The mountain ranges in Kerala consisting of the highland area of the Western Ghats, exude an exotic charm. Rising to an average height of 1520 m, the tropical forests of the ghats house rich and unique flora and fauna. The high ranges and hill stations are the favourite spots of nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers.Expansive plantations of tea,coffee,rubber and fragrant cardamom and other spices for which Kerala is famous for,are cultivated on the slopes of these hill stations.
Much of Keralas exotic appeal is centered in these highland areas of the Western Ghats. Ideal places for adventure tourism and trekking,the fresh mountain air, the mist clad hills and a panoramic view make them worthy of a visit.Places like Munnar in Kerala produce an exotic species of flowers that bloom once in twelve years.
Hill stations in Kerala offer tourists an opportunity to spend their vacations amidst clean and fresh air of the hills. Some of the more popular hill stations in Kerala are those of Mattupetty, Munnar, Nelliyampathy, Palakkad, Ponmudi, Wayanad, Idduki, Kannur, Kasargod and Kozhikode. Here you can see the milky waterfalls, mighty rocks, lakes, and hill-plantations. The scenic beauty of these Kerala hill stations cannot be defined in words, it is best experienced in person.