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    India has an incredible expanse and offers delight to travelers and tourists alike. acres and acres of lush green land endowed with scented air, bickering brooks and shimmering lakes, Southern India boasts of some magnificent hill stations. With the summer sun shining around the corner, temperatures soaring high, it will soon be time to escape the heat to the hill stations in South India around. This trip will ensure you are revitalized and regenerated. If you want to recharge yourself, pack your bags and leave.

    25 Best Hill Stations In South India

    Here’s a list of the top 25 hill stations in South India you need to add to your travel list right away. Exploring new places is a way of life and with each place, a traveler learns more about the culture, traditions, and mores of those places. So, check out these awesome tourist destinations where you will have a blast and which will serve as perfect retreats from the usual monotony of life.

    • Magical Munnar
    • Captivating Coorg
    • Extraordinary Ooty
    • Mystical Vythiri
    • Dreamy Devikulam
    • Charming Coonoor
    • Heavenly Horsley Hills
    • Astounding Yercaud
    • Phenomenal Ponmudi
    • Appealing Ananthagiri Hills
    • Kaleidoscopic Kodaikanal
    • Diving Araku Valley
    • Fabulous Nandi Hills
    • Idyllic Idukki
    • Enthralling Kudremukh
    • Intriguing Cardamom Hills
    • Magnetic Matanga Hill
    • Stunning Shevaroy Hills
    • Alluring Gavi
    • Entrancing Vagamon
    • Whimsical Wayanad
    • Enchanting Chikmagalur
    • Alluring Yelagiri
    • Picturesque Kotagiri
    • Surreal Kemmangundi

    1. Munnar

    Lush green lands of Munnar hill station in South India

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    Incredibly the most beautiful and serene hill station in South India is Munnar. A honeymooners paradise, located in the green lands of Kerala, blessed with beautiful lakes and waterfalls tinkering down the valleys through the aromatic plantations, exquisite fauna and rich flora, Munnar is a stunning hill station near Madurai you must visit on your South India tour. Take the spice tours or just sit besides the waterfalls gazing at the scenic views and let the place charm your mind.

    How to Reach Munnar:

    By Air
    Nearby airports are at Kochi (130 kms) and Madurai (142 kms)

    By Rail
    Nearest railway stations are at Kochi and Kottayam.

    Best Time to Visit:
    September to May

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    2. CoorgA combination of hills and valleys at Coorg

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    Nestled amidst the hills and valleys of the picturesque Western ghats, Coorg is the most perfect hill station getaway in down South. Countless streams peep through the steep hills and tea-blanketed valleys beckoning travellers, trekkers and rock climbers alike. One of the best things for any traveler to do would be to go trekking in Coorg for the natural trails are worth discovering as you unleash adventure!

    How to Reach Coorg:

    By Air
    Nearest Airport is Bangalore at a distance of 260 Km

    By Rail
    Kodagu is the only district in Karnataka without an inch of rail track. Nearest railway station is Mysore at a distance of 120 Km

    Best Time to visit:
    October to April

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    3. Ooty

    Hill stations of Ooty - a perfect honeymoon destination in India

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    A perfect family holiday destination & popular amongst newly weds, the ‘Queen of Hill Stations’ or Ooty has been a popular hill station since years. Soaring mountains, thick forest, extensive grasslands and miles of tea gardens greet every traveller. Don’t forget to ride the famous train that takes you to the nearby hills, tour through the coffee plantations and taste some fresh coffee.

    How to Reach Ooty:

    By Air
    Coimbatore, 105 km from Ooty, is the nearest airport.

    By Rail
    Ooty is connected to Mettupalayam (47 km), which is directly connected to Coimbatore and Chennai. The famous toy train connects Ooty with Mettupalayam and Coonoor.

    Best Time to Visit:
    All round the year

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    4. Vythiri

    Vythiri - one of the pollution free and relaxing hill stations in South India

    Vythiri – a nature lover’s delight, frequented by couples is located in the Sylvan Northern High ranges of Kerala, spread over 150 acres of eco-friendly ranges. Exquisite, comfortable, refreshing, pollution free and relaxing, Vythiri is among the top 10 hill stations in South India that breathes history and legend.

    How to reach Vythiri:

    By Air
    Nearest Airport Calicut International Airport at a distance of 85 Kms

    By Train
    60 Kms from Calicut enroute to Bangalore
    150 Kms from Mysore enroute to Calicut

    Best Time to Visit:
    September to May

    Suggested Read: 35 Amazing Things To Do In Kerala For An Incredible Holiday In 2020!

    5. Devikulam

    Devikulam hill station- Exlplore Tea plantations and waterfalls

    Located 16 Kms from Munnar, this gorgeous hill station in South India symbolizes nature and legends in pristine glory. It is believed that Goddess Sita bathed in this Lake and the lake is held sacred & is believed to have curative powers. The tea plantations add waterfalls add to the picturesque aura of the scenic beauty. A popular destination amongst families and couples alike, Devikulam is undoubtedly one of the top hill stations in South India and attracts hundreds of tourists on its perch for a breathtaking view.

    How to reach Devikulam:

    By Air
    Nearest Airport is Cochin at a distance of 149 kms

    By Train
    Kottayam Station at a distance of 132 kms

    Best Time to Visit: September to May

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    6. Coonoor

    Velvet lawns, exotic flora and the cool mountain breeze at Coonoor hills

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    Coonoor is situated on the eastern side of the southern extremity of Doddabetta range, at an altitude of 1,858 mtrs above the sea level. Velvet lawns, exotic flora and the cool mountain breeze allure the city dwelling couples to the second largest hill station in the Nilgiris.

    How to reach Coonoor:

    By Air
    Nearest airport is Coimbatore at a distance of 68 Km

    By Rail
    Coonoor is on the toy-train line between Mettupalayam (28 km) and Ooty. The train service is often disrupted during the heavy monsoon season.

    Best Time to Visit:
    November-February

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    7. Horsley Hills

    Horsley hills blessed with various species of plants

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    A dainty town situated at an altitude of 1265 mtrs, popular amongst the newlyweds & families alike is one of the famous hill resorts in Andhra Pradesh. Blessed with thick verdure of various species of plants, unadulterated air and mighty rocks Horsley Hills is a picture perfect fairy-tale enchantment. Go for trekking, hiking, rappelling and zorbing while your stay at the hills.

    How to reach Horsley Hills:

    By Air
    Nearest airports are Tirupati at a distance of 160 Km and Bangalore at a distance of 165 km

    By Rail
    Nearest station is Madanapalle at a distance of 43 km

    Best Time to Visit: September to May

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    8. Yercaud

    Yercaud lake forest known for cofee plantations and Orange Groves

    Located at a height of 1500 mtrs above the sea level with amazing salubrious climate, irresistibly green slopes, Yercaud, meaning the ‘Lake forest’ is hailed as the jewel of the South. Well-known for its coffee plantations and orange groves, Yercaud is endowed with an alluringly tranquil environment. This affordable hill station is also known as the ‘Ooty of the poor’ and is mostly frequented by students or a group of friends.

    How to reach Yercaud:

    By Air
    Nearest airport is Trichy, 163-km from Yercaud.

    By Rail
    Nearest station is Salem Junction at a distance of 36 Km

    Best Time to Visit: September to May

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    9. Ponmudi

    The hill station of Ponmudi in Thiruvananthapuram

    Located at a distance of 61 Kms from Trivandrum, perched at an altitude of 100 mtrs above the sea level is the salubrious hill station of Ponmudi. Ponmudi is one of the most beautiful South India hill stationsand the enchanting bounty of verdant nature can be witnessed in its tranquil surroundings. Mesmerize your loved ones with the shimmering green waters of winding dreams and mist covered valleys this summer! Go for a jungle safari to Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary and visit the historical museums in the vicinity.

    How to reach Ponmudi:

    By Air

    Nearest airport is the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, located 67KM away from Ponmudi.

    By Rail

    The nearest railway station is Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station, located 55KM away.

    Best Time to Visit: All round the year

    10. Ananthagiri Hills

    Ananthagiri hill- stunning viewpoints which includes cofee plantaion, orange groves and waterfalls

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    A perfect getaway from the blistering summer months, Ananthagiri is a breathtakingly beautiful hill resort. Attracting kids and couples alike, the hills are endowed with lush rolling ranges, scented coffee plantations, enveloped in mangroves and pristine waterfalls gushing into the ravine. Ananthagiri Hills unfolds as a destination of stunning viewpoints.

    How to reach Ananthagiri:

    By Air
    Nearest airport to Ananthagiri Hills is the Hyderabad Airport located 100KM away.

    By Rail
    Nearest railway station is Vikarabad at a distance of 10 Kms

    Best Time to Visit:
    All round the year

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    11. Kodaikanal

    Kodaikanal hills - filled with grasslands, valleys, forests & lakes

    Located in the Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal is one of the most well-known and well-populated hill stations in South India. Meadows, grasslands, waterfalls, valleys, forests & lakes define this picturesque hideaway. Go boating in the Kodai lake and trek to various viewpoints for a mesmerizing view. Frequented by city dwellers, this is a popular weekend getaway for Bangaloreans.

    How to reach Kodaikanal:

    By Air
    Nearest airport is at Madurai at a distance of 120 km

    By Rail
    Nearest railway stations are the Kodai Road Railway Station (80-km) and the Palani Railway Station (64-km)

    Best Time to Visit:
    April to June & September to October

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    12. Araku Valley

    Enjoy aromatized air and pleasant weather at Araku Valley

    One of the least polluted South India hill stations, Araku Valley is a preferred shooting location. Nature comes alive at Araku Valley with its coffee plantation, aromatized air, pleasant weather, verdant valleys, rich landscapes and a journey through the woods makes it a fascinating dreamlike getaway. Witness the serene scenic beauty of these hills while you stroll away, hand in hand, with your love. Tyda park close by offers spectacular view of birds and wildlife along with a chance to camp in the wild.

    How to reach Araku Valley:

    By Air
    Nearest airport is Vishakhapatnam at a distance of 112-km

    By Rail
    Araku has a railhead

    Best Time to Visit:
    All round the year

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    13. Nandi Hills

    Nandi Hills, an ancient hill fortress in southern India near Banglore

    Nandi hills get their name from their shape of a sleeping bull. Also known as the Hills of happiness or Ananda Giri, perched at an altitude of 1478 mtrs, Nandi Hills have been a perfect getaway resort to Tipu Sultan, the Britishers and now is a hot favourite amongst Bangaloreans.

    How to reach Nandi Hills:

    By Air
    The nearest airport is in Bangalore, 60 Kms away.

    By Rail
    Nearest railhead is Chikkaballapur

    Best Time to Visit:
    All round the year

    14. Idukki

    Idukki Arch Dam stands between the two mountains in Kerala

    One of the most unexplored hill stations in South India, Idukki, is an idyllic delight. Laden with many sanctuaries, tea gardens, national parks and spice plantations, Idukki provides a unique essence to your trip. Perfect for a tranquil hideaway from the city bustle, Idukki should be a must in your bucket list. Whisk your loved ones away with the flora and fauna of this incredible hill station.

    How to reach Idukki:

    By Air
    Nearest airport is at Cochin 132 km away

    By Rail
    Nearest railway station is at Kottayam, 133 km away

    Best Time to Visit:
    October to June

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    15. Kudremukh

    Kudremukh hill station, panoramic view point overlooking the Arabian Sea

    Popular amongst the Mangaloreans and Manipal Students for trekking and camping, Kudremukh or the horse-faced hill station is known for its panoramic view point overlooking the Arabian Sea. The hills are chained together with deep gorges and steep cliffs. Grassy slopes, verdant forests, sprinkled with rivers, fascinating cascades and rare fauna offer a truly majestic vista.

    How to reach Kudremukh:

    By Air
    Nearest Airport is Mangalore at a distance of 99 Km

    By Train
    Nearest station is Mangalore at a distance of 99 Km

    Best Time to Visit:
    All round the year

    16. Cardamom Hills

    green mountains

    The southernmost part of India cannot miss being on the list of the top hill stations in South India. The destination is popular for one of the best sunset/sunrise view over the ocean. Unlike many coastal towns, this one is surrounded by the Laccadive Sea from three sides. Not just the beach-loving pairs would love it, but also the ones who love hills can spend time around the Cardamom Hills. Reach Sunrise Point by 5:30 am, to witness an overwhelming sunrise view.

    How to reach Cardamom Hills:

    By Air
    Trivandrum Airport is the nearest airport to Kanyakumari, at a distance of just 100 km.

    By Rail
    The town has its own railway station, Trivandrum Railway Station, having fair connectivity with different cities and towns across South India.

    Best Time to Visit:
    All-year round

    17. Matanga Hill

    Matanga Hill in Hampi

    Matanga Hill would be nothing less than a dream come true. This place served as the last capital of Vijayanagara Kingdom, one of India’s most powerful rulers. The ruins here have its history dating back to 14th century. The most exciting part about visiting Matanga Hill in Hampi is Hampi Utsav, which is held almost every year in the town. This is one the top hill stations in South India. Make sure to invite your friends on the trip to Matanga Hills.

    How to reach Matanga Hill:

    By Air
    Hubli Airport is the nearest airport from Hampi, at a distance of 144 km.

    By Rail
    If you’re traveling by train, deboard at Kariganur Station, which is just 10 km away.

    Best Time to Visit:
    September to May

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    18. Shevaroy Hills

    hill stations

    Located in the district of Salem, Shevaroy Hills are one of the best tourist places in Tamil Nadu in August, but is often overshadowed by the popularity of Ooty and Kodaikanal. Being one of the most fascinating hill stations in South India, the Shevaroy Hills forms the core of Shevaroy range located in the Eastern Ghats. You will have the time of your life here and will not be disappointed by anything that this place has to offer you.

    How to reach Shevaroy Hills:

    By Air
    Salem Airport is the nearest airport located just 38 kilometres away.

    By Rail
    The nearest railway station is that of Salem Junction which is just 35 kilometres away.

    Best Time to Visit:
    August

    19. Gavi

    lake in Gavi

    Located deep within the interiors of the Pathanamthitta district in Kerala, Gavi is one of the most offbeat hill stations in South India. Set within the premises of the Ranni reserve forest, Gavi forms an integral part of the Periyar National Park. You can go night camping in forests, trek to Pullumedu Peak, hike to Meenar, explore the spice gardens enroute Gavi, and more.

    How to reach Gavi:

    By Air
    Nedumbassery Airport in Ernakulam is the closest airport at a distance of 160 kilometres.

    By Rail
    Kottayam Railway station is 128 kilometres away.

    Best Time to Visit:
    July to September

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    20. Vagamon

    Vagamon, Idukki

    There is an enchanting hill station called Vagamon which is hidden from all the hoopla. There are many incredible things you can do in Vagamon and adorned with magical meadows, mystical gardens, beautiful dales, aromatic tea plantations, and misty valleys, Vagamon has surely earned its place among the best tourist places in Kerala. The fresh air and perfectly manicured gardens of Vagamon are a breath of fresh air.

    How to reach Vagamon:

    By Air
    Kochi International Airport is 94 km away from Vagamon.

    By Rail
    Kottayam Railway Station is 15 km away.

    Best Time to Visit:
    August to May

    21. Wayanad

    view of lake and lush green hills in wayanad
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    Tucked amidst the majestic mountains of Kerala, Wayanad is a captivating tourist destination that is popular amongst explorers and travelers widely. People usually visit the famous Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary where you can take a jungle safari and spot exotic animals such as Asiatic elephants, tigers, and egrets. You can also visit beautiful waterfalls such as Meenmutty waterfalls, Soochipara falls, and Chethalayam waterfalls. Overall, Wayanad is a perfect spot for a relaxing vacation.

    How to reach Wayanad:

    By Air
    Nearest airport to Wayanad is at Kozhikode called the Karipur International Airport located 100KM away.

    By Rail
    Kozhikode Railway Station is the nearest railway station to Wayand located a distance of 110KM.

    Best Time to Visit:
    October to May

    22. Chikmagalur

    view of the misty hills in chikmagalur
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    Known for its aromatic coffee plantations, Chikmagalur is a breathtaking land nestled between mountains and landscapes in Kerala. On a visit to this city, one can smell the strong aroma of coffee in the air and even taste some to know for yourself what the ruckus is all about in the ‘Coffee Land of Karnataka’. There are many incredible places to visit in Chikmagalur that you can explore such as Mullayanagiri, Kudremukh National Park, Bhadra river, Jhari waterfalls and many more.

    How to reach Chikmagalur:

    By Air
    Nearest airport to Chikmagalur is the Mangalore airport located 113KM away.

    By Rail
    You can take a train to Chikmagalur Railway Station which is well-connected with major cities of the country.

    Best Time to Visit:
    September to May

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    23. Yelagiri

    view of yelagiri lake

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    One of the top hill stations in South India, Yelagiri is an alluring destination that is famous for its sparkling waterfalls, valleys, temples, and many amazing picnic spots. On a visit to Yellagiri, you can explore places such as Jalagamparai Falls, Punganur Lake, Swami Malai Hills, Velavan Temple, and many such incredible places.

    How to reach Yelagiri:

    By Air
    Nearest airport to Yelagiri is the Bangalore International Airport located 160KM away.

    By Rail
    Jolarpettai Railway Station is the nearest to Yelagiri located at a distance of 21KM.

    Best Time to Visit:
    November to Febraury

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    24. Kotagiri

    rolling green hills in kotagiri

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    The third highest hill station in the Nilgiri hills, Kotagiri is a beautiful town in Tamil Nadu famous for its lush greenery and painted landscapes that provide tourists with a sense of tranquility and calm. There are many tourist destinations within Kotagiri that you can visit such as the Kodanad View Point, Catherine Falls, John Sullivan Memorial, and Elk Falls to name a few.

    How to reach Kotagiri:

    By Air
    The Coimbatore Airport located approximately 100KM away from Kotagiri is the nearest airport to the town.

    By Rail
    The nearest railway station is in Coimbatore,located 21KM away.

    Best Time to Visit:
    December to May

    25. Kemmangundi

    surreal view of kemmangundi

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    While talking about South India hill stations, one cannot miss out on the breathtaking place of Kemmangundi, which is located in Tamil Nadu and is home to the tallest peak of the state. There are many beautiful gardens and scenic spots in the place which you can explore along with touring around attractions such as Hebbe Falls and Z Point.

    How to reach Yelagiri:

    By Air
    Nearest airport to Kemmangundi is the Mangalore Airport located 150KM away.

    By Rail
    Tarikere railway station is the nearest to Kemmangungi located at a distance of 35KM.

    Best Time to Visit:
    September to Febraury

    Further Read: 10 Resorts in The Hills of India with the most Romantic Views

    Hill stations in South India are worth exploring with friends, family or love for their trekking trails, scenic beauty and peaceful delights. Travel alone, as a couple or with family and we assure you’ll be absolutely mesmerized! So, which hill station have you chosen for your next trip? Plan a trip to India and enjoy your refreshing vacation.

    Frequently Asked Questions About Hill Stations In South India

    Q. Which is the best hill station in South India?

    A. Ooty, Munnar, and Idukki are considered as the best hill stations in South India.

    Q. What are some unexplored hill stations in Tamil Nadu?

    A. Anaimalai, Javadi Hills, Kalrayan Hills, Ketti Valley, Kolli Hills, Kolukkumalai, Kurangani, Megamalai are some of the unexplored hill stations in Tamilnadu you must explore.

    Q. Are there hill stations in South India with airport?

    A. There are no hill stations with an airport in south India, but, you can visit Munnar, closest to Cochin International Airport and Coonoor, which is close to Coimbatore International Airport.

    Q. What are some hill station in Madikeri, South India?

    A. Madikeri is a hill station in Karnataka, which is also known as the ‘Scotland of India’. There are no hill stations in Madikeri.

    Q. What are some Ooty hill stations in South India?

    A. Ooty is a lovely hill station in Tamil Nadu. There are no hill stations in Ooty but there are hill stations nearby, for example, Kodaikanal, Coonoor, Yercaud, Kalpetta, and Munnar.

    Q. What are some Western Ghats hill stations in South India?

    A. Mahabaleshwar, Matheran, Panchgani, Madikeri, Lonavala, Munnar, and Kemmanagundi are a few hill stations in the Western Ghats you can explore.

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