Jun 12, 2015
The hill stations of Kerala offer the visitor the most spectacular views of nature. Centered in the highland area of
the Western Ghats, the hill stations of Kerala are dense in vegetation and provide natural habitat to exotic wildlife.
Rising to an average height of 1520 meter, the tropical forests ranging across the Ghats are rich with flora and fauna.
Alluring to ones senses is expansive, loamy plantations of tea, coffee, rubber and fragrant cardamom. Crisscrossing
meandering roads, ravishing rivulets, splendid springs and wondrous waterfalls, the hill stations of Kerala offer an
exclusive touch unique from any other in India. A visit to these hills after the monsoon rains is pleasure unlimited. The
hill stations of Kerala are dense in vegetation and provide natural habitat to exotic wildlife. The undulating paths, the
rich variety of flora and fauna available, the beautiful gorges and valleys and the sparkling silver streams that skip and dance through the rocks, the settling clouds that one can
walk through and the fresh plucked green tea, brewed hot- this is the irresistible lure of the land. The hill stations also are
idyllic locations for Trekking, rock climbing and other adventures activities. Hill stations of Kerala are also the
source of the famous spices of Kerala. Spices such as pepper, cardamom, cinnamon and the cashew nut are grown in the
plantations on the hill stations in Kerala. The Dutch and English colonial rulers of Kerala introduced cash crops
plantations such as rubber and tea in the 18th and 19th centuries, which has continued till today. Munnar an idyllic
hill station situated in the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. This hill
station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. Similarly the other
popular hill stations of Kerala include the prime spots like Wayanad and Vagamon. Wayanad is renowned for its spice
and tea plantations and the Wayanad wildlife sanctuary. The other most exciting hill station in Kerala is Ponmudi perched
on the Western Ghats at an altitude of 1100 ft. above sea level. Another jungle abode is Nelliampathy, a forest range of
75 km sq km in Palakkad district.