Beyond the famed sun kissed pristine beaches and tranquil backwaters, Kerala also offers rolling high ranges of the Western Ghats along the eastern edge of the state. These dense forests, meandering roads and intense waterfalls offer the unmatched combo of wildlife and adventure. The hills are also the source of the much coveted spices and medicinal herbs of Kerala. Mountaineering, trekking and bird watching are among the range of adventure activities you could indulge in at the untouched natural hills of Kerala. Totally different from other destinations in kerala, the hills of Kerala have a quaint charm of their own. This write-up feature of the important hill and jungle destinations Kerala has to offer.
With its spectacular landscape, rare flora and fauna, sparkling waterfalls and picture postcard hamlets, Munnar has all the makings of an idyllic holiday destination. Situated 1600 m above sea level at the confluence of three mountain streams - Muthirpuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala , Munnar (which means 3 streams)treats you to some of the most visually alluring sights of wildlife and nature. More (link to destination article)
With its enthralling spice gardens, sparkling waterfalls, astounding landscapes, enchanting forests and undulating valleys, Wayanad has all the makings of a sublime holiday destination. The beauty of Wayanad is so enchanting that it simply gets under your skin. Wayanad is one of the few districts in Kerala that has been able to retain its pristine beauty of nature. Hidden away in hills of this land are some of the oldest tribes, who are yet untouched by civilization. The very first historic engravings in Kerala were discovered here. More (link to destination article)
Vagamon, a silent retreat in the Western Ghats is in the Idukki district. Famed for its dales and grasslands that house orchids, herbs, floristic varieties, some very rare mammals, insects, birds and butterflies, Vagamon is a mount of heritage. The most striking is its freshness which is everlasting! More (link to destination article)
Thiruvananthapuram is blessed with beaches, parks, wildlife sanctuaries, heritage sites and places of religious importance, and with the political importance of the city as well. The beauty of reaching one's destination is the route. While traveling to Ponmudi, there is a trail that leads to Meenmutti waterfalls, which are formed where the river Kallar falls from a height. There is a striking lagoon at the bottom of the falls for one to swim and enjoy a picnic. Ponmudi has a variety of flora and fauna too; scenic landscapes and paths leading through the woods, spice plantations, the perfectly terraced tea plantations are all a sight for sore eyes.
Thenmala which means honey-hills is India's first planned ecotourism destination. Located at equal distance (2 hours by road) from both Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram, at a height of 500m above sea level, Thenmala's natural canvas of flora and fauna and vast tracts of forests attract adventure seekers and nature lovers with equal vigour. The destination is planned with minimum damage being done to the fragile ecosystem of the area. Musical fountains, elevated walkways, mountain biking and boating are some of the activities that can be arranged here. You can also purchase a sapling relevant to your birth star at the Nakshatravanam over here. You could also take a visit to the deer rehabilitation center here. Thenmala offers everything to have a whale of a time.
Located south of Palakkad and locally known as 'Poor man's Ooty', Nelliampathy has everything that any hill station can offer you. Nelliampathy is a plantation center with tea, coffee and cardamom plantation aplenty. Nelliampathy is also famed for its juicy oranges. The drive up to Nelliampathy is a lush verdant path uninhabited and unspoilt by human intervention. It is an ideal destination for the traveler who wants a quiet calm holiday.
It is believed to be the palace where sage Agasthya meditated in total solitude. Part of the Sahyadri mountain range, Agasthyakoodam, in the Western Ghats is the second highest peak after Anamudi and rises to the majestic height of 1890m in the form of a sharp cone. These mountains have tribal settlements, rare birds and rare medicinal plants which are protected and therefore a visit permit is necessary to enter. Women are not allowed here and trekking season is from December to February.
This holy lake is 7 kilometers away from Munnar. The authentic and bravura views over the highest ranges of the Western Ghats are really the seventh heaven on earth. Devikulam Lake is said to be the highest in the region and the best place for trout fishing. Locals believe that Goddess Sita has taken a bath in this lake that is why this lake is named after her. Devi means 'Goddess' and Kulam means 'Lake'. Distinguished as a sacred place, a small temple has been built to worship her. Amidst of the lake, there is an island with a fishing lodge on it.