Top 7 Hill Stations You Have To Visit In South India

From the stressful environment of the cities, people always want a getaway and let them loose.
What’s the perfect place you ask?

Well, These Hill Stations might do the job.

Here is a list of Top 7 Hill stations in South India in My Opinion:

Kodaikanal (Kodai)

Referred to as the ‘Princess of Hill stations’, Kodai is one of the popular places to visit in the rainy season as a getaway trip. Situated at an altitude of about 7000 feet on the southern tip of upper Palani hills, a range consisting of 77 hills. Therefore, kodai has several breathtaking eyeshots to offer.

Kodaikanal is not extensively materialistic like Ooty and it offers a pleasant experience to tourists with relatively less crowd(depends on when you go). Apart from its pleasant weather, Kodaikanal has several tourist attractions like Kodai Lake, Bryant Park, Coaker’s Walk, Bear Shola Falls, Silver Cascade, Pillar Rocks and the Pine forest. The hills offer magnificent views all around, but especially from Coaker’s Walk.
Kodaikanal’s Weather: Summer: Maximum – 22°C and a Minimum of – 13° C, Winter: Maximum – 17°C and a Minimum of – 6°C

Araku Valley Valley
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Located on the Eastern Ghats at an altitude range of 900 to 1400 meters above sea level, Araku Valley is home to a number of tribes. The valley spreads over an area of 36 sq. km. Furthermore, Araku is a perfect tourist destination with a pleasant climate, lush forests, waterfalls and streams. Thus, it is popular for its famous coffee plantations and other plantations.

Araku has some intriguing places to visit including Borra caves, Katiki Falls, Tyda, Tribal Museum & Padmapuram Botanical Gardens. Besides, the coffee plantations are a must visit for those who want to indulge in the flavours of nature. The tourists can indulge themselves with tribal folk dances like Dhimsa and Mayuri. Likewise, The Tribal Museum is an abode for rich tribal tradition and with a number of artefacts and displays related to Eastern Ghat Tribal Culture.

Araku Valley Weather: Summer: Maximum of 26°C & Minimum of 22°C, Winter: Maximum of 11°C & Minimum of 8°C


Idukki is a diverse attraction for, wildlife sanctuaries, hill stations, mountain treks and spice plantation centres. The district was formed on January 26, 1972, chipping out Devikulam, Peerumedu and Udumbanchola taluks from Kottayam district and Thodupuzha taluk from Ernakulam district. The river Pamba also has its origin here. Idukki is home to a large population of tribes.

A major tourist attraction is the Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary, with an area of 70 sq. km. The sanctuary is the natural habitat for several animals. Furthermore, the tiger reserve of Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary at Thekkady, Chinnar Wild Life Sanctuary and Eravikulam National Park, Kattappana which is famous for its spices, Mangaladevi Temple, Vagamon and Munnar, places you need to visit if you are in Idduki.

Idukki Weather: Maximum: 35°C and a Minimum of 25°C


Situated in the Deccan plateau, Chikmagalur city belongs to the Malnad part of Karnataka. The Western Ghats begins from this region. Furthermore, the Yagachi River originates from the surrounding hills. Chikmagalur is famous for its thick green forests, serene environment and tall mountains. Baba Budangiri, Mulliyangiri and Kemmanagundi are among the must-visit places.

Chikamagaluru is where coffee was cultivated for the first time in India. Hence, Chikamagaluru is famous for its coffee and is the coffee land of Karnataka. This was when, Baba Budan, who was a Muslim saint brought coffee seeds from Yemen in 1670 and started growing them here. Since then, coffee is the main commodity in the region.
The hill range is a tremendous destination to visit with many tourist spots, from pilgrimage sites to coffee plantation and wildlife tourism destinations to adventure sports destinations.

Chikkmagalur Weather: Summer: Maximum – 35°C and Minimum – 23°C , Winter: Maximum – 33°C and Minimum – 17°C


Yercaud got its name from the Yercaud Lake located at the centre. Yeri means ‘lake’ and Kaadu means ‘forest’ in Tamil. Stone-aged gizmos have been found from the ancient shrine located near Shevaroy Hills, which is somewhere around 5 km from the Yercaud Lake.
David Cockburn, the Scottish collector of Salem district, was called the ‘Father of Yercaud’ because he helped in the development of the resources of the Shevaroy hills and for introducing the cultivation of coffee, pears and apple. Furthermore, Salem District was purchased by Mr G.F. Fisher, the only European Zamindar, in 1836.

Yercaud Weather: Summer: Maximum – 40°C and Minimum – 25°C, Winter: Maximum – 32°C and Minimum – 16°C


Coorg is the largest producer of Coffee in India. Also, it is one of the places with the highest rainfall in India. The Kodagu district comprises different communities like the Kodava, Tulu, Gowda and Moplah out of which the largest is the ‘Kodava’ community. Furthermore, the whole economy depends on its agriculture, coffee plantations, forestry and tourism.

Talacauvery, Abbey Falls and Dubare are some of the best places to visit on your Coorg getaway. However, some historians believe that Coorg’s name is after the River Cauvery. Coorg with its pleasant weather throughout the year, have been bringing more and more people each year. Though, October – June is the best time to visit Coorg. It usually takes about 1-2 complete days to visit the have-to visit places in Coorg.

Coorg Weather: Summer: Maximum – 29°C & Minimum – 18°C, Winter: Maximum – 24°C & Minimum – 13°C

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Munnar town is situated at an altitude ranging, 5000 to 8000 feet on the Kannan Devan Hills in Devikulam taluk and is the largest town in the Idukki district covering nearly 557 sq. km. Hence, It is renownedly referred to as the ‘Swiss of South India’. It was once the summer resort for the British Governors of South India. Also, it is at the conflux of three rivers – Madurapuzha, Kundala and Nallathanni.

Further, in Tamil ‘Munnar’ means ‘Three Rivers’. Munnar is home for some of the world’s best tea estates. Majority of the plantations are of Tata Group’s- Kannan Devan estate. Munnar also hoards the highest peak in South India – Anamudi, which towers over 2695 meters. Trekking facilities are available to reach Anamudi if you are one of those trek enthusiasts. Munnar’s lush greenery, mountains, lakes and waterfalls attract tourists throughout the year. Furthermore, Mattupetty Dam, Top Station, Anamudi peak, Devikulam, Nyayamkad falls, Thoovanam falls, Eravikulam National Park, Attukal Waterfalls, Echo point and Kundala Lake, are the popular places around Munnar you have to visit.

Munnar Weather: Summer: Maximum – 26°C and Minimum – 15°C, Winter: Maximum – 22°C and Minimum – 5°C

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