Alleppey or Alappuzha is a fascinating backwater destination situated on the shores of the Arabian Sea close to the banks of Vembanad Lake in Kerala. Scenic beaches, stunning backwaters, serene temples, and traditional houseboats make this place one of the most famous tourist places in India, and among the must include places in Kerala tour packages. Along with Kumarakom, Alappuzha is among the most famous destinations of Backwaters in Kerala. A houseboat cruise in these backwaters is a delightful experience not to miss as part of your Alleppey tour packages. Popularly known as the ‘Venice of the East’, Alleppey is also known for the annual Nehru Trophy Boat Race held on the Punnamada Lake on the second Saturday of August every year. Apart, there are a few stunning hill stations close to Alleppey that offer a memorable holiday experience.
Here is the list of some hill stations near Alleppey.
Located at an altitude of 1100m on the Kottayam-Idukki border, Vagamon is an enthralling hill station situated in the Idukki district of Kerala. It is one of the scenic hill stations near Alleppey, and among the must-include places in Kerala Tour Packages. Often referred to as the Scotland of Asia, Vagamon is comprised of a beautiful series of hillocks, valleys, and cascading waterfalls. Pine Forests, Thangalpara, Kurisumala, Murugan Hill, Vagamon Meadows, Marmala Waterfalls, Karikdu Viewpoint, and Illikkal Kallu are some of the top places to visit in Vagamon. Also, the hill station has developed into a prime paragliding hub and is the venue of international paragliding contests that are conducted here every year. Besides, the place is listed as the ’50 most attractive places to visit in India’ by National Geographic Traveler on their directory.
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Peermedu is a pristine hill station located in the Idukki district of Kerala. Also known as Peermade, it is of the offbeat hill stations in Kerala, and among the most famous places to visit near Alleppey. The place derives its name from Peer Mohammed, a Sufi saint who is believed to have been the first trader of spices in the region. Perched at an altitude of 915 m, Peermedu was once served as the summer retreat for the Rajas of Travancore and the palace here is an important monument. Some of the top places to visit in Peermedu are Thrissanku hills, Panchalimedu, Madammakkulam, Amrithamedu, Parunthupara, Kuttikkanam, Summer Palace, St. George’s CSI church, Pattumala, Vagamon, and Kanjirapally. Besides, the place is also a perfect place for trekking, cycling, and horse riding.
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Located in the dense forest of Western Ghats, Thenamala is a pristine hill town in the Kollam district of Kerala. It is the first planned eco-tourism site in India, and one of the best places to visit near Trivandrum. Literally translates to Honey Hill, Thenmala is popular for its high-quality honey export. Selected as one of the most premier eco-friendly projects by the World Tourism Organization, it has 10 ecotourism spots that provide boating to leisure walks along with adventure sports like mountain biking and rock climbing. With winding pathways and a boardwalk, the leisure zone has a beautifully sculpted garden and Thenmala Dam. Also, the surrounding forest of Thenmala is blessed with timber trees along with rubber trees and tea plantations. One can spot several species of Deer in the Deer Rehabilitation Centre which is located nearby.
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Idukki is a fascinating hill station in Kerala, and among the must-visit places near Alleppey. The name Idukki is derived from the Malayalam word Idukku which means a narrow gorge. Idukki offers diverse attractions like wildlife sanctuaries, spice plantation centers, and mountain treks. The major attraction here is the Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary that spread across 70 sq. km. Some of the other places to visit in Idukki are Idukki Dam, Painavu, Kalvari Mount, and Ilaveezha Poonchira. Besides, one can also visit Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary at Thekkady as part of Idukki tour packages.
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Situated at an altitude of 3600 feet, Ponmudi is a charming hill town located in the Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala. Expansive tea plantations, lush green hills, and valleys, waterfalls, and streams, make this sleepy hill station one of the best places to visit in Kerala, and among the must-visit hill stations near Trivandrum. It is also an ideal place for those who want to spend time with their family and loved ones from the hustle and bustle of city life. The top places to visit in Ponmudi are River Kallar, Meenmutty Falls, Kayikkal Palace, Deer park, and Agasthyarkoodam, one of the highest peaks in the Western Ghats.
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Munnar is a gorgeous hill station perched at an altitude ranging from 5000 to 8000 feet on the Kannan Devan Hills in Kerala. It is one of the popular honeymoon destinations in India and among the top places to visit in Kerala. Often called the ‘Kashmir of South’, Munnar is filled with a picturesque environment, lush green vegetation, scenic waterfalls, pleasant weather, splendid lakes, and mountains that draw millions of tourists throughout the year. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India – Anamudi, which towers over 2695 meters. Mattupetty Dam, Echo point, Kundala Lake, Top Station, Anamudi peak, Devikulam, Nyayamkad falls, Thoovanam falls, Eravikulam National Park, and Attukal Waterfalls, are the top places to visit in Munnar. Besides, Munnar is also known for Neelakurinji flowers, which blooms once in 12 years.
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