Top 8 Hill stations of Kerala that you must visit this summer to beat the heat

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Known as “God’s own country”, Kerala is mostly identified with its exotic beaches, tranquil backwaters, silky sand, azure sea and diverse wildlife. But, there is more to Kerala than this. This beautiful coastal state is a wonderful destination to spend some leisure moments amidst the greenery and intoxicating air of hill resorts.

The blue mountains of Western Ghats encompass some of the unspoiled and unexplored hill stations of Kerala, which are the ideal gateway to get rid of the monotonous daily life. Here is a list of some of the enchanting hill stations of Kerala.

1. Munnar

Munnar is the most popular hill stations in Kerala. This hill town is nestled at the junction of three mountain streams, called Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni, and Kundalan and works as a summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in Southern India. Munnar is bedecked with waterfalls, lakes, streams, green mountains, and vast tea plantations, which are gifts of Britishers to Kerala. Munnar also houses some beautiful designed colonial bungalows and monuments. Some nearby tourist spots to Munnar are Echo Point, Madupatti Dam, Erivakulam National Park, Anaimudi hill etc. Here, in this hill resort vacationers can indulge themselves in various adventure activities like trekking, camping, rock climbing, parasailing, bird watching etc.

2. Devikulam

Located just 16 km from Munnar, Devikulum is another beautiful hill station of Kerala. This charming hill station of Kerala is a picture perfect fairytale enchantment which encompasses Sitadevi lake within its territory. This lake is the ideal place for trout fishing. But, if you are an adventure buff, then you must engage yourself in some adventure activities, trekking, camping, mountaineering, rock climbing and fishing etc.

3. Attappady

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Attappady is one of the virgin hill stations of Kerala. This beautiful hill resort is located on the northeastern side of Palakkad district and 38 km from Mannakkad. Attappady is considered as a perfect blend of lush mountains, hilly rivers, and deep forest. This place is also very popular among the anthropologists as it serves as a homeland to various tribal communities like ‘irolas’ and ‘mudugars’. Attappady has some famous tourist spots such as Silent Valley National Park, Siruvani Drinking Water Reservoir, and Malleshwaram Peak worshipped as a ‘Shivalinga’ by the native tribal people.

4. Peerumedu

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Lies at an altitude of 914 m above sea level, Peerumedu is a tiny hill station of Kerala. It is located on the way to Thekkady. Peerumedu has attained its name from Peer Mohammad, a Sufi saint This hill resort is famous for various kinds of plantations like Coffee, tea, pepper, cardamom, and rubber.

5. Ponmudi

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Ponmudi in Kerala is a small, quaint hill station, perched at an altitude of 1100 ft above the sea level. The sheer charm of lush green surroundings makes the place a perfect summer retreat for the vacationers. Find diverse varieties of butterflies, flying in green woods near freshwater streams.

6. Nelliyampathy

Nelliyampathy hills are located just 75 km away from Palghat. The hill resort offers a magnificent view orange plantation and dense green forests. En route, visiting a shimmering reservoir, which is an ideal spot picnicker.

7. Idukki

 

Idukki is well known for its lofty mountains, misty valleys, and freshwater streams. The beautiful hill station of Kerala is blessed with immense natural beauty and enjoys a cool climate, which rejuvenates visitors mind and soul. Enjoy the scenic charm of bountiful nature, which comprises of lavish green woods, wonderful waterfalls, and meandering streams. Have a leisurely walk along the spice and tea plantations.

8. Vagamon

The enchanting beauty of natural surroundings in Vagamon, beckons every visitor. Enjoy a breathtaking view of bluish-brown hills, blooming colourful flowers, green meadows and cotton mist covering the hill resort. Adventure enthusiasts can indulge in some thrilling activities like trekking.

 

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