The Nilgiri Hills is spread over the Western Ghats in Tamil Nadu. Fondly named the ‘Blue Mountain’, the exquisite charm of these hills attracts a large number of tourists annually. Hill stations nestled amidst this natural setting are famous for their cool, temperate climate, tea gardens, spices and homemade chocolates. There are trekking and leisure opportunities available for travellers who want to make the most of their holiday in these exotic places.
Udagamandalam or Ooty is a town in Tamil Nadu. Situated in the Nilgiri biosphere reserve, this popular hill station has some of the most picturesque sights that make it a preferred destination for honeymooners and families on a holiday. Be it the largest rose garden, botanical garden, deer park, serene lakes, dams, sparkling waterfalls, colonial-era buildings and UNESCO accredited Nilgiri Mountain Toy Train ride, Ooty offers immense scope for tourism. The annual flower show in Ooty should not be missed. Buy exclusive Nilgiri products like the Nilgiri tea, fruits and natural oils along with Toda embroideries from the cooperative market of Ooty. Trek up the tallest peak of Doddabetta to get the uninterrupted view of the beautiful valley.
Ooty is easily accessible from Coimbatore, Mysore and Bangalore. We recommend that you explore taxi fares from Mysore to Ooty to embark on a comfortable and memorable road trip.
Kodaikanal is one of the finest hill stations which is a part of the Palani hill range of Tamil Nadu. Misty cliffs, beautiful lakes, luxurious resorts and a pleasant climate make this place very inviting for tourists looking to escape the rigours of their city life. The tour must involve a visit to the Berijam Lake, Bryant Park Botanical Garden and the viewpoints on its way like the ‘Silent Valley View’, ‘Caps Fly Valley’. Adventure seekers can trek up the Dolphin’s nose till Echo point while photographers can capture scenic views at the Pine Forest. Tourists can go for biking trails through the Shola forest or simply take strolls along the Coakers Walk through the undulating valley to soak in the mesmerizing beauty of the surroundings, relax and unwind. The Kodai Lake is the most sought-after destination where boating can be done.
The Green Valley View or the Suicide Point offers a scenic view of the Vaigai Dam, and the greenery of the valley is visible on a cloud free day. Tourists can marvel at the unique architectural style of The Kurinji Andavar Temple that is named after the rare Kurinji flower that blossoms every 12 years in the Nilgiris.
Popularly called Kashmir of South India’, Munnar is situated in the Idukki district in the Western Ghats. Dotted with Tea Gardens, cardamom plantations and lakes, Munnar is a true nature lover’s delight. Trekking, Paragliding and rock climbing are some of the ways that you can have some adventurous fun in Munnar. The Chinnar Wildlife sanctuary is a site for nature walks, trekking to waterfalls, spending time on tree houses apart from observing the variety of animal and bird life in their natural habitat. The Tata tea museum of Munnar is quite old and traces its history from the time of the British planters. The Meesapulimala peaks, Pothamedu Viewpoint, Matuupetty Dam and The Blossom International Park, are the other places for sightseeing in Munnar.
Kochi to Munnar taxi is available, that takes you to this hill station in 3 and a half hours in the most convenient way so that you can sit back and enjoy a memorable vacation.