Situated at the confluence of three rivers, Munnar is one of the famous hill stations in Kerala. Located at an elevation of about 1600m above sea level, this hill station is known for its unparalleled shades of green. The rolling tea-planted hills and the mist above them often offer a beautiful picture indeed! Munnar is an ideal place to relax, as it is serene and beautiful…. It can be called the natural spa of Kerala. Don’t just settle only for the excursion in the city, as there are several places that dot Munnar with gorgeous landscape. Pothamadu (6kms), Devikulam (7kms), Pallivasal (8kms), Attukal (9kms), Nyaymakad (10kms) and Mattupetty (13kms) are some of the must visit places around Munnar. Most of these places boast great scenic beauty, waterfalls, trekking trails, lakes and dams. There are also many exhilarating places near Munnar like Top Station, where the famous Nilkurinji blooms once in 12 years, Marayoor, which is known for its abundant sandalwood, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary and Eravikulam National Park that offer great view of the diverse wildlife of South India.
Explore the wild side of Kerala at Thekkady. Another beautiful hill station from the pocket of Idukki District, Thekkady is an excellent place to get rejuvenated. Far from the maddening crowd of the city; enjoy an uninterrupted holiday amidst the lush flora and diverse fauna that is enveloped by green rolling hills. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, which is home to many elephants, is one of the prime attractions in Thekkady. Elephant safaris and the boat cruise on the Periyar Lake are great attractions in the wildlife sanctuary. Trekking is yet another activity that you would enjoy the most in Thekkady and Kurisumala is one such great trek. Mangala Devi Temple, Pandikuzhi, Vandiperiyar and Ramakalmedu are the must visit places in Thekkady for you.
A summer destination, Vagamon is situated 1200m above sea level. Marked by the lofty green mountains, cascading waterfalls, pine forests and the meandering roads cutting through the mountains, Vagamon is an ideal place to find solace and peace of mind. Far away from the confines of bustling city noises, this hill station can be a great weekend getaway. You can visit Vagamon and enjoy some quiet time; the perfect environ gives you opportunity to practice meditation as well. Go to the famed Meenachil River, which has been mentioned by Arundhati Roy in her masterpiece ‘God of Small Things’. Also witness the majestic Illikal Peak, Poonjar Palace and Maramala Waterfalls in Vagamon.
Gavi in the Pathanamthitta District is like a dream come true! A perfect holiday place in Kerala, Gavi is a paradise for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. Beside basking in the glow of this hill station, there are so many things that you can do in Gavi like trekking, wildlife watching, bird watching, staying in tree house, camping and safari in the forest and boating in Kochupampa and Gavi lakes. You can also hike to Sabrimala Temple View, stroll in the sprawling spice garden and visit the cardamom factory situated in Gavi. It is one of the best destinations for summer vacations in southern India, as it remains cold in the summers and offers a great deal of opportunities to engage visitors.
Although a bustling town, Kalpetta is surrounded by scenic lofty mountains and coffee plantations. A little towards the outskirts of the town and you are right amid a beautiful hill station! Blessed with immense natural beauty, Kalpetta attracts many nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. The availability of good resorts and affordable accommodation give travelers another reason to visit Kalpetta. Pookode Lake, Wayanad Ghat Road View Point, Meenmutty Falls and Chembra Peak are the major attractions around Kalpetta.
After a hectic week in the office, all one wants to do is to escape to a serene place, where the natural beauty and the pleasant climate relaxes one’s nerves and offer a rejuvenating experience… well Lakkidi in Wayanad district is just that. Truly a paradise on earth, Lakkidi boasts of lofty green mountains and a tranquil environment. What makes this place special is a number of luxury resorts that have been set up here for a comfortable and pleasant stay. A small hill station that it is, you have a good chance to explore the entire place on foot. The salubrious climate is an added benefit along with stunning landscape and serenity in the valley, where you have the opportunity to bask.
Situated at an elevation of about 1300m above sea level, Vythiri in the Wayanad district of Kerala is known for its scenic beauty. The green-clad rolling hills, the cascading Kabini River and rich avifauna makes Vythiri a perfect holiday destination in Kerala. The undulating mountains give a great trekking opportunity and you can even enjoy rafting, boating and angling activities along with contemplating the majestic landscape beauty of the place. However, the main attractions in Vythiri are temples and Neolithic age Edakkal Caves.
The aroma of spices tantalizes you, as you step in to the mesmerizing Idukki city. The high mountains that accompany the picturesque setting of the city and the meandering Periyar, Thalayar and Thodupuzha River that dot the periphery of Idukki, makes this destination the most beautiful hill station in Kerala. Literally meaning ‘Narrow Gorge’, Idukki on the contrary has way too much to offer to its visitors. It is the best place to spend an active holiday with trekking, hiking and exploring the nearby places. The main attractions of Idukki are Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary, Idukki Arch Dam, Waterfall at Keezar Kuthu and the sprawling tea and spice plantations. A rich natural repository and a pleasant climate await you at Idukki for offering unparalleled holiday experience.