Yes! Hill stations in Kerela. That's
one of the most unique feature of India, the topography is so varied that
it always leaves the visitor awestruck. Kerela's hill stations are also
something that aren't probably not as popular as the Ayurveda and
backwaters, but if its not just the snow but the green pastures that pull
you towards the hill resorts, then visit the beautiful Nilgiri towns of
Kerela Munnar, Mattupetti and Ponmudi.
Kerela's hill stations ate filled with stuff that usually one only dreams
off. Cool, mist clad mountains, lush green jungles, mysterious animal
cries and breathtaking landscapes. Kerala, aptly called 'God's Own
Country', is an exotic land that is surrounded by salubrious hills that
provide the perfect time off from the hasty city life. Come, relax in
pleasant seclusion, in the eternal, panoramic hills of Kerala.
Major Hill Stations Of Kerala
Munnar is a hill station, located at an altitude of 1,600m, was once
the summer resort of the erstwhile British government in South India.
Sprawling tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes and holiday
facilities make this a popular resort town. Among the exotic flora found
in the forests and grasslands is the 'Neelakurinji'.
India's highest peak is little beyond Munnar. Eravikulam National Park,
the home of Nilgiri Tahr, is in the vicinity. Tourists can have a glimpse
of Gaur, Langur, Lion-tailed Macaque, and Elephants roaming in herds.The
Kundale Tea Plantation, an area surrounding a lovely lake, offers an
opportunity to see the tea plantations, to watch tea being picked, to
learn how tea is processed, to smell the sweet scent of tea wafting
through the air and to buy the tea directly from the gardens.
Situated at a height of 1,700m, Mattupetti is famous for its highly
specialised dairy farm, the Indo-Swiss live stock project. Over 100
varieties of high yielding cattle are reared here. Visitors are allowed
into three of the eleven cattle sheds at the farm.
The Mattupetti Lake and dam, just a short distance from the farm, is a
very beautiful picnic spot. The sprawling Kundala tea plantations and the
Kundala lake are other attractions in the vicinity. DTPC Idduli provides
boating facilities on the Mattupetty Dam. Speed Launch and slow speed
motor boats are available on hire.
The enchanting bounty of nature can be witnessed in the quiet
surroundings of Ponmudi. Perched at an altitude of over 100m above sea
level on the Western Ghats, the shimmering green waters of the winding
streams and verdant woods of Ponmudi do not spare anybody. Trekking is a
passion with the visitors to Ponmudi, lying within easy driving distance
from Thiruvananthapuram.Lush green woods, lazily meandering streams and
countless varieties of butterflies lend a strange magic to Ponmudi.