Hill Stations of Kerala

Kerala is a gem of Arabian Sea. This gem has all forms of landscapes including hill stations. There are cliche hill stations and exotic ones too. Here is the list of top hill stations of Kerala that you ought to visit. Believe it or not, there are more than 20 hill stations in Kerala which are serving as ultimate holiday destinations in Kerala.

Top Hill Stations of Kerala

1. Munnar


This is the most famous and the most visited hill station in the state. The hill station is located in the Western Ghats and it is a perfect honeymoon destination with spice plantations, view point and mesmerizing climate.

The weather of Kerala is during summer when the flora is at bloom. You ought to visit the tea museum and take a stroll along the spice plantations.

Things to do : Trekking, sightseeing, boating, picnic, wildlife attraction, plantation visit and romantic vacation

Nearest Airport : Cochin airport – 140 km away

Tourist Attractions : Anamudi, Pothemadu, Photo Point, Echo Point, Attukal, Nyayamakad, Mattupetty park, Devikulam and others.

Things to Buy : Homemade Chocolate, Tea, Spices and Wood Handicrafts.

2. Thekkady


Although Thekkady is very famous for Periyar national park and nature related activities inside the park including rafting, safari and others, this hill station is a good spot for relaxing. The mild climate and photogenic environment makes the place more interesting for anyone. If you are looking for a vacation amidst flora and fauna, Thekkady is the best place.

Things to do : Trekking, Sightseeing, Picnic, Wildlife Sanctuary, Boat Cruise, Plantation Visit and Romantic Vacation

Nearest Airport: Madurai airport (145 km away)

Tourist Attractions: Mangaladevi temple, Vandiperiyar, Ramakalmedu, Pandikuzhi and others

Things to Buy: Spice, Silk, Cotton, Saffron, Vanilla, Cardamom, Ayurveda oil, Honey and Homemade Chocolates

3. Vagamon


If you are looking for a cliche commercialized hill station, this is not the place for you. This place is untouched by urban culture. You can enjoy nature at its purest form. The place is filled with rare orchids and interesting viewpoints.

Things to do: Trekking, Sightseeing, Picnic, Paragliding, Rock Climbing, Mountaineering, Waterfalls,

Nearest Airport : Cochin airport (75 km away)

Tourist Attractions : Kurisumala Ashram, Dairy Farms, Meadows, Pine Forests, Mooppanpara Canyon, Murugan hill and others.

Things to Buy : Milk Products, Ayurvedic Oils, Handicrafts and Spices

4. Ponmudi


Ponmudi is a very small hill station that is very famous among those who love trekking. There are numerous trekking spots around the area. The hill station has a rich river, Kallarthat has many fishes in it and is surrounded by lush forest. You can spot many animals and fishes here.

The climate is pleasing throughout the year and you can find many tourists during summer season. You can spot many exotic mountain flowers, butterflies and rich tea estates here.

Things to do : trekking, boating, picnic, plantation, gardens, hiking and others

Nearest Airport : Trivandrum airport (55 km away)

Tourist Attractions : Peppara wildlife sanctuary, golden valley, deer park, Meenmutti falls, echo point, Agasthyarkoodam and others

Things to Buy : tea, spices, handicraft items and others

5. Vythiri


Vythiri is famous for water related activities with a majestic background. The geography of the place makes it a great spot for trekking and hiking. You can find many places for romantic getaways and family holidays spots here.

Things to do : trekking, sightseeing, boating, picnic, angling, rafting, cave exploration and romantic vacation

Nearest Airport : Calicut airport (90 km away)

Tourist Attractions : Neolithic age Edakkal caves, temples, KabiniRiver, Pookode Lake, Lakkidi hills and many others

Things to Buy : spices, pickles, handicraft items and others.

Apart from these, there are numerous other small and large hill stations in Kerala. If you are visiting a hill station, make sure to avoid rainy season. Learn about the Climate and Weather of Kerala before starting. If you are choosing a tourism season, make sure to pre-book tickets and other amenities.