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Bored Of Ooty? There’s A Hidden Hill Station In Kerala For You To Romance


    Pine forests, waterfalls and fog-clouded mornings, Kuttikanam in Kerala is a yet unexplored hill station and it’s bliss.

    What Is It?

    Tucked away near Thekkady, in Kerala, is a sleepy little town called Kuttikanam, which has majestic views of tea estates and provides the perfect getaway from a fairly mundane urban life. The lush green hills here are home to misty mountains and the weather changes within a matter of minutes.

    What We Loved

    Unlike Thekkady and Munnar, this place is never swarming with tourists and does not boast of any local attractions or activities. It’s more like a beautiful sanctuary for people seeking quiet solitude amongst birds, trees, pine forests and mist. The cooing of the birds all day and the sound of the cicadas in the evenings is music to your ears. There are tea estates all around and one can spend hours soaking the beauty of the hills. As the morning wears on, the fog clears {usually} and the cold wind paves way for balmy few hours. But soon enough, the fog rolls in, as you get ready for an afternoon slumber. My advice is though, delay the nap and watch the drizzle, and then fall asleep with book in hand. Of course, you should wake up in time for a clear red sunset. Need we say more?

    Things To Do

    Once you’ve soaked in the beauty, you can set out on long walks admiring the scenery all the way. If you are the adventurous type then trekking and cycling are the two things you would love doing here. There are countless trails for trekking uphill, so choose a new one everyday. You may have to take  your bike here though, as they are still non-commercialised and don’t have bikes on rent. There’s a lovely waterfall Valanjanganam falls, that’s a towering 75 feet high and a highlight of the hillstation. Don’t miss getting stellar photographs here. And if you must take a selfie, please watch your back! Thekkady isn’t too far from here so one can even hire a cab or just drive down there for spice walks.

    Where To Stay

    The place offers fairly decent options to stay but try to get the ones with views of the hills. There’s also a villa bed and breakfast inside a tea estate, called Hill House, which is a good option when travelling with a group.


    Avoid June and July as these are heavy monsoon months. You will be practically forced to stay indoors if you go during these months.