - The Scotland of India
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Known For : Abbey Falls Talakaveri Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary

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Located amidst imposing mountains in Karnataka with a perpetually misty landscape, Coorg is the place to be for all nature lovers. One of the popular coffee producing hill stations near Ooty, it is also 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.

Distance from Ooty: 246 km

Best Time: October to March

36 Coorg Attractions

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7. Mudumalai, Tamil Nadu

Mudumalai, Tamil Nadu
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Known For : Madumalai National Park The Jungle Safari Theppakadu Elephant Camp

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Mudumalai is best known for its beautiful landscape of the blue skies complimenting the Nilgiri Hills owning the similar tint and surrounding hills and the Mudumalai National Park, which houses many species of animals and birds.

Distance from Ooty: 39 km

Best Time: December to June

3 Madumalai Attractions

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

Yelagiri, Tamil Nadu - The Call of the Hills
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Known For : Yelagiri Adventure Camp Jalagamparai Falls Nature Park

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A quaint little hill station near Ooty, Yelagiri is just 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 near Ooty.

Distance from Ooty: 349 km

Best Time: November to February

13 Yelagiri Attractions

9. Munnar, Kerala - Of tea Gardens, lakes and pretty little hill-stations near Ooty

Munnar, Kerala - Of tea Gardens, lakes and pretty little hill-stations near Ooty
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Known For : Echo Point, Munnar Photo Point Atukkad Waterfalls

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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.

Distance from Ooty: 242 km

Best Time: September to May

46 Munnar Attractions

10. Kalpetta, Kerala

Kalpetta, Kerala
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Known For : Karapuzha Dam Kanthanpara Waterfalls Shopping in Kalpetta

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Kalpetta is a quaint town with a backdrop of majestic hills lurking in the shadows, lush green surroundings, fresh air and picturesque beauty. Housed in the Wayanad District of Kerala, at a height of 780 m above the sea level, Kalpetta is a perfect place for nature lovers as well as honeymooners.

Distance from Ooty: 118 km

Best Time: October to March

20 Kalpetta Attractions

11. Wayanad, Kerala - Nature's Abode

Wayanad, Kerala - Nature's Abode
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Known For : Banasura Sagar Dam Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary Chembra Peak

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Replete with enchanting waterfalls, historical caves, comfortable resorts and home stays, this popular hill station near Ooty is famous for its spice plantations and wildlife. The entire region is completely green with hilly ranges and wildlife including Tholpetty in the North, Muthanga in the east bordering with Tamil Nadu, Kalpetta in the south, Mananthvadi in the north-west and Sultan Bathery (Sultan Battery) in the east.

Distance from Ooty: 116 km

Best Time: Throughout the year

34 Wayanad Attractions

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

Vythiri, Kerala - An old world charm of cottages
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Known For : Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary Chembara peak Soochipara Falls

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Vythiri is 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. It is the place to be in if one wants to step back a little into the past and experience the simpler cottage life amidst lush greenery.

Distance from Ooty: 123 km

Best Time: October to Apr

5 Vythiri Attractions

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

Idukki, Kerala - Eco-village in the western ghats
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Known For : Hill View Park Kulamavu Dam Idukki Arch Dam

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

Distance from Ooty: 380 km

Best Time: Throughout the year

37 Idukki Attractions

14. Palakkad, Kerala - Quaint hill station near Ooty

Palakkad, Kerala - Quaint hill station near Ooty
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Known For : Parambikulam Tiger Reserve Silent Valley National Park Palakkad Fort

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The quaint hill station of Palakkad boasts of picturesque landscape, tranquil scenery and clear backwaters. Palakkad gets its name from pala trees which once dominated the area. Located near a wide low pass in the Western Ghats mountain ranges, Palakkad is the land of Palmyras and Paddy Fields and is famous as the "gateway of Kerala".

Distance from Ooty: 137 km

Best Time: July to March

28 Palakkad Attractions

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

Devikulam, Kerala - A lake in which Goddess Sita bathed
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Known For : Devi Lake Pallivasal Falls Thoovanam Falls

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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.

Distance from Ooty: 266 km

Best Time: November to May

4 Devikulam Attractions

16. Kotagiri, Karnataka

Kotagiri, Karnataka
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Known For : Elk Falls Longwood Shola Trekking

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Kotagiri is one of the smallest and oldest hill stations near Ooty, 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.

Distance from Ooty: 29 km

Best Time: December to May

7 Kotagiri Attractions

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

BR Hills, Karnataka - Of picturesque and exotic flora and fauna
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Known For : BRT Wildlife Sanctuary Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Adventure Activities

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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.

Distance from Ooty: 142 km

Best Time: April to October

5 BR Hills Attractions

18. Chikmagalur, Karnataka - The coffee land of Karnataka

Chikmagalur, Karnataka - The coffee land of Karnataka
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Known For : Kudremukh National Park Mullayanagiri Baba Budangiri

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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 near Ooty and is a quaint getaway from the busy life of the city.

Distance from Ooty: 316 km

Best Time: Throughout the year

18 Chikmagalur Attractions

19. Meghamalai, Madurai

Meghamalai, Madurai

Often known as the 'High Wavy Mountains', Meghamalai is a petit yet beautiful place located in the Western Ghats in the state of Tamil Nadu. At an elevation of 1500 meters, this place is a perfect getaway to beat the heat and enjoy some peaceful time relaxing amidst nature.

Distance from Ooty: 357 km

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