Tourist Information about Nilgiri Hills
||Nilgiri District, Tamil Nadu
||2459 sq km
||2,280 to 2,290 m
||Throughout the year pleasant atmosphere and most equable
||25 degree C to 10 degree C in summers and 21 degree C to 5 degree C in winters
|Best Time to Visit
||Around the year
||Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and English
|Places to Visit
||Ooty, Coonoor, Kotagiri
Packages of Nilgiri Hills |
in Nilgiri Hills
How to Get ThereNearest Airport:
Coimbatore Airport (105 km from Ooty)
Nearest Railway Station:
Ooty Railway Station (Narrow gauge railway). The toy train connects Ooty with Coonoor and Mettupalayam.
Ooty is well connected via road from all the major towns and cities of Kerala and Karnataka. Also the regular bus services are available to and from Coimbatore, Trichy, Bangalore, Madurai, Kanyakumari, Mysore, Palghat, Calicut, Tirupati and other important destinations in South India.
About Nilgiris - The Blue Mountains
Nilgiri literally means - "Blue Mountains", these beautiful range of mountains are located in the westernmost region of Tamilnadu state. Nilgiri mountains are the part of larger Western Ghats, their elevation vary from 2,280 feet to 2,290 meter. Nilgiri hills in Tamil Nadu has around total 24 peaks, each of above 2,000 meters of height. Doddabetta is the highest peak with the height of 2,623 meters.
The Beauty of Nilgiri Hill Station in Tamilnadu
Nilgiri hills are known for its breathtaking beauty and serene surroundings. The nature has poured all its love all around the Nilgiri mountains. The virgin beauty of its narrow valleys along with delighting rivers and sparkling waterfalls adds heaven beauty to the surroundings. The tranquil beauty of lush green tea gardens and around the year pleasant climate attract a number of travelers.
Location And Boundaries of Nilgiri Hills
Nilgiri hills are located in Tamilnadu state at the junction of Kerala and Karnataka states. Nilgiri hills in Tamil Nadu are separated from the highlands of Karnataka by Moyar river to the north, while from Palni and Annamali hills by Palghat gap to the the south.
Stations In The Nilgiri Hills
- Ooty ( Udhagamandalam )
Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is one of the most beautiful hill stations in Tamil Nadu. Also known as the "Queen of Hills" Ooty is the headquarters of Nilgiri district. It is situated at an elevation of 2,240 meters, at 105 km distance away from Coimbatore. It is one of the favorite tourist destinations of India, known for its charming beauty of mountains, lush tea gardens, gurgling streams and breathtaking scenery.
16 km away from Ooty is another beautiful Nilgiri hill station in Tamilnadu is known as Kotagiri. Located at an altitude of 1,950 m Kotagiri is considered to be the oldest hill station of Nilgiri hills. Around the year pleasant weather and the most refreshing surroundings of the place attract the nature lovers. The must visit places in Kotagiri are Elk falls, Kodanad viewpoint and Catherine falls.
Situated at an altitude of 1,858 m Coonoor is the second largest hill station of Nilgiri hills. It is located at a short distance of 19 km from Ooty on the eastern side of the southern extremity of the Doddabetta range. Sim's Park, Lamb's Rock, Droog, and Bird watching are the major attractions of Coonoor. Also the beauty of lush green tea gardens, ravines, steep valleys and waterfalls mesmerize the tourists.
Attractions of Nilgiri Hills in Tamilnadu
Nilgiris mountains the most visited hill resorts of South India is blessed with a number of tourist destinations, that are listed below:
- Botanical Garden
The Government Botanical Garden of Ooty is one of the major attractions of Nilgiri hills. It was established in 1847 that covers an area of 22 hectares. In the garden you may find more than 650 species of plants and trees.
- Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary
Mudumalai wildlife sanctuary is situated 67 km away from Ooty. Spread over an area of 321 sq km this wildlife sanctuary is enriched with several rare species of flora and fauna and also it provides shelter to many endangered species. Tigers, Leopards, Elephants, Sambhar, Chital, Barking Deer, Giant Squirrel and Flying Squirrel and Crested Hawk Eagle are the prime attractions of the sanctuary.
- Ooty Lake
The beautiful Ooty lake is an artificial lake, which was constructed in 1824 by Mr. Sullivan. It is around 2.5 km long, where you may enjoy the boating, fishing and outdoor activities at lake garden.
- Doddabetta Peak
Situated at an elevation of 2,623 m Dodabetta is the highest peak in Nilgiri hills. 10 km away from Ooty this place simply grab your attention with its eye-catching deep valleys and lush green surroundings.
- Dolphin's Nose
Situated in the panoramic surroundings of Nilgiris mountains Dolphin's Nose is a wonderful vantage point. This amusing games and picnic spot is located 36 km away from Ooty and 12 km away from Coonoor.
Located 21 km away from Ooty, Pykara is another best tourist attraction in Nilgiris mountains. A well-protected fenced sholas, Toda settlements, Silky green grassy meadows, Wildlife habitat, Pykara Dam, Pykara falls and a boathouse with restaurant are the attractions of Pykara.
- Kodanad View Point
Kodanad View Point is a famous tourist spot in Kotagiri. It is situated about 18 km east of Kotagiri. From this point you may enjoy the eye sparkling view of plains and the eastern slopes of Nilgiri hills.
- Laws Falls
Laws falls is an eminent picnic spot, located around 5 km below from Coonoor on the Mettupalayam road. This lovely waterfalls cascade down from the height of 180 feet. Named after Lt Colonel Law this amazing spot is the paradise for nature lovers.
- Kalhatty- Masinagudi slopes
Nearby Kalhatty waterfalls it is another must visit place where you may encounter the many wild species like bison, wild buffaloes, panthers and sambhar.
- Kalhatty Waterfalls
The mesmerizing Kalhatty waterfalls are located approx 13 km from Ooty on the Kalhatty slopes. The sparkling waterfalls fall from the height of 100 feet.
Adventure Activities In the Nilgiris Mountains
The high altitudes and deep steep valleys of Nilgiri hills offer an ideal location for trekking and other adventure activities. It is a true paradise of trekkers where they may find the best of treks all around the Nilgiri hills. These treks are full of thrill and adventure, while the heaven surroundings maintain throughout the level of excitement.
Fair " Festival in Nilgiri Hills
Tea and Tourism Festival:
Tea and Tourism Festival is jointly celebrated by the Department of Tourism, Government of Tamil Nadu and Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.
It is a 3 days festival held during the months of January - February.
In this festival tourist may taste the wide varieties of tea.
Summer festival is celebrated during summers to welcome the visitors. It is celebrated in Ooty, Kodaikanal and exquisite heights of Yercaud.
Boat races, flower and fruit shows.
Shopping in Nilgiri Hills
Nilgiris mountains are famous for various exclusive Nilgiri products such as Nilgiri tea, fruits, natural oils like Eucalyptus, Toda embroideries, plant nurseries, Handicrafts etc. The major shopping centers around Nilgiri hills are:
- Coimbtore (55 km)
- Coonoor (13 km)
- Erode (113 km)
- Namakkal (161 km)
- Palni (180 km)
Places to Stay in Nilgiri Hills
There are several featured hotels in Nilgiri hills, that are listed below:
- Holiday Inn Gem Park (Ooty)
- Sagar Holiday Resorts (Ooty)
- Sterling Elk Hill (Ooty)
- Nahar's Stone House Retreat (Kotagiri)
- MGM Hillworth Resorts (Coonoor)
Office in Nilgiri Hills
Tourist Office, Government of Tamil Nadu Supermarket Complex Charring Cross
Ooty ( Udhagamandalam ) -1.
Tour Packages of Nilgiri Hills