KERALA - HILL STATIONS

Thiruvananthapuram:

Ponmudi : Situated at an attitude of 915 m above sea level, Ponmudi is a beautiful hill station known for its pleasant climate, tea plantations and enchanting scenery. The deep forest trails are ideal for hiking and trekking.
Pathanamthitta:
Charalkunnu This picturesque hill station offers a panoramic view of the nearby valleys. A camp house on the hill provides comfortable lodging.
Kottayam:
Vagamon :This hill station (60 km from Kottayam), at an elevation of 1100 meters above sea level, is a trekker's delight.
Elaveezhapoonchira : Easily accessible from Pala town Elaveezhapoonchira is a picturesque picnic spot located in the most of beautiful hillrocks.
Idukki:
Munnar : Munnar is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni, Kundala. 1600 m. above sea level, this hill station was the summer resort of the British Government in South India. Sprawling tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes, and holiday facilities make this a popular hill station.
Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands here is the Neelakurinji. This flower which bathes the hills in blue once every twelve years, will bloom next in 2006 AD. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India, Anamudi - which towers over 2695 m. Anamudi is an ideal spot for trekking.
Peerumed : Situated amidst rubber, tea, coffee, and pepper plantations is this dainty little hill station of Peerumed, an ideal stopover on the way to Thekkady. Surrounded by rolling hills and valleys, Peerumed is well known for its waterfalls, open grasslands ands delightful trekking trails. This pleasant hill station was once of the summer retreat of the Maharajas of Travancore
Palakkad:
Nelliyampathy:
This fascinating hill station is at a height of 467 to 1572 m above sea level. At least 10 hair pin bends have to be negotiated on the ghat road that passes through the breathtaking evergreen forests of the Sahya Ranges. Seethakundu at Nelliyampathy offers a panoramic view of about one third of Palakkad.
Attappady
A beautiful synthesis of mountains, rivers and forests, Attappady is of great interest to anthropologists. This is the habitat of many tribes like the Irulars and Mudugas. The Malleeswaran peak is worshipped as a gigantic Sivalinga by the Adivasis who also celebrate the Sivarathri festival with great fervour. A PWD Rest House, a VIP Guest House and a few private hotels offers accommodation at Agali.
Dhoni
It takes a three hour trek from the base of the Dhoni hills, to reach this reserve forest area with its small, beautiful waterfall. This hill country is the delight of trekkers. The community hall at Kalikatty is used as a camping base for trekkers.
Kozhikode:
Peruvannamoozhi Dam
The picturesque dam sight has a crocodile farm and birds sanctuary here. Boating facilities are also available here. Tusharagiri
Famous for its trekking tracks, it is located, near Vythiri in Wayanad. Trekkers start early morning from the second waterfall and climb uphill through the pristine, evergreen dense forests populated with exotic birds and wild animals to reach Vythiri by evening.
Wayanad:
Pakshipathalam
This place can be accessed only be trekking. Rare species of birds can be sighted from the watch tower of this bird sanctuary.
Chembra Peak
At 2100 m above mean sea level. Chembra is the highest peak in Wayanad and is an ideal area for trekking.
Lakkidi
Lakkidi, the gateway to Wayanad, is situated 700 m above mean sea level, at the crest of the Thamarassery Ghat pass. Lofty peaks, gurgling streams and luxuriant forests add magic to the journey up the winding roads ti this hill station.
Kannur:
Pythal Mala
This enchanting hill station situated 4,500 ft. above sea level near the Kerala - Karnataka border, is rich in flora and fauna. It is a six Km trek to the top of the hills.
Ezhimala
The beautiful beach here has a hillock nearby (286 M high). A Naval Academy is being developed here.
Kassarkod:
Ranipuram
Situated 750 meters from sea level, Ranipuram is famous for its trekking trails and varied vegetation - evergreen shoal woods, monsoon forests and grasslands (55 kms from Kassarkod)