The state of Kerala is located on the southwestern part of the country of India. As the state of Kerala lies towards the scorching hot southern side of the country one may not be expecting to find many peak locations there but the number of cool serene high range that dot the state will surprise you. The state has a large number of knoll regions and each is beautiful than the other. Some of the best known high ranges in Kerala are:-Munnar,Ponmudi, Vagamon,Nelliampathi
The above mentioned spots are just a few of the many high ranges. Some of the other spots that provide you with beauty and cool weather to escape the sweltering heat are Devikulam, Kalpetta, Kumily, Peermade, Ranipuram, Vellarimala, Mananthavady etc.
So when you are traveling the southern part of India and you think that you need a place to beat the heat then always think of the many peak regions that are available in Kerala. Travel to this mystical land of the Gods where culture, tradition and beauty merge to make up the state of Kerala. Also when you are in Kerala do not forget to take a cruise on the famous emerald backwaters of the state.
Munnar, located in Kerala, is one place known for its well-preserved natural beauty of the virgin forests.Munnar is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams namely Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. The environment and climate of Munnar are very salubrious that compels you to just chill and relax. There are waterfalls, coffee gardens and scenic valleys where you can stroll and have the ultimate time of your life. The tea gardens of this particular place are the most famed among all other places of interest. This place is the perfect getaway to beat the heat of the sweltering south.
Devikulam is located in Kerala, just 16km (approx) form Munnar, this gorgeous hill station symbolises nature in her pristine glory. It is mostly visited by the tourists to enjoy the picturesque landscapes and the mineral water springs. It has many legends associated with Devikulam Lake, which gives the hill station its name.
A landlocked district, idukki is one of the most nature rich areas of kerala . The high ranges and wooded valleys are girded by three main rivers- periyar, thalayar and thodupuzhayar- and their tributaries. The river pamba also has its origin here. As a tourist destination, idukki offers diverse attractions like wildlife sanctuaries, hill stations, spice plantation tours, mountain treks, elephant rides etc. Idukki has a large population of tribals who have unique customs and beliefs and maintain an ethos which is distinctly different from that of the mainstream culture.
Ponmudi- for a quick getaway from the scorching heat that envelopes the capital city of the state, Thiruvananthapuram there is no better place than Ponmudi.The salubrious hill station of Ponmudi is at a distance of 61 kms from Thiruvananthapuram. The knoll regions of Ponmudi is just about 61 kilometers away from the city and is located at an elevation of 3609 feet above sea level. The journey to this wonderful location is a treat in itself for the winding roads filled with scenic views are breathtaking. The lush green forest, rivers and rivulets that you come across while journeying to this place fills your heart with rapture and beauty.
Vythiri is a picturesque place located in the sylvan Northern High Ranges of Kerala in Wayanad District.
Wayanad, One of the fourteen districts in Kerala (India) is situated in an elevated picturesque mountainous plateau in Western Ghats.
Peermade gets its name from the famous Sufi saint Peer Mohammad who is said to have visited the hills. It is known throughout the world for its marvelous medical treatments. The scenic vista is over-awed by the fragrance of Cardamom that trails throughout the hills.
8 Chembra Peak
14 km west of kalpeta, at 2100 m above mean sea level, chembra is the highest Peak in wayanad and is an ideal area for trekking.
10 kms from munnar, with its sleepy little cottages bungalows, old playgrounds and courts, chithirapuram still exudes an old world charm. Home of the pallyvasal hydel power project, this hill town is also famous for its picturesque tea plantation.
55 km east of kozhikode / 5 km south of vythiri, lakkidi the gateway to wayanad, is situated 700 m above mean sea level. At the crest of the thamarasseri ghat pass. Lofty peaks, gurgling streams and luzuriant forests add magic to the journey up the winding roads to this hill station.
11 Pythal Mala
65 kms from kannur town, this enchanting hill station, situated 4,500 ft. Above sea level near the kerala - karnataka border, is rich in flora and fauna. It is a six kilometre trek to the top of the hills.
Vagamon- this is located in the Kottayam-Idukki border and is a really pleasant place to visit.65 km from idukki town, situated at an elevation of 110 m above sea level, this hill station is a trekker's delight. Wagamon is surrounded by beautiful meadows, valleys and tea gardens. The place is also lovingly called as the “Scotland of Asia” due to its beauty and weather conditions. The place still remains tranquil and quaint which adds to the charm of the place. The place is unscathed by the vicious claws of the modernizing world and is intact with lush green vegetation. The weather here is extremely pleasant and sometimes a veil of mist and fog covers the place giving it an entirely different charm. This is a must visit place for those looking for peace, quiet, beauty and a cool place to relax in.
Situated at a height of 1700 m. Mattupetty is famous for its highly specialised dairy farm - the indo swiss live stock project. Over a 100 varieties of high yielding cattles are reared here. The mattupetty lake and dam, just a short distance from the farm, is a very beautiful picnic spot.
Nelliampathi- this wonderful destination of Kerala is at a distance of 60 kilometers from Palakkad and 52 km south of nemmara, this fascinating hill station is at a height of 467 to 1572 m above sea level.and is known to be one of the most pleasant places to visit. The journey to this particular location leads you through dams, paddy fields, forests brimming with wild life thus making it an exciting and beautiful. At least 10 hairpin bends have to be negotiated on the ghat road that passes through the breathtaking evergreen forests of the sahya ranges. Seethakundu at nellyampathy offers a panoramic view of about one third the are of palakkad district.
60 km from kozhikode, the peruvannamuzhi dam site set amid hills is a beautiful picnic spot. The reservoir here provides facilities for speedboat and row boat cruises. Uninhabited island, a bird sanctuary and a crocodile farm add to the charm of the place.
Gavi Eco-Tourism a project of the Kerala Forest Development Corporation has caught the attention of tourists, mostly from European countries. The project is exclusive in many respects and the majority who visited was nature lovers and adventure tourists. Over a short period of time visitors to Gavi gradually increased, especially after 'Alistair International' the world acclaimed tourism major listed it among the leading eco-tourism centres and one of the must-see places in India.
Skirting Kottayam district are the beautiful valleys of Ilaveezhapoonchira, spread over thousands of acres. This delightful picnic spot located in the midst of beautiful hillocks near Kanjar, is also ideal for trekking.
Part of the Sahyadri ranges (Western Ghats) of mountains, Agasthyakoodam, at a height of 1,890 m above sea level, is the second highest peak in Kerala. Teeming with wildlife, the forests of Agasthyakoodam abound in rare medicinal herbs and plants, and brilliantly hued orchids. A bird watcher’s paradise, this legendary mountain is accessible by foot from Kotoor, near Neyyar Dam and also from Bonakkad. Trekking to Agasthyakoodam is believed to be healthy, the very air here is supposed to have healing properties. It is believed that sage Agasthya, the mythological character lived here.
More great destinations can be found in the Explore India page.