15 Most Beautiful Hill Stations in South India

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An awe-inspiring destination for creating unforgettable memories in the heart of nature – Kerala is a perfect destination with tranquil backwaters, pristine mountains, green valleys, a cascading waterfall, and immense natural beauty. It is a perfect destination for recharging yourself and sneak away from the hustle of busy city life. So, don’t wait, pack your bags and leave to revitalize and regenerate. Here is the list of some beautiful hill stations in south India which you wouldn’t want to miss:

S. No.Hill Stations in India
1Munnar
2Coorg
3Ooty
4Vythiri
5Devikulam
6Coonoor
7Horsley Hills
8Yercaud
9Ponmudi
10Ananthagiri Hills
11Kodaikanal
12Araku valley
13Nandi Hills
14Idukki
15Kudremukh

1- Munnar

meditation in munnar
meditation in Munnar

The most serene and incredible hill station of south IndiaMunnar is a paradise for honeymooners. Located in the lush green lands of Kerala, blessed with beautiful waterfalls and lakes along with an exquisite range of flora and fauna and aromatic plantations, Munnar is a charming hill station in South India. It is nearby Madurai, a charming place you should visit in Kerala. Sit beside a waterfall or simply take a spice tour with the picturesque views and let the place blow your mind with the charm.

Best time: September – May 

2- Coorg

waterfall at Coorg
waterfall at Coorg

Nestled amidst the valleys and hills of the scenic Western Ghats, Coorg is the perfect hill station in south India. Countless water streams peep through the tea blanketed valleys and steep hills beckoning travelers, rock climbers, and trekkers alike. 

Best Time: October – April 

3- Ooty

Ooty - Hill Station in South India
Ooty – Hill Station in South India

A popular hill station in south India amongst newly-weds, it is widely known as the queen of hill stations. Dense forest, soaring mountains, miles of tea gardens and extensive lands greet each and every traveler. Ride the popular train that takes you to the nearby hill stations, taste fresh coffee on your tour through the coffee plantations. 

Best Time: All Year Round 

4- Vythiri

Vythiri Resort
Vythiri Resort (Source: https://www.vythiriresort.com/vythiri-haven.html )

A delight for nature lovers and frequented by couples – Vythiri is located in the wooded northern high ranges. Vythiri ranges are spread over 150 acres. Comfortable, exquisite, pollution-free, refreshing, and relaxing Vythiri is among the top 10 hill stations of South India, which breathes legend and history. 

Best time: September – May 

5- Devikulam

Devikulam in Munnar
Devikulam in Munnar (Source)

Nestled 16 KMs away from Munnar, Devikulam is a breathtaking hill station in south India. It symbolizes legends and nature in pristine glory. According to Hindu mythology, Goddess Sita bathed in the lake. It is believed that the lake holds curative and sacred powers. Waterfalls and tea plantations add a picturesque aura to the scenic beauty. It attracts hundreds of tourists, including families and couples. 

Best Time: September – May 

6- Coonoor

Coonoor
Coonoor

Situated at the eastern side of Doddabetta range at an altitude of 1,858 m, Coonoor is a symbol of beauty. Exotic flora, velvety lawns, and soothing mountain breeze lure the city- attracting couples to the second largest hill station of the Nilgiris. 

Best time: November – February 

7- Horsley Hills

Horsley Hills
Horsley Hills (Source

Famous amongst newlyweds and families, it is one of the popular hill resorts in Andhra Pradesh. It is a dainty town established at an altitude of 1265 m. Blessed with unadulterated air, numerous species of plants, mighty rocks, and more, Horsley hills is a flawless dazzling enchantment. You can enjoy activities like hiking, trekking, zorbing during your stay, and rippling. 

Best Time: September – May 

8- Yercaud

Yercaud
Yercaud (Source

Yercaud meaning ‘Lake Forest’ is located at an altitude of 1500m with irresistibly green slopes and amazing salubrious climate. It is well known for orange groves and coffee plantations, widely hailed as a jewel of the south. It is a budget-friendly destination and frequented by the younger crowd. 

Best Time: September – May 

9- Ponmudi

Ponmudi Hills, Trivandrum
Ponmudi Hills, Trivandrum

Ponmudi is a salubrious hill station located at 100m and is 61 km away from Trivandrum. You can witness natural beauty in the serene surroundings. You can also go for jungle safari with your loved ones or may visit historical museums. 

Best Time: All year round

10- Ananthagiri Hills

Ananthagiri Hills
Ananthagiri Hills

Located in Vikarabad district, the Ananthagiri hills are breathtakingly beautiful and serve as a perfect escape from the heat of summer. It attracts couples and kids with its scented coffee plantations, endowed and lush rolling ranges, pristine waterfalls, and mangroves. It is a hill with stunning viewpoints. 

Best Time: All year round

11- Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal
Kodaikanal

It is one of the well-populated and renowned hill stations of South India in the Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu. Grasslands, valleys, meadows, waterfalls, lakes, and forests define this scenic hideaway. You can go for boating or trek up to various viewpoints. It is a popular weekend getaway for Bangaloreans. 

Best Time: April – June and September – October

12- Araku valley

Araku Valley
Araku Valley

A preferred shooting location and least populated hill station, Araku valley is a nature’s delight. Pleasant weather, coffee plantations, verdant valleys, aromatic air, rich landscape, and a journey through woods feels like nature comes alive here and makes it a dreamlike getaway. Witness scenic beauty and serene hills while you walk away, holding the hand of your loved ones. Enjoy a spectacular view of wildlife and birds along with a chance to light a campfire in the woods. 

Best Time: All year round

13- Nandi Hills

Nandi Hills
Nandi Hills

These hills are in the shape of sleeping bulls and that is how they got their name. They are also known as Ananda Giri or hills of happiness. Located at a height of 1478 m, it is a perfect getaway to the Tipu Sultan resort. It was popular amongst the British and now amongst Bangaloreans. 

Best Time: All year round

14- Idukki

Idukki Hills
Idukki Hills

A mesmerizing and idyllic delight in south India, Idukki is laden with tea gardens, spice plantations, national parks, and many sanctuaries. It provides an exceptional essence for your trip. It is a perfect escape from the city noise and chaos which makes it an essential part of your bucket list. Enjoy the flora and fauna with your loved ones in this magnificent hill station

Best Time: October – June 

15- Kudremukh

Kudremukh Hills
Kudremukh Hills

Admired by Manipal and Mangalorean students for camping and trekking, the horse-faced hill station or Kudremukh is popular for its panoramic views overlooking the Arabian Sea. The hills are connected through cliffs and deep gorges. Verdant forest, grassy slopes, fascinating cascades, sprinkled with rivers, and rare fauna offers majestic vista.

Best Time: All year round

Hope these hill stations in South India are attractive enough to take your attention and make a place in your bucket list. As we know, Kerala is known for its natural beauty and the treasure of Ayurveda that is why it is known as God’s own country. Holding the immense treasure of Ayurveda, Kerala is the perfect destination for pursuing Ayurveda courses in India.  Ayurveda courses in Kerala are quite popular for serving authentic knowledge of sacred treasure if health. You can also plan your next trip with your loved ones. You can enjoy numerous activity including rappelling, paragliding, trekking, and healthy ayurvedic treatments.

Author Bio :

Manmohan Singh is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher and a Traveller in India. He conducts Yoga Teacher Training in India and Yoga retreat in Nepal. He loves writing and reading books related to yoga, health, nature, Himalayas and Trekking in India.

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