Tamil Nadu Hill Stations
A discontinuous range of mountains running parallel to the east coast of South India, the Eastern Ghats are not as well-known or explored as the Western Ghats. Dotted by waterfalls, lakes, viewpoints and ancient shrines, the quaint hill-retreats are devoid of the usual tourist trappings of Ooty or Kodaikanal perhaps adding to their appeal. Criss-crossed by winding roads and perfect for gentle treks, the Ghats stretch from Yelagiri and the Javadi Hills to the north and Sirumalai and Karandamalai near Dindigul to the south. In the middle lie the Pachaimalai hills in Trichy District, the Kolli Hills in Namakkal District, and Yercaud, the pride of the Shevaroy Hills.
Named Blue Mountains after its blue-tiged hills covered in grey mist, the Nilgiris boasts three hill stations. Ooty, Coonoor and Kotagiri form a golden Colonial triangle, accessible by scenic ghat roads, and heritage mountain railway. Further south in the Palani Hills, sacred to Lord Murugan, Kodaikanal is surrounded by clusters of scenic villages like Perumalmalai, Pombarai, Mannavanur and Kavunji. Around Coimbatore and Pollachi, high-altitude dams like Aliyar, Sholayar and Siruvani are ideal as day trips.
Meghamalai is a cool and misty mountain range situated in the Western Ghants in Theni district. It is a place of natural beauty dotted with cardamom plantations and tea estates. The place is situated at an elevation of 1,500 m above sea level and it is rich in flora and fauna.
Yelagiri is one of the important hill stations in Tamil Nadu. It is situated on the Vellore district. It attracts large number tourist in all over Tamil Nadu. Yelagari is located at an altitude of 1,410m above mean sea level and spread across 30 sq km. It is also called us Elagiri. Yelagiri is surrounded by orchards, rose-gardens, and green valleys.
Yercaud in the Servaroyan hills of the Salem District is a quiet and restful hill station in Tamil Nadu. The Servaroyan Hills as a whole provide many beautiful vistas and panoramic view. Yercaud’s temperature never rises above 29°C or fall below 13°C. This is one hill station where one cannot feel the biting cold of winter.
Kodaikanal unspoilt by modern civilization is a charming hill station, situated amidst the sylvan grandeur of the Southern crest of the upper Palani Hills in the Western Ghats. Kodai is 120km from Madurai. With her wooded slopes, mighty rocks, enchanting waterfalls and beautiful lake, Kodaikanal will mesmerise any visitor, having more sunshine than other hill resorts in India.