The Nilgiri Hills literally means the Blue Mountains, and that it really is. You can see the cascading mountain ranges tinged with blue hue enriching to its exotic charm. As the most popular hill resort of the South, the Nilgiris attract a host of tourists from across the country and abroad.
The regions around the Nilgiris are equally famous for several colorful
festivals and fairs. Tea and Tourism Festival organized in Jan-Feb is
the perfect time for tea aficionados. The summer festivals have boat
races and flower & fruit shows that make the atmosphere electric
with excitement. Apart from these lively fests, the chief attractions of
the region include the Botanical Gardens, Doddabetta Peak, Mukkurthi
Peak, the Pykara Dam and sprawling tea plantations.
You can plan your trip to the Botanical gardens in Ooty, sprawling over
50 acres, the botanical gardens in Ooty are a major tourist attraction.
Lying on the lower slopes of Dodabetta peak, these gardens were
established by Marquis of Tweeddale in the year 1848. Lush greenery and
well-manicured lawns with some of the rare tree species make these
gardens a joy hunt for nature lovers.
Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary
This 321-sq-km wide sanctuary has a National Park measuring an area of
103-sq-km. The sanctuary has terrain with hills, ravines, watercourses
and swamps with rich repository of flora and fauna. The best time to
visit the sanctuary is from February to June. You can enjoy elephant
safari through this dense and verdant sanctuary. There are also vehicles
The Mukkurthi Peak and National Park
Mukkurthi is a beautiful peak about 40 km from Ooty. There is also The
Mukkurthi National Park, which is located on the Southern corner of the
Nilgiri Plateau. The Kollaribetta and Nilgiris Peak are other tourist
hotspots. The region has quite a few mesmerizing little perennial
streams flowing between these peaks. Silent Valley is located on the
Western side in the Western Ghat, which is a tourist's delight.
Ooty Lake is another tourists' major attraction. Shaped in irregular L
shaped spreading into 2 km, this artificial lake was constructed in 1824
by Mr. Sullivan. The lake has several boathouses where in you could
enjoy the scenery around the lake in leisure. During summers there are
boat races and boat pageantries that attract a host of tourists.
As the highest peak in the Nilgiris, Doddabetta (2,623 m) offers
beautiful panoramic view of the hill ranges, plateaus and plains around.
It is 10-km from Ooty. There is a good motorable road to reach the peak.
About 12 km from Coonoor, Dolphin's Nose is a unique rock of tremendous
proportions, protruding from the face of the hillside that resembles the
name it has. Adding to its vast panoramic spectacle, it is also home to
the picturesque Catherine falls.
With breathtaking scenery, Pykara lies about 21-km from Ooty. The place
has several tourist attractions including well-protected fenced sholas,
Toda settlements, undisturbed grassy meadows and also a good wildlife
habitat. As a hot tourist spot, the Pykara Dam, Pykara falls and the
reservoir has a boathouse with restaurant and a rest house.
Located at a distance of 16-km from Kotagiri, this viewpoint has a
hypnotic panoramic view of the plains and the eastern slopes of the
Laws falls are a beautiful picnic spot, named after Lt. Colonel Law,
who traced and mainly constructed the Coonoor Ghat. They are about 5-km
below Coonoor on Mettupalayam road. The height of the falls is about 180
feet. There are vast stretches of undisturbed sholas and it is a
paradise for naturalists.