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Hill Stations of Tamil Nadu

Far away from bustling urban centers, the hill stations of Tamil Nadu are a heaven for nature buffs. The picturesque beauty of aimless clouds, grassy hayfields, cascading waterfalls, foggy valleys and immaculately clean lakes leaves and what not, hill stations of Tamil Nadu are the best among the nature sites.

Enveloped in lush verdure, Ooty (Queen of hill stations) and Kodaikanal (Princess of hill station) are regarded as the two major hill stations of Tamil Nadu that are visited by the tourists throughout the year. Yercaud, popularly called as the 'Ooty of Poor', delights the tourists for the Orange orchards and fragrant coffee plantations. Pleasant climate of Kothagiri, Kolli Hills, Coonoor, Javadi Hills are some of the other popular hill stations. Let’s get a glimpse of some of the popular hill stations of Tamil Nadu.


Hill Stations in Tamil Nadu

Udhagamandalam, popularly called as Ooty is an illustrious hill station situated in The Nilgiri Hills. Even though it is located in Tamilnadu, the place is much closer to Bangalore. Fondly addressed as the 'Queen of hills', Ooty is undoubtedly a nature's gift to the southern state that the place is perfect escape from noisy cities and hot climate. Government botanical garden, Rose garden, Ooty lake, Deer park, Museum, Stone house are some of the most popular places of interest in Ooty.

Location: The Nilgiris District
Elevation: 2,240 m
Climatic conditions: Subtropical Highland
Annual Rainfall: 1,238 mm
Average Annual Temperature: 14.4 °C


Hill stations of Tamil Nadu

Kodaikanal, the second most popular hill station of Tamil Nadu is located in the Dindigul district. Kodaikanal is a Tamil word which entails 'Place to see in summer season'; therefore, the place is worth a visit to escape from the horrid summers. The climatic conditions of Kodaikanal remain cool and pleasant throughout the year due to the altitude of the location. Furthermore, Kodaikanal is one of the most preferred honeymoon destinations in India. Pillar Rocks, Silver cascade, Dolphin's nose, Bryant Park, The Lake, Coaker's walk are some of the best places of interest in Kodaikanal.

Elevation: 2,133 m
Nearest City: Madurai – 121 km
Annual Rainfall: 1,650 mm
Average Summer and Winter Temperature: 8.3°C and 19.8 °C



Yelagiri is one of the popular hill stations of the state located in the Vellore district. The hill station is literally surrounded by groves, gardens, and exquisite valleys. Yelagiri is long-familiar for its pleasant climatic conditions that last irrespective of seasons. Yelagiri is located at a height of 1,410.6 meters above Sea Level and sprawl across 30 sq.km. In addition, the hill station is a dream destination for people who love trekking and a few other adventure activities. Jalagamparai Waterfalls, Punganoor Lake, Telescope observatory, Swami malai hills are some of the places of interest.

Location: Vellore district
Elevation: 1,410.6 m
Nearest Airport: Bangalore Airport – 193 km
Nearest Railway station: Jolarpettai Junction Railway station


Hill Stations of Tamil Nadu

Yercaud is a hill station located in Salem district. Yercaud is a summer resort which is quite inexpensive yet exquisitely picturesque. The cool and pleasant climate prevailing here makes it an ideal summer retreat. Yercaud is located at an altitude of 4,970 ft above sea level, and the peak point in the hill station is the Servarayan temple, located at 5,326 feet. Yercaud Lake, Lady's seat, Pagoda point are some of the popular places of interest in Yercaud hill station.

Location: Salem District
Elevation: 1,515 m
Total Area: 148 sq mi
Climatic Conditions: Moderate
Annual Rainfall: 1,500 mm to 2,000 mm
Nearest City: Salem – 36 km
Nearest Airport: Salem Airport – 38 km



A beautiful hill station that is known for its tea plantation, Coonoor is situated at an altitude of 6069.55 ft above sea level, and is the second most prominent hill station in the Nilgiri hills after Udaghai. Coonoor hill station is an ideal base camp for a lot of trekking junkets extending into the Nilgiris. Some of the other popular places of interest in Coonoor include Sim's park, Pomological station, Dolphin's nose view point, Lamb's rock, Droog fort, Karary falls, Pasteur institute and so on.

The Nilgiris
Elevation: 1,850 m
Nearest Railway Station: Mattupalayam Railway Station/MTP – 46 km
Nearest Airport: Coimbatore International Airport

Anamalai Hills

Top Hill Stations of Tamil Nadu

Popularly called as Topslip, Anamalai Hills is one of the most visited hill stations located in the territorial dominion of Coimbatore. Topslip is situated at 800 feet above sea level on the Anamalai range of mountains. Anamalai Hills is actually a diminutive location in Anamalai Tiger Reserve and Wildlife Sanctuary that belongs to the Coimbatore District of Tamil Nadu at the southerly part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. The hill station is famous because of its natural less human intervened wild life and greenery.

Elevation: 2,695 m
Peak: Anamudi
Parent Range: Western Ghats

Kolli Hills

Hill stations in Tamil Nadu

Fondly called as Kolli Malai by the Tamil speaking population, this hill station is a small range of mountains situated in central part of the state in Namakkal district. Kolli Hills is mentioned in a lot of Tamil classical literature like Purananuru, Manimekalai, Silappathigaram and Ainkurnuru. The Kolli Hills is about 4265.09 ft in altitude and sprawls across an area of approximately 280 sq.km.

The Kolli Hills feature whooping seventy hair pin bends to touch the peak of the hills. A part of the Eastern Ghats range of mountains that extends generally parallel to the east coast of South part of India. The hills are comparatively uninfluenced by human intervention and still continue their natural prospects.

Location: Namakkal district
Elevation: 4265.09 ft
Viewpoints: Seekuparai  and Selur Nadu


Top Hill Stations of Tamil Nadu

A popular landmark of Dindigul district, Sirumalai which can be translated as 'Small hill' in the local language of Tamil is a hilly region of 60,000 acres. Sirumalai is located at a distance of 40 km from Madurai and 25 km from the city center of Dindigul. The hill station is one among the most frequented hill stations in Tamil Nadu for its scenic beauty and pleasant climatic conditions.

Sirumalai is the home of a wide variety of flora and fauna which include several medicinal herbaceous plants. Furthermore, the hill boasts almost eighteen hair-pin bends which is the primary distinctiveness of this notable tourist spot. On the eighteenth hair-pin bend, visitors can find a spectacular view point from where one can catch the whole view of Dindigul city.

Location: Dindigul District, Tamil Nadu
Elevation: 5,200 ft
Range: Eastern Ghats
Places of Interest: Mathamalai Annai Veilankanni Church, Sirumalai Lake, Agasthiarpuram, Vellimalai Murugan Temple and so on


Valparai Hills

Located at a distance of 65 km from Pollachi and 100 km from the city center of Coimbatore, Valparai is an important hill station of Tamil Nadu. Valparai is situated 1,193 m above sea level on the famous Anaimalai Hills range of the Western Ghats in Coimbatore district. This hill station is illustrious for its hairpin bends that there are almost forty hairpin bends en route to Valparai from Azhiyar.

Valparai is considered as a mid-elevation hill station that it is a major place for tea plantations that are fenced by evergreen woods. The area is the home of a lot of Asiatic elephant (Elephas maximus) and is distinguished to have many leopards (Panthera pardus). The hill station is also an important home ground of the Nilgiri Tahr, an endemic wild goat.

Location: Coimbatore District
Elevation: 1,193 m
Nearest Town: Pollachi, Udumalai
Places of Interest: Solaiyar Dam, Aaliyar Dam, Athirampalli Falls, Monkey Falls, Pancha Mugha Vinayakar Temple and so on

Some of the other popular hill stations in Tamil Nadu include

Javadi HillsJavadi Hills, Vellore

Located at the extension of the Eastern Ghats across the Tiruvannamalai district

  • Beemanmadavu Waterfall
  • Kavalur Observatory
  • Amrithi Forest
  • Komutteri Lake

Activities: Trekking trail from Jamanamarathur to Amrithi Fores

Hill stations of Tamil NaduMeghamalai

Cool mountain range in the western Ghats of Theni District


  • Megamalai Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Highwayvs Dam
  • Highwayvs Lake
  • Venniyar Tea Estate
  • Iravagalar Dam

  • Long mountain walks along the tea plantations
  • Trekking in Megamalai rain forest

Manjolai Hills Manjolai Hills

Elevation ranging from 1000 to 1500 metres, Manjolai Hills is located in the Western Ghats in Tirunelveli District

  • Tea plantations including Manjolai Estate, Manimutharu Estate and Oothu Estate
  • Agasthyar Falls
  • Upper Kodaiyar Dam
  • Mupudathi Amman Kovil
  • Vaana Theertham Falls

Adventure Sports in the Hills of Tamil Nadu

Hang gliding, trekking and hiking are some of the important adventure sports popular in Ooty, Conoor and Kodiakanal. So, a trip to the hill stations of Tamil Nadu is not only about scenic beauty and romantic holidays, it is also a trip where the adrenaline rush can be very high!

Trekking and hiking in Conoor

Adventure Sports in Tamil Nadu

Paragliding in Yelagiri

Adventure Sports in Yelagiri

Hang Gliding in Nilgiris

Adventure Sports in the Nilgiris

Trekking in Jalagambarai

Trekking in Tamil Nadu

Golf in Kodaikanal

Golfing in Kodaikanal

Top Honeymoon Resorts in hills in Tamil Nadu

If you are planning a honeymoon in south India, then the hill stations of Tamil Nadu are perfect!

Top Resorts in Tamil Nadu Fern Creek in Kodaikanal

212 / 118 Fern Hill Road, Kodaikanal 624 101, India
Phone: 093 45 690524
Website: https://www.theferncreek.com/

Resorts in Tamil NaduLilly's Valley Resort

17/178 Sivanandi Road, Kodaikanal 624101, India
Hotel Phones : 91-4542-240558, 241558, 244307
Website: https://www.lillysvalley.com

Luxury Resorts in Tamil NaduGrand Palace Yercaud

Killiyur Falls Road, Yercaud - 636 602
Salem (District), Tamilnadu, India
Phone: 98652 56255, 99655 56255
Website: https://www.grandpalaceyercaud.com/

Resorts in Tamil NaduRed Hill Nature Resort

Emerald, Nilgiris, TamilNadu, India, 643209
Phone: 94422 54755 (IN)
Website: https://redhillnatureresort.com/

Honeymoon resorts in Tamil NaduKings Park Resort

Kings Park Resort
Door No 166 Kottaiyur,
Yelagiri Hill-635853
Tamil Nadu
Phone : +91-8489998751
Land-line : 04179-295751
Website: https://kingsparkresort.in/

Honeymoon resorts in Yercaud GRT Nature Trails Hotel

20th Hairpin Bend,Salem-Yercaud Main Road, Yercaud 636602, India
Phone: 94427 00260 / 94427 00262
Website: https://www.grthotels.com/yercaud/


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