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Exotic Hill Stations of Kerala

Much of Kerala's exotic appeal is centered in the highland area of the western Ghats. Rising to an average height of 1520 m, the tropical forests of the Ghats house rich flora and fauna. Not to speak of expansive, loamy plantations of tea, coffee, rubber and fragrant cardamon.

  Munnar
1600 m above sea level, Munnar is a nature lover's paradise 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 2695m. Anamudi is an ideal fro trekking.
Accessibility : 130 km (4 1/2 hours) from Kochi.
  Peermede
Situated 915 m above sea level, Peermede is on the way to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. This pleasant hill station was once the summer retreat of the Maharajas of Travancore. Here you will find sprawling tea, coffee, cardamon, rubber and eucalyptus plantations side by side with natural grasslands and pine forests.
Accessibility : 75 km(2 1/2 hours ) from Kottayam.
  Vythiri
Tucked away at the north eastern tip of Kerala, this quaint little hill station about 1300 m above sea level is reowned for its coffee, tea, cardamon, pepper and rubber plantation. Mist capped mountains and breathtaking scenery dominate othe rtourist attractions.
Accessibility : 100 km(5 hours ) from Kozhikode.
 
  Ponmudi
An idylllic hill resort with narrow, winding pathways and cool, green, wooded environs, Ponmudi is located 915 metres above sea level. Well known for its beautiful mountain flowers, exotic butterflies, small rivulets and springs, this hill station alos has excellent trekking trails.
Accessibility : 61 km (2 1/2 hour) from Thiruvananthapuram.
 
  Devikulam

This idyllic hill station with its velvet lawns, exotic flora and fauna and the cool mountain air offers a rare experience to visitors. The sita Devi Lake with its mineral water springs picturesque surroundings is a good picnic spot. The lake is also ideal for trout fishing.
Accessibility : 15 km from Munnar.

 
  Nelliyampathy

This fascinating hill station is at a height of 467 to 1572 m above sea level. At least 10 harpin bends have to be negotiated on the ghat road that passes through the breathtaking evergreen forest of the Sahya Ranges. Seethakundu at Nelliyampathy offers a panoramic view of about one thitd the area of Palakkad district.
Accessibility: 52 km from Nemmara.

 
  Wagamon
Situated at an elevation of 1100 m above sea level, this hill station is a trekker's delight. Wagamon is surrounded by beautiful meadows, valleys and tea gardens.
Accessibility: 65 km from Idukki Town.
 
  Lakkidi
Lakkidi, the gateway of Wayanad, is situated 700 m 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.
Accessibility: 55 km east of Kzhikode/ 5 km south of Vythiri.