Nature has always been partial to Kerala with all its exotic seashores and lush green hill stations that are a delight to the visitors. Much of the highland area of the Western Ghats is enviable for its serene and tranquil surroundings, wonderful treks, aromatic plantations of tea, coffee, rubber and fragrant cardamom, tropical forests and rich flora and fauna rising to an average height of 1520 m. Here, we have attempted to cover the major hill stations.
Situated at a height of 915 m above sea level, it is an Idyllic hill
resort with narrow, winding pathways surrounded by cool, green, thickly
wooded forests. Adorned with pretty mountain flowers, colorful
butterflies, small rivulets and springs, these hill station boasts of a
deer park and excellent trekking trails.
Idukki means narrow gorge. It has a large population of tribals who
have unique customs and beliefs and maintain an ethos, which is
distinctly different from that of the mainstream culture. It is a small
hill town surrounded by a spread of beautiful, wooden valleys, wildlife
sanctuaries, hill stations, spice plantation tours, mountain treks,
elephant rides and meandering streams. Three rivers and their
tributaries surround the region, namely, Periyar, Thalayar and
Thodupuzhayar while River Pamba originate from the place.
Known for its cool climate and tea plantation, this serene and tranquil
hill town houses many colonial bungalows, tea factories, wildlife
sanctuaries and many lakes. Situated at the confluence of three mountain
streams namely Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. Situated at an
altitude of 1600 m above sea level, it was the erstwhile summer resort
of the British government in South India. These hills are famous for the
blue flowers of 'Neelakurinji', that blossom once in every twelve years
to bathe the hills in blue. Next time they will bloom in 2006. Munnar
also has the highest peak in south India, Anamudi, which towers over
2695 m and is an ideal spot for trekking.
Located at a height of 1,700m, Mattupetti is famous for its highly
specialized dairy farm that owes itself to the Indo-Swiss live stock
project. It is home to over 100 varieties of high yielding cattle are
reared here. One may visit the three of the eleven cattle sheds at the
farm. However, Mattupetti Lake with a Dam and boating facilities is the
favorite picnic spot of the region along with Kundala tea plantations
and the Kundala Lake nearby.
An irresistible display of natural greenery, the slopes of Devikulam
ascend to as high as 1000 metres adorned with the silent clusters of
slender red and blue gum trees. 16 km southwest of Munnar, Devikulam
(the lake of the goddess) sports a lovely little lake hidden amidst the
rolling hills. According to a legend, Sita Devi, the consort of Lord
Rama, came down to frolic in the lake and the place came to be known by
the present name ever since.
65 km from Idukki town, 110 m above sea level, this hill station is
mainly for trekkers with its beautiful trails and is surrounded by
beautiful meadows, valleys and tea gardens.
60 km from Kozhikode, the Peruvannamuzhi dam site set amidst hills is a
beautiful picnic spot. The reservoir here provides speedboat and rowboat
cruise facilities and uninhabited island, a bird sanctuary and a
crocodile farm makes it much more inviting to the tourists.
A scenic place located in the sylvan Northern High Ranges in Wayanad
District, it is exclusive, comfortable, refreshing, pollution free and
inspiring with vast stretches of lush green land interspersed with
perennial streams and rolling hills. Situated near the Pookot Lake, this
little city breathes history and legend. A natural choice because of its
accessibility, beauty and pleasant climate, it rises 2600 ft. above sea
level and was once a favorite retreat for English planters during
One of the highest locations in Wayanad, it registers the second
highest degree of Rainfall in the world. Killikkurissimangalam in
Lakkidi is the birthplace of Kunjan Nambiar, Kerala's famous satirist
poet, who is regarded as the progenitor of Ottanthullal, the traditional
solo dance narration. His songs combine satirical barbs with rib
tickling laughter. Some of the famous lines are still quoted to lampoon
contemporary social injustices. The Government of Kerala preserves the
poet's house as a monument.
The highest peak in Wayanad, at an altitude of 2100 m above sea level,
it is located 14 km west of Kalpetta. Trekking to the Chembra peak is
strictly for the adventurous types as it is risky. There are temporary
camps on the top of this peak and one can hire guides, sleeping bags,
canvass huts and trekking implements. The peak provides some
breathtaking views of the scenic beauty of Wayanad district while the
lake at the top of the hill never dries up. A spring murmurs along all
the way and sprouts from the top of the hill.
A large irrigation dam built across the longest river in Kerala, the
Bharathapuzha, it is situated at the base of the hills of the Western
Ghats. The highlights of the place are its beautiful gardens, amusement
parks, boating cruises, rock garden, fish-shaped aquarium, Snake Park,
the ropeway, which takes the tourist on an aerial tour of the park, and
the famous work Yakshi (an enchantress) sculpted by Kanai Kunjiraman. It
is amazing to see the rock garden, which is built entirely of unwanted
and broken pieces of bangles, tiles, used plastic cans, tins and other
waste materials. The garden is a masterwork of sculptor Padmasree Nek
Chand Saini. His rock garden in Chandigarh is world famous and attracts
thousands of tourists every year.