Best Hill Tourist Places in Tamilnadu

Hill Tourist Places in Tamilnadu

Published Date: January 3, 2024

Surrounded by the Bay of Bengal on the right, the Indian Ocean on the south, and Kerala State on the left, the state is enriched with biodiversity, culture, heritage, and the oldest classical language of the world—Tamizh. It is one of the two southernmost states in India.

When it comes to hill stations in Tamilnadu, myriad mountains hail from the western ghats, eastern ghats, and the Deccan plateau of the Indian peninsula. Thus, the state acts like the house of hills, like Himachal Pradesh in North India.

Top 10 Hill Tourist Places in Tamilnadu

  • Yercaud
  • Kodaikanal
  • Ootacamund
  • Yelagiri
  • Meghamalai
  • Valparai
  • Kolli
  • Jawadhu
  • Anamalai
  • Masanagudi

Yercaud, Salem
This town is located in the Shevaroy Hills, Salem district. The altitude is about 1515 meters above sea level. When you travel 2–3 km from the Yercaud lake, you can enjoy the Killiyur Falls. It also has a beautiful rose garden. The name ‘Yercaud’ is derived from the Tamizh work ‘Yeri Kaadu.’ In fact, this is the first place that comes to mind for honeymoon places in Tamilnadu.

Things to do: Visiting Anna Park, Severayan temple, Yecaud Lake, Pagoda viewpoints, shopping, etc

Kodaikanal
It is a must-visit popular hill station in Tamilnadu. It has amazing caves, lush green pine forests, startling waterfalls, and most importantly, the great Kodaikanal lake. The hill station has a lot of homestays, cottage-style villas, resorts, and star hotels. Pears are abundantly grown in these hills. It is about 2060 meters above sea level.

Things to do: Experiencing the horse ride, viewpoints, pear and carrot shopping, and couple cycling.

Ootacamund, Nilgiris
Known as the ‘Queen of Hills’ in South India, this hill station is the go-to destination in summer. Nearby Ooty, Kotagiri is another famous hill station in Tamilnadu. Pykara Lake and Waterfalls are the most popular places in the gorgeous hills of Nilgiris.

Things to do: Travel to Kotagiri or Coonoor and visit the botanical garden, Doddabetta Peak, and Avalanche Lake.

Yelagiri, Tirupattur
This Yelagiri hill is almost at the height of the Yercaud hills above sea level. You can reach the place from two towns, namely Jolarpet and Vaniyampadi. Earlier, the whole hill station was a private property owned by the Yelagiri Zamindar family. Later, after independence, the government took over the property.

Things to do: Activities like boating, zorbing, zip-lining, etc., and visiting the park and the Velavan temple.

Meghamalai, Theni
Among the numerous hill stations in South India, this hill station is still quite untapped. However, tourists have started flocking to this destination in recent years after the COVID times. It has the Meghamalai Tiger Reserve, Suruli waterfalls, and massive tea estates.

Things to do: Spot the ancient elephants, tigers, and bison, and explore the Cumbam Valley.

Valparai, Coimbatore
Located at 1066 meters above sea level, this hill was previously called ‘Poonachimalai.’ This destination houses itself in the Anamalai mountain range between Pollachi and Coimbatore. Bike riders can have fun with the hairpin bends of this hill station. This place always has a special place on the Tamilnadu tourist places list.

Things to do: In the month of May, you can cherish the three-day summer festival here.

Kolli, Namakkal
Kollimalai in Tamil Nadu, situated between the Namakkal and Trichy districts, is known for its pepper cultivation. This hill station houses three reserve forests and is abundant with green vegetation all year. This is a perfect destination for people who love trekking and meditation.

Things to do: Visit Arappaleeswarar temple and Agaya Gangai waterfalls.

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Jawadhu, Tiruvannamalai
This Jawadhu or Javadhu hill on the Eastern Ghats separates the Tirupathur and Tiruvannamalai districts of Tamil Nadu. Researchers studying aboriginal people will not miss this place, as it inhabits many tribal communities. Though the number of footfalls is lower when compared to other and the best hill tourist places in Tamilnadu, this destination is a heaven in disguise.

Things to do: Bheemanmadavu Falls, Anguththi Sunai Waterfalls, Vainu Bappu Observatory, Amrithi Forest And Zoological Park, etc.

Anaimalai, Coimbatore
This mountain range on the Western Ghats borders the southernmost states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Indeed, it is one of the best hill stations to visit in Tamilnadu. The name derives from ‘Aana’ and ‘Malai.’ ‘Aana’ means elephant and people call it the Elephant Mountains locally. The height is about 2600 meters above sea level. This is famous for its Tiger Reserve.

Things to do: Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Anamalai Tiger Reserve, Monkey Falls, Top Slip, etc.

Masanagudi, Nilgiris
It is a small village located between the Ooty and Theppakadu regions of Nilgiri. Do not miss the Jeep safari at this hill station.

Things to do: Visit Maravakandy Dam, Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Theppakadu Elephant Camp, and Moyar River. Among the top hill stations in Tamilnadu, this hill station is known for its camping activities.

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