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 magical experience of nature in all its virgin beauty.
(61 km from Thiruvananthapuram) An idyllic hill station, Ponmudi, situated 915 m above sea level has a deer park and excellent trekking trails. Wild orchids grow profusely on the hillsides embroidered with winding, wooded paths.
(60 km fram Idukki) Situated at the confluence of three mountain streams, 1600 m above sea level, this hill station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. Sprawling tea plantations, picture-book towns, winding lanes and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town.
(7 km from Munnar in Idukki) This idyllic hill station with its velvet lawns, exotic flora and fauna and the cool mountain air is a rare experience. The Devikulam Lake is ideal for trout fishing.
(35 km from Thekkady in Idukki) Peermedu, the famous plantation town, takes its name from PeerMohammed, a Sufi saint and close associate of the erstwhile Royal Family of Travancore. Wide vistas of tea, cardamom, rubber and coffee plantations interspersed with silver cascades, sculptural rocks, meadows and mist-cloaked hilltops make Peermedu an unforgettable experience.
(25 km from Peermedu in Idukki) Grass-covered hills, velvet lawns and the cool mountain air make Vagamona perfect holiday retreat. Dotted with tea gardens and meadows, this hill country is a haven of tranquility.
(75 km southeast of Palakkad) This fascinating hill station reached by traversing 23 hairpin curves has several vantage view points including KesavanPara and Seethargundu. The dense and verdant forests harbour exotic wildlife.
(In Wayonad, 60 km [rom Kozhikode) Tucked away at the northeastern tip of Kerala, this quaint little hill station about 1300 m above sea level is renowned for its coffee, tea, cardamom, pepper and rubber plantations. Mist-capped mountains and breathtaking scenery dominate other tourist attractions.
(5 km south of Vythiri in Wayanad) The gateway to Wayanad,Lakkidi is situated 700 m above sea level, at the crest of the Thamarasseri Ghat Pass. Lofty peaks, gurgling streams and luxuriant forests add magic to the journey up the winding roads to this hill station.
(65 km from Kannur) Thisenchanting hill station, situated 4500 ft abovesealevel near the Kerala- Karnatakaborder, is rich in flora and fauna. It is a 6 km trek to the top of the hill.
(30 km northeast of Kanhangad in Kosaragod) Lying close to the Cauvery, this idyllic spot is a favourite with nature lovers and eco-tourists. The nearby village of Konnakkad, with its rainforests and verdant surroundings, is ideal for trekking.
(85 km from Kasaragod) Situated 750 m above sea level, Ranipuram is famous for its trekking trails and varied vegetation - evergreen shola woods, monsoon forests and grasslands. This area was formerly known as Madathumala.