4 lesser known Hill Stations in Kerala for your perfect Kerala holiday

Kerala is an attractive tourist destination due to its abundant natural beauty. Holidaying in Kerala is like holidaying in the lap of nature itself. Kerala has many hill stations which are a preferred tourist destination. If we go by numbers, then Kerala has about a staggering 50 hill stations. Some of the hill stations are very popular. But in this article let’s check out some lesser known hill stations that can make for a perfect Kerala holiday.

Gavi

Malakkappara

Gavi is located in the Pathanamthitta district of Kerala and is close to Sabrimala, which is a popular pilgrimage site in Kerala. Gavi is one of the best places to holiday in summers because the temperature here will be very cool. The evergreen forests of Gavi and abundant wildlife is a treat for nature lovers. Gavi forest is home to animals such as elephants, deer, tigers , leopards, Indian gaurs, sambars, bears, lion tailed macaque etc. and also has more than 250 species of birds. One can enjoy fun outdoor activities such as camping, jungle safari, trekking, bird watching, boating etc. One can also stay in a treehouse and visit the cardamom factory here. If you want a nice, relaxing summer, then this is your perfect Kerala holiday destination.

MalakkapparaMalakkappara is a small beautiful hill station situated in the Thrissur district of Kerala. It is not frequented by tourists. There are lots of tea estates in Malakkappara, and Tata Tea also owns their tea estates here. The forests of Malakkappara are home to many endangered species of flora and fauna. In addition to the lush forests, this place is home to many small streams and the famous Sholayar Dam. Needless to say, this place is blessed with natural beauty and the scenic spots here will take your breath away. Also, this place is a heaven for photographers as one can capture all these virgin locations without any interruptions. If you want a small and low-key Kerala holiday, this beautiful hill station is your perfect destination.

Ayyampuzha

Ranipuram

Ayyampuzha

Ayyampuzha is located in Ernakulam district of Kerala and is a nice exciting hill station which will be thoroughly enjoyed by nature lovers. This place is filled with lush greenery, stunning landscapes, and an overall serene climate. There are mainly trekking trails in the Chelikandam forest, which then leads to the breathtaking Athirappilly waterfalls. Also, this place is home to many exotic birds and is perfect for bird watching.

Ranipuram

Ranipuram is a hill station located in the Kasargod district of Kerala and mainly known for its eco-tourism. Unlike other popular hillstations in Kerala, Ranipuram is not overtly commercialized or populated. It is filled with lush forests and diverse wildlife. One can go on jeep safaris, trekking and bird watching here. During the monsoon one can spot many different types of butterflies here, which is a major tourist attraction. Ranipuram is a perfect Kerala holiday destination for people who want to steer away from the crowds and be in the midst of nature.