Nilgiri, the name justifies this place of being called as the 'Blue Mountains'. The region incorporates the present district of Nilgiri. It derives its beauty from its natural views. The steep hills and narrow valleys with many river and rivulets, running in various directions with several waterfalls provide a spectacle to watch.
The temperate climate further heightens the beauty of the place. To see the beautiful tea growing areas in the region is a different experience altogether. The word 'Nilgiris' came from Silapathikaram. Owing to its enchanting beauty, it is also known as Greenland. The main cultivation here is the plantation of crops, especially of Tea and Coffee.
Attractions of Nilgiri Hills
Being the most visited hill resort of South India, Nilgiri mountains are blessed with a number of tourist destinations, which include:
Located in Ooty, The Government Botanical Garden is the major attraction of Nilgiri hills. Established in 1847, it covers a huge area of 22 hectares. Tourists can find more than 650 species of trees and plants.
Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary
Situated 67 km away from Ooty, the sanctuary covers an area of 321sq km. Enriched with several rare species of flora and fauna, it also provides shelter to many endangered species. Tigers, Leopards, Elephants, Sambhar, Barking Deer, Chital, Giant Squirrel, Flying Squirrel and Crested Hawk Eagle are the highlights of the sanctuary.
Made in 1824, it is an artificial lake, which is around 2.5 km long. You can enjoy fishing, boating and other outdoor activities here.
Located at a height of 2,623 m, the peak of Dodabetta is the highest peak in the entire Nilgiri hills. Just 10 km away from Ooty, this peak is surrounded with beautiful valleys and lush greenery.
Lies in the spectacular surroundings of Nilgiris mountains, it is a beautiful vantage point. This amazing picnic spot is located 36 km away from Ooty and 12 km from Coonoor.
The destination has several other attractions in its surrounding areas. Some popular names include Pykara, Kodanad View Point, Laws Falls, Kalhatty- Masinagudi slopes and Kalhatty Waterfalls.
These places are worth exploring because of their unique attractions.
Adventure in Nilgiri Hills
The hills of Nilgiris are a paradise for trekkers. Landscaped by nature, the hills have many treks, which you can start from anywhere. Experience the fun of thrill, adventure and excitement with trekking. It is also the best way to see and enjoy nature's beauty.
Many hotels, guest houses and lodges are available for tourists for accommodation. Most of them are located in Ooty and Coonoor in Nilgiri Hills.
Tourists can shop here for exclusive Nilgiri products like Nilgiri tea, fruits, natural oils like Eucalyptas, Toda embroideries. For art lovers, there are various handicrafts items that are perfect gift items.
How? to Reach
By Air: Coimbatore is the nearest airport. Situated 105 km away from Ooty, it operates regular flights to and from Bangalore, Chennai, Cochin and Trivandrum.
By Rail: Ooty has the nearest railhead to reach the destination from other cities of India.
By Road: A good network of roads as well as national highways link Ooty with all major cities. Bus services are also available to reach the place.
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