India is a paradise for folks who are into nature. There are ample of hill stations in South India, which entices tourists with their scenic beauty. With gliding streams, lush jungle and towering peaks, these hill stations are definitely worth the time spent.

We have come up with the list of 10 best Hill Stations in South India which you should definitely include on your bucket list right away:

Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal is fondly called as the “Princess of Hill Stations” and is a popular summer retreat in South India. The breathtaking backdrops will definitely charm any tripper. With multiple alluring viewpoints and massive Kodaikanal Lake filled with water lilies makes it the best place for honeymoon couples.

The best period to visit Kodaikanal is September to May. Try adventure sports like horse riding, boating, and trekking. Some of the main tourist attractions are Coakers Walk, Devil’s Kitchen, Kodaikanal Lake, Pillar Rocks and Bear Shola Falls.

It is the perfect spot for honeymooners, family trips, nature enthusiasts and solo trippers who love to explore the unknown. Do taste homemade cheeses, brownies, hot chai and chocolates from the street shops.

Munnar

Munnar is definitely the most panoramic and peaceful hill station in Kerala. It is one of the popular honeymoon destinations in South India. The whole area is sprinkled with luxuriant verdure with glimmering lakes and gushing waterfalls.

The exquisite flora and fauna is a visual treat to our sore eyes. It is a land of aromatic spices and tea plantations. Know more about the exotic spices cultivated in this land by attending any spice tours. Take a stroll across the placid trails and soothe your troubled minds.

If you want to stay away from the hustle-bustle routine life, do visit Munnar with your family. September to May is the ideal time to visit this place. The Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Eravikulam National Park and exotic tea Plantations are the prime attractions.

Ooty

Rightly called the Queen of Hills, Ooty is all time favorite tourist destination for families and honeymooners. The Blue Mountains aka Nilgiris is one of the major attractions in Ooty. The astonishing winding roads, miniature toy train, and the hilltop gardens add extra beauty to this location.

You can find rows and rows and tea plantation in the entire area of Ooty which charms any traveler. Don’t forget to buy top-quality tea and coffee before leaving Ooty. You can visit Ooty any time of the year as the climate is pleasant at all times.

There are ample for choices for accommodations like hotels, cottages, lodges and villas which you can book at reasonable prices. If you are an adventure freak, there are a multitude of adventure activities like trekking, mountain climbing, hand gliding, angling and much more.

Idukki

Idukki is a bumpy hill station in Kerala with lovely bungalows, wildlife sanctuaries, rubber plantations, tea factories and lush jungle. It is nestled at the top of Western Ghats enclosed by mountains. The major attractions are Anamudi and the Arch Dam (largest dam in the country).

The arch dam is constructed across the Kuravan Kurathi summit is beautiful and beyond words. Other two nearby dams are Kulmavu and Cherunthony. Idulli is known for its rugged peak sand luxuriant forests.

The best places to visit in Idukki are Hill View Park, Painavu, Thommankuthu Falls and Gavi. The Elephant rides is a must try activity in Idukki. It is a great place for thrill seekers and nature lovers with adventurous activities like Trekking, Mountain Climbing and much more.

Yelagiri

Yelagiri is a not as famous as other tourist destinations in Tamil Nadu, but it is definitely breathtaking and has many places to visit. If you are looking for something unusual, then this is the right place for you!

It has all the best features of a good hill station like viewpoints, lakes, and parks. The main attractions here are, Yelagiri Adventure camp, Jalagamparai Falls, Puganur Lake, Swami Malai Hills and Nature Park.

Yelagiri has ample of options when it comes to lodging. The cost of accommodation and food is very reasonable. The climate is pleasant throughout the year. It is a apt place for trekkers and hikers who want to unwind themselves.

Kolli Hills

Nestled at an altitude of 1300 metres above sea level, Kolli Hills is pristine and serene hill station in Tamil Nadu. It allures many vacationers with its mesmerizing backdrop and lush vegetation. It is one of the famous pilgrim destinations in South India.

It is one of the places in Tamil Nadu that is less affected by commercial tourism. Kollimalai (Kolli Hills) got its name from the local deity Ettukkkai Amman who is regarded as a savior of the local people.

It is a land of exotic flora and fauna with a surplus wealth of medicinal plants as well. The climate is enjoyable throughout the year. Do try Rock Climbing, Rappelling and Trekking while you are in Kolli Hills.

Coorg

Coorg is a popular hill station located in Karnataka known for its flourishing flora and massive mountains. You can find Teak and Sandalwood trees scattered throughout the forests in Coorg. It is the home of exotic faunas like Dhole, Gaur, Asian Elephant and Wild Boar.

The chief attractions in Coorg are Abbey Falls, Namdroling Monastery, Nagarhole National Park and Talacauvery. It’s a haven for nature enthusiasts and adventure freaks. Indulge in adventure sports like Fishing, Whitewater Rafting, Bird Watching and Paragliding.

Rejuvenate yourselves by taking a stroll across the aromatic coffee plantations. Visit any time between October and March which is the best time to see this place.

Yercaud

Situated at an altitude of 1515 meters above sea level, Yercaud is a hill station in Salem, Tamil Nadu. It is also known as Lake Forest because of the lush jungle near the lake.

The Coffee beans, Oranges, Bananas, Pears and Jackfruit are the chief cultivations in Yercaud. The main places to visit in Yercaud are Shevaroy Hills, Kiliyur Falls, Anna Park and Pagoda Point. The best time to visit Yercaud is from October to June.

There are plenty of accommodation options in Yercaud. Trekking is the famous adventure activity you can find here. It takes just 1 or 2 days to visit all the places in Yercaud.

Kotagiri

Kotagiri is the oldest and smallest hill station, set in the bottom of the Nilgiri Hills. It is the perfect place for folks who love to stay away from city life. The climate is pleasant with lush vegetation everywhere.

The clean and fresh air here attracts large crowds of tourists every year. The tea plantation in Kotagiri spreads across a large area of 30,000 acres. The perfect time to visit this place is from December to May.

The main attractions in Kotagiri are Elk Falls, Longwood Shola, Catherine Falls and Kodanand View Point. The restaurants in Kotagiri serve tasty vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes. You can visit all tourist spots in a single day.

Panchgani

Panchgani is enclosed by five hills with spectacular view points and panoramic valley view. Situated at an altitude of 1334 meters, it is a famous hill station in Maharashtra. It has scenic hills on one side and the coastal plains on the other sight. This makes the view from the top picturesque.

Some of the places to visit in Panchgani are Table Land, Kaas Plateau, Mahabaleshwar, Sydney Point, and Mapro Garden. If you want to stay in harmony with the nature, you can stay in eco-camps and luxury hotels.

The best time to visit in Panchgani is September to May. It takes just 1 to 2 days to visit all the places in Panchgani. Do buy strawberries which are the best buy in Panchagani.

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Author's Bio: 

Abinaya Kannan is from Chennai and working as the Content Writer in Ulo Hotels. She likes traveling and loves to write about Travel & Leisure.