In India there are numerous Hill Stations attractions which you can see, each more beautiful than the other.India harbours some of the richest biodiversity in the world. Out of those thousands, here we list out the top Hill Stations attractions to see in case you are on a short trip to India. Even if you are on a long visit, these are the ones which you must not miss out. Read more about them...
Hill Stations in Kerala
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.
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.
The salubrious hill station of Ponmudi is at a distance of 61 kms from Thiruvananthapuram.
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.
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.
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.
52 km south of nemmara, this fascinating hill station is at a height of 467 to 1572 m above sea level. 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.
Hill Stations in Tamil Nadu
The green cover over the hills in Coonoor offers a spectacular view of the Nilgiri hills that takes away your breath. Try out trekking while in Coonoor.Coonoor is a most charming hill station of the Nilgiri Mountain Range in Tamil Nadu. Coonoor is situated on the eastern side of the southern extremity of the Doddabetta range, at an altitude of 1,858 metres above the sea level.It has got it’s the name from the Kurinji Flowers that are found on the mountain slopes. The hill station is also renowned for its aromatic teas. Trekking and hiking are the two popular adventure activities that the visitors can indulge in apart from bird watching.
20 Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu
Located at a height of 2100 meters above sea level and 120 km from Madurai, Kodaikanal is a prefect hill destination to escape the maddening crowd of the cities and is often called “Kodai”. It is well-known for its spices, homemade chocolates, herbal teas and coffees, oils and the orchids. The landscape of Kodai has compelled people to call it the “Princess of Hills”.
21 Ooty in Tamil Nadu
Ooty or Ootacamund is the capital of the Nilgiris.Ooty also known as Udhaga-mandalam is surely the 'Queen of hills' and the most popular hill station in Tamilnadu. The moment you come here the serenity and its natural charm takes you to another world of peaceful atmosphere. Situated in the lap of Nilgiri ranges, Ooty is definitely a must visit. It is famous for the picturesque picnic spots, but; still the chief attraction remains the mile long tea gardens. Whether you are a kid or an adult, nobody skips the Nilgiri Toy Train ride. It takes you along the picturesque topography of the Nilgiris.
22Yercaud Tamil Tourism
Although not so popular like Ooty, yet having its own charm, Yercaud attracts holiday goers from different parts of the world. A less explored destination, yet a great place for spending summer vacations.
23Yelagiri Tamil Tourism
Love to try out different adventure sports and testing your endurance? Then Yelagiri is an ideal hill destination for you and your friends. Also get to rejuvenate your senses in the lap of nature at this popular hill station in Tamil Nadu.
The ideal location and a backdrop of plush tea estates, Kotagiri is surely a place for those who are looking for some peace. Also do not forget to taste the famous Nilgiri tea at this serene hill station in Tamil Nadu.
Come here to see its natural beauty along with the mountain shrines in Kongunadu dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Hill Stations in Karnataka
Known as the “Kashmir of South”, what more reason one requires for visiting Coorg. The hill station is located in Karnataka.Easily one of the most attractive regions in India, Coorg or Kodagu is an enchanting expanse of natural tourist spot that nestles amid the hills and valleys of the picturesque Western Ghats. It is famous around the world for the variety of coffee and tea plantations. The landscape of the hill station is very mesmerizing with pleasant climate throughout the year.
27 Nandi Hills in Karnataka
Nandi Hills known as the sunrise hills of Karnataka, 60 km from Bangalore , offers the chance to see the memorable sunrise one can ever witness. The hill station is blessed with pleasant climate throughout the year. The monsoons are the most spectacular time of year in Nandi, as the hills are all covered up by the mists, giving it a mystical sense.It is a popular hill resort with delightful climate.Tipu Sultan’s Palace, the Gandhi Nilaya,the Nehru House and the Yoganandeeswara Temple are the other attractions. The Pennar, the Palar and the Arkavati rivers originate in these hills.The Chikmanglur district is full of scenic surprises – hills, valleys, streams and snow white coffee blossoms. It is also trekker’s territory.
The gigantic rock formations of Yana stand proud and tall among the evergreen forests of the Western Ghats in Uttara Kannada district. Located 25km from the coastal town of Kumta and 40km from Sirsi near the Chandrika River , Yana is an ideal destination for pilgrims, trekkers, and nature-lovers alike.A 16km trek through the cool and breezy hills brings you to the foot of the mountain where the rock formations begin. At the top, a stunning sight awaits you: The awesome Bhairaveshwara and Jaganmohini shikharas, or peaks. A cave temple dedicated to Lord Shiva lies below these shikharas. The vagaries of time have caused these limestone structures to turn blackish brown; a profusion of beehives dots the rock surface.
Situated 100km from Shimoga and 36km from Hosanagara is this enchanting mountain, which overlooks the vast Western Ghats . Kodachadri is famed for its glorious sunrises and sunsets. The peak of Kodachadri (at an altitude of 1343 m above sea level) can be reached by a five-hour trek. On the western side, the hill descends steeply for about 1220m, meeting the forests of Udupi district. The famous temple town of Kollur is 12km away. These hills (4411ft.) constitute one of the largest forest areas in Karnataka, and part of this region forms the Mookambika Nature Reserve. Kollur is an ideal base to explore the hills. The Mookambika Nature Camp is 4km south of Kollur.
An ideal retreat of solitude and natural beauty, located in Baba-Budan range. Placed at a height of 4,702 ft above sea level, Kemmangundi has a bracing climate, mineral enriched water and a tranquil verdant mountains cape. The two waterfalls-Kalahasti and Hebbe are ideal picnic spots. BABABUDAN MOUNTAINS , 30 km from Kemmangundi, are the loftiest range of hills with a stupendous ridge. The Dattatreya Peetha here is a well known pilgrimage shrine both for the Hindus and the Muslims.
Located on Theerthahalli-Agumbe road, about 12km from Theerthahalli, Kundadri Hill is a gigantic monolithic rock formation. Surrounded by dense evergreen forests, it is a lovely place for trekking. A rough, stone-paved path leads to a Jain temple perched atop the hill. Camping in the open at Kundadri Hills on a full moon night is an exhilarating experience.
If you enjoy spectacular sunsets, sparkling streams, verdant village vistas, and an unspoilt rustic ambience, Agumbe is the place for you. Situated at an elevation of 826m in Shimoga district, Agumbe provided the perfect setting for R. K. Narayan to film his novel Malgudi Days. Agumbe and its environs are full of exciting trekking routes. Forested trails lead from here to a jungle pond called Emkal Kere, a hillock called Nishani Gudda, and to Barkana Falls . Agumbe is also known as the Cherrapunji of South India.You can also stop by the 14th century temple with Hoysala-style sculptures dedicated to Lord Gopalakrishna. The sunset as seen from Agumbe is a spectacular sight and many visitors come here to watch it, especially between November and January. A microwave tower, a significant landmark of Agumbe, is located at this point.
The district takes its name from the headquarter town of Chikmanglur which literally means youngest daughter’s town.
Literally means 'Horse face'. The deep valleys and steep precipices of this hill station have great natural beauty. It is also known as 'the Mining Giant of Asia' and is famous for Iron. The broad hills 95km south-west of Chikmagalur town overlook the Arabian Sea and are chained to one another by deep valleys and steep precipices. As yet ‘undiscovered’ by tourists, Kudremukh is a trekker’s paradise. Let the wonderland of lush green forests interspersed with rivers, grassy slopes, captivating cascades, rare orchids, caves, ruins, and traces of old civilizations amaze you as you trek your way through it. The best time to visit is after the monsoon when everything is lush green and the rivers, streams, and waterfalls are at their best.
Hill Stations in Andhra Pradesh
Araku Valley, 115-km from Vishakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh is close to the Orissa State, border. The magic of the valley could be felt right from the moment when you take the road to Aruku through the dense forests. The hill station is surrounded with the dense forests. The calm environment of this hill station will certainly help you to knock your stress. A trail to the Sangda Waterfall is said to be the one of the most beautiful trails you will ever come across in your life.
36 Horsley Hills
Horsley Hills is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Andhra Pradesh. They have a very picturesque and eye soothing landscape. It is one hill station that vouches for the relaxation it provides to the tourists.
Anantagiri Hills are located at the top of the Elysian Tirumala Hills and is about 17 kilometers from the Araku Valley. Anantagiri Hills are located along the Eastern Ghats. Anantagiri Hills is like a store house of energy. It can replenish the lost energy of a sick person and enable him to get back to normal life with former energy and vigor. The exquisite views of sunrise and sunset at Anantagiri Hills lures the tourists.
More great destinations can be found in the Explore India page.