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Plantation Highlands and Hill Stations of South India

by Niraj Vashi

INDIA
SOUTH INDIA

The plantation highlands of South India (2500-5500 ft asl) along the Western Ghats offer superb getaway resorts, excellent views, pleasant climate and an evergreen backdrop and an experience that is totally rejuvenating. These combine with popular hill stations and pilgrimages in South India for a holiday circuit (typically 5-7 nights).

Most popular hill stations and plantation getaways in South India are:

Coorg (2500-3500 ft asl)

Coorg is a coffee plantation area renowned for its plantation retreats / homestays, superb drives and pleasant climate all through the year, that has made it into a favourite destination for honeymooners and holiday travellers. 

Plantations around Coorg
Plantations around Coorg

Munnar (4500-6000 ft asl)

Munnar is a tea plantation area renowned for its drives, misty weather and wide range of holiday resorts. Munnar is popular for summer travellers looking for a few days of cool climate, superb views and an easy paced relaxed holiday. 

Munnar Tea Plantations
Munnar Tea Plantations

Thekkady (2500-3000 ft asl)

Thekkady is renowned for its spice plantations, holiday resorts and wide-ranging activities around the Periyar reserve (plantation walk, elephant ride, boating in Periyar, full-day eco tourism programme, walking / trekking / bamboo rafting in Periyar reserve) alongwith shopping (spices). 

Inside Periyar Reserve
Inside Periyar Reserve

Wayanad (2500-3500 ft asl)

Wayanad is a tea / coffee plantation area with evergreen rainforest character. Wayanad is renowned for waterfalls, getaway resorts / homestays and cool weather all through the year where the holiday traveller can spend a few days amidst nature. The activities here include bird watching, nature walks, cycling, bamboo rafting, boating alongwith wide-ranging sightseeing (viewpoints, museum, bamboo craft centre) and shopping (spices).

Kuravadweep Bamboo Rafting
Kuravadweep Bamboo Rafting

Ooty (6500+ ft asl)

Ooty is a colonial era hill station, renowned for its cool summer climate, heritage hotels and wide-ranging sightseeing / activities for holiday travellers. Ooty is where you can beat the heat alongwith indulge in some touristy experiences (boating, viewpoints, gardens, waterfall visit, etc.)

Boating at Ooty Lake
Boating at Ooty Lake

Kodaikanal (7000+ ft asl)

Kodaikanal is a popular hill station, renowned for its quiet lakeside character. Kodaikanal has been a honeymooners’ favourite where summer travellers come to spend a few days amidst cool climate and experience some easy paced activities / things to do (boating, gardens, viewpoints, etc.) 

Kodaikanal Lake Views
Kodaikanal Lake Views

Recommended holidays to explore the plantations and hill stations of South India include:

South India Hills and Plantations including Kodaikanal, Thekkady and Munnar

Tamil Nadu Hill Stations including Ooty, Pollachi and Kodaikanal

Best of Karnataka with Ooty including Mysore, Coorg (Madikeri), Bandipur and Ooty

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