Nilgiri Hill, also known as the Blue Mountains in India, is one of the most ravishingly beautiful hilly terrains in India and supposedly one of the best in the world too. High above the sea level, situated at the junction of the two ghat ranges of the Sahayadri Hills, Nilgiri district provides a fascinating view. They begin from the North East Corner of the State of Kerala, another tea growing state, but the main range lies in the State of Tamil Nadu, close to both Coimbatore and Cochin.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.
Nilgiris are much cooler than the surrounding areas which make it a popular tourist spot, especially during the hot summer months.
Nilgiris attracts a large number of tourists every year because of its magnificent hills, fantastic valleys and brilliant waterfalls. Moreover, there are lots of tea estates that add more to the beauty of the area. The pleasant weather all year long is also the major reason why tourist head to the hills in the summers.
The world famous hill resort of Ootacamund (lovingly called Ooty) the only one of its kind in South India, is situated in these hills.
Popular Hill Stations in Nilgiris
Ooty : Ooty, also known as Udhagamandalam, is the headquarters of the Nilgiri district and one of the most popular hill stations in the region. Popularly known as the queen of the hill stations, Ooty is known for its amazing natural beauty...Read More
Coonoor : Coonoor is the second largest hill station in the Nilgiris, surrounded by tea plantations. It stands at an altitude of 1839 metres. It is essentially a small tea garden town where the weather is pleasantly cool through the year. It falls on the toy-train line between Mettupalayam (28 km) and Ooty...Read More
Kotagiri : Kotagiri is a pristine little town, situated about 16 km from Ooty. Situated at an altitude of 1,950 mts, it was developed as a summer retreat for the British during the colonial days.
Tourist attractions in Nilgiri Hills
We recommend following Popular Sightseeing spots in Nilgiri Hills:
Ooty Lake : The lake is a popular hang out spot for the tourists visiting the place. The visitors can also enjoy boating in boats of various shapes and sizes, available at the Boat House.
Botanical Garden - The lush gardens in the picturesque city of Ooty are one of the major tourist attractions in the region. The garden is home to a number of rare species of plants, trees, flowers and shrubs.
Doddabetta Peak : Located at an altitude of 2,623 m, it is the highest point in the Nilgiri Hills. The site, situated 10 km from Ooty, offers breathtaking views of the hills and the surrounding areas.
Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary : The Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary is situated where the Nilgiri Hills meet the Eastern Ghats. It is one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in India with a rich flora ad fauna. including a number of rare species of animals and birds.