Top 7 Hill Station Attractions in Tamil Nadu

Tripiwiki : 18 May 2024
Tamil Nadu is well renowned for its temple towns and heritage sites, hill stations, waterfalls, national parks, local cuisine and the natural environment and wildlife. Marina beach in Chennai is the second longest beach in the world and Chennai is home to numerous historic temples and parks. Chennai is also nicknamed as the Gateway of South India. The state has three UNESCO World Heritage Sites which include the Great Living Chola Temples and Mahabalipuram. The Western Ghats is one of the eight hottest biodiversity hotspots in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Following are the Top 7 Hill Station Attractions in Tamil Nadu

Bellikkal (1 out of 7 places to visit in Nilgiris )

Bellikkal is a small village hilltop located Sigur Plateau near Ooty in Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu, India. so close to Ooty, but still completely untouched by the crowd and commercialization. Located in Nilgiri Mountain Range in Tamil Nadu, Bellikkal is slowly being patronized by honeymooners since it is high on scenic splendour and provides privacy. This beautiful tourist destination is bounded by dense forests which include Mudumalai forest, the Bandipur forest and the Moyar River. There are several view points at Bellikkal those provide beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding mountain peaks, cardamom forest, hills, valleys and rivers. The main attraction of Bellikkal is its lake, which is the prime source of drinking water. The lake remains surrounded by lush greenery. It is not uncommon to find elephants frequenting the lake. The lake and its shores are ideal for long walks. Bellikkal is located at approx 20km from Ooty.

Coonoor (2 out of 7 places to visit in Nilgiris )

Coonoor is a beautiful hill station, located near Ooty in Niligiris district of Tamil Nadu, India. Coonoor is known for its production of Nilgiri tea. At an altitude of 6,000 feet above sea level, It is the second largest hill station in the Nilgiri hills after Ooty. The town of Coonoor is broadly divided into Lower Coonoor and Upper Coonoor. The major attraction of Coonoor is Sim's Park, a well-maintained Botanical Garden that houses several varieties of plants found missing in the other Hill Stations. UPASI, Bedford are the other attractions in the hill station. The tea and tourism festival is another important festival of Coonoor held in the month of January. The festival attracts tea specialists from all over the world. The best time to visit Coonoor is March to June & September to October while the peak season is April to June. Coonoor is one of the popular Places to visit in Tamilnadu. It is located at approx 20km from Ooty, 72km from Coimbatore, 144km from Mysore, 292km from Bengaluru, 540km from Chennai, 259km from Kochi, 226km from Munnar.

Kodaikanal (3 out of 7 places to visit in Dindigul )

Kodaikanal is a popular tourist hill station located in Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu, India. Kodaikanal is referred to as the "Princess of Hill stations" and is most famous honeymoon destinations in India. Located on the rolling slopes of Palani Hills of Westen ghats at an altitude of 7200 feet above sea level. Cool, pleasant climate all year round make it one of the must visit hill station in India and attracts tourists around the world for summer holiday's. The major valleys-the Parappar and Gundar surround Kodaikanal from both sides. A man-made Kodaikanal Lake is one of the major attraction of the city. The star-shaped lake is centrally located in Kodaikanal and is surrounded by the rich green Palani Hills Range. Kodaikanal is located at approx 95 km from Dindigul, 117km from Madurai, 162 km from Munnar, 169 km from Coimbatore, 272 km from Kochi, 465 km from Bengaluru, 253 km from Ooty & 528 km from Chennai.

Kotagiri, Kothagiri, Nilgiris (4 out of 7 places to visit in Nilgiris)

Kotagiri or Kothagiri is a most popular hill station located near Ooty in Nilgiris District of Tamil Nadu, India. It is the third largest hill station in the Nilgiri hills. It is located at a distance 29 km from Ooty , 18 km from Coonoor. The name Kotagiri means ‘mountains of the Kotas’ Surrounded by tea estates and beautiful green landscapes, Kotagiri offers plenty of opportunities for trekking and rock climbing, which makes it one of the must visit place in Tamil Nadu, India. Some of the attractions in Kotagiri are Catherine Falls, Longwood Shola Reserve Forest, Elk Falls, Kodanad View Point and Rangaswamy Hill. Kotagiri is very peaceful and cheap, but it has all the qualities of Ooty. Kotagiri is located at approx 30km from Ooty, 64km from Coimbatore, 198km from Mysore, 352km from Bengaluru, 535km from Chennai, 406km from Puducherry, 251km from Kochi.



Ooty, Udagamandalam, Nilgiris (5 out of 7 places to visit in Nilgiris )

Ooty also known as Udagamandalam is a one of the most popular hill station located in Nilgiri Hills of Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu, India. Ooty is often referred to as 'Queen of hill stations'. With it's all year cool weather, green hill stations and tea plantations, makes it one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in India. Ooty was originally a tribal land occupied by the Todas along with other tribes. The toy train, known as Nilgiri Mountain Railway that runs from Mettupalayam to Ooty is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is one of the best train rides you will ever have the chance of experiencing. Apart from pleasant weather, Ooty Lake, Botanical Garden, Rose Garden, Wenlock Downs, Pine Forest, and Emerald Lake are the popular near by attractions in Ooty. Ooty is located at approx 85km from Coimbatore, 126km from Mysore, 266km from Bengaluru, 242km from Munnar, 274km from Kochi, 555km from Chennai, 463km from Puducherry.

Yelagiri, Elagiri, Tirupattur (6 out of 7 places to visit in Tirupattur)

Yelagiri is a most popular scenic hill station located in Tirupattur district of Tamil Nadu, India. At a height of 920 meters above sea level, stands majestically between four mountains. Yelagiri is full of green valleys, it is surrounded by Swamimalai hills, Javadi hills and Palamathi hills. Swamimalai hills is known for trekking and adventure sports. There are 14 hair pin bends named with Tamil Poets, those leads to Yellagiri Hills. Place is filled with lots of hill tops, small waterfalls, lakes and tea plantations makes it one of the must visit attraction for nature and adventure lovers in India. Jalagamparai Waterfalls, Nature Park, Punganoor Lake Park, Swami Malai Hills, adventure sports such as paragliding and rock climbing are some of the attractions in Yelagiri. Yelagiri is located at approx 93km from Vellore, 228km from Chennai, 238km from Puducherry, 159km from Bengaluru.

Yercaud, Poor man’s Ooty, Salem (7 out of 7 places to visit in Salem)

Yercaud is a hill station located in Salem district of of Tamil Nadu, India. It is located in the Shevaroys range of hills in the Eastern Ghats. Yercaud is a hill station called poor man's Ooty with abundant forests, vast coffee plantations and some unique species of flora and fauna resulting in gorgeous views. Emerald Lake is one of the popular attraction here, which is a big natural lake, surrounded by some wonderful cloud-peaked hills and a well persevered garden on its banks, this lake is a feast for the eyes. Killiyur falls is also one of the near by attraction from here. Summer Festival celebrated in Yercaud in the month of May is a special attraction. This festival is marked by a 7-day exhibition of flowers, dog shows, boating races and a village fair. The best time to visit Yercaud is from October to June. Yercaud is located at approx 336km from Chennai, 237km from Puducherry, 229km from Bengaluru, 262km from Mysore, 194km from Coimbatore, 263km from Madurai.

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