Top 10 most visited Hill Stations in South India

Holidaying bets to never tire but enriches you with liveliness and energy like never before. In the hustle bustle of mundane life, holiday retreats plays a role in rejuvenating & detoxing lives. The ecstatic scenery and lofty hills of South India is undoubtedly attracts Indian & global tourists for its rich & pure environment.

South India encompasses a plethora of lofty mountains, tranquil backwaters, cascading waterfall, green valleys and immense natural beauty for tourist to soak in. India hails many pristine hill stations to visit as in the Southern India, out of which few stands out as most visited paradise among nature lovers & photo fanatics.

In this list of Top 10 most visited Hill Stations in South India, we have rounded up the best holiday  retreats that you can pay a visit to & rejoice.

10. Kotagiri

Kotagiri is said to be the oldest hill station of Nilgiri trio Coonoor, Ooty and Kotagiri. This paradise will wonder struck you with its unmatched weather & environment. This hill station stands tenth in the list of Top 10 most visited Hill Station in South India.

The marvel of these rolling green hills are nearly 8 kms from Ooty. It is one of the Blue Mountains hill  stations and probably is one of the most serene & quietest with colonies of ancient post- independence type bungalows dotted with tea estates and local tribal settlements.

Kotagiri’s hills are sprawled with one-of-a-kind evergreen Longwood Forest. It is the best suited place for anyone who wants a little seizure of hectic life and dissolves their souls in nature’s splendour.

Places to visit:

1) St Catherine Falls, Prestine Kodanand Viewpoint.
2) Longwood Shola forest, Sacred Rangaswamy Peak, Panoramic Kannerimukku.

9. Yercaud

Next in the list of Top 10 most visited Hill Stations in South India, stands the beautiful hills of Yercaud, which is situated in Salem district of Tamil Nadu. It is a picturesque hill stations on the Shevaroy Hills of Eastern Ghats, which lies 349 Kms away from Chennai, showcasing a unique topography.

The place got its name from the Yercaud Lake, which is break up of two tamil words:’ Yeri’ that means means lake and ‘Kaadu’ which means forest.

Yercaud, has a pleasant weather and the surroundings that are full of riveting waterfalls, parks, colonial buildings, english-style bungalows & beautiful lakes. Trekking is one of the things you would enjoy a lot at the “Jewel of the South”, Yercaud.

Places to visit:

1) Emerald Lake, Anna Park, Lady’s Seat, Small Lake, Bear’s Point, Pagoda Point, Killiyur Falls and Botanical Garden.
2) Shevaroy Temple, Cave temple of Lord Selvarayan, Church of the Holy Trinity.

8. Devikulam

Devikulam lies 5 km away from Munnar in Kerala, is a secluded yet famous small beautiful hill station in Southern India. The place is said to be blessed by goddess Sita Devi, who once bathed in the beautiful ‘Devikulam lake’ mineral rich waters surrounded by lush, green hills, the sanctum is now renowned as the Sita Devi Lake.

The hill station is also immensely rich in biodiversity and offers many sightseeing opportunities. Though the place is less crowded, but is a perfect retreat for the newly weds and travelling enthusiasts.

Places to visit:

  1. Mattupetty lake, Tribal Temple, Pallivasal waterfall.

7. Araku Valley


Popularly known as Araku valley, boasts the tallest peak in Eastern Ghats, the Jindhagada. This hill station is located near on the Eastern Ghats at an altitude range of 900 to 1400 meters above sea level, and is nearly 112 Kms away from Vishakhapatnam.

Araku is a home to a number of tribal communities and is surrounded by mountains like Galikonda, Sunkarimetta, Raktakonda and Chitamogondi. The place comprises of many hills, lush green meadows, flea markets offers you old silver jewelery from tribal which is sure to promises you reminiscent momento.

Places to visit:
1) Borra caves, Anantagiri Hills, Tyda Nature Camp, Katiki Falls.

2) Tribal Museum & Padmapuram Gardens, Coffee plantations.

6. Coonor

Next in our list of Top 10 most visited Hill Stations in South India, is an idyllic getaway for a major tourist, ‘Coonor’. The hill station grew more strong after the buzzing urbanization of Ooty, which is 545  kms away from Chennai.

Known for its verdant environs & production of Nilgiri tea, the place is situated on the Doddabetta range, which lies at an altitude of 1,858 metres above the sea level.

Coonor provides travelers with a panoramic views, with its ravines, manicured lawns, lively valleys and waterfalls which is most apt for sightseeing & tourist attractions of this place.

Its captivating beauty and multitude of gardens adoring many species of flowers evergreen plants and trees will entwine with your senses. You may even happen to spot rows of red roofed colonial houses.

If enjoy bird- watching, trekking and hiking was ever in your bucket-list, this place will prove nothing less than a holiday heaven to you.

Places to visit:

1) Sim’s Park (Botanical Garden), St George’s Church
2) Picnic & trekking spots like Lambs Rock, Dolphin’s Nose Viewpoint, Lady Canning’s Seat, Law’s fall, St. Catherine Falls.

5. Kodikanal

Popularly known as Princess of hill stations, Kodikanal is located in the Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu, and it means ‘Gift of the forests’ in Tamil. The place is situated at a distance of 528 km from Chennai.

Kodaikanal has several scenic natural attractions, & is a mesmerizing hill station at an altitude of about 7000 feet on the southern tip of upper Palani hills. It is the perfect spot to have an overview of the silent valley, towering waterfalls, enthralling streams, gigantic trees, densely wooden green forests & misty mountains.

With many enchanting view points and the majestic Kodaikanal Lake filled with water lilies, seeing a panoramic sweep of the landscape hard to believe your eyes.

Places to visit:

1) Bryant Park, Coaker’s Walk, Bear Shola Falls, Green Valley View, Guna caves, Pillar Rocks.

2) Kodaikanal Lake, Silver Cascade Waterfall and Dolphin’s Nose, Kurinji Andavar Murugan temple, Shembaganur Museum of Natural History.

4. Coorg

Often termed as the “Scotland of South”, Coorg is fourth in our list of Top 10 most visited Hill Stations in South India. The place is also known as ‘Kodagu’ or ‘Kodaimalenadu’ among its native people which means dense forest on steep hill.

Situated at an altitude of 1525 meters on Western Ghats in a district in Karnataka, Coorg lies at a Distance of 265 Kms from Bangalore.

The spectacular landscapes, the scenic view and the enthralling backdrop, makes the alluring Coorg a must visit. Its from the hills of Coorg the famous Cauvery River has its origination at Talacauvery. The place also houses major coffee plantations & estates producing one of the world’s best aromatic coffee and also one of the largest producing place in India.

The misty hills, lush green forests with variety of flora and fauna, mist shrouded mountains, rolling green hills and teak wood forests are sheer treat to the eyes. Coorg will embrace, sedate and rejuvenate you and is a great destination to unwind.

Places to visit:
1) Dubare Elephant Camp, Iruppa and Abbey Falls and Nisargadhama.

2) Madekari Fort, Omkareshwara Temple, Golden temple or the Namdroling Monastery, Coffee estates to Talacauvery.

3) Raja’s seat, Golden Temple at Bylakuppe, Mallali Falls.

4) Wildlife sanctuary like Talacauvery, Pushpagiri and Brahmagiri Sanctuaries and National parks like the Nagarhole.

3. Idukki

Idukki is the next mesmerizing hill station is also the second largest district in Kerala state (Painavu as headquarters). The name Idukki is supposed to be derived from the Malayalam word ‘Idukku’ which means a narrow gorge. The place stands second is next in the list of Top 10 most visited Hill Stations in South India.

Lies at a distance of 100 kms from Kochi, the place is laden with tea gardens, aboriginal tribes, spice plantation centers and mountain treks is a thing you can easily spot here.

Idukki showcases a limitless tribute of its natural treasures that are full of cascades, spice plantation tours, rolling grasslands, enchanting valleys and thrilling mountains. This jewel in South India boasts various sanctuaries, awe-inspiring views.

Places to visit:

1) Idukki Dam (Asia’s first and the world’s  second arch dam), Painavu, Kalvari Mount, Ilaveezha Poonchira.

2) Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary.

2. Munnar


By Bimal K C from Cochin, India – Good Morning Munnar, CC BY 2.0

A hill station often termed as ‘God’s own country’ in Kerala. Munnar is widely known for its tea gardens, lakes, waterfalls and beautiful country side. The word Munnar, means “three rivers” in tamil. The place has its location at which three mountain streams congregate, namely Madhurapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly mountain streams.

You can even stop by & sip a brew in local tea shops and breathe in the awe-inspiring fresh breezing gem. The place lies at a distance of 120 kms from Kochi which offers you exquisite locations, sprawling tea plantations, lush green flora & fauna, beautiful lakes, wild life sanctuaries to relax and immerse yourself in tranquility vantage points.

Boasting the highest peak in South India, Anamudi, Munnar is said to be one of the most suitable hill for trekking in Southern India. The place is also known for Neelakurinji flowers, which blooms once in 12 years. Untouched from the hustle and bustle of the routine clad life, the place is bound to feel your heart at ease.

Places to visit:

1) Mattupetty Dam, Devikulam, Kundala Lake and Kolukkumalai Tea Estate.
2) Evarikulam National Park, Tata Tea Museum, Echo Point.
3) Anamudi peak, Nyayamkad falls, Thoovanam falls, Attukal Waterfalls.

1. Ooty

First, in our list of Top 10 most visited Hill Stations in South India, stands none other than Ooty, the ‘Queen of hill stations’ which is basked in the laps of Nilgiri hills of Tamil Nadu.

Ooty is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which lies at a distance of 556 kms from Chennai. One can enjoy unique experience here like angling, hand gliding, trekking, etc. This hill station is also widely known as as Udhagamandalam, and it is situated at an altitude of 2,240 meters.

This refreshing holiday destination, is located in the blue mountains of the Western Ghats and is flocked by tourists from all around the world. Picturesque lakes, lofty mountains, lush green forests, along with miles of tea gardens, marvellous landscapes, majestic waterfalls, spiralling water streams are major attractions of Ooty.

Places to visit:

1) Lake Park, Rose Garden, Ooty Lake, Deer Park, Government Museum.

2) St. Stephen’s Church, Botanical Garden, Stone House, Fernhill Palace, Murugan Temple, Kamaraj Sagar Lake and Catherine Waterfalls.

3) Wenlock Downs, Pine Forest, Doddabetta Peak, Emerald Lake, Pykara Dam, Pykara Falls, Avalanche Lake & Sanctuary.

4) Sanctuaries of Mudumalai and Bandipur.

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