10 Hill Stations in Tamil Nadu: 2020 Updated
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Hill Station in Tamil Nadu


Ooty, Yercaud, Yelagiri, Coonoor, Kotagiri, Kolli Hills, Kolukkumalai, Javadi Hill, Kalrayan Hills, Yelagiri and many more.

Providing a perfect weekend getaway, hill stations of Tamil Nadu are all one of a kind. Indeed a wonderful place to visit, Ooty is the most favourite destination of all travellers. If looking for a trip on weekends, places like Yercaud, Kotagiri, Kolli Hills, Javadi Hills and Kolukkumalai will always welcome you.

Be it with family or just with friends, the hill stations here are so diverse that you will be enthralled with their offerings. From mesmerising peaks to the serene ambiance, from lush gardens to the beautiful views of Nilgiri Hills, this state has a lot to satisfy the wishes of all kinds of travelers.

Hill stations in Tamil Nadu are famous for their beauty mixed with ancient architecture. While in Kotagiri, you will find a hint of European Style architecture, and when in Yercaud, you will be amazed with its many spiritual structures. Overall, the one thing common among these hill stations is the green and lush gardens.

Here is the list of Hill Stations in Tamil Nadu:

01

Ooty

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From nature walks in gardens that makes one wonder whether Paradise, as depicted in scriptures of various cultures, have actually been derived from such sensory experiences to relaxing over a cup of tea from the tea plantations dotting the hillside, only to realize most humbly of nature’s gifts as a bountiful provider, the tourist places in Ooty can be expected to resuscitate the soul, depleted of its spiritual reserves through the trials of everyday existence. 

Ooty, once the summer capital of Madras Presidency under the British, can be safely regarded as “India’s Switzerland”. John Sullivan, the then collector of Coimbatore had noted the same in his elaborate report on the region, way back in the 19th century. After independence, Ooty was developed into a major tourist destination and understandably so, given its qualification for the same, owing to nature’s abundant blessings in terms of climate, scenic splendour, local sights and sounds, its wealth of birds and beasts and of course its homegrown beverages of tea and coffee.

The majestic “Queen of the Hills” forms part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, reputed for its fragile and exquisite ecosystem. In the ecological parlance, it is best known as a “hotspot”, the label justifying the designation of the section of the Western Ghats as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Ooty has been developed to offer a rare glimpse to tourists of the essence of the rest of the reserve, much of which are out of bounds as part of conservation efforts.

The wooded hills of the Western Ghats with its canopy of unkempt, untouched shola vegetation interspersed with maintained and cultivated tea gardens offer a rare view of the symbiotic existence of man and nature where one can see and learn what sustainable use of natural resources should ideally look like. The botanical garden and rose garden curate much of the bounty of nature at Ooty to mesmerizing effect. One has to see the tourist places in Ooty it to believe in the gifts of life, otherwise often conveniently overlooked.

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Yercaud

Yercaud

This lovely hill station in Tamil Nadu is located in Shevaroy Hill at an altitude of 4970 feet and is known for its vast coffee plantations. Yercaud is a soothing hill town in the Eastern Ghats. A nature lover's dream holiday, this place's opulent picturesque landscapes have also gotten it the name of second Ooty in Tamilnadu. it’s a delight for nature lovers; this old-fashioned town is a perfect place to indulge in nature at its best.

It entices a great number of travelers from all parts of the country with its mesmerizing peaks, waterfalls, lakes, gardens, and several gorgeous landmarks. You must go to the summer festival when  you visit this spectacular hill station, it is devoted to Lord Servarayan, the god of the ranges to witness a glimpse of the rich heritage of this beautiful region.Yercaud compromises incredible views and a serene ambiance all through the year.

Best Time to Visit:
October to June is the best time to visit Yercaud. With lavish green forests and rambling coffee plantations.

Location:
?Kongu Nadu, Tamil Nadu, India

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Kotagiri

Kotagiri

Kotagiri is a gorgeous Hills Station in Tamil Nadu which lies in the Nilgiris Hills as it is said to have the world's second-best temperature and third-largest hill station in the Nilgiri hills. Enjoy your stay in the European style with colonial influence from the time of the British rule in India.

Apart from that, it has a lot of trekking and hiking opportunities if you are looking for some adventure options. Including an 8km trek to Catherine Falls, which is a highlight of this hill station.

Best Time to Visit:
December to February.

Location:
?Kongu Nadu, Tamil Nadu, India.

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Kolli Hills

 Kolli Hills

The majestic Kolli Hills is a trivial mountain range positioned in Western Tamil Nadu, in the Namakkal district.  Popular as Kolli malai among the local people, the hills rise to an altitude of over 4,265 feet.

There is a lot to explore here, starting from the Arapaleeswarar Temple with the Dravidian style architecture to the Botanical Garden and the Tampcol Medicinal Farm. Or the Agaya Gangai Waterfalls and Madurai, visit these places to observe the rich culture and historical significance of this hill-station.

Best Time to Visit:
February to December. This hill station is ideal to be visited throughout the year excluding January due to extreme cold.

Location:
Kolli Hills, Namakkal, Tamil Nadu.

05

Kolukkumalai

Kolukkumalai

Kolukkumalai is a small hamlet famous for the highest tea plantations in the world, which give the tea a distinctive flavour. One of the famous tea factories where they process the tea in the traditional method, different from common methods.

The fragrance of fresh tea with misty peaks in the background makes it an enthralling sight for visitors, if you are a tea lover then you can taste,  indulge in a variety of flavors here and you must purchase fresh packets from the factory outlet. The hilltop can be reached easily by jeep, which is just at a distance of 38km from Munnar and when you witness the panoramic view of Munnar valley it’s a treat to your eyes.

Best Time to Visit:
January - March and September - December.

Location:
?Theni, Tamil Nadu, India.

06

Javadi Hill

Javadi Hill
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Sacred with striking lakes and waterfalls mending down the valleys, wonderful fauna and rich flora, Javadi is a stunning hill station you must include on your Tamil Nadu tour. An extremely stunning and serene hill station in Tamil Nadu also called rainfall clouds producing Hills,  situated in the Eastern Ghats about 75 KMs from Thiruvannamalai.

Some of the attractions here are Beeman Maduvu Waterfall, Kavalur Observatory and trekking in the Amrita Forest. This hill station is also known as Beeman Maduvu waterfall, which is in the middle of dense forest, just at a distance of 12 KMs from Jamanamarathur.

Best Time to Visit:
March to May.

Location:
Javadi hills, Thiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu.

07

Kalrayan Hills

Kalrayan Hills
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Kalvarayan is a foremost range of hills located in the Eastern Ghats of Tamil Nadu. This hill station is known for its serene location and nature's bounty. This is the place where you delight in some quality time with your loved ones by visiting some of the major attractions such as Megam Falls, Gomukhi dam, and Periyar falls. Spending a day surrounded by cold water, aromatic flowers on a hot summer's day is a soothing experience.

Also, it’s the ultimate bliss for adventure seekers and Trekkers as it is an unexplored hill station of Tamil Nadu but worth your time. You must visit this beautiful hill station because you will feel contentment, inner peace and spend some time in union with God's creations.

Best Time to Visit:
February to December.

Location:
Kalrayan Hills, Tamil Nadu, India.

08

Yelagiri

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The beautiful hill station of Yelagiri is situated in the Vellore district of the Tamil Nadu state, off the Vaniyambadi Tirupattur road. The Yelagiri village, also sometimes spelled as the Elagiri Village, is located at an altitude of 1,110.6 meters above the sea level. It is surrounded by eye catching orchards, rose gardens, and a lush green valley, thereby comprising the most amazing Yelagiri Tour Packages.

The hill station of Yelagiri is mainly a cluster of fourteen hamlets, with Athanavur as its main and capital town. Yelagiri is among the most famous places in India that is known for many trekking and climbing adventure activities as it have some beautiful hills and mountains to climb on. The highest point in the village of Yelagiri is the Swamimalai Hill which is 4,388 ft in height blessed with some mesmerizing views and places that will make your trek a memorable one.

There is no doubt that a traveller or an adventurer will find plenty of places and sites to explore as the beautiful hills and valleys of the district allows you to give a treat to your eyes with its exotic locales. One of the most amazing and mind boggling place is the man made Punganur Lake in the region which attracts many tourists and visitors every year. It is also one of the many places to visit in the district while your stay.

Every year during the months of summer, the Tamil Nadu Tourism Department celebrates the Summer Festival in the Yelagiri district which showcases different cultural heritage and arts from across the country, which are considered to be the best Yelagiri Tour Packages. They organize several kinds of cultural programs like the flower show, the dog show, and much more. All of this festivity is conducted every year in which people from different parts of the state and country come down to take a part and is a perfect opportunity to know more about the people and past of Yelagiri.

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Coonoor

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Coonoor is a municipality and a Taluk located in the Nilgiris district, on the western edge of the state, Tamil Nadu, India. As far as size is concerned, Coonoor, after Ooty, comes second in largeness in all of the beautiful hills of the Nilgiris, providing people with a lot of ground to tour. For more than one trekking expeditions, Coonoor is an ideal base and leads right into the Nilgiri Hills. The tourist places in Coonoor are breath-takingly beautiful.

For a Hill station, Coonoor is very accessible, with the nearest airport being only at a distance of 79 km from the town of Coonoor. The population being so less, it offers a peaceful and relaxing environment which other hill stations don’t. The station features a subtropical highland climate which basically means cool summers and cool but not cold winter.Among the tourist places in Coonoor comes Sim’s Park, with a collective display exceeding one thousand types of species of plants.

The botany based garden is developed partly in Japanese style. The main attractions of this park are the fruits and vegetables shows held annually, in May. Another important place to visit lies about 10 km away from Coonoor, considered a part of Coonoor, which is the Dolphin’s Nose Viewpoint, which is famous for the magnificent view of the beautiful Hills of Nilgiri and the beautiful Falls called Catherine. Catherine Falls is another important tourist attraction Coonoor.

Tourists normally go trekking from Lady Canning’s seat to Dolphin’s nose. Five and a half km away from Coonoor, also considered a part of Coonoor, lies Lamb’s Rock, which is another point of vantage. The Fort of Droog is a well-known attraction. People commuting to Mettupalayam, witness Law’s Falls about five km away from Coonoor.

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People Also Ask About Tamil Nadu

  1. Which is the coolest place in Tamil Nadu?

    The coolest place in Tamil Nadu would be Kolli Hills.
    However, the state is also home to many other cool places including Ooty, Yercaud, Yelagiri, Kodaikanal, Coonoor, Kotagiri and many others.
  2. Which is the queen of hills in Tamil Nadu?

    That would be Ooty, it lies in the Nilgiri hills.
    Because of its picturesque location, lovely mountains, and green valleys, Ooty is popularly known as the Queen of Hills in Tamil Nadu.
  3. Which is the best hill station in Tamil Nadu?

    There are many hill stations in Tamil Nadu but Ooty is the most famous in this Southern state.
    Except for Ooty, there is a list of fascinating hill stations that should have your attention:
    -Yercaud,
    -Kotagiri,
    -Kolli Hills,
    -Kolukkumalai,
    -Javadi Hill,
    -Kalrayan Hill.

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