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Hillstations in Kerala


Wayanad is derived from the expression 'Wayanadu', which means the 'land of paddy fields'. Offering the climate of the hill station, Wayanad is blessed with mist-clad mountains, fast flowing rivers, soil which promotes a lush growth of vegetation and sylvan valleys. Situated at a height of 700 to 1200 meters above sea level, the district's climate and the geography make it ideal for the cultivation of coffee, tea, cardamom, pepper and rubber



At 4600 ft above sea level, Nelliyampathy can be described as a tiny hill station for its foothills is lined richly with coffee, tea and orange plantations. The presence of the swamps of Nelli (gooseberry) trees, are said to have given Nelliyampathy its name. Spending time here is all about soaking in the hills, spotting wildlife or savouring the beautiful panorama from vantage points around the place.



It is one of the attractions that contributed to Kerala's popularity as a travel destination among domestic and foreign travellers. Situated at the confluence of three mountain streams - Muthirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala, and perched about 1600 m above sea level, the hill station of Munnar once used to be the summer resort of the erstwhile British administration in south India.



The hill district of Idukki, garbed in the richest hues of nature, sits majestically on an emerald throne flanked by the great Western Ghats. This Spice district of Kerala is a rare treasure trove swarming with natures rich bounties. Idukki embodies the true essence of green Kerala in its untamed tropical forests, Fascinating wildlife sanctuaries, Salubrious hill stations, Exotic spice plantations and spectacular landscapes of unparalleled beauty. Idukki is natures kaleidoscope of vibrant colors; certain to Enthrall, Amaze, Entertain and Captivate mortal spectators.



A 13-km drive from Munnar on a winding road cutting through lush greenery would take you to the Mattupetty hills. The hills are situated at about 1,700 m above sea level. Besides the green rolling hills, the attractions here include a dam, lake and a dairy farm of international standards. About 7 km from Mattupetty is Kundala, another beautiful picnic spot where large green tea plantations and a dam with a scenic reservoir await travellers.



Located within a short driving distance of Thiruvananthapuram, Ponmudi is an enchanting hill resort with narrow winding pathways and cool, green environs. Along with a beautiful array of mountain flowers, Exotic butterflies and small rivulets, Ponmudi offers excellent opportunities for trekking. With its tea estates and mist covered valleys Ponmudi is a fast developing hill resort with cottages and dormitory accommodation facilities.



Located 64 kms from Kottayam and 65 kms from Idukki town, Wagamon is a hill station perched at an altitude of 1100 m above sea level. A trekker's delight, Wagamon is surrounded by beautiful meadows, Valleys and Tea gardens, which are all spellbinding works of nature. Wagamon is engulfed by green tea gardens and deep puzzling valleys. All the trekking enthusiasts enjoy climbing this 1100m tall hill. An ideal tourist spot, the place is famous for the unique rock formations at Thangal Para, the Indo-Swiss project and Kurisumala Ashram.