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The mountain ranges in Kerala consisting of the highland area of the Western Ghats, exude an exotic charm. Rising to an average height of 1520 m, the tropical forests of the ghats house rich and unique flora and fauna. The high ranges and hill stations are the favourite spots of nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers.Expansive plantations of tea,coffee,rubber and fragrant cardamom and other spices for which Kerala is famous for,are cultivated on the slopes of these hill stations.
Much of Keralas exotic appeal is centered in these highland areas of the Western Ghats. Ideal places for adventure tourism and trekking,the fresh mountain air, the mist clad hills and a panoramic view make them worthy of a visit.Places like Munnar in Kerala produce an exotic species of flowers that bloom once in twelve years.
Hill stations in Kerala offer tourists an opportunity to spend their vacations amidst clean and fresh air of the hills. Some of the more popular hill stations in Kerala are those of Mattupetty, Munnar, Nelliyampathy, Palakkad, Ponmudi, Wayanad, Idduki, Kannur, Kasargod and Kozhikode. Here you can see the milky waterfalls, mighty rocks, lakes, and hill-plantations. The scenic beauty of these Kerala hill stations cannot be defined in words, it is best experienced in person.


 

Munnar

Set at an altitude of 6000 ft in Idukki district, Munnar is one of the major attractive tourist spot in God’s own country.  Munnar was the favored summer resort of the erstwhile British rulers in the colonial days. One of the most popular hill stations in India, Munnar is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. This hill station is recommended by Kerala tour operators.

Major Attractions of Munnar

Mattupetty
Mattupetty is situated at a height of 1700 m above sea level. Mattupetty Lake and Dam is a beautiful picnic spot with the panoramic view of the tea plantations and the lake.

Echo Point
Echo Point has a natural echo phenomenon and offers panoramic views.

Rajamala Rajamala
is the natural habitat of Nilgiri Tahr. Half the world population of this rare mountain goat is found here, which is fast becoming extinct.

Anamudi
The highest peak (2695 m) south of the Himalayas, towers over the sanctuary in majestic pride. The slopes of the hills abound in all kinds of rare flora and fauna. The Atlas moth, the largest of its kind in the world, is a unique inhabitant of the park.

Eravikulam National Park
A sanctuary for the endangered mountain goat of South India, the Nilgiri Tahr ( Hemitragus hylocrious), the Eravikulam National Park stands out for the stark beauty of its rolling grasslands and sholas, spread over 97 sq km in the Rajamalai hills.

Tea gardens, Swiss Livestock Project Farm, Top Station, Marayoor, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary are some of the other attractions

To reach:
Nearest Railway Station: Aluva Railway Station ( 04 Hrs from Munnar )
Nearest Airport : Cochin International Airport ( 4 hours 30 minutes from Munnar)

Climate
Temperature - 0 degree Celsius to 30 degree celsius
Summer- 15 degree celsius to 25 degree celsius
Winter- 0 degree celsius to 10 degree celsius

Nelliampathi

Nelliampathi in Kerala is a popular hill station 60 km away from Palakkad in Kerala. It is a 3 hour, 75 km trip away from Palakkad (Palghat) and, at 1600 mts above sea level, is surrounded by panoramic views of hills draped by plantations of tea, coffee, orange and cardamom. It is one among the best tourist spots in Kerala because of the excellent Kerala weather condition and tea and coffee plantations .The journey to Nelliampathi itself is an experience. The only route is from Nemmara, from where the first town of Nelliampathi,namely Kaikatty junction, is at a distance of 26 km. At the 9th kilometer is the Pothundi Dam, a small irrigation dam which provides water for the rice fields in the surrounding area. The dam is at the foot of the Nelliampathi hills. From here, the road winds up for the next 17 km, with many hairpin turns on the way. On the way, one can see wild animals like monkey, deer and porcupine. The view of the Pothundy dam from the height is a breathtaking sight.

Nelliampathi is a popular Kerala hill station with excellent trekking trails. On Nellikotta and the other peaks grow huge great teak trees value for their wood. Nelliyampathy hills comprise a chain of ridges cut off from one another by valleys of dense evergreen forests and orange plantations. The height of the hills ranges from 467 mts to the tallest peak Padagiri looming at 1572 mts. Accessing Nelliyampathy from Palakkad (Palghat) is a sensation on its own, as one negotiates over a dozen hairpin curves on the ghat road passing through the fascinating jungles of the Sahya Ranges.

Nelliampathy is a charming hill station with picturesque mountains, valleys, mist and rain, pockets of gooseberry trees, tea, coffee, cardamom and orange plantations. Labeled during the Earth Conference at Rio in 1999 as one of the 17 hotspots in the world for its biodiversity, Nelliampathy is an absolute haven for nature lovers. Locally known as 'poor man's Ooty', Nelliyampathy also offers immense opportunities for trekking. Once owned by the Maharajas of Kollengode and Kochi, Nelliampathy is now a part of the Nenmara Forest Division. Apart from scenic beauty, Nelliampaty also boasts largest population of fauna. According to a survey, nearly 215 species of birds and 90 species of butterflies have been found in this region. Some of the species of birds at Nelliampaty are Grey-breasted Laughing Thrush, Woodpecker, Oriental Broad-billed Roller, Nilgiri Flycatcher, Broad-tailed Grass bird, Nilgiri Pipit etc. The hill station is also known for the Malabar hornbill and the rust coloured Malabar squirrel. The dense jungle is packed with primates including Lion-tailed Macaque, Bonnet Macaque, Nilgiri Langure etc. A small population of Nilgiri Tahr is also seen in the grassy peaks. Nelliampaty I is a famous Kerala destination.

Ponmudi

The charming hill resort and health resort for Kerala tourists is known for its bracing climate, tea plantations and scenic splendor. Ponmudi is connected to Trivandrum by a narrow winding road which offers a scenic view on the way to Ponmudi. The deep forest trials and pleasant climate serves as a base for trekking and hiking. While trekking, one comes across a small zoo, mainly of barasinghas, at the edge of the forest. The tea-gardens here are also famous. One can go on long leisurely walks along the meandering roads that wind up the hill. This beautiful hill station in Kerala is a scenic view and it also has natural springs that help keeping the valley lush green. The hill station also has tea gardens that make it a picture perfect location. The view from cottages and resorts up the hill is breath taking and it feels as though time has left this place untouched.

An ideal picnic spot, Ponmudi is a hill station in Kerala that should be visited while on ones trip to Kerala. Soak in the scenic beauty and feel refreshed in pure nature. The place is easily accessible from Trivandrum, Kerala. The tourist resort is developed almost half a kilometer before the actual peak, which is often called the Echo Point. This hill station is a favorite hill stations for Kerala tour operators as hill stations are always preferred by Kerala tourists.

Golden Valley and a number of rivulets and rapids, some even across the road are other attractions near Ponmudi include. Located in a rich forest area, this whole place may be of interest to those who are interested in tropical vegetation. There is also a rich wildlife around these hills. Golden Valley is a sneak peek offered to the beauty of the hills. It is an access point to the river Kallar. Well-rounded pebbles, lush green trees, the cool water, fishes and the sheer wilderness of the park enthrall the visitor.

Agasthyarkoodam which is one of the highest peaks in the Western Ghats and the highest peak (1868 m) is another attraction in the region in the district. This peak is famous for its wilderness, and can be accessed only with permission from the Forest Department. Meenmutty Falls is also a famous holiday attraction in the range. Varkala is also a getaway from Ponmudi, which is an important Hindu center of pilgrimage as well a famous beach. The beach is adorned with high cliffs and mineral-water springs all around the coastline. The prime attractions of the Varkala are the 2,000-year-old Janardanaswamy Temple and the Nature Center. While at Ponmudi, one can enjoy the Aaranmula Boat Race. It is organized each year in the village of Aaranmula in the month of August and September and is part of the Aaranmula Temple Festival. Orchids and Deer Park, which is only 3 kilometers away from the Ponmudi resort, are also the main attractions of the place
 
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