Top 10 Beautiful Hill Stations In God's Own Country

As everyone says Kerala is God's own country due to its limitless natural resources like plenty of hill stations, rivers, landscapes, backwaters, waterfalls and so on. Kerala's beautiful landscapes are rated as included in the "10 paradises of the World". Find below the top 10 hill stations in Kerala that you don't miss to visit and really treat you with good stay and fine Kerala dishes.

1. Munnar, Idukki

Address: Munnar, Kerala 685612, India.

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Well, Munnar is known as the "Kashmir of South India", no wonder by calling so. Such a beautiful hill station stands like a Queen of Kerala. Munnar got its name because it is the point where 3 rivers meet & situated around 1600ft above sea level in Western Ghats Mountain range. It is one of the favorite tourist & honeymoon destinations in the World. Every twelve years the mountain ranges look blue color due to the blooming of "Neelakurinji" flowers, rare scenery. The nearest tourist destinations are Devikulam, Mattupetty, Pallivasal, pothamadu etc.

2. Ponmudi, Trivandrum

Address: Ponmudi, Kerala, India.

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The popular tourist destination in Trivandrum situated in the Western Ghat Mountain ranges overlooking the Arabian Sea. Travel through the ranges to reach this point will be an amazing experience and this is a famous spot for trekking and backpacking. The major attractions of this are as a pleasant climate throughout the year and surrounded by beautiful landscapes, rivers, and forests. Here you can find one of the highest peaks of Western Ghats is known as 'Agasthyarkoodam' with 1868m, Meenmutti falls, Peppara Wildlife sanctuary, Golden Valley is the major tourist attractions in Ponmudi.

3. Thekkady, Idukki

Address: Thekkady, Kumily, Kerala, India.

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Another amazing tourist destination in Idukki District is Thekkady. It is an all-time favorite tourist spot in Kerala. The very famous "Periyar National Park" is situated here and home to herds, elephants, tigers, lion-tailed macaques, and Nilgiri langurs. This is an evergreen forest and while boating you can see the pictures like elephants and deer are coming down to drink in the lake. This location is famous for trekking too and the nearest tourist attractions are Mangala Devi Temple, Murikady Coffee plantations, Ramakalmedu, Vandiperiyar, and Pattumalai Hill areas.

4. Lakkidi, Wayanadu

Address: Lakkidi, Kunnathidavaka, Kerala 673576, India.

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Lakkidi is popular for its rain forest and a beautiful hill station in Wayanadu District. It has a long rainy season; due to that specialty, it got the name as 'Chirapunjee of Kerala. You can feel cool climate with mist and fog throughout the year. This is one of the coldest places in Kerala, so the best choice to stay and relax for a while. The popular tourist destinations here are Pookot Lake, Chain Tree, Vythiri etc.

5. Vagamon, Idukki

Address: Vagamon, Kerala, India.

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Welcome to the "Scotland of India", situated 1100m above sea level in Idukki District. This beautiful hill station is famous for trekking, mountaineering, rock climbing, and paragliding. The cool climate and the endless beauty of mountain ranges and valleys seek everyone's attention. Variety of flowers, pine forests, waterfalls, tea estates, mist, and fogs are some of the reasons makes this place a favorite tourist destination in Kerala. The popular destinations you should not miss here are wild Orchid Park, Marmala Waterfall, Honeymoon cave, Shivaganga waterfalls, Kurishumala Ashram etc.

6. Malampuzha, Palakkad

Address: Malampuzha-I, Kerala, India.

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Malampuzha Hill station is situated in Palakkad District, is rich with various tourist spots. The major attractions are Malampuzha Dam, Japanese Gardens, Sculpture made by famous artist Kanayi Kunjiraman named Yakshi, Suspension bridge, ropeway to the fish-shaped aquarium and a fantasy park. It is a perfect location to spend a family holiday.

7. Silent Valley, Palakkad

Address: Wildlife Warden, Silent Valley Division, Mannarkkad, Palakkad, Kerala 678582, India.

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Silent Valley is a beautiful Hill station in Nilgiri Hills, Palakkad. Here is the famous "Silent Valley National Park" situating. This is a natural protected area and the famous "Kuntipuzha" flowing through this National Park, famous for its crystal clear waters. Here you can find the unique species of flora and fauna, lion-tailed macaque, Nilgiri Langur, hairy-winged bat etc.

8. Peerumedu, Idukki

Address: Peermade, Kerala, India.

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Don't wonder, Idukki District is rich with a number of popular and beautiful Hill stations. It lies 915 ms above sea level and popular for wonderful rolling hills, streams, waterfalls, and landscapes. Peerumedu was once a summer refreshment location of Travancore Maharajas. This is a land of spices. You can find here a lot of tea, coffee, cardamom, and coconut plantations. The famous 'Periyar wild Life Sanctuary' is situated here and contains a lot of elephants and wildlife.

9. Gavi

Address: 1501 Chagrin River Rd, Gates Mills, OH 44040, United States.

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Another best place for a summer vacation is Gavi in Pathanamthitta District. The interesting facts you can see here is the 'gopher trees' and these are the only 2 gopher trees available in India. The forest inside Gavi is known as 'Ranni Reserve Forest' and are rich in wildlife including elephants, leopards, tiger, bears, Nilgiri langur etc. and more than 250 bird species. The things will excite you here are trekking, bird watching, safari in the forest, staying in tree house etc.

10. Malakkappara, Thrissur

Address: Malakkappara, Kerala 680724, India.

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Malakkappara is a small and amazing hill station in Thrissur District. This is also known as ' Tea Garden Hill Station' due to the plenty of tea plantations over here. It has another name that is 'Rock of Angels' based on Christian belief. The nearest tourist destinations are Athirapally, Sholayar, Chalakudy as a holy land, Anakkayam etc.

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