The plantation highlands of South India (2500-5500 ft asl) along the Western Ghats offer superb getaway resorts, excellent views, pleasant climate and an evergreen backdrop and an experience that is totally rejuvenating. These combine with popular hill stations and pilgrimages in South India for a holiday circuit (typically 5-7 nights).
Most popular hill stations and plantation getaways in South India are:
Coorg (2500-3500 ft asl)
Coorg is a coffee plantation area renowned for its plantation retreats / homestays, superb drives and pleasant climate all through the year, that has made it into a favourite destination for honeymooners and holiday travellers.
Munnar (4500-6000 ft asl)
Munnar is a tea plantation area renowned for its drives, misty weather and wide range of holiday resorts. Munnar is popular for summer travellers looking for a few days of cool climate, superb views and an easy paced relaxed holiday.
Thekkady (2500-3000 ft asl)
Thekkady is renowned for its spice plantations, holiday resorts and wide-ranging activities around the Periyar reserve (plantation walk, elephant ride, boating in Periyar, full-day eco tourism programme, walking / trekking / bamboo rafting in Periyar reserve) alongwith shopping (spices).
Wayanad (2500-3500 ft asl)
Wayanad is a tea / coffee plantation area with evergreen rainforest character. Wayanad is renowned for waterfalls, getaway resorts / homestays and cool weather all through the year where the holiday traveller can spend a few days amidst nature. The activities here include bird watching, nature walks, cycling, bamboo rafting, boating alongwith wide-ranging sightseeing (viewpoints, museum, bamboo craft centre) and shopping (spices).
Ooty (6500+ ft asl)
Ooty is a colonial era hill station, renowned for its cool summer climate, heritage hotels and wide-ranging sightseeing / activities for holiday travellers. Ooty is where you can beat the heat alongwith indulge in some touristy experiences (boating, viewpoints, gardens, waterfall visit, etc.)
Kodaikanal (7000+ ft asl)
Kodaikanal is a popular hill station, renowned for its quiet lakeside character. Kodaikanal has been a honeymooners’ favourite where summer travellers come to spend a few days amidst cool climate and experience some easy paced activities / things to do (boating, gardens, viewpoints, etc.)
Recommended holidays to explore the plantations and hill stations of South India include:
South India Hills and Plantations including Kodaikanal, Thekkady and Munnar
Tamil Nadu Hill Stations including Ooty, Pollachi and Kodaikanal
Best of Karnataka with Ooty including Mysore, Coorg (Madikeri), Bandipur and Ooty