The beautiful state of Tamil Nadu is popular for its colourful culture, exotic arts and flavourful cuisine. It represents a great travel destination with many places to suit every kind of travel requirement. Tamil Nadu has scenic beaches, charming hill stations, agricultural fields and temple towns. Here is a look at some of the popular hill stations in Tamil Nadu.
The state has many famous travel destinations, where people can head to for a cool and relaxing holiday. The pleasant weather is the main crowd-puller along with the bounty of natural beauty and wildlife. While some of these hill stations appear in most travel guides, a few others are lesser known destinations that will provide a unique experience cut-away from the crowds. Take a look at our pick of the top 12 hill stations in Tamil Nadu.
Among the most popular hill stations in South India is Ooty in Tamil Nadu. Referred to as the 'Queen of Hills', Ooty has been a popular travel destination for many years now. While the main city of Ooty has seen extreme commercialisation, there are pockets that still provide the experience that Ooty was once famous for. Reserved within the deep forests and valleys are streams that run clear and the fog that envelopes you in a thick blanket. Explore the hidden trails of Ooty to experience the thrilling sight of the Nilgiri Tahr and enjoy unadulterated beauty.
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Located in the Shevaroy Hills of Tamil Nadu is another popular hill station, Yercaud. With the surrounding areas being dry, Yercaud provides a pleasant break with its greenery and pleasing weather. The greenery is part natural cover and part plantations. Oranges, coffee, pears, etc are grown in abundance here. The hill station is a popular travel destination in Tamil Nadu and offers various attractions ranging from viewpoints to various waterfalls.
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Another popular travel destination among the hill stations in Tamil Nadu is Yelagiri. The quaint hill station is not polluted like the commercial tourist destinations and is rather secluded amidst four mountains. The place is home to several tribal families. The drive to Yelagiri is considered among the highlights of the trip. On road, you will need to climb 14 hairpin bends to reach Yelagiri. The view along the climb is breathtaking.
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Situated in the upper Palani Hills in Tamil Nadu is another famous hill station, Kodaikanal. Referred to as the 'Princess of Hill Stations', Kodaikanal has much natural beauty to offer for travellers looking to spend a relaxing vacation. The surrounding hills are sheathed in a thick cover of green, forest trees that maybe a few hundred years old, gurgling streams, pristine lakes and scenic valleys. The place also offers many trekking and rock-climbing trails, a trek to Pillar rocks at a height of 400 ft is a must-do for all who enjoy the outdoors.
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Coonoor, situated at a short distance of 17 km from Ooty is another popular tourist destination in Tamil Nadu. At an altitude of 1,850 mt, Coonoor is beautiful with the many tea estates and long-winding roads. Old colonial bungalows in tea estates add to the the charm of Coonoor. The place sees less crowds compared to Ooty, making it more enjoyable.
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A popular hill station in Tamil Nadu is Kotagiri in the Nilgiris. At an elevation of 1,793 mt, the hill station is surrounded by green hills and is popular as a trekking destination. While driving to certain destinations, the route via Kotagiri is recommended for the scenic beauty the place offers. The surrounding attractions include; the Dodabetta Range, Catherine Falls, Elk Falls, Rangaswami Pillar, etc.
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7. Velliangiri Hills
Another important destination in the Nilgiris, situated close to the city of Coimbatore is the Velliangiri Hills. It has earned popularity as the 'Kailasha of the South' for the Shiva Temple present here. Legend goes that Lord Shiva performed the celestial dance at his wife's request at this place. Just 40 km from Coimbatore, Velliangiri Hills is a great option for a one-day and trekking trips.
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8. Kolli Hills
Located at a short distance of 52 km from Salem city in Tamil Nadu is another hill station that is slowly gaining prominence, Kolli Hills. A tourist destination that is also popular for its approach road which traverses 72 hairpin bends, the place is scenic and cool. Pleasant climate and lesser explored trails in Kolli Hills offers plenty to do in the outdoors. The hill station also has other attractions such as staying in eco-camps and enjoying the nearby Agaya Gangai waterfalls.
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9. Anamalai Hills
At a short distance of just 14 km from Pollachi is a popular tourist destination in Tamil Nadu, the Anamalai Hills. The hill station is favoured for the salubrious climate it enjoys along with the scenic beauty of the place. Bounded by the rivers Aliar and Uppar, Anamali is another hill station in the Western Ghats. also known as Topslip it is popular for the elephant training camp present here. Key attractions include the Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary.
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Situated in the Theni district of Tamil Nadu, the Meghamalai hill station is also popular by the tag, 'High Wavy Mountains'. It is a lesser known travel destination that consists of many unexplored forests. The beautiful surroundings include cardamom and tea plantations besides the thick forest cover. It is a great place for wildlife enthusiasts and bird watchers as the Megamalai Wildlife Sanctuary located here offers a variety of fauna and flora. Other attractions include tea estate walks and dams.
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11. Javadi Hills
A beautiful travel destination that is largely unexplored is the Javadi Hills in Eastern ghats extension in Tamil Nadu. Covered in lush greenery, especially after the monsoons, the hill station is a nature lover's haven. Mostly inhabited by tribal communities, the place is located close to the town of Vaniyambadi. The drive to the place is also considered a memorable experience. Located ideally for a weekend getaway from Chennai or Bangalore, Javadi Hills is a must-visit destination in Tamil Nadu.
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A lesser known hill station of Sirumalai in Tamil Nadu is located at a short distance of 25 km from Dindugal and 40 km from Madurai. It is mostly dense forest cover over many small hills. The drive to Sirumalai will take you across 18 hairpin bends making for a memorable driving experience. Famous attractions in the place include the Mathamalai Annai Veilankanni Churchand various viewpoints from where the city of Dindugal can be seen.
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