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8 Best Unexplored Hill Stations in Kerala

Kerala is more than just its backwaters, fabulous coastal towns, tea gardens and spice estates that dot the state. Leaving behind the cacophony of the city, the crush of people and the ubiquitous seashore, if you explore further, you will find a collection of hill stations in Kerala, some of which are quite well known while others are unexplored and offbeat destinations. These hill stations are known for their untouched beauty and cool pleasant climate.

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Hill stations in Kerala

Home to more than 50 hill stations, there is perhaps a handful that are the most popular destinations among people like Munnar, Thekkady, Vagamon, Ponmudi, Idukki, and others. The lesser-known explored and visited places include Gavi, Ayyampuzha, Athirapally, Charalkunnu, Malayattur.

You have heard plenty about Munnar and Thekkady and have it on your visiting itinerary too. So, we at Skyscanner decided to explore further and get you a list of 8 Best Hill Stations in Kerala.

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If you are looking to explore the unknown, uncover better landscape and get adventurous, then Ayyampuzha is the place to be. Located in Ernakulam, it boasts of beautiful vistas, panoramic landscapes dotted with brooks, and lush greenery; a visit to this heaven on earth is a must.

Ideal Trip Duration: Two or three days Base station: Ernakulam Trekking Tips: Trek through the beautiful trails in the Chelikandam forest Nearest City: Kalady 14.0 km Best Time to Visit: Through the year Peak Season: October -April Weather: Summer: Max – 33°C – Min – 26°C Winter: Max – 32°C – Min – 23°C


An excellent summer getaway, this hill station near Kerala is popular among tourists. Wayanad nestles in the Western Ghats at 700-2100 meters altitude on the borders of Tamilnadu and Karnataka. It boasts of waterfalls, dams, and trekking trails, and tea-coffee estates.

Wayanad Hill Station

Ideal Trip Duration: 2-3 days Base station: Wayanad (Kalpetta) Nearest City: Kozhikode 70 km Best Time to Visit: Nov-April Peak Season: November to March Weather: Summer: Max – 35°C – Min – 18°C Winter: Max – 22°C – Min – 12°C

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If you are in the neighborhood then a visit to this charming hill station in Palakkad, Kerala is a must. Beautiful Nelliampathy forms a part of the Sahyadri and the Western Ghats. An unexplored area, it is known for its beautiful fauna, dense forests and wild animals. It is a trekkers paradise and mecca for adventure enthusiasts.

Ideal Trip Duration: 1 day Nearest City: Palakkad 60 km Best Time to Visit: Sept-May Peak Season: November to March


If trekking excites you then this hill station in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala is a must visit. One of the best weekend getaways, Ponmudi is 1000mt high in the mountains. Famous for its panoramic vistas and natural beauty, you can explore its verdant forests, natural springs, wildlife and Ayurvedic medical treatments.

Ponmudi Hill Station

Ideal Trip Duration: 1 day Nearest City: Thiruvananthapuram 56 km Best Time to Visit: Oct-March Peak Season: Summer


Situation 1800mt above the sea, this charming and cute hill station Devikulam is a popular destination in Munnar and most visited hill resorts in Kerala. Famous for its divine lake, which is not only sacred but is known for the healing powers of its mineral waters and trout fishing.

Ideal Trip Duration: 1 day Nearest City: Munnar Bus Station 18km Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year

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6. Vythiri

One of the best hill stations to visit near Wayanad, Kerala, Vythiri lies at an altitude of 3750 to 4500ft. A mix of old world charm, peaceful atmosphere, and contemporary comforts, it is famous for its coffee, tea, cardamom, pepper and rubber plantations. Home to a variety of wildlife, and migratory birds you must check its boating, angling, and recreational facilities.

Vythiri Hill Station

Ideal Trip Duration: 1 -2 hours Nearest City: Kalpetta 12km Best Time to Visit: October-May

7. Peermedu/Peermade

Not to miss when in Thekkady, the summer retreat of the kings of Travancore Peermedu is quickly becoming popular among tourists. This hill station is located 915mt high in the western ghats. It is home to magnificent waterfalls, rubber plants, tea, coffee, pepper and cardamom estates, open plains and pine forests. An ideal weekend getaway, you can look forward to trekking, cycling, and horse riding.

Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 days Nearest City: Thekkady 26km Best Time to Visit: Apr-June and Sept- Nov


If you travel a mere 5 km from Idukki bus station, you will come across a charming hill station that is a favorite weekend getaway from Munnar and Kochi. A vital commercial center, Painavu lies 3900ft high in the Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary. Surrounded by dense forests, it’s an excellent place to go trekking. You can enjoy boat rides between Cheruthoni and Kulamavu. Accessible through road, railways and waterways and air Painavu is an excellent offbeat hill station in Kerala to visit.

Painavu Hill Station

Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 days Nearest City: Idukki 5 km Best Time to Visit: Sept-May

How to Reach Kerala

Kerala is easily accessible with direct flights available from around the world. The nearest airports for Kerala are Kochi or Thiruvananthapuram and then use local transport to visit other places in and around Kerala. You can also keep abreast of updated low airfare deals when you set up a price alert.

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