Top 10 Highest Peaks In South India

Whenever we think about mountains in India, every time the mighty Himalayas comes to our mind. North India has some of the highest mountains in the world. Kanchenjunga also lies in North India which is the third highest mountain peak in the world. Most of Us forget that Southern Part of India also has some of the most beautiful peaks and hill stations. However, they are not as high as the Himalayas but they are absolutely beautiful and picturesque. So to feed our curiosity, we will know about the highest peaks in south India!

The peaks in southern India are mostly of the Western Ghats which are steep-sided, terraced, flat-topped hills presenting a stepped topography facing the Arabian Sea coast. The Western Ghats have formed during the breakup of Gondwana Land about 150 Million Years ago.

The Western Ghats are like staircase structures. The average height of Western Ghats is about 1000 m from the Western Coast of India. Nilgiri Hills are one of the most famous hilly regions lies in this area.

Highest Peaks In South India

10. Eravimala

9. Kumarikkal Mala

8. Kattumala

7. Devimala

6. Vandaravu

5. Mukurthi

4. Kolaribetta

3. Doddabetta

2. Meesapulimala

1. Anamudi

10. Eravimala

Eravimala Peak

Location – Idukki

Height – 2,401 meters

State – Kerala

Eravimala is one of the highest peaks in south India. It is located in the Idukki district of Kerala. The height of the Peak is 2,401 meters or 7877 feet above the sea level. It is one of the 14 highest peaks in Idukki which crosses the height mark of 2000 meters. Sabarimala, Kabula, Karimala, etc are other peaks that touch the height of 2000 meters.

9. Kumarikkal Mala

Kumarikkal Mala

Location – Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

Height – 2,522 meters

State – Kerala

Kumarikkal Mala is a peak in the Western Ghats which is situated in Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary of Kerala. The height of this peak is 2,522 meters above sea level.

It is the highest peak in Chinnal Wildlife Sanctuary and of course one of the highest peaks of Anamalai Hills. Moreover, the 18 km long Chinnar river originates near this peak which ultimately joins the Amravati River.

Also, Nilgiri Tahr which is an endemic species of Sheep is also found near this hill.

8. Kattumala

Kattumala Peak, highest peaks in south india

Location – Eravikulam National Park

Height – 2,522 meters

State – Kerala

Kattumala is one of the highest peaks in the Idukki District of Kerala. It is located in Eravikulam National Park of Idukki District. The height of this peak is 2,522 meters above sea level.

This peak is very close to the hill station of Munnar. The peak of Perumal Mala also lies very near to this Peak

 

7. Devimala

Devimala Peak, one of the highest peak in south india

Location – Idukki, Kerala

Height – 2,523 meters

State – Kerala

Devimala is one of the highest peaks of Southern India. The height of this peak is 2523 meters and it is located in the Devikalum area of Idukki district. Moreover, it is very close to a tea estate of Devikalum(Near Munnar). Also, this is the highest peak of Devikalum Hill Station.

This Peak also lies in the Anamalai Hills of Kerala.

6. Vandaravu

Vandaravu Peak

Location – Palani Hills, Tamil Nadu

Height – 2,553 meters

State – Tamil Nadu

Vandaravu is the highest peak of Palani Hills in Tamil Nadu. The peak belongs to the hills of Western Ghats. The western edge of this hill shares its border with Pambadum Shola National Park which lies in Idukki, Kerala.

The height of this peak is 2,553 meters which is the highest in the Dindigul District. Moreover, It shares borders between Devikulam taluk in Idukki district and Kodaikanal taluk in Dindigul district.

Also, it has a motorable road which starts from Munnar Top station and goes towards Kodaikanal.

The trek to this mountain is mesmerizing. You can see the dense tropical forest along with the natural beauty of coffee plantations, dense tropical forests, cascading waterfalls, and serene valleys.

You can reach this hill by taking a taxi from Munnar, Kerala which is only 45 km from here.

5. Mukurthi

Mukurthi Peak one of the highest peaks in south india

Location – Mukurthi National Park, Tamil Nadu

Height – 2,553 meters

State – Tamil Nadu

Mukurthi is peak is one of the highest peaks in South India. It lies in the Western Ghats of Tamil Nadu. Moreover, it is the fourth highest peak in the Nilgiris. The height of this peak is 2,553 meters.

Mukurthi Peak resembles like Pointed Nose! Mukurthi Hill shares its border with Kerala on the western slope.

It is a part of the Mukurthi National Park and Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. Mukurthi Hill is covered with Pine Forests, shrublands, and the grasslands.

It is a favorable place for the Asiatic Elephant. Moreover, it is also a home of Tiger and rare endemic Nilgiri Tahr.

 

4. Kolaribetta

Kollaribetta Peak one of the highest peak in south india

Location – Mukurthi National Park, Tamil Nadu

Height – 2,629 meters

State – Tamil Nadu

Kolaribetta is the second largest peak of the Nilgiri Hills which lies in the state of Tamil Nadu. The height of this peak is 2,629 meters which is the highest point in the Mukurthi National Park and Chaliyar River Basin.

Kolaribetta Peak is a hub of bio-diversity. The place is full of Lush green forests and spectacular wildlife. Rare animals like Nilgiri Tahr, Nilgiri Langur, and Nilgiri Marten are found near this place.

This peak gives the stunning views of nearby hills and valleys which make this place a worth visit. The best time to visit Kolaribetta is between October to January.

This place can be easily accessible via taxi from Ooty which is very near (28 km) from this place. Moreover, Entry Fees of Rs 5 is charged from every Individual.

 

3. Doddabetta

Doddabetta Peak one of the highest peak in south india

Location – Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu

Height – 2,637 meters

State – Tamil Nadu

Doddabetta is the highest peak in the Nigiri Mountains. The height of this peak is 2,637 meters from the sea level. It is also very close to the famous hill station of Ooty(only 9 km).

Doddabetta is one of the most beautiful and picturesque locations of the South Indian Mountains. It is very popular among tourists and tourists can access the summit via Road.

Areas around Doddabetta are heavily forested and they are also categorized as the reserved forest by the government. Sholas trees are found in abundance in these forests which is combined with the grasslands and shrublands.

Trekking is very common in this amazing range and many trails are available for the same with requiring no special trekking equipment. Trekking time is from 9 am to 6:30 am and the entry fees are Rs 6 per person and Rs 5 for kids. Also, Cameras are charged at around Rs 10 to 50.

Telescope house at the summit of Doddabetta Peak is also a very famous tourist attraction. It is an observatory with two telescopes available fo the public.

Doddabetta is easily accessible from the nearby hill station, Ooty via taxi or bus.

2. Meesapulimala

Meesapulimala second highest peak in south india

Location – Idukki, Kerala

Height – 2,640 meters

State – Kerala

Meesapulimala is the second highest peak of south India (although Mannamalai is the second highest peak but it is debated for his height). The shape of the Peak resembles the tiger’s face(Puli) and hence it is named as Meesapulimala(Meesa means Moustache and Mala means hill)

Meesapulimala is situated in the Idukki district of Kerala. The height of this peak is 2,640 meters. Meesapulimala is located between the Anamalai hills and Palani Hills. Moreover, this place is 20 km away from Munnar.

The shape of the Peak resembles the tiger’s face and hence it is named as Meesapulimala

Messapulimala region is known for trekking and hiking. However, The trekking in Meesapulimala is limited and the trek between Kolukkumalai and Meesapulimala is highly restricted.

Trek to the Meesapulimala peak via Rhodo Valley (which is famous for rhododendrons) can be done by taking the required permissions from the Kerala Forest Development Corporation in Munnar.

Meesapulimala is also rich in Wildlife. Animals like Nilgiri Thar, Sambar Deer, Wild Gaur, Wild Dogs, and even the Sloth Bear can be seen in this region.

1. Anamudi (Highest Mountain Peak In South India)

Anamudi Peak highest peak in south india

Location – Eravikulam National Park, Kerala

Height – 2,695 meters

State – Kerala

 

The highest Mountain Peak In South India is Anamudi. This peak is located in the state of Kerala and the height of this peak is 2,695 meters. The name Anamudi means Elephant’s head in the local language.

Anamudi is known as the ‘Everest Of South India‘ as it is the highest point in south of Himalayas. Anaimudi Peak is located in the south of Eravikumal National Park at the junction of the Cardamom Hills, the Anamalai Hills, and the Palani Hills. The nearest town to this peak is Munnar which is a very famous hill station in South India.

You can do trekking to the top of the mountain but You have to take permission from the authorities of Eravikulam National Park. The easiest route to the summit of Anamudi is by doing an easy hike on grass slopes, starting from a rolling hill plateau with a base elevation of about 2,000 meters (6,600 ft). Moreover, The north and south slopes are gentle, while the east and west slopes are steeper, with more difficult rock faces.

Anaimudi is filled with lush green forests and amazing wildlife. It is home to the Asian elephants, Nilgiri Tahr, Gaur, Bengal Tigers, and the Nilgiri Martens.

Anaimudi Peak can be easily reached by taxi from Munnar.

 

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