As the Western Catchment is a protected area, you will need permission from the Forest Department to enter this land. The shola forest in the lower valleys provides a green covering to the place. You can get a bird’s eye view of Avalanche Lake in Nilgiris, from this viewpoint. Mongoose, Nilgiri tahr, and sambar deer are found in this catchment area. You can see Portimund Lake outside the catchment. Earlier, this was a much sought-after destination for movie shooting purposes, but considering the protection of the environment, permissions are not granted now. The romantic and evergreen song, Pehla Nasha from Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar has been shot at the Western Catchment Area. People also come here to enjoy the sunset.
Trekking activities are organised through Western catchment areas to Mukurthi Peak. It is recommended to wear sturdy clothing while visiting this place and do not forget to carry food and water. This is also an ideal place for photo enthusiasts. You can either rent a tourist cab or taxi car or bike to reach this place.
Udhagamandalam Central Bus Stand, about 32 km away
CoiCoimbatore International Airport, about 86 km away. mbatore
Coimbatore Railway Station, about 87 km away.
Although Ooty can be visited and explored any time of the year, the best is the summer months between March and June.