HILL STATIONS

KODAIKANAL


1. Kodaikanal Resorts
Kodaikanal located amidst the folds of the verdant Pali hills is one of the most popular serene hill stations in India, which mesmerises any visitor. With her wooded slopes, mighty rocks, enhancing waterfalls and a beautiful lake, Kodaikanal is a charming hill station.
Kodai is situated at an altitude of about 2,133-m high and covers an area of 21.45-sq-km. The hill town is renowned for its educational institutions of international repute. The pride of Kodaikanal is the 'Kurinji-flower', which blossoms once in 12 years. The hill-plantain fruits and plums are known for their freshness and taste. Prime Attractions of Kodaikanal

Berijam Lake
Berijam Lake located at a distance of 21-km from Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu is one among the beautiful lakes of South India. Spread over an area of 24 hectares, the lake is star shaped and is known for its pure water.

Kodaikanal Trekking
Head for Kodaikanal in the Palani Hills for small-time trekking. You can take short treks and hikes to tourist spots close by as well to local viewpoints. Overnight treks are also possible here where one can spend a night at a local village. Fairs & Festivals - Kodaikanal
There are several beautiful hill stations in Tamil Nadu. With the Summer Festivals, the hills are even hospitable to welcome the visitors. The summer festival is held in the 'Queen of Hill Stations', the evergreen Ooty; the exquisite Kodaikanal or the salubrious heights of Yercaud. Cultural programs, adventure sports, boat races, flower and fruit shows add to the splendour of the festival.

Leisure - Kodaikanal
Shopping
The famous places to shop in Kodaikanal are the Khadi Emporium, Handloom Co-operative Stores and Travancore Crafts Work, Government Sales Emporium, Kurinji Mini Supermarket, Spencer and Company.
Entertainment
The Golf Club is located 5-km from the Kodaikanal Lake. Boating and Angling facilities are available at the Kodaikanal Lake. Picturesque trek routes are available in and around Kodaikanal. For details, contact: The Trek Director, Department of Tourism, Government of Tamil Nadu, Chennai.

How To Get There - Kodaikanal
By Road
Kodaikanal is connected by road with Chennai (520-km), Ooty (264-km), Trichy (197-km), Coimbatore (175-km), Kumili (160-km), and Madurai(120-km). Regular bus services are available from Madurai, Palani, Kodaikanal Road, Theni, Dindigul, Tiruchirapalli, Kumuli (Thekkady) and Coimbatore. Additional buses ply during the season. Taxis and vans are available for local transportation. There are no auto-rickshaws in Kodaikanal.
By Air
The nearest airport is at Madurai (120 km from Kodaikanal).
By Rail
The nearest railway stations are the Kodai Road Railway Station (80-km) and the Palani Railway Station (64-km). Places To Stay - Kodaikanal
Kodaikanal offers good accommodation facilities to the tourists. The TTDC run Hotel Tamil Nadu on Fern Hill Road is one example where comfortable accommodation is provided to tourists.

Climate - Kodaikanal

The climate of Kodaikanal is pleasant throughout the year, but the best time to visit Kodaikanal is from April to June and from September to October.

Rainfall
165 cms (average). Heavy rains occur during October-December.
Winter
Max17.3ºC, Min8.3ºC
Summer
Max 19.8ºC, Min 11.3 ºC

OOTY


Ooty Resorts Udhagamandalam
(Ooty)
Your browser may not support display of this image. Udhagamandalam (Ooty), the capital of Nilgiri district, is popularly known as the "Queen of hill stations' among the tourist circuits. It is situated at a distance of 105 km away from Coimbatore. The height of the hills in the Nilgiri range varies between 2280 and 2290 metres, the highest peak being Doddabetta at a height of 2623 metres.

The Tea
The establishment of numerous tea estates made Ooty famous. Lofty mountains, dense forest, sprawling grasslands and miles and miles of tea gardens greet the passengers on most routes. The annual Tea and Tourism Festival attracts crowds in huge numbers. Visit Ooty during this festival, when tea lovers from all over the world converge. An occasion not to be missed! Prime Attractions of Udagamandalam

Botanical Garden
Botanical gardens are a major tourist attraction for those who visit Ooty, one of the most popular hill stations of India. They sprawl over 50-acres and lie on the lower slopes of Dodabetta peak, which is the highest point in Ooty.
Government Museum - Ooty
The Government Museum At Ooty The government museum, Mysore Road, Ooty has items of tribal objects, district's ecological details and representative sculptural arts and crafts of Tamil Nadu. It was set up in 1989, with a view to provide education benefits to the residing and visiting population of Nilgiris district. Tourist Information Admission: Free Timings: 10.00 am to
1.00 pm and 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm Closed On: Fridays, Second Saturdays and National Holidays Ooty The nearest airport is at Coimbatore (100-km). Ooty on the narrow gauge railway is connected to Mettupalayam, which is directly connected to Coimbatore and Chennai on the broad gauge. There are regular bus services connecting Ooty to Coimbatore, Trichy, Bangalore, Madurai, Kanyakumari, Mysore, Calicut, Tirupati etc.

Hills and Views
Udhagamandalam (Ooty), the capital of Nilgiri district, is popularly known as the "Queen of hill stations" among the tourist circuits. It is situated at a distance of 105 kilometres from Coimbatore

Kalhatty Falls
The Kalhatty falls are located on the Kalhatty slopes at about 13-km from Udhagamandalam on the Udhagamandalam - Mysore Kalhatty ghat road. Also known as the "Kalahasti Falls", the water here cascades down a height of 122m.

Kandal Cross Shrine
Kandal cross, a Roman Catholic Shrine considered, as the Jerusalem of the East is located in Udhagamandalam in Tamil Nadu. The Nilgiri Catholics consider it as the "Calvary of Tamil Nadu".

Mini Garden and Rose Garden
The Rose Garden is situated about 3 to 4-km away from Charring Cross. Mini garden is also situated on the way to the boathouse where the children amusement park is housed.

Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park
The Mudumalai wildlife sanctuary is located where the Nilgiri Hills, the offshoot of the Western Ghats meet the Eastern Ghats. The Mysore - Ooty highway runs through the sanctuary, following the course of the Mayyar River, which separates Mudumalai from Bandipur.
Ooty Lake
The beautiful Ooty Lake is a favourite haunt of tourists. It was constructed in the year 1825, through the initiatives of Mr. John Sullivan, the then Collector of Coimbatore. This lake was built in order to provide an irrigation tank to the people.

Summer Festival
There is several beautiful hill stations in Tamil Nadu. With the Summer Festivals, the hills are even hospitable to welcome the visitors. The summer festival is held in the 'Queen of Hill Stations',

Tea and Tourism Festival
Akin to the nectar of the Gods is the Camellia Sinensia, which is a bush that gives fragrant amber ambrosia-a refresher and stimulizer. In other words, TEA. Significance - Udhagamandalam

Historical
It is believed that the name Nila, has been in use for over 800 years since, the King of the Hoysalas Vishnu Vardhana, who ruled from 1104 to 1141 AD seized the Nilgiris Plateau. His general Ponisia recorded this fact in 1117 AD with mention of Todas. The name Nilgiri was due to the blue haze, which envelops the range with most distant hills of considerable size.
This Nilgiri territory came into possession of the East India Company as part of the ceded lands, held by Tipu Sultan, by the treaty of Srirangapatnam in 1799. Rev. Jacome Forico, a priest was the first European who visited Nilgiris in 1603 and released his notes about the place and people of Nilgiris. In 1812 surveyor William Keys and Macmohan visited the top of the plateau.
In 1818, Wishand Kindersley, Assistant and Second Assistant to Collector of Coimbatore visited this spot and submitted their experience report to the Collector of Coimbatore Mr. John Sullivan. Settlement in Udhagamandalam began in 1822 with the construction of the Stone House by John Sullivan, the then Collector of Coimbatore. The bungalow, which is locally called "Kal Bangla", is one of the landmarks of Udhagamandalam and is now the Chamber of the Principal of the Government Arts College. Fairs & Festivals - Udhagamandalam

Summer Festivals
A summer festival is held each year during the month of May in the Botanical Gardens, which is an added attraction for tourists. The Flower Show is the pride of the festival. Cultural programmes are organised for those interested in traditional classical arts. Adventure spots like trekking also form part of the festival.

Leisure - Udhagamandalam
Trekking
The Nilgiris are a trekker's paradise. Landscaped by nature, the hills abound in trek for lovers of nature. There are treks and treks in whichever direction you turn and from whichever point you start. A trek can be full of thrill, excitement and adventure and a way of seeing and enjoying nature in all its beauty and splendour.
Udhagamandalam (Ooty) offers several trek routes, which vary in distance, altitudes and terrain. There is a base camp at Parsons valley, from where one can start trekking to various points within Western Ghats. The down hills of Western Ghats on the North ends up with meeting the extensions of Eastern Ghats, where the sprawling Mudumalai Sanctuary lies which opens vistas for adventure tourists.
Trekking pamphlets are available with the Nilgiri Wildlife and Environment Association (NWLEA). There are guides who have sound knowledge of certain areas. If necessary, their services may be hired. And for further details contact the Tourist Information Office at Charring Cross, Ooty.

Hang-Gliding
Hang-glidng courses are also organised during March to May every year, with the assistance of the Department of Tourism. Contact the Tourist Officer, Ooty for assistance.

Angling
Goad Trout, Carp and mixed water fishing is possible in various streams and lakes of Ooty. The Assistance Director of Fisheries issues the fishing licence.
Shopping
Just about anything available in the cities can be had at Ooty with the added attraction of leisurely shopping. Exclusive Nilgiri products including Nilgiri tea, fruits, natural oils like Eucalyptas, Toda embroideries, plant nurseries are easily available in the town. Co-operative Super Market and Municipal Market are some of the best places for shopping fruits and general groceries. Kairali of Kerala Handicrafts and Poompuhar of Tamil Nadu Handicrafts have their showrooms near to Super Market Buildings on Charring Cross.

Eating Out
Blue hills
Chandan Vihar
Tandoor Mahal
Ooty Coffee House
Chinkos Chinese Restaurant
Hills Palace.
How To Get There - Udhagamandalam
By Rail
Ooty is on the narrow gauge railway, connected to Mettupalayam (47 km), which is directly connected to Coimbatore and Chennai. The famous toy train connects Ooty with Mettupalayam and Coonoor.
By Road

A good network of roads and national highways connect Ooty with all major towns and cities. There are regular bus services to and from Coimbatore, Trichy, Bangalore, Madurai, Kanyakumari, Mysore, Palghat, Calicut, Tirupati and other important destinations in South India. Ooty is also well connected with major cities of Kerala and Karnataka.
Local Transport
Taxis, tourist cabs, auto rickshaws are available in plenty. There are no standard rates except tourist cabs. Town buses are also available to all important places. Conducted sight seeing tours are arranged by the private operators and the Government Tourism Development Corporation.
By Air
Coimbatore, 105 km from Ooty, is the nearest airport. Places To Stay - Udhagamandalam
Accommodation is available at the luxurious and economy class hotels, lodges, and resorts in Ooty. Both Indian and Western style accommodation and food are available. Prior booking is advisable, especially during the summer months. Maps
Location Map Climate - Udhagamandalam
Winter
Max 21ºC, Min 5ºC
Summer
Max 25ºC, Min 10ºC
Rainfall
121 cms. General Information - Udhagamandalam
STD Code: 0423
Location
Niligiri District, Tamil Nadu.

MUNNAR HILLS


Munnar - The Switzerland of India
Munnar Hill StationMunnar is a small town located in Idukki district of Kerala. The name is commonly used to refer to the whole tourist area, of which Munnar only forms a part. Munnar is sometimes referred to as the 'Switzerland of India' for its natural surroudings and Old World architecture. The picturesque hill station is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams namely Nallathanni, Mudrapuzha and Kundala. The 1600 metres high hill resort is surrounded by wild forests and remains wet and cold for almost all seasons in the year. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India, Anamudi, with a height of 2695 metre. Munnar is the most ideal tourist destination for the people looking for trekking, boating, riding, angling and much more. The sprawling tea plantations, picturesque towns, curved lanes and enough holiday facilities make Munnar a popular resort town.

Munnar - The British Summer Resort
Munnar was once the favourite summer resort of the erstwhile British Government. The British developed the town to cultivate tea plants and most of the people around the area were employed as labourers for the plantations. During British rule a few bungalows were developed for Tea Managers, which are still in use.
Places to Visit in and Around Munnar

Pothamedu
Located at a distance of 6 Kms, Pothamedu is one of the major plantation centre of Munnar. It offers the spectacular view of the tea, coffee and cardamom plantations. The sloppy hills, the green mountains and picturesque scenery make it an ideal spot for trekking and hiking.

Devikulam
The hill station just 7 Kms from Munnar, provides a unique experience with its velvet lawns, exotic flora and fauna and the cool mountain air. Another attraction is the picturesque Sita Devi Lake, the mineral water and the trout-fishing facilities make it an ideal picnic spot.

Pallivasal
Situated at a distance of 8 Kms from Munnar, the place is known for its scenic beauty. Pallivasal is also the venue of the first Hydro Electric Project in Kerala.

Waterfall, NyayamakadAttuakal
Attukal just 9 Kms away from Munnar, is located between Munnar and Pallivasal. The place along with its panoramic waterfalls and rolling hills, is ideal for long trekking.

Nyayamakad
Located at a distance of 10 Kms from Munnar, Nyayamakad is famous for its breathtaking waterfalls. From a 1600 metres high hill, the waters cascade down. Nyayamakad is an ideal place for picnic and trekking.

Chithirapuram
The small station located 10 Kms from Munnar, is famous for its sleepy little cottages, bungalows, old playgrounds and courts. Chithirapuram is home to the Pallyvasal Hydel Power Project. This hill town is also popular for its tea plantations.

Mattupetty
Mattupetty is located 13 Kms from Munnar, at a height of 1700 metre. The town is renowned for its highly specialized dairy farm, the Indo- Swiss Livestock Project. More than 100 varieties of high yielding cattle are reared here. At a short distance, the Mattupetty Lake and Dam is a picturesque picnic spot. Another attractions are Kundala tea plantations and the Kundala lake. One can also enjoy boating on the Mattupetty Dam, provided by DTPC

Idukki.
Eravikulam National Park
The park located at a distance of 15 Kms from Munnar, is home to the endangered Nilgiri Tahr. Situated in the Devikulam Taluk, the park spreads over an area of 97 Sq Kms. The park was established to protect the Nilgiri Tahr (Nilgiri Ibex) and declared a sanctuary in 1975 and a National Park in 1978. The park has the ecological, fauna, floral, geo-morphological and zoological importance.

Echo Point
The point located around 15 Kms from Munnar has a natural echo phenomenon.

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
Situated at a distance of 52 Kms from Munnar, the Wildlife Sanctuary provides shelter to elephants, leopards,bears and several other animals.

Reaching Munnar
Elephants, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary By Air : Nearest airports are Kochi (130 Kms) and Madurai (142 Kms). The Airlines operate flights for domestic as well as International destinations.
By Rail : The nearest railway stations from Munnar are Kochi (130 kms), Kottayam (147 kms) and Madurai (142 Kms).
By Road : Good roads connect Munnar to major cities of Kerala and South India. The distance of some famous destinations are Idukki (60 Kms), Kochi (130 kms), Kottayam (147 kms), Madurai (142 Kms), Kundala (28 Kms), Thekkady (110 Kms), Vaiga Dam (105 Kms), Devikulam (7 Kms) and Mattupetty 13 (Kms).
Accommodation at Munnar
Situated amidst the soothing climate the hotels at Munnar are the best option to spend your holidays. The hotels at Munnar offer enough accommodation options along with the modern facilities. The accommodation ranges from luxury to budget hotels provide pleasant stay and best services to tourists.

NILAGIRI HILL STATION


General Information
Area : (District Area): 2,459-sq-kms
Population : (district): 7,10,210 (1991 Census)
Altitude : 2,280 and 2,290 metres
Clothing : Heavy woollen in winter and light woollen in summer
Languages : Spoken: Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and English
Temperature : Summer- Max 25ºC, Min 10ºC, Winter- Max 21ºC, Min 5ºC
Rainfall : 1,960 mm
Nilgoris - Introduction
High above the sea level, situated at the junction of the two ghat ranges of the Sahayadri Hills, Nilgiri district provides a fascinating view. Kerala on the west, the Mysore State on the north, and Coimbatore district on the east and south bound it. Headquarters of Nilgiris district is Udhagamandalam (also called as Ooty).Nilgiri means "Blue Mountains". The entire area of the Blue Mountains constitutes the present district of Nilgiri. The height of the hills in the Blue Mountain range varies between 2,280 and 2,290 metres, the highest peak being Doddabetta at a height of 2,623 metres.
Nilgiris derives its charm from its natural setting. The steep hills and fantastically narrow valleys with numerous rivers and rivulets running in all directions with a few fine waterfalls here and there provide beautiful scenery. The temperate and most equable climate further heightens the attractiveness of the place. The major tea growing areas in the South are the Nilgiris and these tea gardens are beautiful to watch.
Accessibility
By Air : Coimbatore, 105-km from Ooty, is the nearest airport. It has daily flights to and from Chennai, Bangalore, Cochin and Trivandrum.
By Train : Ooty is on the narrow gauge railway connected to Mettupalayam (47-km), which is directly connected to Coimbatore and Chennai. The famous toy train connects Ooty with Mettupalayam and Coonoor.
By Road : A good network of roads and national highways connect Ooty with all major towns and cities. There are regular bus services to and from Coimbatore, Trichy, Bangalore, Madurai, Kanyakumari, Mysore, Palghat, Calicut, Tirupati and other important destinations in South India. Ooty is also well connected with major cities of Kerala and Karnataka.

Places to Visit
Wildlife Sanctuary : The Mudumalai wildlife sanctuary is located where the Nilgiri Hills, the offshoot of the Western Ghats meet the Eastern Ghats. The Mysore-Ooty highway runs through the sanctuary, following the course of the Mayyar River, which separates Mudumalai from Bandipur.This 321-sq-kms wide sanctuary encompasses a National Park measuring an area of 103-sq-kms. The sanctuary has varied mixture of flat land, open grassland, swamp and valleys. Apart from the wide range of animal and bird life, the rich fauna of this sanctuary has made Mudumalai very popular with wildlife enthusiasts.
Kodanad Viewpoint : Kodanad Viewpoint located at a distance of 16-km from Kotagiri commands a panoramic view of the plains and the eastern slopes of the Nilgiris.
The Mukkurthi Peak and National Park : About 40-km from Ooty there is a beautiful peak called "Mukkurthi". The Mukkurthi National Park is located on the Southern corner of the Nilgiri Plateau. The Kollaribetta and Nilgiris Peak are other major peaks around. A number of little perennial streams flow between these peaks, which fall into Bhavani Puzha. Silent Valley is located on the Western side in the Western Ghat, which is a feast to the visitor's eye.

PONMUDI HILL STATION


Tours to Ponmudi

Your browser may not support display of this image. Situated at around a distance of 60 kms from the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram and at an altitude of 1000m above the sea level on the Western Ghats, Ponmudi is a small peaceful hill station in Kerala, South India. True to its name meaning Golden Crown in Malayalam, Ponmudi promises a treat of a lifetime to all those looking for a break from the monotony of hectic life.
Ponmudi, lying very close to the sea, offers a plethora of tourist destinations and activities that the people visiting this place can indulge themselves in. an ideal place for nature lovers, this hill station attracts people from all over the country to come and explore this untouched virgin nature beauty. Long walk while bird watching with crystal waterfalls in the background, one explores the rubber, tea, cardamom and spices plantations.
While at Ponmudi, you can enjoy the Aaranmula Boat Race. It is organized each year in the village of Aaranmula in the month of August and September and is part of the Aaranmula Temple Festival. Orchids and Deer Park, which is only 3 kilometers away from the Ponmudi resort, are also the main attractions of the place. For those having a passion for trekking, Ponmudi is the place to be in then. While trekking, one comes across a small zoo, mainly of barasinghas, at the edge of the forest.
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