The Western Ghats of Kerala has number of hill stations less ventured and explored. The hill stations of Kerala are the most perfect choice for a getaway from the city noises, deadlines, stress, tension and crowd. Decorated with meandering roads, ravishing rivulets, splendid springs and wondrous waterfalls, these hill stations are much to offer than the other popular hill stations of India. The hill stations of Kerala are dense in vegetation and provide natural habitat to exotic wildlife. These beautiful hill stations of Kerala are also the source of the famous spices of Kerala. Spices such as pepper, cardamom, cinnamon and the cashew nut are grown in the plantations on the hill stations in Kerala.
Known for its cool climate and tea plantation, this serene and tranquil hill town houses many colonial bungalows, tea factories, wildlife sanctuaries and many lakes. Situated at the confluence of three mountain streams, at an altitude of 1600 m above sea level, it was the erstwhile summer resort of the British government in South India. Munnar also has the highest peak in south India, Anamudi, which towers over 2695 m and is an ideal spot for trekking.
Stands on the southern top of the Deccan plateau and its chief glory is the majestic rugged terrain of the Western ghats, with lofty ridges interspersed with dense forest, tangled jungles and deep valleys. Lying at an altitude varying from 700 - 2100 metres above the sea level, the district has the highest number of tribal settlements in Kerala. The flora of Wayanad are characteristic of the Western Ghats and the plantation crops grown in the cool climate. A major portion of the district is covered by coffee.
This plantation town, close to Thekkady, is situated just on the outskirts of the Periyar Wild Life Sanctuary. It is an important shopping centre and spice trade centre. The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is spread across 777 km² (300 sq. miles), of which 360 km² is thick evergreen forest. The Wild Life Sanctuary is a declared Tiger Reserve. The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaiperiyar Dam across the Periyar River adds to the charm of the park. The greatest attraction of Periyar are the herds of wild elephants that come down to play in the lake. Thekkady is considered a heaven for natural spices such as black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon and clove. The forest department arranges plantation eco-tours through the spice, coffee and tea plantations, as well as visits to tea factories, tribal hamlets in and around the hills. To enjoy the forest experience you can go for elephant rides, boat cruises on the Periyar Lake, and trekking in various sites.