Kerala hill stations offer not only an enthralling experience to just visit and see the beauty of hills but also awaken the sense of respect for nature. We personally believe that hills have a unique power to mesmerize any individual in this world. There is hardly found any man on this earth who does not like the mountain or doesn’t want to experience the attractiveness of mountains closely. Kerala has plenty of such mountains full of charm and plays a very important role to boost the overall tourism in Kerala. As a virtual friend of yours, we have identified such 5 mesmerizing hill stations in Kerala you must visit during holidays.
Munnar is one of the most famous Kerala hill stations, located at the altitude of 5200 feet from sea level come under Idduki district. Munnar is well known hill destination popular for charming landscape, tea plantation and diversity of flora and fauna. There are many wildlife sanctuaries and national parks have been developed by Govt. to protect the rare species in and around Munnar such as Eravikulam National Park & Anamudi Shola National Park in North, Chinnar wildlife sanctuary, Indira Gandhi wildlife sanctuary in north-east and Pampadum National Park in south of Munnar. Nilgiri Thar, Nilgiri wood-pigeon, Gaur, Nilgiri langur, Grizzled Squirrel etc are the main species found in these sanctuaries and national parks. There are plenty of places to visit in Munnar which will show you the height of attraction of this famous hill station.
Thekkady is one of the another best hill stations in Kerala, lies in Idduki district. If you want to experience the deeper wild side of tourism in Kerala, you must visit Thekkady. Periyar National Park & Tiger Reserve and beautiful Periyar Lake both are major tourist point in Thekkady. Bamboo rafting is the main tourism activity here at Periyar Lake in Thekkady. Famous Hindu Temple Sabrimala is also located in Periyar Tiger Reserve. Temples exist in each of the hills surrounding Sabarimala. While serviceable and intact temples exist at many places in the surrounding areas. This is one of the largest Hindu pilgrimage centre and as per and estimate there are 100 millions devotees travel every year which contributes a good revenue for the Kerala tourism development corporation.
Wayanad is located in North- Eastern part of Kerala at altitude range from 700 to 2100 meters above sea level. There is no town named “Wayanad”, it is a district only with no specified name and headquarter of Wayanad is in Kalpetta town which is also known as capital of Wayanad district. Forest area of Wayanad is very rich and has been inhabited for more than 3000 years but the proof of recorded history available from the 18th century. During British rule, Wayanad had been developed for tea and other cash corps. Roads were extended to the cities of Mysore and Ooty all the way through Gudalur. Through the roads tipped in pioneer from all parts of Kerala and the virgin forest lands bearded out an absolute success with absurd yields of cash crops. As per traveler’s choice Wayanad is second most popular Kerala hill stations.
Ponmudi is another hill station of Kerala located just 52 km away from Tiruvanathpuram (Trivandrum) city at height of 1110 meters from sea level. It is surrounded by picturesque tropical forest of Western Ghat. There are almost 22 hairpin turns along the route from Trivandrum to Ponmudi which gives a breathtaking experience to drive. Hiking and mountain trekking are the main tourism activities in Ponmudi. Apart from it travellers can explore echo point, Kallar & Menmutty waterfalls, and a beautiful deer park en-route to Ponmudi from Tiruvanathpuram.
Paithalmala or Vaithalmala is supposed to be hikers & adventure lover’s heaven. This Kerala hill stations is top among other adventure destination, located at the border area between Kerala and Karnataka lies in the Kannur district of Kerala. The height of Paithalmala from sea level is almost 1370 meters Due to limited reach ability of visitors; this hill station is still in their natural condition. Trekking is one of the very famous activities at Paithalmala. Forest trails towards the hill top is full of adventure which starts through the thick forest followed by the plain grass land on top of the hill. This hill station is more popular among adventure lovers because of amazing trekking and hiking experiences. Thus, day by day, Paithalmala is getting superb popularity among adventure seekers and also playing a vital role to promoting overall adventure tourism in state.