You most probably are answering the question of ahill stations in south Indiaa with Coorg, Ooty or may be the Munnar. But fewer people know of the other incredible hill stations that have preserved their pristine beauty and are less visited. We bring you the list of such hill stations that are a treasure of natural entities like waterfalls, diverse flora and fauna, dense forests, fresh minty breeze, and lakes.

Do visit these crowd-less places to feel the soothing experience and refreshing adventure-

Eight lesser explored hill stations in South India

1. Ponmudi-

This hill station is situated at 3,300 feet above the sea level. It is a perfect destination for the travelers yearning for a natural getaway. Located 56 km from the Trivandrum Railway station and airport, Ponmudi hill station welcomes you with its rich ecosystem.

Eight lesser explored hill stations in South India

There is a cover of lush greenery over the hills with butterflies in contrasting colors, springs, waterfalls and a variety of flora. You can also visit several nearby wild life sanctuaries like Peppara and Neyyar.

Eight lesser explored hill stations in South India

2. Coonoor-

You can visit this hill station all around the year at the time of your choice. Summers here witness a temperature of around 15A a 25A C during March- May. It is followed by monsoon from June to September. Finally, the winters during Dec-Feb.

It can be accessed either on the road or from the nearest railway station in Coimbatore. Coonoor famous for its tea plantation, makes you feel its presence with the goose bumps inducing moist breeze. Start your exploration by visiting the 500 years old Thandi Mariamman Temple, dedicated to the Swayambumurthy deity.

There are places like Dolphin Nose View Point, and Lamb's Rock that are bound to invoke an adrenaline rush. Then there are fascinating picturesque waterfalls like Law's Falls, Katary Falls, and St. Catherine Falls.

For adventuring minds, there is a Hidden Valley, accessible with trekking only. The mind blowing nature views with some rare bird species and falls make it worth the feat.

Eight lesser explored hill stations in South India

3. Yercaud-

The climate at this hill station remains pleasant throughout the year, and you can visit it preferably during Oct- June. It is quite accessible from Salem Junction, and Jolarpettai railway station.

Yercaud serves as a treat for trekkers and nature lovers with its unexcelled lap of nature. Being famous for its coffee plantations, there are also grown the cardamom and black pepper. The forest cover at this hill station features an abundance of sandalwood trees, oak, and teak.

The wildlife is quite vibrant, and you can quickly catch a glimpse of snakes, squirrels, deer, and foxes among others. You should try clicking variety of birds including bulbuls and kites. Highlights here include Botanical Garden, Pagoda Point, Shevoray Temple, and Killiyur Falls.

Eight lesser explored hill stations in South India

4. Kudremukh-

Interestingly, this hill station derives its name from a peak that is in a shape of the face of a horse (Kudremukh means horseas face). The preferred time to go strolling at this hill station is during Jan-Feb and Oct-Dec.

Kudremukh is the originating site of three rivers namely Nethravati, Bhadra, and Tunga. You can feel the fresh cool breeze on your cheeks while exploring the dense forest cover. The wildlife sighting is quite normal but only after going deep into the woods.

Eight lesser explored hill stations in South India

This hill station lures adventurers and trekkers to its Kudremukh mountain range and river beds to reach the origination of the three rivers. But, it requires a prior permission for this.

You can stay in the cottages and tents made available by the state tourism department. Or, you can try homestays with the locals to enjoy their hospitality.

Eight lesser explored hill stations in South India

5. Ananthagiri Hills-

Known for their coffee plantations, Ananthagiri hills are accessible by roads or by train travel from Srikakulam to Anantgiri. Due to being in the 100km reach from Hyderabad, this hill station serves as a weekend getaway destination.

It offers you a plethora of things and views to do and see here. This place has a historical aspect that is evident from The Borra Hills that sports some deepest Caves of India.

Highlights here include-

a the Ananthagiri Temple; dedicated to the lord Vishnu,

a Musi River,

a Katki Waterfalls,

a Tyda Park,

a Dolphin's Nose,

a Tribal Museum,

a Bhavanasi Lake.

Enjoy your stay camping and trekking for up to 2 km along the Katki waterfalls. The accommodations are less and not readily available unless pre-booked for the on-season visit during Oct-Feb.

Eight lesser explored hill stations in South India

6. Vagamon-

It is popularly dubbed as the aScotland of Asiaa due to lush green plant cover, curvy rivers, and blue hills. Vagamon, at 1,100 meters above sea level, is located in the Idukki District, Kerala, which you can visit during Nov-May. This hill station offers an exotic view with its dotted tea gardens, deep puzzling valleys, and beautiful meadows.

Highlights here include

a Kurisumala; a Christian pilgrim site,

a Kurisumala Ashram; a monastery,

a Pattumala,

a Kuttikanam; for trekkers and adventurers,

a Pine Forests,

a Thangal Para; a sacred rock formation,

a Thekkadi.

You can reach Vagamon from the Kottayam railway station by road transport.

Eight lesser explored hill stations in South India

7. Devikulam-

Devikulam hill station is 8 km from Munnar and features sloppy and velvety fields, fresh mountainous breeze and a vibrant nature. It is a very small village that has mythological legends associated with it. It is believed that goddess Sita took a bath in the lake here, which has now the skin-ailments treating properties.

Highlights here include

a Mangalam Devi Temple,

a Mattupetty Lake,

a Thoovanam falls,

a Keezharkuthu Falls,

a Eravikulam National Park,

a Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary,

a Kurinjimala Sanctuary,

a Mattupetty Dam,

a Blossom International Park,

a Devikulam Tea Estate.

You can reach devikulam from Kottayam or Kochi railway stations preferably during Mar-May, Jun- Sep and Dec-Feb.

Eight lesser explored hill stations in South India

8. Kemmanagundi-

It is one of the lesser known hill stations, located 55 km from Chikmagalur, Karnataka. A perfect destination for the nature lovers, photo fanatics, and adventurers and is quite accessible from the Shimoga and Birur Junction Railway station.

The Baba Budan Giri Mountain range; second highest in Karnataka, ornamental gardens, Hebbe Falls, Z point, and Kalhatti Falls constitute the highlights of Kemmanagundi. The campus of horticulture department features rock garden and orchid garden.

The preferable months to visit here are during Sep- Dec.

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