Hillstations in Kerala
Hillstations in Kerala
Munnar, the mist-clad hills, tea plantations that look like green carpets covering one hill after another, fresh air, picturesque picnic spots. Sparkling waterfalls, and dazzling streams are some of the scenes that will greet you on your way to Munnar. Munnar is situated at a height of 1,600 meters above the sea level. The lush green verdant regions in Munnar, the western side of Kerala, South India offer you unthinkably beautiful natural sights. Munnar, with its acres of tea plantations, winding lanes, evergreen trees, soothing eye-catching flora and fauna, and a comfortably cool climate is a favorite with visiting tourists. Expressions Kerala Tours ensures that you have access to a wide range of tour options that take you to the stunning and strikingly beautiful Munnar hills in Kerala, South India.
Tourist Spots In Munnar
Eravikulam National Park – Munnar
Located about 12 km from Munnar, The Park holds the largest viable population of the endangered (IUCN) Nilgiri Tahr (Nilgiritragus hylocrius). Spread over an area of 97 km2., this park is also home to several species of rare butterflies, animals and birds. A great place for trekking, the park offers a magnificent view of the tea plantations and also the rolling hills caressed by blankets of mists. The park becomes a hot destination when the hill slopes here get covered in a carpet of blue, resulting from the flowering of Neelakurinji. It is a plant endemic to this part of the Western Ghats which blooms once in twelve years. The last time it bloomed was in 2006.
Anamudi Peak – Munnar
Situated about 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) from Munnar town,Anamudi (2,695 metres (8,842 ft)) is Kerala’s highest mountain and the highest Indian mountain south of the Himalayan Range. Treks to the peak are allowed with permission from Forest and Wildlife authorities at Eravikulam.
Mattupeetty Dam reservoir – Munnar
Another place of interest, located about 13 km from Munnar Town, is Mattupetty. Lying at a height of 1700 m above sea level, Mattupetty is known for its storage masonry dam and the lake, which offers boat rides, enabling one to enjoy the surrounding hills and landscape. Mattupetty’s fame is also attributed to the dairy farm run by the Indo-Swiss Livestock Project, where one would come across different high yielding breeds of cows. Mattupetty with its lush green tea plantations, rolling grasslands and the Shola forests is also ideal for trekking and is home to a variety of birds.
Pallivasal – Munnar
Psllivasal located at about 3 km from Chithirapuram in Munnar is the venue of the first Hydroelectricproject in Kerala. It is a place of immense scenic beauty and is often favoured by visitors as a picnic spot.
Chinnakanal – Munnar
Near the town of Munnar is Chinnakanal and the waterfalls here, popularly known as Power House Waterfalls, cascade down a steep rock 2000 m above sea level. The spot is enriched with the scenic view of the Western Ghat ranges.
Anayirangal – Munnar
When you have traveled about seven kilometers from Chinnakanal, you reach Anayirangal. Anayirangal, 22 km from Munnar, is a lush green carpet of tea plants. A trip on the splendid reservoir is an unforgettable experience. The Anayirangal dam is surrounded by tea plantations and evergreen forests.
Rajamalai – Munnar
Rajamala is a wildlife sanctuary located about 15 km from Munnar. It is the natural habitat of Nilgiri Tahr, a rare Mountain goat. Half the world population of this rare species is concentrated in this region. The animal is fast becoming extinct. The total number of Nilgiri Tahrs in Rajamala is estimated at 1317. This sanctuary is part of the Eravikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, and visitors are allowed to certain tourism areas in the Rajamala region.
Echo Point – Munnar
Echo Point is another scenic place which is located 15 km from Munnar. It is on the way to Top Station. This place gets its name from the natural echo phenomenon here.
Top Station – Munnar
Top Station, which is about 27 km from Munnar is at a height of 1900 m above sea level. Travelers to Munnar make it a point to visit Top Station to enjoy the panoramic view it offers of the neighboring state of Tamil Nadu. It is one of the spots in Munnar to enjoy the Neelakurunji flowers blooming over a vast area.
Tea Museum – Munnar
Munnar has a legacy of its own when to comes to the origins and evolution of tea plantations. Taking account of this legacy and to preserve and showcase some of the exquisite and interesting aspects on the genesis and growth of tea plantations in Kerala’s high ranges, a museum exclusively for tea was opened some years ago by Tata Tea in Munnar. This Tea Museum houses curios, photographs and machineries; all of which have a story to tell on the origins and growth of tea plantation in Munnar. The museum is located at the Nallathanni Estate of KDHP Co(P) Ltd in Munnar and is worth a visit.
Wayanad is one of the most beautiful hill stations of Kerala, South India. Wayanad is nature that remains in its pristine form where nature and man move hand in hand. Wayanad is located in the heart of the Western Ghats, north east of Kerala, at an altitude of 700-2100m above sea level. Wayanad is famous for its lush green vegetation and spice plantations. The gurgling streams, sky high peaks, dense forests and the aroma of the spices add a particular charm to Wayanad.
Tourist Spots In Wayanad
Kalpetta – Wayanad
The district headquarters of Wayanad, is the only municipality in this hilly region. The town has hotels, bars, restaurants and shops, making it a convenient base to visit this place while at the same time enjoying these facilities.
Chembra peak – Wayanad
Chembra is the highest peak in Wayanad and is ideal for trekking. Climbing this peak is a challenging mountaineering endeavour and would take a full dayThe scenic beauty of Wayanad, which is visible from the top of Chembra, is very exhilerating. The surrounding areas offer exceptional photo oppurtunities. Camping on the peak is an unforgettable experience. District Tourism Promotion Council provides guides, sleeping bags, canvases, huts and trekking implements on hire.
Neelimala View Point- Wayanad
Closer to Vaduvanchal, Neelimala is an excellent venue fro trekking with lots of stimulating trails. The summit of this hill affords a great view of the cascading Meenmutty fallsand the beautiful valley in its foreground.
Meenmutty falls – Wayanad
An interesting 2 km jungle trek off the main Ooty road, Meenmutty is the largest and most spectacular waterfall in Wayanad. A unique feature is that water drops about 300 metres over three stages.
Sentinal Rock Waterfalls- Wayanad
22 kms south of Kalpetta near Chooralmala. Locally known as Soochippara and is a very popular leisure destination. This is a three step waterfall more than 200 mts in height. Framed by enchanting scenery. A must to see site! This region is ideal for rock climbing. Soochipara can be reached by a scenic 2 kms. nature walk and deer and other wildlife can be seen near the waterfront.
Kanthanpara waterfalls- Wayanad
22 kms south east of Kalpetta and 8 kms east of Meppadi, a beautiful waterfall about 30 mts in height. Relatively smaller than Sentinel Rock falls, and rather less frequented Kanthanpara and its surroundings offer a very pleasant site. A easy hike away from the main road, its perfect for picnics.
Banasura sagar project- Wayanad 21 kms north east of Kalpetta. Situated at Padinjarathara. A mini hydel project with the largest earth dam in India and the second largest in Asia is being built here. The Banasura project precincts are an ideal starting point for treks to the Banasura Peak. A quaint feature is a series of islands that were formed when the reservoir submerged the surrounding areas.
Edakkal caves- Wayanad
12 kms from Sulthan Bathery. 3 caves are located at a height of 1000 mts on Ambukuthi mala near Ambalavayal. The new stone age pictorial writings on the walls of these natural caves at Edakkal are the evidence of the civilizations that existed in the regions in the pre-historic times. The caves can be accessed only by a 1Km trekking trail from Edakkal. Morning hours are the best time to visit these caves. Entry is permitted only upto 1700 hrs. An interesting trek up of the Ambukuthi Hill near Ambalavayal town takes you to this fascinating neolithic cave site. Etchings found on the walls of these caves have drawn the serious attention of archeologists and historians worldwide.
With at least three distinct sets of petroglyphs, the earliest thought to date back over 3000 years, it is assumed that the Edakkal caves had been inhabited at various stages in history.
Wagamon hills station in Kerala, South India are dotted with delightfully attractive meadows, tropical forests, waterfalls and valleys. Stretches of tea plantations on the Wagamon hills are a common sight, located in Kerala. Kerala tourism, invites you to explore one of the most attractive olive green destination Wagamon, located in Kerala, south India.
The Wagamon hills located at a height of 1,100 meters above the sea level and situated at a distance of 64 kilometers from Kottayam in Kerala, South India is a very popular Kerala hill tour destination in Kerala, South India. Wagamon is surrounded by three chain of hills, namely, Thangal hill, Murugan hill and Kurisumala. Wagamon hills in Kerala, South India offer adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers endless opportunities for pure fun filled and pleasure tours.
Tourist Spots Inagamon
Meenachil River – Wagamon
Meenachil River, made famous by Arundhati Roy in her masterpiece “God of Small Things”, originates near Vanilla County. The river or rather the stream is of ravenous beauty as it gushes and gurgles forth through the rocks and creates baby waterfalls and little pools on the way down. The crystal clear water allows you to see the pebbles underneath.
Illikal Peak – Wagamon
Illikal Peak at 6000 ft., is the origin of the River Meenachil and many other rivers. The natural menhirs atop the mountain take on a mystical meaning to those who view it from afar. A 3 hour climb to the top is a rewarding experience to trekkers as well as to those who wish to see the origin of one of Kerala’s life giving rivers.
Maramala Waterfalls – Wagamon
Maramala Waterfalls, a scenic stream and its breathtaking waterfalls are together referred to as “Enchantress of the Jungle” in the local lore. Sliding down 200mts. from the numerous hillocks, this gushing water has etched out over the years, a deep natural pond amongst the rocks.
Poonjar Palace – Wagamon
Poonjar Palace, the seat of the ancient Poonjar kingdom still draws the crowds to marvel at an era long past. It is a glorious testimony to the regal opulence of a bygone era. The present day Munnar was a small principality under these rajahs till they were leased to the British tea companies two centuries ago.
Ayyampara – Wagamon
Ayyampara, or Five Rocks, a 20-acre rock formation is a favourite haunt for those who wish to see some spectacular sunsets. It is really fascinating to witness the Moon rising as the orange red Sun sets on the horizon. The Five rocks are said to represent the five Pandava brothers of the Indian epic Mahabharata. A cave nearby is big enough for 15 people to live in.
Nelliyampathy hill station is located 75 km from Palakkad, Kerala, South of India. The ranges here consist of a chain of ridges cut off from one another by valleys. The highest peak is Nellikota. The forests of Nelliampathy contain teak of extraordinary height and girth. Estates of tea, coffee, orange and cardamom dot the ranges. The cool hills of Nelliampathy, nestling atop the Western Ghats, offer a breathtaking view of the misty mountains and enchanting valleys interspersed with sprawling tea, coffee, cardamom and orange plantations. The bracing climate and green magic of nature enhance the exhilarating experience. For a vantage view of the spectacle, one must visit Seethakundu, near Nelliampathy hill station, where a 100m high waterfall provides an added attraction. It offers a fantastic view of the valley below a wide-angled vision of one-third of the entire Palakkad area. The forest range near the Nelliyampathy hills comprise a chain of ridges cut off from one another by valleys of dense evergreen forests.
Tourist Spots In Nelliyampathy
Seethakandu – Nelliyampathy
Seethakandu is a 100 m high waterfall that offers a vantage view of the Nelliampathy spectacle. At regular intervals, these hills stop abruptly to form cliffs overlooking the panoramic valley. Seethakandu is also famous in another respect- it is believed that Rama, Lakshmana and Sita (characters of the epic Ramayana) once lived in the place and that Sita used to offer worship with water from the stream in Seethakandu.
Pothundi Reservoir – Nelliyampathy
The glistening Pothundi Reservoir and its well manicured surroundings is an ideal stop- over for a tourist en route his journey to Nelliampathy.
Pothundi Dam – Nelliyampathy
Pothundi Dam is an irrigation dam and still stands as a wonder for the technology, being built without using cement or concrete at all. It is a very old dam, with history dating back to 1800 AD.
Kesavanpara – Nelliyampathy
Once at Kesavanpara one can enjoy the panoramic view of the land below.
This awe-inspiring hill station, which forms a stretch of the mammoth Western Ghats, has been rightly named Ponmudi, meaning ‘The Golden Peak’. One is welcomed by the thick tropical forests that carpets the foot of the Ponmudi hill range. The thickly entwined foliage paving way to extensive tea plantations on the way uphill is indeed a feast to the eyes. Ponmudi also has the advantage of being a hill station in close proximity to the sea and the famous beaches of Trivandrum.
This salubrious hill-station showcases luxuriant green hills, scenic winding roads, vibrant singing birds, natural springs, fluttering butterflies, vast expanses of spice and tea plantations peppered with small built yet pretty cottages,. There is not a single visitor that has not been left spellbound by the cadence of the avian orchestra and the verdant shades of green that Ponmudi is known for. What more can you ask for!
Tourist Spots In Ponmudi
A place that is not to be missed, golden valley, gifts its visitor a sight that sparkles with copious rivulets and rapids, and polished with well-rounded pebbles, ice cool water and green trees. Just the absolute wilds of the place are enough to mesmerize its beholder.
Agasthyarkoodam is one of the main attractions in Ponmudi. It is the highest peak (1868 m) in Trivandrum district and is also one of the highest peaks in the Western Ghats. The peak has restricted access and is well known for its wilderness.
This breathtakingly beautiful waterfall is sited on the trek path to Agasthyarkoodam. Trekkers can avail the golden opportunity of an exciting trek through dense forests to reach the falls. Situated near the Meenmutty waterfalls is another splendid waterfall- The Kombaikani Waterfalls.
Orchids and Deer Park
The Orchids and Deer Park, situated at a few kilometers distance from Ponmudi, is another main attraction of the place.
The extensive tea plantations in Ponmudi that border the winding way uphill, is another sight that is worth seeing.