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Hill Stations in Kerala

When 40% of the total Western Ghats graces God’s Own Country, it is obvious to understand that the hill stations in Kerala are synonymous with nature’s symphony. This dreamy getaway to South India is flanked by 600 kilometers (approx.) of Malabar Coastline of the Arabian Sea, and a trip to hill towns of Kerala, when combined with the coastal towns, is icing on the cake.

The best time to explore Kerala hill station through the year, but since Kerala has two monsoons (Southwest and Northeast), equipping yourself with the right climate knowledge about hill stations of Kerala will reward you with folds of fun.

Summer hits Kerala in March till April, but the lush green environs keep the climate salubrious for a day of sightseeing. The Southwest monsoon knocks down Kerala from June till September, while the winter monsoon starts from October till November. Both the monsoon shows tourists the different shades of the greenery. Exploring the Kerala hill stations in winters from November till February is the best experience of summers and monsoon under one season.

From spice plantations to rubber plantations, from coffee explanations to tea plantations, the hill stations of Kerala have much more to offer, including prismatic lakes, pristine waterfalls, romantic viewpoints, soul-satisfying temples, and luxury resorts that are a destination in themselves.

Check out the best hill stations in Kerala for families, friends, couples or another type of traveler:

Thekkady

Perched at an elevation of 900 - 1,800 m (approx.) above sea level is another famous hill station named Thekkady, which is famous for its Periyar National Park. The Savanna grasslands, dense evergreen forests, and the nearby proximity to the lesser expired tea plantation town, Kumily is the highlight of Thekkady tourism.

Things to Do in Thekkady: Wildlife safari at Periyar National Park, go for jungle night patrolling
Best Time to Visit Thekkady: Throughout the year

Malampuzha

Located in Palakkad district on the foothills of the Western Ghats is Malampuzha hill station. Explore this lesser-explored hill station of Kerala and explore the lowlands and highland regions laden with lush greenery. Attend the famous Chariot Festival at Viswanatha Temple. There is so much lush greenery in and around this hill station that could be explored on the trekking trail.

Things to Do in Malampuzha: Enjoy boating in the dam, explore the lush green parks
Best Time to Visit Thekkady: October to February, March to April

Vythiri

This hill station in Wayanad district at 700 m (approx.) The sea level is popular for spice plantations and tribal communities. Go on a spice plantation tour and learn about the variety of spices. From hiking to boating along with trekking and viewpoints, you won’t have a dull moment in Vythiri for sure.

Things to Do in Vythiri: Explore Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Drive on the famous mountain pass - Thamarassery Churam
Best Time to Visit Vythiri: Throughout the year

Lakkidi

This is another hill station of Kerala in the heart of Wayanad district and is one of the highest mountain towns of Wayanad. Here dense green vegetation flourishes, and you can trek through picturesque waterfalls and spice plantations. Located above 700 m (approx.), the sea level, Lakkidi is where the Malabar pepper, coffee, and tea is still produced.

Things to Do in Lakkidi: Visit the famous Chain Tree, enjoy boating in Pookot Lake
Best Time to Visit Lakkidi: October to February, March to April

Ponmudi

The staggering 1,100 m (approx.) The elevation of Ponmudi makes it one of the best years around hill stations in Kerala for trekking and mountain biking. Ponmudi is one of the nearest hill stations to Thiruvananthapuram. The highlight of Ponmudi tourism is its Ayurvedic resorts flanked across the hills, where you can unlock rejuvenation with the sweeping views of the lush greenery as your backdrop.

Things to Do in Ponmudi:
Visit the famous Chain Tree, enjoy boating in Pookot Lake
Best Time to Visit Ponmudi: October to February, March to April

Munnar

Medicinal plants and herbs, the unending expanse of tea plantations, enchanting waterfalls and accommodation in the middle of tea gardens are the highlights of Munnar tourism. This hill station of Idukki district is set at an elevation of 1,532 m (approx.) The sea level, and Lonely Planet rated Munnar as one of the best honeymoon destinations in Asia in 2017 and every year, Munnar gets crowned by different magazines for its lush greenery.

Things to Do in Munnar: Hike to the Top Station, try paragliding to kiss the cobalt skies
Best Time to Visit Munnar: Throughout the year

Vagamon

The overall mysticism of Vagamon at an elevation of 1,200 m (approx.) Above sea level invokes the sense of curiosity in the travelers who want to capture the velvet laws, lush paddy fields, and grassy hills in their camera frame. Vagamon is the paragliding capital of Kerala and is one of the best hill stations in the Idukki district. Expect the same amount of amazement in Vagamon as any other hill station of Kerala.

Things to Do in Vagamon: Fly like a bird on paragliding activity, stroll the Vagamon meadows
Best Time to Visit Vagamon: Throughout the year

Peermade

How about a holiday retreat where the royals of Travancore used to holiday with their royal guests and families? This lesser-known hill station in Kerala is close to the Thekkady and Munnar and is also considered the gateway to Periyar National Park.

Things to Do in Peermade:
Trek to the waterfalls, explore the vantage points
Best Time to Visit Peermade: Throughout the year

Wayanad

The green-capped mountains, meadows, and valleys at an elevation of 700 m - 2,100 m (approx.) look stunning so explore Wayanad on your Kerala tour. Wayanad is also called the Land of the Paddy Fields and is where the handloom and handicraft products both are famous. There are waterfalls, spice plantations, and camping sites available for tourists flanked by the beauty of the Western Ghats.

Things to Do in Wayanad:
Visit the Edakkal Caves, Go for boating at Banasura Sagar Dam
Best Time to Visit Wayanad: Throughout the year

Silent Valley

One of the prettiest hill stations in India, the Silent Valley is a must-visit while planning a trip to Kerala. The Silent Valley is also one of India's most important national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, with its natural beauty being the perfect background for the comfort of several rare species of flora and fauna. Much of the natural charm of the Silent Valley is still well preserved today, with the scenic landscape of the Valley also being home to several aboriginal tribes mainly led by the Kurumbar Tribes, who make the tour to the Silent Valley even more special by their rustic charm.

Things to Do in Silent Valley: Witness flora and fauna, explore Palakkad Fort
Best Time to Visit Silent Valley: October to February, March to April

Pakshipathalam Hill Station

All about meadows and wildlife, Pakshipathalam is the hill station of Kerala in the blanket of the Western Ghats in the Wayanad district. Located at an elevation of 1,740 m (approx.), the sea level, Pakshipathalam is a trekkers' heaven in Wayanad. Located around 7 kms to the northeastern portion of Thirunelli, Pakshipathalam can only be reached by trekking. A haven for several rare and exotic species of birds and animals, the lush, green deciduous forests of Pakshipathalam were once the meditating area for countless rishis or saints of ancient India.

Things to Do in Pakshipathalam Hill Station: Capture the meadows, and go for trekking
Best Time to Visit Pakshipathalam Hill Station: October to February, March to April

Nelliyampathy Hill Station

Known for its rich plantations of spices and coffee and its rich evergreen forests, Nelliyampathy is a heady mix that is sure to please all the tourists to this beautiful land. As waterfalls cascade through the majestic slopes of the Sahya Ranges and mesmerize you while you travel amidst the rustling leaves scattered throughout this beautiful land, be ready to be swept off your feet by the magical charm of Nelliyampathy, perhaps the loveliest of the un-spoilt hill stations of Kerala.

Things to Do in Nelliyampathy Hill Station: Go for trekking, and capture the lush greenery
Best Time to Visit Pakshipathalam Hill Station: October to February, March to April