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    Hill Stations in Kerala

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Hillstations The hill stations in Kerala are not only noted for their cool salubrious air and their stunning mountain scenery but are known for serene ambience, rolling meadows and spellbinding views. A unique way to spend your holidays in Kerala. View the lush green hills of Kerala while relaxing at the luxurious hill resorts. Embroidered with meandering roads, rivulets, springs and waterfalls, they are a different world where tranquility abounds. All the hill resorts in Kerala offer the most enchanting experience of nature in all its virgin beauty.

Munnar

Situated 55 km from Idukki Hillstations town, at the confluence of three mountain streams-Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala, Munnar is a charming hill resort, 1600 m above sea level. This beautiful hill station is popular for its cool climate, sprawling tea plantations, picture-book towns, winding lanes and holiday facilities. The hills of Munnar are famous for Neelakurinji, an exotic flower which blooms once every twelve years. It is next expected to bloom in 2006 AD. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India, Anamudi, over 2695 metres in height. Anamudi is an ideal spot for trekking. This was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. Sprawling tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes, trekking and holiday facilities make Munnar a unique experience. This quiet little town boasts of many colonial bungalows, tea factories, wildlife sanctuaries and many lakes. The accommodation facilities are excellent. Munnar is a nature lover's paradise.

Ponmudi

Situated 61 km from Thiruvananthapuram city, in south Kerala. A peaceful resort tucked away in the dense environs, Ponmudi is located 915 m above seal level. Rich in flora and fauna, the hill station also has excellent trekking trails. Ponmudi is an enchanting hill resort with narrow winding pathways and cool, green environs. Along with a beautiful array of mountain flowers, exotic butterflies and small rivulets, with its tea estates and mist-covered valleys Ponmudi is a fast developing hill resort with cottages and dormitory accommodation facilities. This hill station also has excellent trekking trails.

Nelliyampathy

Situated 40 km south of Nenmara. 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 roads that passes through the breathtaking evergreen forests of the Sahya Ranges. Seethakundu at Nelliyampathy offers a panoramic view of about one third of Palakkad. This hill country is the delight of trekkers.

Devikulam

Devikulam is an idyllic hill station 15 kms from Munnar. Exotic flora and fauna and the magical vistas offer visitors an exhilarating experience. The Sita Devi Lake with its mineral water springs and picturesque surroundings is a good picnic spot. The Lake is also ideal for trout fishing. The lake and the tea plantations are the major attractions here.

Mattupetty

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Mattupetty is located 13 kms from Munnar, at a height of 1700 m. Mattupetty is famous for its highly specialized dairy farm - the Indo Swiss Livestock Project. Over a 100 varieties of high yielding cattle are reared here. There is also a lake and a dam in Mattupety. The Kundala tea plantations and the Kundala lake are other attractions in the vicinity.

Vazhikkadavu

Vazhikkadavu hill station is in Kottayam district, this hill station of rocky terrains is much sought-after for its pristine beauty. On one side of the main rock are extremely tall and steep rocks and on the other is a valley of fearful depth. Bordering this crude landscape like a silver lace is the Meenachil River. During the months of December/January the landscape comes alive in a riot of colours with orchids and wild flowers.

Peerumedu

Situated 70 km from Kottayam and 40 km from Thekkady. This hill station was once the summer palace of the Travancore Maharajas. Tea plantations, Pine and Eucalyptus forests and grasslands make up the vegetation. The climate is cool and pleasant. Thrissanku Hills is situated 4 km from Peermedu in Idukki district. The rolling hills, lovely landscape and the gentle breeze make this an ideal spot for long walks. The hills offer a breathtaking view of the sunrise and sunset. Peeru hill station is a favourite haunt of trekkers and picnickers. The hill is named after Peer Mohammed, the Sufi saint, who spent his last days here. The Mausoleum of the saint, the summer palace of the royal family and the residence of the Diwan situated nearby are all worth a visit.

Vagamon

This enchanting hill station on the Idukki-Kottayam border dotted with tea gardens and meadows, will soon be one of India's foremost eco-tourism projects. The breeding centre of the Kerala Livestock Board is located here.

Peruvannamuzhi

60 km from Kozhikode, the Peruvannamuzhi dam site set amid hills is a beautiful picnic spot. The reservoir here provides facilities for speedboat and rowboat cruises. Uninhabited islands, a bird sanctuary and a crocodile farm add to the charm of the place.

Lakkidi

Situated 55 kms from Kozhikode and 5 kms south of Vythiri. Lakkidi, the gateway to Wayanad is situated 700m above mean sea level at the crest of the thamarasseri ghat pass. Lofty peaks, gurgling streams and luxuriant forests add magic to the journey up the winding roads to this hill station.

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