The lush green hill stations of Kerala that serve as a carpet to the Western Ghats are a big draw with the tourists who flock in huge numbers towards these eco-tourism locales that dot all the districts of the state. The hill stations of Kerala are rich bio diversity zones containing a wealth of natural resources including minerals, greenery and wildlife. A holiday in the mountainous retreats of Kerala can remain an unforgettable experience.
These hill stations consisting of tropical forest terrain and terraced plantation cover are interspersed with deep gorges, vast valleys, cliffs, mountain passes and misty mountain peaks, and are decorated by sparkling streams, silvery waterfalls, gurgling brooks and other attractive features. The high ranges of Kerala, rising to an average height of 1520 meters above sea level exude an everlasting exotic charm of their own and form the favorite abode of adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts.
The mist-clad hills nestled in the clouds, soaring into the sky, the whiff of fresh mountain air floating around, a cool climate throughout the year and the panoramic view of the surrounding plains and valleys make for a delightful yet relaxing treat to the senses. The highlands of Kerala are ideal destinations for adventure tourism activities such as trekking, paragliding and rock climbing, and are excellent family picnic spots as well. Spending a vacation amidst the clean, fresh and unpolluted ambience of the hills bordering Kerala recharges the mind of the traveler and brings forth a fresh lease of life.
Milky waterfalls crashing against mighty rocks - serene lakes and ponds surrounded by dense foliage – aroma arising from cardamom plantations – exciting elephant safaris through the jungle – trekking and nature trails, and more are the highlighting features of the hill stations of Kerala. The scenic beauty of the Kerala hill stations cannot be merely described in words – it’s to be felt in person to be believed.
Hill stations in Kerala, with their mist-capped mountain peaks, evergreen rain forests, copious spice plantations, spellbinding foamy waterfalls and diverse flora and fauna offer a plethora of opportunities for visitors to lose themselves in the mesmerizing folds of nature in myriad ways. They are pleasantly situated far away from the dirt and grime of the city. Wildlife sanctuaries that resonate with the sounds of the fauna of the forest, romantic stays at tree top huts located in the jungle interiors, delicious local cuisine at friendly resorts and cozy homestays etc are some of the tourist options.
Visitors find the towering tree top huts of Kerala jungles especially delightful for a week end camp, particularly young couples. You can spend some unforgettable and adventurous time viewing the fabulous sight of the scarlet setting sun, the awe-inspiring scene of the mountains and entire landscape, a bird’s eye view of the entire wild habitat, the peculiar activities of the frolicking animals and birds, and simply feeling the thrill of being amidst wilderness, increasing one’s bond with nature.