Ten Most Scenic Hill Stations of South India - Trodly

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Here’s my list of ten scenic hill stations in South India that will inspire you to sing out loud 'the hills are alive with the sound of music'!

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  • 1. Ten Most Scenic Hill Stations of South India

2. Chikmagalur Located 260 kms from Bangalore, Chikamagalur is an ideal weekend getaway. The town is at the foothills of Baba Budan Giri mountain range of Western Ghats and is renowned for its coffee plantations. It is believed that Chikamagalur is where coffee was first grown in India.Mullayanagiri, Karnatakas highest peak is in Chikamagalur district and the town is ideal for relaxing on coffee plantations, trekking and visiting waterfalls like Jhari falls and Honnamana Halla falls. It enjoys a year-round pleasant weather, and it usually experiences heavy rains during peak monsoon season. 3. Wayanad Wayanad is about 280-300 kms from Bangalore and is a beautiful green entrance to God's own country. Visit plantations where tea and coffee, pepper, cardamom, areca nut, bananas and coconuts are grown. Also check out Lakkidi point, Banasura Sagar dam, Pookode lake,Soochipara waterfalls, Meenmutty waterfalls (Keralas second largest waterfall) and Muthanga wildlife sanctuary. Wayanad is lush green during the heavy monsoon rains and hot and humid during the summer months. 4. Munnar Munnar, in Kerala, is a must-visit for nature lovers. Sprawling tea estates, clean mountain air and mysterious, foggy landscape that adds to the beauty. Munnar is perched at an altitude of 1600 mts above sea level and provides a much needed respite from the heat as well as regular monotony of urban life. Munnar is about 520 kms from Bangalore and can also be reached by train. When in Munnar, visit powerhouse dam and waterfall, Mattupetty Dam, Devikulam, Kundala lake, Kolukkumalai Tea Estate and several vantage points that offer stunning views of the valley and vegetation. 5. Ooty Ooty is probably the most popular hill station in South India and while it is teeming with tourists, especially during peak holiday season, it has still retained its charm. Ooty or Ootacamund or Udagamandalam is also given the moniker - Queen of the Nilgiris. Verdant mountains, lush green vegetation and charming cottages that dot the hill station are much coveted by travelers looking for relaxation. Ride the famous Nilgiris toy train, visit the botanical gardens, view the valley from Dodabetta, enjoy a safari in Madumalai forest and enjoy the hill station in all its glory. 6. Coonoor Coonoor is located downhill from Ooty, about 17 kms away and is considered by many as a quieter and more romantic version of Ooty. It is a charming hill station located amidst the Nilgiri hills and is known for its stunning views of the mountains and tea plantations, misty atmosphere and cool climate. Coonoor takes you back in time, with its old, British-style cottages and bungalows. Take the Nilgiri toy train from Ooty to Coonoor and enjoy the ride. Also enjoy bird-watching, trekking and hiking as well as drive down the narrow winding roads and take in the scenery. 7. Coorg Coorg, a popular weekend getaway destination from Bangalore, is rightly know as Scotland of India. Waterfalls, lush green valley, coffee and spice plantations, unbeatable weather and warm hospitality of Coorgis, this charming hill station has it all. Enroute to Madikeri, the capital of Coorg is Kushalnagar, where there is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery, which is a must-see. Also visit Dubare elephant camp and Kaveri Nisargdhama if you are interested in wildlife and nature. Rajas Seat in Madikeri is a popular park and vista point and offers unmatched view of the valley. Trekking and hiking or going on nature trails, white water rafting, and simply relaxing at a homestay and relishing local food, you can do it all at Coorg. 8. Kodaikanal If Ooty is the Queen of Nilgiris, Kodaikanal is the Princess. Kodaikanal is a beautiful hillstation in Tamil Nadu and is renowned for its rich flora. The area is surrounded by tall trees, including eucalyptus, acacia, cypress, pear, rhododendron and magnolia. There are numerous attractions for tourists, including Kodaikanal Lake, Bryant Park, Bear Shola Falls, vista points such as Dolphins nose and Pillar Rocks, Kodaikanal Solar Observatory and Kurinji Andavar Murugan temple. There are numerous accommodation options as well as local sightseeing options in Kodaikanal. 9. Yercaud Yercaud is an unassuming and quiet hillstation on the Shevaroy hills in Salem district of Tamil Nadu. Yercaud enjoys a pleasant climate throughout the year and is very rich in flora. Yercaud is also known for oranges, which are grown in abundance in this region. Yercaud Lake is a picturesque lake surrounded by dense forest and lush green foliage and offers boating opportunities to tourists. Other popular attractions include Ladys Seat, Killiyur Falls, Bears Cave,Pagoda Point, Silk Farm and Rose Garden as well as The National Orchidarium and Botanical Garden. 10. Ponmudi Ponmudi is an idyllic hill station located about 61 kms from Thiruvananthapuram surrounded by lush green forests. Situated at an altitude of 951 ft, a lot of trekking and hiking enthusiasts visit Ponmudi. The area is rich with wildlife and has a diverse bird population. Kallar and Meenmutty falls are also popular attractions. Peppara wildlife sanctuary, located in the vicinity is spread over 53 kms and is home to Malabar Grey Hornbill, Asiatic elephants, sambar, lion-tailed macaque and leopards. 11. Vagamon Vagamon is a quaint hill town located in Kottayam district, surrounded by beautiful green valleys, misty mountainside, acres of tea plantations and colorful fragrant flowers. Vagamon is also heaven for adventure tourists, with exciting opportunities for trekking, hiking, rock climbing and paragliding. Places to visit include Kurisumala ashram, Vagamon meadows, and the valley of pine forests, Thangal Hill, Mooppanpara vista point and Murugan Hill. 12. Photographic Attribution Thank you all for your contributions! Featured Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/preya/8311585998 Chikmagalur: www.flickr.com/photos/possiblymaybeprobablynot/3006951311 Wayanad: www.flickr.com/photos/wide-eyed-wanderer/9562172774 Munnar: www.flickr.com/photos/abechacko/6658639365 Ooty: www.flickr.com/photos/bupia/2406452919 Coonoor: www.flickr.com/photos/prabhu_ferrari/517866945 Coorg: www.flickr.com/photos/rejik/6199486311 Kodaikanal: www.flickr.com/photos/david-trattnig/3592782210 Yercaud: www.flickr.com/photos/kumaravel/8240234241 Ponmudi: www.flickr.com/photos/thejasp/6541692637 Vagamon: www.flickr.com/photos/sanchantr/8269871076