Hill Station of 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.
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Kodaikanal

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Kodaikanal, the princess of hill station, is mainly known for being honeymoon destinations among other places in India. This is the most suitable and beautiful destination in the south of India because of its scenic beauty which leaves the visitors awestruck with memorable experiences.The meaning of tourist places in Kodaikanal is the gift of the forest and it contains some dense forest with enormous varieties of trees, enchanting waterfalls and huge rocks.

Situated in the hills of Dindigul district in the state of Tamil Nadu, the Kodaikanal contains a huge history as a retreat and popular tourist destination. There are many locals name that are given to this beautiful town, but the most popular is “place to see in summer”.The queen of mountain destinations is also known as the “gift of God” because of its gifted lakes and hills.The beautiful place of Kodaikanal welcomes you with a fall in the temperature accompanied by scenic beauty.

The Switzerland of the east is home to varieties of adventures and exciting things to do and places to visit. Kodaikanal, the town of romance, gives you a new feeling every time you go sightseeing to different places with its pure and untouched nature’s beauty and makes you feel a step closer to the glory of Mother Nature. Kodaikanal attracts a huge number of tourists and travellers along with adventurers both national and international every year.

The king of romantic places, Kodaikanal is one of the best places to visit in the south region. We all know Tamil Nadu is the king of South India and hence the town of Kodaikanal adds a little more litter into its glory. The town is not only just meant for newly married couples but also you can visit the tourist places in Kodaikanal town with your family and enjoy the various sports and adventure provided by this mesmerizing and beautiful town.

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Anaimalai

Anaimalai
Cradled between the southern states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, Anaimalai hills are mighty mountain ranges on the border of Western Ghats. Whether you are seeking an escape from the scorching tropical heat or you wish to trek your way through the hilly terrains of Western Ghats, Anaimalai hill is a one-stop destination for anyone hunting for beautiful hill stations in Tamil Nadu.

Though it is majorly known for being the highest peak in Southern India, the vast expanses of tea and coffee plantations on its lower slopes are too good to be missed. The monsoon forests in this region are abundant with sandalwood, rosewood, teak, and sago palms plantations.

Best time to visit: September-June

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Pachaimalai Hills

A lush green hillock nestled on the Eastern Ghats near Trichy, Pachaimalai Hills is no lesser than heaven with its unearthly greenery and vibrant flora and fauna. A place tucked away from the boisterous city crowd, Pachamalai forms an ideal escape for the solitude lovers and nature buffs.

While here, treat your eyes with the awe-inspiring views of Himalayan landscapes and please your ears with the melodious sounds of pristine river Kallar and Sweata besides the Mayil Uthu Falls. The beautiful dam of Veera Ramar built across Kallar River is another must-see attraction in the region.

During your stay in Pachamalai Hills, you can head for a hiking expedition in the dense jungles, explore the scenic towns of Arumbavur and Thuraiyur, or spend some moments of serenity with the vibrant species of birds and animals. With its untouched habitat and peaceful environs, Pachaimalai Hills is one of the most beautiful hill stations in Tamil Nadu. 

Best time to visit: September-June
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Meghamalai

Meghamalai
Popularly known as high wavy mountains, Meghamalai is a small yet enticing destination nestled in the laps of Western Ghats in Tamil Nadu. Perched at an altitude of 1500 meters above the sea level, this quaint hill station is a perfect place to unwind and soak in nature's splendor. As you will make your way into this region, be ready to be welcomed by the scintillating aroma of pepper, cardamom, and cinnamon.

Once here, you can invigorate your senses with a sip of fresh herbal tea, explore the diverse wildlife in its forests, or admire the surreal beauty of nature at Meghamalai Falls. The hilly town also encompasses around six dams from where you can enjoy the aerial views of the entire region. Mangla Devi Temple, Maharaja Mettu Point, and Murugan temple are some other must-see attractions in the town.

Best time to visit: October-May
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Ketti Valley

Ketti Valley
Reckoned as the second largest gorge in the world, Ketti Valley stands synonymous to beauty and elegance. Sandwiched between the tall ranges stretching from Coonoor to Ooty, this valley is best explored on a toy train which is just a 25-minute ride.

Apart from being home to the mighty Nilgiri hills and a popular name among the nature buffs, Ketti Valley is also frequented by a large number of adventure junkies who visit here to climb on its scenic treks. On your visit to this mesmerizing valley, indulge yourself in leisurely activities like bird-watching and nature walking, offer your prayers in the Shiva Lingam Temple or just take a stroll around its verdant tea gardens. 

Best time to visit: October-March
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Kurangani

Kurangani
Boasting of its dense woods and plain grasslands, Kurangani is one of the most panoramic hill stations in Tamil Nadu. The hilly region is dotted with abundant plantations of coconut, mangoes, and spices which add to its irresistible charm. From variable weather conditions and low-hanging clouds to scenic trails and diverse flora and fauna, every feature of this region exudes beauty.

Whether you want to head for a campfire night amidst the dense jungles or marvel at the sunset views from the top of a hill, Kurangani has something for everyone. A 2-day trek in Kurangani takes you through the vast expanses of tea gardens and offers you a chance to spot a wide variety of birds and animals including Gaurs, Nilgiri Langur, Wild Cats, and monkeys.   

Best time to visit: November to January
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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.

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