Lying on the windward side of the Western Ghats, Kerala has a long chain of lush, mist-clad hill stations that are home to exotic wildlife. All the hill resorts in Kerala offer the most enchanting experience of nature in all its virgin beauty.
Munnar Hill Station
If you seek a sense of peace you’ll find it here in Munnar. The nature- lover’s paradise. Opened up out of virgin forests a century ago by pioneer planters. This is where you fill your holidays with quiet moments at 1600m above sea level. Wayanad Hill Station
Luxuriant plantations of coffee, tea, cardamom, pepper and rubber stretch over the hills of Wayanad as far as the eye can see., With the fast-flowing rivers- Panamaram, Mananthavady and kabini- cutting across the undulating panorama and lending picture-postcard look to the whole region.
Devikulam Hill Station
Irresistibly green slopes touching the sky at a thousand meters. A lovely, little lake hidden within the rolling hills. This is Devikulam. A dainty town sixteen kilometres southwest of Munnar. A perfect picture of fairy- tale enchantment . The old wiv’s tale has is that once Sita Devi, the holy consort of Lord Rama, came down to frolic in the lake and the place came to be spoken about as ‘Devikulam’ (meaning the lake of the goddess), ever since.
Idukki Hill Station
A landlocked district, Idukki is one of the most nature rich areas of Kerala. The high range 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.
Palakkad Hill Station
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 forsts of the Sahya Ranges. Seethakundu at Nelliyampathy offers a panoramic view of about one third the area of Palakkad district.
Kannur Hill Station
(65 km from Kannur town): This enchanting hill staion, situated 4,500 ft.above sea level near the Kerala – Karnataka border is rich in flora and fauna. It is a six kilometer trek to the top of the hills.
(50 km from Kannur): The beautiful beach here has a hillock nearby (286 m high). A Naval Academy is being developed here.
Ranipuram (55 km from Kasaragod): Situated 750 m above sea level, Ranipuram is famous for its trekking trails and varied vegetation – evergreen shoal woods, monsoon forests grasslands.