Aptly referred as the "Blue Mountains", Niligiri Hills is among the captivating hill stations in Tamilnadu. Lying at an elevation of 2280 m above sea level, the hills beckon tourists to enjoy the splendour of nature. With its scenic landscapes, lush greenery and numerous slopes, Nilgiri hills attract tourists with its natural setting. The steep hills along with innumerable rivers and rivulets further enhance the appeal. The tranquil climate and the refreshing tea gardens are other highlights of the place.
The history of Nilgiri hills dates back to 11th and 12th century. It was first mentioned in Silapathikaram and was the part of the Kingdoms like the Cholas, the Pallavas and the Hoysalas.
Tourist Attractions in Niligiri Hills
Just behind the Main bus stand, the famous Ooty Lake sprawls in an irregular 'L' shape. All types of boats are available for hire in morning and evening. In recent years, the lake has become the hub of entertainment for visitors. The lake was artificially formed by Johm Sullivan, who was the founder of Ooty.
Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary
The sanctuary is located at where the Western Ghats conjoin the Eastern Ghats. The Mysore-Ooty highway moves through the sanctuary and follows the course of the Mayyar River that divides Mudumalai from Bandipur. Sprawling across 321 sq km, the sanctuary comprises a National park that is spread in an area of 103 sq-kms. Tourists can see a variety of animal and bird life. Rich flora of the sanctuary has also made it very popular among wildlife lovers.
The gardens serve as a prominent tourist attraction for the visitors of Ooty. Sprawling across an area of 50 acres, the garden lies on the lower slopes of Dodabetta peak. It is the highest point in Ooty.
Lying about 12-km from Coonoor, this famous site is an unique rock of enormous proportions. It reveals vast scenery including Catherine falls.
Lying at a distance of 14 kms from Nilgiris, Doddabetta peak is among the highest peaks of South India. Travellers can enjoy the beauty of the plains of Coimbatore and Mysore and gorgeous valleys of the adjoining area. The peak also offers trekking opportunities.
It is a romantic destination at Nilgiris and is frequented by couples. Lying at 1950 m from sea level, this spectacular hill station boasts of its quaint ambiance. Catherine Falls, Kodanad viewpoint and Elk Falls are the places that can be visited here.
Located around 21 km away, Pykara is a gift of Nilgiri Hills. Its attractions include reservoir, dam and falls. Flowing through it, the Pykara River gushes down from 55 m and adds beauty to the site. The gorgeous meadows make it an ideal place to enjoy some time in tranquility.
The hills of Nilgiris are a favourite among trekkers. It has many treks where you can experience the joy of trekking. While trekking through the Nilgiri Hills, you can also enjoy the beauty of nature.
Best Time to Visit
Due to its equable climate, it can be visited throughout the year.
Tourists can shop from a variety of exclusive Nilgiri products such as Nilgiri tea, fruits, Toda embroideries and handicrafts items.
Every type of accommodation is available for tourists. The options vary from hotels, lodges and guest houses.
How to Reach
Nearest airport is at Coimbatore that lies 105 km away from Ooty. It operates regular flights to and from Chennai, Bangalore, Trivandrum and Cochin.
Ooty houses the closest railhead to reach the place from other major cities of India.
Ooty has an excellent network of roads and national highways. Bus services are also available.
Transport yourself into a wonderland of nature on South India hill stations tour!