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The vastness of the deep blue sky that stretches to the end of the horizon, the majesty of the mist-drenched mountain chains that lends you a green carpet welcome, the embrace of the little joys of life that you’ve longed for – the Nilgiris is forever.

Life in the hills is a thrill like no other. The lushness of the greenery around, the chill bestowed by the cool climatic conditions, the bounty of Nature in full bloom – you will have very many reasons to spend quality time up there in the mountains. Words are just not enough to describe the feel of the stay when you are the Nilgiris – a vast mountain range that is an enchanting part of the blissful Western Ghats. 

Nilgiris is spread across the borders of three Indian states – Karnataka, Kerala and our own Tamil Nadu. With many hill stations and more fascinating experiences in offer, this range is a treat that you just cannot afford to miss on your trip. ‘Nilgiris’ translates as ‘blue mountains’, an attribute it gets due to the presence of Strobilanthes flower that fills the terrain. Indigenous tribal people have occupied this area for centuries. They include the Toda, Kota, Kurumba, Irula and Badagas. No historical evidence suggests that the Nilgiris were a part of any royal dynasties or empires. However by the beginning of the 19th century, the British had started developing these hills for the production of crops such as tea and coffee. Ooty, the most noted hill station in the Nilgiris, also served as the summer capital of the Madras Presidency which was under the British Raj. 

A highly multilingual and multicultural district, Nilgiris speak various languages like Malayalam, Kannada, Telugu, Urdu, Badaga, even though the principal language prevailing in the region is Tamil. It’s a destination for a lot of diverse experiences.

Destinations

The Nilgiri Mountain Railway

A vintage-themed train meandering up a track, gifting stunning views of hills and valleys; with you sitting back, relaxing and pondering about the majesty of Nature. The Nilgiri Mountain Railway offers the travellers truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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Ooty

She is charming, she is classy, she is unique – she is the Queen of Hill Stations in India. Udhagamandalam, popularly known as Ooty is a hill station that will surely mesmerise you with its beguiling beauty.

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The Mudumalai National Park

The very best of the wilder side of Tamil Nadu, yet one of the most picturesque and sought-after ones too; it’s where Nature thrives and the majestic beasts of the jungles roam around freely. Mudumalai National Park is indeed a world in itself.

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Government Botanical Garden, Ooty

The Government Botanical Garden in Ooty, spread over 55 acres, is a mesmerizing tourist site that has been attracting visitors for years. Situated about 2400 – 2500 mts above sea level, the botanical garden was established by Marquis of Tweedale in 1897 with William Graham McIvor as the architect.

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Mukurthi National Park

It’s more than a national park. It’s a treasure trove of fascinating experiences that will surprise you beyond bounds. From jungle adventures to trekking trails and more, the Mukurthi National Park offers visitors spectacular treats that they will totally love.

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Ooty Lake

The picturesque Ooty Lake, also known as the Ooty boat house, is a much sought-after tourist attraction located in the midst of serene greenery. The Ooty Lake is an artificially constructed lake, built by John Sullivan in 1824.

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Pine Forest

A journey of just 15 minutes from Ooty town centre will take you to the famed Pine Tree Forests of Ooty. These scenic woodlands, obscured in a fleeting veil of mist, offer a delightful experience to all travellers.

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Deer Park, Ooty

The Deer Park in Ooty is the perfect place to observe these docile creatures in their natural habitat. Located on the banks of the Ooty Lake is another beautiful park, a favourite among wildlife lovers.

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Catherine Waterfalls

A thick green cover of forest and plains with a carpet of tea plantation, add to it a double cascading waterfall, you get a picture of Catherine waterfall.

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Avalanche Lake, Ooty

Imagine waking up to a dreamlike sunrise over the misty mountains, spending a whole day hiking through lush woods and fishing in the blue waters of a serene lake. The Avalanche Lake in Ooty has that and more to offer to travellers looking to be lost in the beauty of nature.

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Doddabetta

Flirting with the clouds above the Nilgiris is Doddabetta, the highest peak in Tamil Nadu. A spectacular trail with an unparalleled vantage point of Ooty at the end of it makes Doddabetta a rewarding trekking experience and the perfect spot for a fun-filled day out with family as well.

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Ketty Valley View

Fringed by the rolling hills of the Nilgiris and spanning the horizon like an endless green ocean is Ketty Valley. A picturesque view of over 14 quaint hamlets awaits travellers as they head to Ketty Valley, also known as the Switzerland of South India.

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Coonoor

Seek out the beauty of nature at its very best at Coonoor, the second largest hill station in the Nilgiri hills. For trekkers and tourists, the place serves up a lot to explore. Blanketed by the green cover of Nilgiri hills, it packs an array of attractions.

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Pykara

Winding through the slopes of the Nilgiri Hills is the majestic river of Pykara. With its majestic waterfalls and pristine reservoir lake, Pykara reveals its true beauty during the monsoon and winter months. Located just 20 km from Ooty town, Pykara is a perfect getaway destination for honeymooners, backpackers and families.

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Kotagiri

Nilgiris is not just about Ooty and Coonoor, relax and unwind in the quaint air of Kotagiri hills. From trekking to rock climbing, discover plenty of options to make your trip memorable at Kotagiri.

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Upper Bhavani Lake

The Upper Bhavani Lake is one of the best kept secrets of the Nilgiris. A pristine blue reservoir formed by a dam on the river Bhavani makes a perfect getaway spot for families and friends to enjoy a day out in Nature.

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Emerald Lake

Framed by the mighty peaks of the Nilgiris and the rolling jade hillocks of tea plantations, is the Emerald Lake. Yet to be discovered by most travellers, Emerald Lake and its under-explored landscape that reminds you of a fairy-tale make a perfect location to spend a day enjoying the awe-inspiring views.

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St Stephen’s Church

A church of great antiquity and impeccable architectural beauty, St Stephen’s Church is a remarkable landmark of Ooty that is a window into the long history of the queen of hill stations. The church, embellished with beautiful stained-glass windows and antique features, is a jewel in the crown of the queen of Nilgiris.

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Shooting Point, Ooty

Have you ever wanted to visit fairy-tale-like settings and recreate iconic scenes from your favourite movies? Head to Shooting Point in Ooty, where a picturesque view of unending green meadows and rolling hills veiled in thin white fog awaits you.

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Gudalur

Gudalur in the Nilgiris district has it all. Picturesque mountains, valleys, evergreen forests, tea and coffee plantations, all of which make this less-explored locality a compelling destination.

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Masinagudi

Masinagudi is an experience no wildlife enthusiasts should ever miss. A captivating hill station on the Nilgiri mountains, Masinagudi is a part of the Mudumalai National Park situated on the road that connects Mysore and Ooty.

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Kalhatti Waterfalls

Imagine seeing majestic and jaw-dropping waterfalls after adventurous trekking for 3 kilometers? Immerse in the beauty of Kalhatti Waterfalls, located at a distance of 13 kilometers from Ooty. You can go on trekking to this destination from the Kalhatti village.

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Things to do

Accommodation

Hotel Tamilnadu - Ooty I

TTDC, Upper Bazar

Youth Hostel - Ooty

171, Church Hill Road, Pudumund

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